**Weather notice for Ocean to City participants**
As we approach Race Day we are monitoring the weather and at the moment we’re watching a low pressure system which forecasts high winds on Saturday. To that end, and as we have had to do for previous races, we want to bring to your attention the possibility of a shortening or change of course to ensure safety of the fleet and at the same time guarantee you a challenging, fun course. Please remember that this is no more than a prior information notice. A clearer picture will emerge over the next couple of days and we will send you an update on Thursday 8 June. A final decision will be made Friday morning 9 June.
– Note: please note that the below information may be subject to change. Participants will receive final details by email in the week before the race –
Your Race Entry Details
- Accuracy: Please ensure to double-check the information at the bottom of the Active confirmation email for accuracy as these are the details which will determine your race class. Those who have failed to advise us of any changes will be eliminated from the prize categories.
- Complete: If you have not yet completed your entry contact the office asap. Incomplete entries will not be allowed to race.
- Changes: If you need to change anything to your entry, please let us know asap. The registration system does not allow participants to make changes themselves so all changes have to be emailed through. Be particularly aware of any changes that might alter your racing class (e.g. age, crew gender, boat types). All boat types will be verified before launch and late changes to crews, craft etc. must be recorded before the race.
- Ocean & City Courses: Registration will first open on Friday 9 June from 16:00 – 21:00 at the RCYC in Crosshaven. Because of the early start on Saturday, we encourage anyone who can register and collect their race pack on Friday, to do so. On Saturday we will open Registration from 09:30-11:15 at the RCYC. Your race pack will contain: Course map & instructions, launch & recovery information, orange flag, regulations and general information.
- Monkstown Course: Participants starting from Monkstown have to register at the Monkstown slip on Saturday 10 June between 11:30-12:30. A mandatory Participant Safety Briefing will be given there at 12:30. This means that it is no longer needed for Monkstown participants to travel to Crosshaven.
Please note that it is your responsibility to advise us of any changes in your entry. Those who have failed to advise us of any changes may be eliminated from the prize categories.
Boat Drop-off @ Start
- RCYC, Crosshaven: Open Friday until 21:00. Saturday open from 08:30. Important update 27/05: The ICRA Nationals are happening at the RCYC on the same weekend as Ocean to City. While this will bring lots of atmosphere to the area, it will also mean that space for cars and trailers will be extremely limited. Boats and kayaks are therefore only allowed to be dropped off. Cars and trailers will need to leave the RCYC immediately. We strongly advise participants to (1) drop off / launch boats on Friday where possible, taking the crew bus in on Saturday. Or, if arriving on Saturday; (2) carpool where possible and have a designated driver so that you won’t require parking in Crosshaven on Saturday. – RCYC Management have advised us that a towing vehicle will be in operation on the day to remove illegally parked cars –
- Monkstown: please note that this is a public slip without secured boat storage. We advise participants to not leave their boats unattended.
Launch & Recovery
- Launch: Crews are welcome to launch their boats at the big slip in front of the Dingy Hut in the RCYC from Friday morning onwards. Note: There is no crane available at the start. The big slip facilitates enough space to launch from your trailer. Our Launch Coordinator will be present from 15:00-21:00 in case of any questions.
- Recovery: At the finish our team of volunteers will be working hard to get every boat recovered as fast as possible. With over 200 boats to recover, we would ask for your patience while our volunteers do their work. Boats will be recovered by the Doyle’s Shipping crane. Kayaks will be recovered from the Port of Cork Marina and must be collected from North Custom House Quay (strictly pick up only).
Please download full Launch & Recovery details here.
Trailer Parking @ Finish
Update 27/05: Please note that Navigation House car park is being redeveloped this year and there will be an alternative parking area at the end of Kennedy Quay, 550m from the Boat Recovery Area. Larger boats and trailers will have priority, then kayaks and cars.
Location & Directions: Please click here.
- Friday between 17:00 and 21:30
- Saturday 09:00-19:00
- Sunday, once at 10:00 and once at 15:00 (Email firstname.lastname@example.org in case of any difficulties. This email address will be monitored)
We will post up exact directions from Crosshaven RCYC to the car park over the next few days (estimate approx. 45 minutes with traffic). Please note that there is no parking at the Port of Cork.
How to best time your arrival
If you are arriving on the Friday, we would recommend to:
- Register at the RCYC, Crosshaven between 16:00-21:00
- Offload your trailer / Launch your boat between 16:00-21:00 so that you can time it perfectly and…
- Park your trailer at the Kennedy Quay car park in Cork City, between 17:00-21:30. If you are staying in Cork City you can then leave your car in the city and avail of the Crew Bus on Saturday morning (details below).
- To Crosshaven: Special Crew Buses will be organised to run from Cork’s Albert Quay to the RCYC in Crosshaven on race day at 10:00 for those who have already left their boats at the start. This bus will arrive in time for the mandatory Safety Briefing at 11:00.
- To Monkstown: This year we will also organise a mini bus to the Monkstown Start, leaving at 11:30 from Albert Quay in Cork (outside the Idle Hour Pub).
Tickets cost €5pp and need to be purchased through the Active registration system (under additional purchases) by Monday 5 June. We will try to facilitate everyone, however, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Sales close on Monday 5 June.
Mandatory Safety Briefing
There will be a mandatory and detailed safety and course briefing before the race start. A member of every crew (captain or cox) must attend this Safety Briefing and a sign-in sheet will record signatures. Crews who have not attended the Safety Briefing will not be permitted to launch or race.
- Crosshaven (RCYC Dingy Hut): 11:00
- Monkstown (Sand Quay slip): 13:00
The provisional first start time from Crosshaven is 12:45. Boats will start to arrive at the finish line around 14:30.
Please assist our safety by de-registering as soon as you have finished the race. De-registration is an important record for us that participants have finished and are safely ashore. The de-registration tent will be located near the top of the Port of Cork Pontoon. Paddlers are strictly required to return the special bibs as they are on loan from the ICU. Showers will be provided free of charge at the Clarion Hotel after the race.
For full Race Regulations, please check here.
Prize Giving Ceremony
With over thirty different types of craft, there are many prize categories and a number of sub-races in the Ocean to City. For full information please check here.
The Prize Giving Ceremony will take place from 19:30 at the Clayton Hotel (prev. Clarion Hotel) on Lapp’s Quay.
- Prepare for up to 3 hours on the water, with appropriate protection for the elements. Conditions can change on the open water, and protection from both cold, wind and sun is recommended: sunscreen, rain gear, layered clothing, hat/cap, shades, etc.
- Bring at least 2 liters of drinking water per person as well as food
- Boat safety requirements include: 20ft towline, two 2l bailers, a clearly displayed race number, mobile phone and an orange flag (in race pack). Spot checks will take place on the day.
- All crew members must wear a suitable PFD at all times while afloat/near the water or the crew will be disqualified (PFD belt packs not permitted)
- It is the responsibility of each competing crew to ensure that their craft is seaworthy for the area and the forecast conditions. All boats must present themselves for inspection on race day.
- Retiral/rescue: participants must report to a Shore Safety Point if they retire; if rescued, participants will not be permitted to continue racing.
- Rules of racing: participants must go through gates; gates are integral to the course and to safety; overtaking boats must keep clear of boats they are passing; boats being overtaken must hold their course; participants must not wash hang. Participants that do not pass through gates will be automatically disqualified.
- Detailed rules and regulations can be found here.
- Meet the Crews! Friday 9 June, 18:00-20:00, Idle Hour Pub, Albert Quay, Cork: Gather with other crews and our host club Naomhóga Chorcaí to get the inside tips on the race, the courses and the harbour. A warm welcome to all our visiting participants!
- Make it colourful: We’ve got over 230 boats this year and encourage all participants join the party! Hoist a flag in the stern of your boat, come along in fancy dress or paint your own crew battle-stripes on your face. The more colour the better!
- Race Day Festivities – Saturday 10 June, from 14:00 onwards: Join the party in the harbour with street performances, balloon making, face painting, walkabout acts, food stalls, family cycles, music, craic and more! Details in will appear on corkharbourfestival.com
- Prize Giving Ceremony: 19:30 at the Clayton Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork.
- After-Party 21:00, at Idle Hour Pub, Goldbergs and The Sextant, Albert Quay: Unwind after the tough race and celebrate your achievements with a jig, a reel, and a cold drink in hand. Hosted by Naomhóga Chorcaí.
- Cork Harbour Festival: Ocean to City is the flagship event of the Cork Harbour Festival, taking place 3- 11 June with over 60 different maritime events. Details will appear on corkharbourfestival.com