Event Manager: Joya Kuin

Office Assistant: Keith O’Flynn


+353 (0) 21 484 7673

Ocean to City
c/o Meitheal Mara
Crosses Green House
Crosses Green
Cork City | T12 HF38

Frequently asked questions

– 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

If you have not yet completed your entry, or would like to change anything, please ensure you email the office before Sunday 22nd May. 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 close to the finish line. Larger boats and trailers will have priority, then kayaks and cars. Full details on exact location and opening hours will be posted here over the next few days. Provisional opening hours:

  • Friday between 18:00 and 22:00
  • Saturday 09:00-19:00
  • Sunday, once at 10:00 and once at 15:00 (Email 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:

  1. Register at the RCYC, Crosshaven between 15:00-21:00
  2. Offload your trailer / Launch your boat between 16:00-21:00 so that you can time it perfectly and…
  3. Park your trailer at the car park (location TBC) in Cork City, between 18:00-22:00. 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).

Crew Buses

  • 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.

Safety Briefing

There will be a 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

Race Regulations

For full Race Regulations, please check here.

Prizes & Awards

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.

Participant Events

  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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