Event Manager: Joya Kuin

Event Administrator: Deirdre McCaffrey


+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 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 the Friday before the race 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 morning we will open Registration 10:00-12:00 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 the Saturday of the race. A mandatory Participant Safety Briefing will also be given. 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.
  • 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 2017: 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.

Opening hours: 

  • Friday between 18:00 and 21:00
  • 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 16:00-21:00
  2. Offload your trailer / Launch your boat between 16:00-20:00 so that you can time it perfectly and…
  3. Park your trailer at the Kennedy Quay car park in Cork City, between 17:00-21:00. 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 for those who have already left their boats at the start. This bus will arrive in time for the mandatory Safety Briefing.
  • To Monkstown: This year we will also organise a minibus to the Monkstown Start, leaving from Albert Quay in Cork (outside the Idle Hour Pub).

Tickets cost €5 pp and need to be purchased through the Active registration system (under additional purchases) before midnight on Sunday 27 May.

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): 2018 time TBC
  • Monkstown (Sand Quay slip): 2018 time TBC

Race Start

The provisional first start time from Crosshaven is 14:30. Boats will start to arrive at the finish line around 16:30.


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.

Race Regulations

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 after the race at the Clayton Hotel on Lapp’s Quay.

Don’t forget…

  • 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.

Participant Events

  • Meet the Crews! Friday 1 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 generally got over 200 boats taking part 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 2 June, from 15:00 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: Time TBC 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 2 – 10 June 2018 with over 60 different maritime events. Details will appear on