“This was a necessary test. These boats usually only race very long distances offshore but Cork Harbour is particularly special,” commented Venture Cup racing director, Peter Dredge. “We’ve been working hard with the Port of Cork to deliver a really great in-harbour course for the first leg of the race,” he added.
“This is a truly wonderful adventure,” remarked Venture’s Stuart Walker. “We’re bringing the event to Cork and Ireland because we know how well people here react to major events, and we intend to put on a show that people will be talking about fondly for decades.”
After the inshore leg, the fleet heads westwards, stopping into Dingle, Galway, Killybegs and Belfast, before heading southwards to Dublin for the closing weekend on Saturday June 18.