The Chace Cup: A Club Event that Appeals to Sailing and Social Members

A simple idea to bridge the gap between social and sailing members

In many clubs, there’s a level of competition between sailing events and social events, and satisfying both sets of members is a standing challenge. At Royal Cork Yacht Club, some of the better solutions involve both.

Despite the grey day, a party atmosphere prevailed both on land and at sea for this year’s traditional Admiral’s Chace in the Royal Cork Yacht Club. “The Chace” is a family fun day for all members. All boats—motor and sail—are encouraged to join.

Led by Admiral Colin Morehead around beautiful Cork Harbour, the day is about spending fun time on the water.

Admiral Morehead headed off with his entourage in high spirits followed by a fleet of mixed yachts and motorboats in pursuit on Saturday afternoon, each enjoying their own pre-party aboard.



First Gun was at 1500. The Admiral directed the fleet by flag and sound signal, the latter provided by the club cannon which was onboard for the day.

Five-gun salutes were given by the Admiral at the two former clubhouses of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, one at the Sirius Building in Cobh and the second at Haulbowline, now home to the Irish Naval Service, but originally the location of the first Royal Cork Club House in 1720.

The fleet then returned to the Clubhouse in Cobh finishing off the evening with a Midsummer BBQ held on the lawn of the club, enjoyed by all.