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East of Carrigaline lies Crosshaven where the Owenboy River enters Cork Harbour. This sheltered fishing port is also one of the major international sailing centres in Ireland. Here you will find the headquarters of the Royal Cork Yacht Club with the charter of the oldest Yacht Club in the world. It was founded in 1720. Cork Week is an international biannual sailing regatta that is hosted in Crosshaven and the whole area explodes with colour as hundreds of boats and thousands of crew descend on the town. Competitive day time racing is offset by the many wild parties that happen on shore giving the event a legendary reputation.

Tim Severin’s boat, “Brendan”, with which he crossed the Atlantic in imitation of St. Brendan was built here.

The angling specialities here are shark, bottom and wreck fishing. As well as Cork Harbour itself the fishing grounds include the area east and west of the harbour mouth at Roches Point. Visiting boat operators should note that Cork Harbour is a busy commercial harbour with a lot of traffic.

There are beaches, secluded coves and cliff walks in the Crosshaven area. Church Bay, Myrtleville and Weaver’s Point are popular bathing places.


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