2010 Cork Clipper Festival
The first stopover in Europe for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race since it departed the UK last September 2009 was Cork, Irelend where a festival, Cork Clipper Festival was held 7th-9th July, 2010.
This was the official website for the Cork Clipper Festival.
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages as well as other sources.
Take a nostalgic trip back to 2010 to learn more about the Cork Clipper project which was funded by Failte Ireland, the Cork City Council and the Cork County Council.
02-07 July 2010 – Kinsale
07-09 July 2010 – Cork City
Cork Clipper Festival 7th-9th July, 2010
After an amazing week of festivities the Clipper Fleet have left to start the final leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The yachts left in the traditional Parade of Sail from Port of Cork City Marina at 13.30 today, but the party conitnues!
50 Free Events featuring over 200 performers! Th Race Village main stage will feature The Lynch Mob and the Roaring Forties before global internet sensation Crystal Swing appearing at 7pm. The festival will be closed by Galway’s favourite sons, The Walls, at 8pm.
The Cork Clipper project is funded by Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council with the principal objective of promoting Cork as a tourism and business destination around the world. Working alongside Tourism Ireland, Cork has been promoted to consumers, trade and the media in key markets.
Cork Clipper Highlights
The Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race started from the Humber on the east coast of the UK on 13 September 2009. Tourism Ireland organized a consumer and media promotion in Hull– the crew onboard Cork Clipper feasted on black pudding, Irish cheese and smoked salmon and of course homemade brown bread as their last taste of Cork before setting sail for their 35,000 nm race around the world. Mayor of County Cork Councillor Derry Canty and Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Councillor Laura McGonigle were onboard to wish the crew a safe and successful race.
La Rochelle, France – His Excellency Paul Kavanagh, the Irish Ambassador to France, took time out from his busy schedule and travelled from the Embassy in Paris to La Rochelle in order to meet with the skipper and crew of Cork, Ireland. They were presented with an Irish traditional Bodhrán to reflect the rhythm and spirit of the Cork Clipper.
The Cork team have been a popular addition to the Race and won the leg from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. The Cork team was guest of honour at an event hosted by Irish Ambassador Colin Wrafter, which was attended by top South African tour operators and travel media contacts. Sir Robin Knox Johnston, founder of the Clipper Race, was also present at the event. Tourism Ireland’s marketing activity in South Africa included a special Ireland promotion which ran for the week on popular radio station Cape Talk and was heard by almost 150,000 people. The promotion featured a competition for listeners to win a fantastic trip to Cork in July for the Cork Clipper festival.
Sadly, in the early hours of January 14th, the yacht struck a submerged reef in the Java Sea and had to be subsequently abandoned. On the advice of marine surveyor and salvage experts, she was deemed unrecoverable. Crew was safely rescued and continued their adventure on board one of the other nine yachts. Clipper has sourced a replacement boat for the Irish team and Cork will return to the race track in all her green and red glory when race 9 starts from Panama.
March 15th 2010 – new Cork Clipper skipper, Hannah Jenner was announced and plans were released for the development of Cork City pontoons which will host the Clipper Race in July but will also add a new mooring facility for leisure craft to visit the City of Cork. This will be a permanent legacy from the Clipper Round the World Yacht race visiting Cork.
April 8th 2010 – The Lord Mayor Councillor Dara Murphy, accompanied by Lady Mayoress Tanya Murphy, today welcomed the new Cork Clipper Skipper Hannah Jenner and crew at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. Club Director Jonathon Bailey joined the Mayoral couple in welcoming the new skipper to San Francisco where she too met her new crew for the first time since being made Skipper 3 weeks ago.
Clipper fans may note that you may have seen a bigger presence online - in fact you may be reading this because our internet outreach. Many outlets agree to carry our press releases. In addition we have secured the services of the highly regarded search consultancy TNG/Earthling. This tech savvy US firm has expanded our ability to reach a greater audience of avid Clipper followers when they search for us in Google. As of this posting of the event we are #1 for searches of Cork Clipper Festival.
Race start from the Humber, UK: 13 September 2009
La Rochelle, France: ETA 18-20 September, depart 22 September
Rio de Janeiro: depart 27 October
Cape Town, South Africa: ETA 14-16 November
Cape Town: depart 22 or 23 November
Geraldton-Greenough, Western Australia: ETA 14-18 December
Geraldton-Greenough: depart 3 January 2010
Singapore: arrive 23 January, depart 2 February
Qingdao: depart 2 March
California: ETA 1-5 April
California: depart 19 April
Panama: ETA 11-12 May, ETD 18 May
Jamaica: depart 24 May
New York: ETA 2 June, depart 6 June
Cork in the Clipper Race
Around half the Cork crew have no previous sailing experience – but what all of them have in common is that they have put their everyday lives as air traffic controllers, bankers, interior designers, taxi drivers, lawyers, and students on hold to take on this incredible challenge. The Cork Clipper crew age from 25 to 61 year of age and 40% of the sailors are female. The original Cork Clipper carried 17 crew, who with a watch system in operation onboard, sleep on average for only 2 and a half hours at a time.
Cork Clipper Crew
|Round the world crew
SKIPPER – Hannah Jenner
Born in Surrey, Hannah grew up in Shrewsbury in the heart of England, perhaps not the most obvious place to produce a round the world skipper. “It’s about as far away from the water as you can get, she laughs, “but then, Dame Ellen McArthur grew up in Derbyshire so it must be something about being landlocked!
After getting a degree in English from Southampton University, where she sailed with their racing team, Hannah went straight on to Hamble School of Yachting to get her qualifications to be a cruising instructor so she could teach sailing. Since then she has racked up more than 130,000 miles and raced across the Atlantic nine times – the stage from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia to Kinsale and Cork will be her tenth transatlantic race.
Hannah has worked with Clipper since 2004 in a number of roles. As a training skipper she has helped prepare crews for three editions of the Clipper Race and took the helm of Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper in the 07-08 race, successfully leading her team to a podium finish and the Scottish team’s highest ever placing in four campaigns – third overall. Her highly professional attitude and appreciation of the commercial requirements of sponsors also makes her a much requested skipper for corporate and team building events.
Since making her mark in Clipper 07-08 she has developed a reputation as one of the rising stars of the British ocean racing scene. In 2009 she completed a double-handed Fastnet Race, raced across the Atlantic on the Open 60 Aviva and ran the New York Marathon having started running just four months previously.
Hannah Jenner will celebrate her 30th birthday as she races into Kinsale as the skipper of Cork’s entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.
Round the World Crew
Noreen Osborne, 30 is a Customer Services Duty Manager at Belfast International Airport and is originally from Lisburn. She knew she had to do the Clipper when she heard about the experience of a previous crew member from Northern Ireland. Noreen probably has more ocean experience than any other crew having sailed across the Atlantic with her uncle in the 40ft steel boat that he built himself where they encountered a tropical storm and a twister!
Marco Giana, 26 is originally from Hobart, Tasmania. He started travelling around Europe but loved Ireland so much he decided to stay! He works as an IT Consultant in Dublin but is taking a year out to complete the biggest challenge of his life.
Orla Mellett, 29 from Galway is a corporate banker in London. She learnt to sail as a student in Chicago and Howth. She loves to sing and intends to continue to do so onboard – hopefully her crew members think the same! Orla has linked up with two charities, Croí and Aware and has set up her own website www.orlamellett.com Her greatest fear of the race is that the boat might capsize while she is asleep!
Michael Lewis, age 30 currently living in Derby, UK but originally from Dublin is an engineer. He applied to Clipper because he really wanted to challenge himself and do something memorable. Although Michael suffers from epilepsy, it is controlled so he can do the race. Michael has set up his own website www.lewisroundtheworld.com where he is hoping supporters will contribute to his chosen charities for epilepsy research and support.
Kevin Austen, age 25 is a law student from Dublin who is taking a year out. Kevin is one of the few crew with good sailing experience as he has been sailing since he was a child in Dun Laoghaire. He has also won rugby at college level and will be bringing his lucky Leinster jersey onboard Cork!
Keith Hale, age 49, Interior/kitchen designer