The WIM Series will kick off 2014 in the beautiful waters of Cork Harbour, Ireland, under the protective shadow of Camden Fort Meagher (http://camdenfortmeagher.ie) in just two weeks.
Aerial view of Cambden Fort Meagher and Crosshaven (Image: courtesy of robertbatemanphotography.com)
The harbour itself is quite unique.
It is a natural harbour and estuary at the mouth of the River Lee in County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. It is one of the largest natural harbours in the world by navigational area, very much like Halifax Harbour in Canada and Poole Harbour in England.
This area of sheltered water dotted with many islands has a relatively wide entrance with shallow water in the middle, opening out into a large expanse of water and shoreline.
The harbour has a lot to offer those of you who love to be on the water, space to enjoy a pleasure sail, or an international racing event. Where the racing itself will take place is the last point of call before you’re out into the Atlantic, because of this, there is plenty of wind, but also shelter, giving competitors a unique sailing experience.
The sailing base for the week: Crosshaven at the foot of Cork harbor (Image: courtesy of robertbatemanphotography.com)
Dotted all around the harbour you will find some lovely beaches and towns to enjoy. Cobh is one such place, with its Cathedral towering over the town with incredible views below.
It is also the last place passengers boarded the Titanic before its final journey, a story told by their wonderful interpretive centre.