BY KIERAN O’MAHONY
THE Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), which is the oldest in the world, is entering an exclusive club after it entered into a twinning agreement with Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM). They are the first Club to have been invited to twin with YCM since 2006 and the only club in Ireland and England to have this arrangement.
Gavin Deane, general manager of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, which was founded in 1720, recently travelled to a reception in Monaco at their newly built yacht club, which was hosted by Prince Albert, President of YCM, who recently became a member of RCYC. Gavin met with Prince Albert and the Clubs Board Committee at a private reception in the club and he signed the twinning agreement, exchanged framed Club burgees, club history books and club ties Over 1,500 people attended the twinning reception with RCYC and the event also welcomed new members to YCM. YCM have reciprocal arrangements with 51 clubs worldwide, but only have twinning agreement with 15 clubs.
The relationship between the two clubs has flourished over the past five or six years and the RCYC send an Optimist team to race at an event in Monaco every January. Gavin Deane was also joined by other RCYC members including Eddie Jordan and Harry Gibbins, both of whom reside in Monaco and oversee members of RCYC.