The Heir Island Regatta is an annual fixture on the West Cork sailing calendar and gives visitors a great chance to see sailing skills in use.

The regatta is based at Heir Island Sailing School with the racing taking place within the sheltered waters of Roaringwater Bay. Across all ages, competition on the water is keen, but regatta day is not just about sailing — it is traditionally a day when people come to the island from the surrounding area to watch the action on the water, enjoy a picnic on the beach and join in the BBQ and festive atmosphere on shore.

A number of different types of yacht take part including the local Heir Island Sloops and Heir Island Lobster Boats in addition to smaller sailing boats and dinghies. A kayak race takes place from the shore.

Proceeds raised on the day go to the Baltimore Lifeboat Station and the Heir Island Community Council.


13:00 – Registration at Heir Island Sailing School

13:30 – The regatta itself will begin with a Skipper’s Briefing at the Heir Island Sailing School

14:30 – Provisional Race Start

Prize Giving, Raffle and BBQ will follow race

ENTRY FEE (payable at Briefing)

Start times and course will be announced by the Race Officer

The following classes are invited to race:

Heir Island Lobster Boats – €20
Heir Island Sloops – €20
Dublin Bay Mermaids / NAT 18 – €20
Glenua 570s – €20
Topaz Dinghies – €10
Mixed Dinghies – €10
Kayaks will race from the shore – Free

Entry fee payable on registration
All participants do so entirely at their own risk