World’s oldest yacht club goes on cinematic whale hunt

The world’s oldest yacht club is venturing into uncharted waters tonight by hosting its first ever cinema screening.

John Houston’s classic Moby Dick, which starred Gregory Peck and was shot in Youghal, East Cork, will be screened at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) in Crosshaven at 8pm by the Crosshaven Film Club.

Film club founder Joleen Cronin said they are very excited to be hosting such a famous film with close Cork connections.

“There are lots of people throughout Cork who were involved in the making of the film and it’s a real celebration of movie making and special effects for its time,” she said.

“It’s great to be able to showcase the movie in a cinema setting for an audience who may have never seen it before.”

RCYC general manager Gavin Deane said they are delighted to facilitate the screening.

Critics say Houston’s 1956 movie remains very close to Herman Melville’s novel which tells the story of a demented Captain Ahab, who is engaged in the pursuit of the terrifying Moby Dick, the great whale to whom he lost his leg.

To mark tonight’s screening, locals have built a Moby Dick sperm whale replica near the village roundabout.

Among those attending is sailor Sophie Brown, 14, who recently won Silver at the World Optimist Championships in New Zealand, and who was awarded the Afloat Magazine Sailor of Month in Jan 2012.

The RCYC has recently been awarded Five Gold Anchors for its marina facilities by The Yacht Harbour Association.

The RCYC is also looking forward to hosting its biannual regatta Cork Week from Jul 7-13 this year which attracts sailors from all over the world.

Crosshaven Film Club is supported by access>CINEMA and the Arts Council of Ireland and host monthly screenings during winter months in Cronin’s Pub. The club is now in its third year and shows a mix of classic, arthouse and Irish film.

* Tickets for tonight’s screening, priced €10, are available from the RCYC office, from Cronin’s Pub or by contacting crosshavenfilmclub@gmail.com.

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