More than 570 people have got behind an online campaign to try and bring the Tall Ships spectacle to Cork.
More than 40 vessels have arrived in the Dublin docks with a four-day festival to begin on Thursday, which is estimated to attract up to a million visitors.
The fleet arrived from Coruna in Spain having already travelled from St Malo in France and across the Bay of Biscay to Lisbon in Portugal.
This will be the second time that a stage of the event has been held in Dublin since the Tall Ships last came to Cork in 1991. In that time the fleet has also arrived twice in Waterford.
The Facebook page for the campaign says Cork is now “long overdue” a visit and cites the atmosphere it would create and also the number of visitors to would arrive here as reasons why it should be held here.
Marine journalist Tom McSweeney, who was part of the organising committee in 1991, said the event 21 years ago was deemed to be one of the most successful ever with the Tall Ships getting far more TV coverage than they have received in the visits to Dublin and Waterford.
However, he said he could not see the event ever being staged here again, due to the new rules adopted by Sail Training International, who oversee the race.
Mr McSweeney explained: “When the Tall Ships came here in 1991 it was a huge success and the amount of TV coverage it got has never been matched since.
“As some of the bigger boats could not come into the harbour they instead docked in Cobh. That only added to the festival, but when we went for it again we were told that the rules had changed. Sail Training International will only pick areas which allow the fleet to stay together and not be divided.”
The bigger boats are unable to come into Cork Harbour due to overhead electricity cables going across the harbour and serving Ringaskiddy.
Well-known Cork sailor Eddie English said: “Cobh is only 20 minutes from Cork, so it shouldn’t take from the Tall Ships coming here. We have the infrastructure here to do it again if we got the opportunity.”