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Round Ireland powerboat race announced

13th March 2009

The toughest endurance powerboat event on the international circuit – the 2010 Round Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race – will take place from the 8th to the 15th of May 2010, it has been confirmed. Circumnavigating the entire 800-mile coast of Ireland, it will prove a severe test for even the most experienced powerboat enthusiasts, with the Atlantic leg being unique to world racing.

The race is organised by the Irish Offshore Powerboat Racing Club in conjunction with the ISA and the UIM, the International Powerboat Racing Authority. Run under the international rules of the UIM and working closely with the ISA, the organisers say that all safety, marine and environmental conventions will be strictly observed.

Competitors from all over the world means that this is a major international event, and the five days of racing for the 50 entrants will provide a tough test of man and machine. With stages ranging from 180 to 210 miles, with a short mid-way course race of between 70 and 100 miles, this is not an event for the faint-hearted.

There will be time allowed for repairs and some Irish hospitality, of course, and the organisers hope to create a showpiece event both on and off the water, highlighting Ireland and it’s marine and boating tourism potential. All four venues are planned to facilitate both on- and off-shore requirements.

More information from the Irish Offshore Powerboat Racing Club, tel 087 253 4849 Team

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