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Strong Interest in 2024 Inishtearaght Race as Kinsale Yacht Club Reports Eight Entries in First 24 hours

19th February 2024
The Carroll Brothers Elan 40, Chancer from the host club pictured above starting the inaugural 2022 Inishtearaght Race are entered for May's 2024 240-mile offshore race from Kinsale Yacht Club
The Carroll Brothers Elan 40, Chancer from the host club pictured above starting the inaugural 2022 Inishtearaght Race are entered for May's 2024 240-mile offshore race from Kinsale Yacht Club

Online entry has opened for May's 2024 Inishtearaght Race, and Kinsale Yacht Club is reporting a strong south coast entry for the 240-miler.

As well as the defending champion, Cinnamon Girl, the Sunfast 3300 was sailed by Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt. Four other host club boats were early sign-ups. Finbarr O'Regan's J109 Artful DodJer, Tom Roche's Salona 45 Meridian, Tony O’Brien's First 44.7 White Tiger, and the Carroll Brothers Elan 40, Chancer are all entered.

Following a successful inaugural race in 2022, the date for the 2024 offshore fixture has been set to start on Friday, 24th May 2024.

The eight-boat entry received for the 2024 races already eclipses the seven boats that sailed in 2022's first race.

The date has been fixed to be one month before the Round Ireland Race 2024 to allow those competitors to take part in a shorter shake-down race before the 700-mile circumnavigation on 22nd June.

"We are seeing strong interest in the race this year, with eight entries received in the first 24 hours of entries being taken", Kinsale Yacht Club's Rear-Commodore, Dave Cullinane, told Afloat.

Inishtearaght is the westernmost of the Blasket Islands off the County Kerry coast. 

Cullinane says the race "should be an ideal preparation race for any boats taking part in June's Round Ireland Race".

Schull Harbour Sailing Club's J109 Tighey Boy (Tony OBrien) is also entered, as is Round Ireland entrant Noel Coleman's Blue Oyster from Royal Cork.  Kenneth Cunnane's Swan 46 Mynx from Tralee Bay Sailing Club completes the entries received to date.

This year, yellowbrick onboard GPS tracker units have been ordered for the fleet to add an extra dimension for competitors and supporters.

Online entry is here for the Matthews of Cork sponsored race Team

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About Kinsale Yacht Club's Inishtearaght Offshore Yacht Race

To meet growing demand for offshore racing, Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore Matthias Hellstern along with Dave Cullinane (SCORA Vice-Commodore) launched the inaugural Inishtearaght Race in Kinsale on Wednesday, December 23rd in 2021.

The race is a new south coast offshore race to be held biennially commencing in 2022.


The course will be approximately 240nm long and will run along the spectacular coast of West Cork and Kerry, round Inistearaght island and back to Kinsale. The first race start is scheduled for Friday, 20th May 2022 with a fleet of seven entries for the first race.


The Thuillier family have kindly allowed the oldest trophy in Kinsale YC to be presented as the line honours trophy for the race. The Thuillier Cup is 150 years old, having been originally presented by the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers in 1871 and won by Michael Thuillier. The cup was presented to Kinsale YC by the Thuillier family to acknowledge the long tradition of yacht racing in Kinsale.