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Royal St. George's J122 Aurelia Returns to Kinsale for Inishtearaght Offshore Race

10th May 2024
The 2022 Inistearaght Race line honours winner Aurelia (meaning the 'golden one') skippered by Chris Power Smith
The 2022 Inistearaght Race line honours winner Aurelia (meaning the 'golden one') skippered by Chris Power Smith Credit: Afloat

With just two weeks to go until the start of Kinsale Yacht Club's biennial Inishtearaght Race sponsored by the Matthews Centre, all of the boats that raced the 2022 edition are returning for another shot at offshore glory in the 280-miler along the Cork and Kerry coastline.

In addition to the local boats from Kinsale and Crosshaven (including the inaugural doublehanded race winner), this May 24th race will also feature visitors from Kilmore Quay (Prime Suspect), Tralee Bay (Mynx), and Waterford Harbour (Bjorn).

Of particular note is the return of the 2022 line honours winner skippered by Chris Power Smith, hailing from Dublin Bay's Royal St George Yacht Club.

The hardy ISORA competitor is back in top form after tackling the early season Viking Marine April Coastal Series on Dublin Bay and is warming up for June's Round Ireland Race, racing cross-channel to Wales in this weekend's 90-mile ISORA fixture before heading to the south coast.

Aurelia is one of the biggest entries in the Inistearaght Race, so there's a chance her Dun Laoghaire Harbour crew will make it back in time for the Rugby Champions Cup Final on Saturday; a deadline sure to please the keen Leinster supporters onboard.

Organisers will be using YBTrackers on all boats.

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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.