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Round Ireland Yacht Race Updates from Wicklow Sailing Club
Corum, a French entry in the 2018 Round Ireland race. Wicklow Sailing Club has announced dates for the 2020 race this month
Wicklow Sailing Club has written to competitors and supporters alike to fix the date of the 2020 Round Ireland race as Saturday, June 20 2020. Ireland's classic 700-mile offshore race has been buoyed up by some bumper fleets over the…
A grand fair wind drives the 80-year-old classic gaff ketch Maybird across the Wicklow finish line to set an extended Volvo Round Ireland Race record of 9 days 22 hours and 35 minutes
When the 1937-vintage Tyrrell of Arklow-built 43ft gaff ketch Maybird (Darryl Hughes) finally crossed the line at Wicklow last week to record the longest-ever time for a Volvo Round Ireland Race, little did her crew of eight expect that their…
Maybird has finally got back to Wicklow in a time of nine days and 22 hours
Everyone thought that while the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 from Wicklow was one of the most interesting and unusual ever staged in the race’s 38-year history, it was assumed that no record had been broken writes W M Nixon.…
The Defence Forces crew on Joker II has moved up to second overall
Wicklow Sailing Club says a 'clerical error' on the tracker site for its Volvo Round Ireland Race that provisionally showed the Dublin J122 Aurelia in second place overall on IRC Handicap has now been 'rectified'.  The recalculation puts the Defence…
The successful two-handed Dehler 34 Big Deal from Foynes (Derek and Conor Dillon) just after setting her spinnaker shortly after the start of the Volvo Round Ireland race 2018. All loose lines were soon aboard
The final 90-mile leg of the Round Ireland course, from the South Rock off the County Down coast direct to the Wicklow pierheads, is often the most frustrating writes W M Nixon. You feel the finish is almost within sight,…
Afloat.ie coverage for the 2018 Round Ireland Race had over 30,000 visitors
Afloat.ie had over 30,000 unique visitors to its dedicated Round Ireland Race section of the national boating website for the 2018 race. According to site analytics, readers have been seeking out the in-depth analysis contained in this week's 16-race reports by Afloat's W M…
Commandant Barry Byrne (right) with his father Shea in Wicklow Sailing Club, May 2017. Photo: Angela Higgins
Along the Leinster coast, the summer sea breeze from various points in the east can get a boost from the enormous heat storage unit that is the Greater Dublin area writes W M Nixon. But it’s not something to be…
Mayo entry Blackshell Farm (Louis Mulloy) (above) is chasing Yannick Lemonnier in Port of Galway in the race to be the smallest boat ever to have sailed round Ireland non-stop
Three of the primary positions are now resolved in the 20th Round Ireland Race writes W M Nixon. Niall Dowling (Royal Irish YC) has repeated the remarkable George David/Rambler 88 double of 2016 by taking both Line Honours and the…
Motley crew. The team who brought overall victory Round Ireland victory to Baraka GP – seen here sweeping past Dublin Bay yesterday morning – included a significant totally amateur element, and their “crew livery” certainly seems to support this fact
The fair winds from the northwest, which late last night and early this morning were spreading slowly through the latter half of the Round Ireland fleet off Donegal and then Antrim, now cover the entire remaining race area writes W…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, has kedged just east of Rathlin’s northeast point this evening
Yesterday evening, the all-conquering Baraka GP had enough breeze and hull speed to break through the foul tide at Rathlin Island and Fair Head in some style, writes W M Nixon. But tonight (Wednesday 4 July), there has been no…
Chris Power Smith's Aurelia leads the 'real' Round Ireland race this afternoon off the Antrim coast
When Niall Dowling’s exceptional Ker 43 Baraka GP crossed the finish line at Wicklow at 1320 hrs this afternoon to take Line Honours and put down a very strong marker for the IRC overall win, the way was cleared for…
Baraka GP at Kish Lighthouse this morning, on course as though on rails for the finish and line honours at Wicklow
Niall Dowling’s chartered Ker 43 Baraka GP was across the finish line at Wicklow a few minutes before 1.30pm to comfortably take line honours in the 2018 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race, the 20th staging of this…
Baraka GP pictured shortly after Saturday's Round Ireland start. Now on day five of the race, Niall Dowling's entry has a very clear 7 hour margin and is in a race of her own
After Niall Dowling’s Ker 43 Baraka had led the Volvo Round Ireland fleet by a large margin in successfully negotiating the adverse tides of Rathlin Island yesterday evening, ace navigator Ian Moore (originally of Carrickfergus) had moved his boat and…
Crazy place, crazy lighthouse…….somebody built a classic lighthouse at Rathlin West, but then found the persistent local fog ceiling meant it made more sense to place the light itself at the tower’s base
Three years ago, after he’d navigated a Transatlantic Race winner to a mighty victory, his crewmates said admiringly of Ian Moore that having him aboard as navigator/tactician was as good as narrowing the ocean by at least 150 miles and…
Northern isle – Inishtrahull off the Donegal coast is where the tides resume a major role in the Round Ireland race
When they left the tide-swept Tuskar Rock astern on Saturday night with a cold fair wind helping them on their way, the crews in the Volvo Round Ireland 2018 knew that tidal streams would no longer play a hugely significant…
Paul Kavanagh’s classic Swan 44 CoOperation Ireland (aka Pomeroy Swan) may be sailing in the two-handed division, but she currently leads the Volvo Round Ireland Race overall by three minutes from Stephen Quinn’s J/97 Lambay Rules
The vigorous north to northeast winds which have given the fleet in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 such a tough time as they battled their way up the Atlantic seaboard have now eased and veered further as the leaders…

The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland's classic offshore yacht race that starts from Wicklow Sailing Club (WSC) and is organised jointly with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC). This page details the very latest updates from the 2008 race onwards including the race schedule, yacht entries and the all-important race updates from around the 704-mile course. Keep up to date with the Round Ireland Yacht Race here on this one handy page.

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