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Round Ireland Yacht 2024 Race Updates from Wicklow Sailing Club
In the 2022 race, Cinnamon Girl finished eighth overall and second in the Two-Handed class to the Sunfast 3300 Bellino (Deb Fish), a British entry from the Royal Ocean Racing Club that has also registered an interest in the 2024 race
The latest campaign to enter June's 2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race is Saturday's keynote speakers at the ICRA National Conference in Dun Laoghaire. Sam Hunt and Cian McCarthy have signed up the successful doublehanded Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl from…
Laurent Charmy’s J/111 SL Energies Groupe Fastwave from France was the narrow overall winner of the 2022 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow, closely ahead of the J/99 Snapshot (Mike & Richard Evans, Howth YC)
It’s one thing to declare an interest in contesting an up-coming iteration of the biennial 704-mile SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow. But it is quite something else to divvy up an entry fee, and sign on the dotted…
Director of Services at Wicklow County Council Michael Nicholson, Senator Pat Casey, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Commodore of Wicklow Sailing Club Karen Kissane, Head of offshore Ireland at SSE Renewables Barry Kilcline, Director of Services at Wicklow County Council Lorraine Gallagher, Kyran O’Grady of Wicklow Sailing Club and Head of Finance at Wicklow County Council Brian Gleeson at the launch of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 2024 in Wicklow County Campus
Wicklow Sailing Club has officially launched its 2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race with entries coming in as soon as race registration opened. Event details were announced on Monday, January 29th, at the official launch in the Wicklow County…
Nigel Biggs and Dave Cullen in the First 50 Checkmate XX are one of the first entries received for June's 2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow Sailing Club
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Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine from France is RORC “Yacht of the Year” 2023. TM’s owner has indicated a strong interest in returning to contest the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race on June 22nd 2024
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In six month's time, the 700-mile Round Ireland race starts from Wicklow Sailing Club
Six months to the start and Wicklow Sailing Club has sounded the first gun for its SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 2024.  The East Coast club has set a high target for entries, but as Afloat reported previously, they…
Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine from France, seen here on the way to winning the 2022 Middle Sea Race, is RORC “Yacht of the Year” 2023. TM’s owner has indicated a strong interest in returning to contest the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race on June 22nd 2024
We know that the biennial SSE Renewables 700-mile Round Ireland Race from Wicklow is a significant fixture in the international calendar. We know it well, because since its inception through the dedication of the late Michael Jones and his voluntary…
A historic collection of silverware is awarded to RORC season winners
Wicklow Sailing Club's Kyran O'Grady flew the flag for the 2024 Round Ireland Race at last weekend's 2023 Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Annual Dinner and Prize Giving at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London. O'Grady was able to brief some…
Liam Shanahan Snr.

Liam Shanahan Snr

21st September 2023 National YC
Afloat.ie regret to record the death of National Yacht Club member and former Trustee Mr. Liam Shanahan Snr. Liam and his wife Emir and family have been stalwart members of the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour for many years.  "Together with their family,…
The Great Partnership - Piet Vroon with his shipmates in yet another successful Tonnere de Breskens
Irish sailing has lost one of its best international friends and loyal supporters with the death at the age of 93 of Piet Vroon, who was the very epitome of the reality that in The Netherlands, we find Europe's leading…
The date of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2024 from Wicklow Sailing Club is Saturday, June 22. Pictured above is ICRA Boat of the Year, the J99 Snapshot from Howth off Wicklow Head, which finished second overall in the 2022 race
Wicklow Sailing Club organisers are aiming high for the next SSE Renewables-sponsored Round Ireland Yacht Race in just over 12 months' time. The 2024 edition of the race marks the 22nd running of Ireland’s premier offshore sailing event and will start on…
The team to beat – Round Ireland Two-handed Record Holders Cat Hunt and Pam Lee of Greystones 
Everyone seems to relish the idea of sailing round Ireland. Indeed, such is our appreciation of it that it all seems to mean different things to different people. To start with, how far is it? Time was when you’d be…
Mike and Richie Evans new J/99 Snapshot was an instant success with victory in the 2021 Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale
Ever since Fintan Cairns of Dun Laoghaire and the late Jim Donegan of Cork brought the Irish Cruiser-Racer Association into being twenty years ago, ICRA’s Annual Conference & AGM has provided a fascinating overview of the state of play in…
The late Brian Murphy’s lengthened and up-rigged Hydro 28 Crazy Jane in her glory days around 1995. In 1995 - Howth YC’s Centenary Year - Team Murphy’s many achievements included overall victory in the Moneley Oyster Pearl at Carlingford from a record fleet, and a class win in the biggest class in the Centenary Autumn League at Howth
When the brief notice of the death of Brian Murphy at the age of 77 was posted on the Howth YC Facebook page recently, the response from members said everything about a remarkable - indeed a unique - sailing enthusiast…
The late Brian Murphy's 28ft Crazy Jane gets the best of the first Round Ireland Race start at Wicklow in 1980

Brian Murphy RIP

12th January 2023 Howth YC
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death of Brian Murphy of Howth. A popular sailor of multiple interests, he was renowned for his ingenious solutions to many challenges of marine engineering in all its forms. A veteran of the first Round…
A new race entry system 'SailRaceHQ' has been launched by RORC
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has launched a new race entry system SailRaceHQ, replacing the old Sailgate system with immediate effect. 'Following a three-year study and build programme, SailRaceHQ is a totally new system that has many advantages and…

Round Ireland Yacht Race Information

The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland's classic offshore yacht race 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 reference page.

2020 Round Ireland Race

The 2020 race, the 21st edition, was the first race to be rescheduled then cancelled.

Following Government restrictions over COVID-19, a decision on the whether or not the 2020 race can be held was made on April 9 2020 to reschedule the race to Saturday, August 22nd. On July 27th, the race was regrettably cancelled due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19.

Because of COVID-19, the race had to have a virtual launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club for its 21st edition

In spite of the pandemic, however, a record entry was in prospect for 2020 with 50 boats entered with four weeks to go to the race start. The race was also going big on size and variety to make good on a pre-race prediction that the fleet could reach 60. An Irish offshore selection trial also looked set to be a component part of the 2020 race.

The rescheduling of the race to a news date emphasises the race's national significance, according to Afloat here

FAQs

704 nautical miles, 810 miles or 1304 kilometres

3171 kilometres is the estimate of Ireland's coastline by the Ordnance Survey of Ireland.

SSE Renewables are the sponsors of the 2020 Round Ireland Race.

Wicklow Sailing Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London and The Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dublin.

Off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, August 22nd 2020

Monohulls 1300 hrs and Multihulls 13.10 hrs

Leave Ireland and all its islands (excluding Rockall) to starboard.

It depends on the boat. The elapsed record time for the race is under 40 hours but most boats take five or six days to complete the course.

The Race Tracker is https://afloat.ie/sail/events/round-ireland/item/25789-round-ireland-yacht-race-tracker-2016-here.

The idea of a race around Ireland began in 1975 with a double-handed race starting and finishing in Bangor organised by Ballyholme Yacht Club with stopovers in Crosshaven and Killybegs. That race only had four entries. In 1980 Michael Jones put forward the idea of a non-stop race and was held in that year from Wicklow Sailing Club. Sixteen pioneers entered that race with Brian Coad’s Raasay of Melfort returning home after six days at sea to win the inaugural race. Read the first Round Ireland Yacht Race 1980 Sailing Instructions here

 

The Round Ireland race record of 38 h 37 min 7 s is held by MOD-70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail and was set in June 2016.

George David’s Rambler 88 (USA) holds the fastest monohull race time of two days two hours 24 minutes and 9 seconds set in the 2016 race.

William Power's 45ft Olivia undertook a round Ireland cruise in September 1860

 

Richard Hayes completed his solo epic round Ireland voyage in September 2018 in a 14-foot Laser dinghy. The voyage had seen him log a total of 1,324 sea miles (2,452 kilometres) in 54 sailing days. in 1961, the Belfast Lough Waverly Durward crewed by Kevin and Colm MacLaverty and Mick Clarke went around Ireland in three-and-a-half weeks becoming the smallest keelboat ever to go round. While neither of these achievements occurred as part of the race they are part of Round Ireland sailing history

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At A Glance – Round Ireland Yacht Race 2024

Race start: Off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, June 22 2024

There will be separate starts for monohulls and multihulls.

Race course:  leave Ireland and all its islands (excluding Rockall) to starboard.

Race distance: is approximately 704 nautical miles or 1304 kilometres.

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