In association with Irish Sailing
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.
Following Government restrictions over COVID-19, a decision on the whether or not the 2020 race can be held is expected to be made at the end of April 2020. Already the race has had to have a virtual launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club for its 21st edition. In spite of the setbacks, however, a record entry is in prospect for 2020 with 41 boats entered with ten weeks to go to the race start. The race is 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 looks set to be a component part of the 2020 race.
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, June 20th 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 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.
Skipper Kenny Rumball of the J109 yacht 'Jedi' faced that very problem in the 2018 race. How he dealt with it led to a RORC Award. He describes in detail the MOB recovery procedure he used 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. Full details of this first circuit are here
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. Full story on these circumnavigations here.
|2018||Baraka GP||Niall Dowling||Baraka GP||Niall Dowling||3:23:20:44||48||41|
|2016||Rambler 88||George David||Rambler 88||George David||2:02:24:09||50||37|
|2014||Tanit||Richard Harris||Monster Project||David Ryan||4:04:25:25||36||33|
|2012||Inis Mor||Bernard & Laurent Gouy||Green Dragon||Enda O'Coineen||3:17:01:16||37||37|
|2010||Tonnerre de Breskens 3||Piet Vroon||Tonnerre de Breskens 3||Piet Vroon||3:16:03:50||37||36|
|2008||Ireland West||Aodhan Fitzgerald||ICAP Leopard||Mike Slade||2:17:48:47||41||30|
|2006||Cavatina||Eric Lisson||Konica Minolta Zara||4:04:57:30||39||36|
|2004||Calyx Voice & Data||Eamon Crosbie||O2 Team Spirit||David Nixon||3:04:48:39||47||37|
|2002||Cavatina||Eric Lisson||Team Tonic||Nick Hewson||3:11:34:50||28||24|
|2000||Imp||George Radley||Fenix||R Balding||5:12:41:10||28||26|
|1998||Jeep Cherokee||Colm Barrington||Jeep Cherokee||Colm Barrington||3:04:23:57||38||27|
|1996||Big Ears||Michael Boyd||Bridgestone||Mike Slade||3:15:58:58||55||55|
|1994||Bridgestone||Peter Wilson||Virgin City Jet||Dix/Power/Barrington||3:16:30:33||53||36|
|1992||Whirlpool||Colm Barrington||Whirlpool||Colm Barrington||4:00:43:06||46||33|
|1990||Rothmans||Laurie Smith||Rothmans||Laurie Smith||3:12:56:06||61||35|
|1988||Lightning||Liam Shanahan||Moonduster||Denis Doyle||4:20:15:46||52||42|
|1986||Spirit||R. Burrows||Mazda Drum||M. O'Leary/T. Power||4:03:35:43||27||27|
|1984||Moonduster||Denis Doyle||Moonduster||Denis Doyle||4:03:45:25||17||13|
|1980||Raasay of Melfort||B. Coad||Force Ten-Sion||A.J. Vernon/J.S. Morris||5:15:02:27||16||10|
Race start: Off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, June 20th 2020.
There will be separate starts for monohulls and multihulls.
Starting times: Monohulls 1300 hrs and Multihulls 13.10 hrs.
Race course: leave Ireland and all its islands (excluding Rockall) to starboard.
Race distance: is approximately 704 nautical miles or 1304 kilometres.