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First Round Ireland Yacht Race 1980 Sailing Instructions

9th May 2018
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Dawn patrol 1980, with an unforgettable experience many have shared since. It is the finish of the first Round Ireland Race at Wicklow, with Dave FitzGerald’s 40ft Partizan from Galway coming out of the sunrise to place second in line honours. The Sailing Instructions for the first race are viewable below Dawn patrol 1980, with an unforgettable experience many have shared since. It is the finish of the first Round Ireland Race at Wicklow, with Dave FitzGerald’s 40ft Partizan from Galway coming out of the sunrise to place second in line honours. The Sailing Instructions for the first race are viewable below Photo: Afloat Magazine

There will be some in the 2018 race who remember the first Round Ireland Yacht race in 1980. Back then, within a few weeks of the preliminary race programme being published, more than 50 requests for it were received. As we all know the enthusiasm continues for the Round Ireland 38 years later on its 20th staging of the race. For those who’d like to see the original race details for the first time and for those folk who’d like a look down memory lane afloat.ie has published them below. Thanks to inaugural race skipper John Hall for keeping his copy nice and safe! 

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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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