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What's On at Round Ireland Yacht Race

14th June 2010
What's On at Round Ireland Yacht Race

There's plenty of entertainment on offer to keep the family amused, here is the SailFest Festival Event Guide and Timetable to help you plan your Round Ireland Yacht Race weekend.

 

Friday 18th June

8-9.30pm:  Official Opening of the Festival by Mayor Irene Winters
followed by Open Air Concert with The Garda Band at Wicklow Sailing Club.


Free Street Entertainment:
7-8pm: Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí, outside Track One, Main Street
8-9pm: Luke and Hazel, at the Market Square


Children’s Entertainment:
7-11pm: McFadden’s Funfair at the Leitrim Green

11pm: Festival Fireworks, South Quay Wicklow.
Celebrations for all the family


Free Open Air Concert, Abbey Street Carpark:
8-9pm: Grim Vandango
9-11pm: Big Digger


Music in the Pubs and Clubs:


Wicklow Sailing Club:
6-8pm: Outdoor Music
8-9.30pm: Open air Concert with The Garda Band
11.30pm-1am: Straw Dogs

The Leitrim Lounge:
7-8pm: First Cut
10-12pm: Those Lazy Babies

Ernie’s Bar:
8pm til late: Traditional Music

The Old Forge:
9.30pm til late: Karaoke Competition
10pm-2am: Music of the Seventies & Eighties in Late Bar

The Grand Hotel:
8pm til late: DJ in Wynne’s Bar
11.30pm-2.30am: Music in Silvers Nightclub

Fitzpatrick’s Bar:
9.30pm-11pm: Superhuman Machine
11pm-12.30am: Backdoor Bandits

 

Saturday 19th June

Water Sports:
11.30am-5pm: Amazing Water Sports Display at Wicklow Sailing Club
11.30am-1pm: Jet Ski Display by South East Powerboating
2-2.30pm: Dinghy Racing by Pascal Ryan at Wicklow Sailing Club
3.30-5pm: Zapcats by South East Powerboating

Children’s Entertainment:
12-11pm: McFadden’s Funfair at the Leitrim Green

Bring along your own picnic and see the DRIFT Car & BMX Display at the Black Castle.

 

12-2pm: Family Picnic with Story-Telling for Young Children in Teepees at the Black Castle

1.30-2.30pm: Story-Telling in Teepee No 1 with Hilary Hamilton (Bridge St. Books)

2.30pm: Circus Acts – Jugglers and Fire-Eaters in Teepee No 2
3.30pm: Circus Acts – Jugglers and Fire-Eaters in Teepee No 2

2.15-4.15pm: Enjoy the Magician as he performs mind-boggling tricks in Teepee No 1

2-4pm: Inspect the Fire Engine with Pat Flood at the Black Castle

 

2pm: Gaol Tour for Kids and Families – Your mission is to get your family out of gaol asap! Get as many keys as possible by completing Crystal Maze type challenges and solving the clues.
Tour starts on the hour every hour from the Black Castle.
Family tickets only €10 from the Sailfest Office, Main Street or phone 0404-62150.

2-4pm: DRIFT Car Exhibition with Monster Truck and Monster Drinks at the Black Castle followed by DRIFT Car Tour of Wicklow Town.

2-4pm: Acoustic Music by Apollo Unplugged at the Black Castle.

12-5pm: Surf Simulator at the Black Castle

6pm: BMX Display on the steps at the Black Castle.

2-2.30pm: Hip-hop Dancing with Zoe Patterson’s F.Y.I. Dance Club, Market Square
3-3.30pm: Hip-hop Dancing with Zoe Patterson’s F.Y.I. Dance Club, Market Square


12-4pm: Exhibition of Schools’ Colouring Competition at the Town Hall, Wicklow

4-6pm: ‘Battle of the Bowls’ – Family Fun Day at Kidzone Diamond Bowl, Bollarney
Cheer your family on to become the top bowling family of the day!
Three sections in one team – Dads against Dads, Mums against Mums & Kids against Kids
Great prizes for the winning family.
Entries €25 per family of four.
For bookings phone the Sailfest office 0404-61250 or Diamond Bowl 0404 65222


Free Street Entertainment – Main Street:

1-4pm: Face-painting on Main Street, Wicklow.

2-6pm: Spring Walkers and Fire-Eaters on Main Street, Wicklow

1-4pm: Period Street Drama – The team from Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and the Kilmant Drama Players will arrest criminals on the streets of Wicklow and deliver them by horse and cart to Wicklow’s Historic Gaol for trial and retribution.


11am-12.30pm:  Music with Mister Spectator, Market Square

12-4pm: Meet & Greet our Fancy Dress Characters along Main Street

12.30-2pm: Music by Kind Hearts and Coronets, outside Track One, Main Street

1-2.30pm: Popular Tunes with Luke and Hazel, outside the Sailfest Office, Main Street

6-7pm: Music with Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí, Market Square

The Gig Rig, Leitrim Place:
2-3.30pm: Mister Spectator
4-5pm: The Courtesy
5-6pm: Daithí O’Dronaí
6-9pm: DJ Stephen Clark
9-11pm: Traditional Music

Gala Sailfest Concert, Abbey Street Carpark – FREE:
6-7pm: The Looks
7-8pm: The Heathers
8-10pm: The Great American Drifters


Midsummer Mardi Gras Ball, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol,
9.30pm til late. Tickets €60 to include: Live Entertainment with Keith McDonald & the Fantastic Showband Show, DJ til late, Interactive Gaol Tour, Full Bar and Delicious Hog-Roast Buffet.
Fancy Dress optional – Mardi Gras Masks available on the night.
Tickets from the Sailfest Office, Main Street, phone 0404-62150. Booking essential.

Music in the Pubs and Clubs:
Wicklow Sailing Club:
5-7pm: Nicky Pupora and Band
10.30pm-12.30am: Straw Dogs

Ernie’s Bar:
8pm til late: Traditional Music

The Old Forge:
5-7pm: Feedback
10pm-2am: Music of the Seventies & Eighties in the Late Bar
11.30pm-2.30am: The Loft nightclub

The Grand Hotel:
2-5pm Outdoor music on the deck
10pm: Quest for Ted
11.30pm-2.30am: Full Moon Beach Party, Silver’s Nightclub. Entry €10

Fitzpatrick’s Lounge:
6-7pm Tony Benn
10pm-12am: Kind Hearts and Coronets

 

Sunday 20th June

10.30-11.45am: Build-Up to the Start of the Conway Media Round Ireland Yacht Race, Wicklow Sailing Club with music from Nicky Pupora and Band

12 noon: Official Start of 2010 Conway Media Round Ireland Yacht Race.
Watch the superb spectacle as 40 magnificent yachts set sail from Wicklow Bay for this epic race.

12.30pm Fabulous aeroplane display to celebrate the departure of the yachts

12.30-2.30pm: Music with Nicky Pupora in Wicklow Sailing Club


Children’s Entertainment:

12-11pm: McFadden’s Funfair at the Leitrim Green

12-6pm: Children’s Face-Painting, Main St. Wicklow

Free Street Entertainment:

1-4pm: Period Street Drama – The team from Wicklow’s Historic Gaol and the Kilmant Drama Players will arrest criminals on the streets of Wicklow and deliver them by horse and cart to Wicklow’s Historic Gaol for trial and retribution.

1.30-4pm: Arrival of Wicklow Vintage Car Club at the Grand Hotel followed by Display at Kilmantin Hill

2-2.30pm: Hip-hop Dancing with Zoe Patterson’s F.Y.I. Dance Club, Market Square

3-3.30pm: Hip-hop Dancing with Zoe Patterson’s F.Y.I. Dance Club, Market Square

2-4pm: Daithí O’Dronaí, outside Track One, Main Street

2-3.30pm: The Gandhis, Market Square

3-4.30pm: Half Shot, outside the Sailfest Office, Main Street

9-10pm: Moo Dublin, Market Square


The Gig Rig, Leitrim Place

2-3pm First Cut
3.30-5.30pm: Brian Meakin
6-8pm: Feedback

Music at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol:

2-4pm Tadgh and Oisin Classical Set
3-4pm Key West
4pm-6pm: Luan Parle, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol


Closing of Sailfest, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
4-6pm: Open Air Concert with top Country Singer Luan Parle


Music in the Pubs & Clubs:

The Forge:
4-6pm: East Coast Jazz Band in the Beer Garden
10pm-2am: Music of the Seventies & Eighties in the Late Bar
11.30pm-2am: Nightclub in the Loft Bar

The Grand Hotel:
7-9pm: The Christy Moore Tribute Band
9pm til late: DJ in Wynne’s Bar
11.30pm-2.30am: Music in Silvers Nightclub

Fitzpatrick’s Bar:
6-7pm: The Gandhis
7-8.30pm: Moo Dublin
9-10pm: Half Shot

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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 2022

Race start: Off Wicklow Harbour date to be announced, most likely end of June 2022

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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