Round Ireland 2010 Launch: As well as the support of ICRA, ISORA and SCORA (story here) the Round Ireland 2010 race got further backing at its launch last night in Wicklow town from both the Irish Sailing Association and Britain's Royal Ocean Racing Club. The national authoirty said the race was one of the toughest challenges in world yachting and called it a 'Blue Riband' event. The endorsements are over the fold:
Endorsement from the Royal Ocean Racing Club
“The Royal Ocean Racing Club is delighted that Wicklow Sailing Club has announced the Round Ireland Yacht Race for 2010.
The RORC has always regarded this great race as an important part of its calendar every two years and is pleased to confirm that it will again award a points factor of 1.4 to all boats completing the race that compete for the annual series prizes. This points factor is awarded to few races in the calendar and recognises the special challenges presented by the Round Ireland Yacht Race.
The RORC hopes that the race entries will include many of its members – from Ireland, UK and elsewhere in Europe – attracted by Ireland’s rugged coastline and the varied conditions that sailors will inevitably face.”
Michael Boyd, on behalf of Ian Loffhagen
Racing Manager, RORC
Endorsement from the Irish Sailing Association
“As we draw towards the end of a year in which there has been a significant increase in profile for Irish offshore sailing both nationally and internationally, it is appropriate to endorse the other great sailing challenge involving the island, the Round Ireland Yacht Race, which starts in Wicklow in June 2010.
We know Wicklow Sailing Club have taken on board the template for success from the VOR stopover in Galway earlier in the year, and they have been working with the Failte Ireland, the Town Council, and Chamber of Commerce to develop a festival around the event, which will help to draw the crowds and raise the profile of this very special race.
The 2010 Race will be the 16th staging of the event, as it has its origins in 1980 and has been run bi-annually ever since. There is growing speculation that this years Round Ireland will attract a wider International entry as boats from outside Irish waters opened the Round Ireland Yacht Race to their regatta itineraries.
On behalf of the ISA, we commend Wicklow Sailing Club, for their continued organisation of and support for this “Blue Riband” event and wish all the competitors fair winds and a great race come June 2010.”
ISA Chief Executive
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