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Round Ireland Latest. Inismor Keeps Lead as Big Boats Head North

26th June 2012

#roundireland – It's been a really interesting 24 hours on the south and west coast of Ireland as the leaders converge on Mayo, while the slower boats approach the Fastnet. On corrected time, the Ker 39 Inis Mor retains her lead over Tonnerre de Breskens 3, a 46–footer from the same designer, with Noonmark VI, a Swan 56 in third place.


Fickle winds have dogged the fleet, with flat spots near the coast and better winds offshore.  As the leaders cleared the south west corner and freed their wind, the larger boats were able to set more canvas and stretch their legs.  The top rated boat in the fleet, Green Dragon, didn't like the initial dead downwind course and was forced, once again, to add distance in an attempt to get a good sailing angle.


Top performing ISORA offshore yacht Sgrech skippered by Stephen Tudor from Wales is in seventh place to be the first J109 in the Round Ireland fleet. She lies 9:13 off the leader (download full leaderboard below).  Sgrech's crew inlcudes ISORA Commodore Peter Ryan (in red oilskin trousers) from the National YC. Photo: Bob Bateman

With the big boats now making good progress northwards and the patchy breezes affecting the smaller tail enders, there has been some movement on the leader board.  Green Dragon and the Class 40 Maxvmg Fortissimo have benefitted the most, moving from the back to mid fleet, while the smaller X332 Pyxis has moved into the top ten.  Tracking shows the Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners making progress as well, but the data for this boat seems unreliable right now.


The two hander Lulabelle with Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive has fallen to 20th place overall after a great start Photo: Bob Bateman

Losers in the fickle breezes overnight and early in the morning were the two Beneteaus – the 31.7 Twister and the 36.7 LC Tyres Lulabelle, whose skipper, Liam Coyne, reported gooseneck problems as well as falling into a wind hole.


Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy's Swan 56, Noonmark VII, is third overall on handicap, just 2: 44 off the leader. Photo: Bob Bateman

Currently the forecast suggests the leaders will run into calms along the north coast within next 24 hours, which might help the smaller boats close the corrected time gap.

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Next update tomorrow morning, stay tuned!


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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


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

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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