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Round Ireland's Sailing Race's Record Entry – 64 Boats Here

17th June 2016
Round Ireland Yacht Race
Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race entries gather at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire before tomorrow's start off Wicklow Head at 1pm Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race entries gather at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire before tomorrow's start off Wicklow Head at 1pm Photo:

Three Multi-One-Design (MOD) 70s, and the maxi-yacht Rambler 88 have added extra spice to a record-breaking 64-boat Volvo Round Ireland fleet that starts the 700-mile offshore race tomorrow at 1pm from Wicklow as David O'Brien writes in the Irish Times sailing column this morning. Although predictions of a summer solstice record are being made, if any such time is to fall then the record-breaker, and that includes holder Musandam-Oman Sail, must be back off Wicklow Head within one day, 16 hours, 51 minutes and 57 seconds, or approximately 5am on Monday. It’s a tall order even for the fastest sailing boats in the world. Read more here

See the final entry list from Wicklow below: 

Entry NoBoat NameEntrant/SkipperBoat TypeSail NoTCCClubYear of buildCLASS
1XanaduSimon CostainX-50GBR905R1.147RAFYC RORC20081
2MojitoPeter Dunlop & Vicky CoxJ/109GBR9047R1.010Pwllheli S.C.20083
3BamConor FogertySunfast 3600IRL14711.047Howth Yacht Club20152
4Groupe 5Carpentier PatriceSunfast 3200FRA 384830.995SN La Trinite Sur Mer20124, 6
5LynxIrish National Sailing & Powerboat SchoolReflec 38IRL 73861.044Irish National SC19993
6AureliaChris & Patanne Power SmithJ122IRL359501.077Royal St George YC20082
7PyxisKirsteen DonaldsonX332GBR5963T0.956RORC19974, 6
8Polished Manx2Kuba SzymanskiBeneteau First 40.7GBR 7003 T1.029Douglas Bay Yacht Club20013, 6
9Wild SpiritPaul Jackson (LYC Sea School)Jeanneau 40GBR8799T0.981RORC, JOG19994
10Quid non?Nigel PhilpottSwan 40 (92)GBR7384T1.005Royal Navy Sailing Assoc.20016
11Arthur LogicSailing LogicBeneteau First 40GBR 7408R1.070RORC20143
12Pegasus of NorthumberlandRoss HobsonOpen50GBR715R1.501RORC2003CK - 6
13MaybirdDarryl HughesGaff KetchGBR 644R0.904Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club19375
14HeimatauTom McLuskieFarrier F36GBR708M0.000Port Edgar Yacht Club2000M
15LisaMichael BoydFirst 44.7GBR4947R1.101Royal Irish YC / RORC20051
16Wakey WakeyRoger SmithJ109GBR5909R1.015Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club20083
17Rockabill VIPaul O'HigginsJPK 10.80IRL108001.046Royal Irish YC20162
18ArcsineKathy ClaydonArcona 370GBR8643T1.009Weymouth Sailing Club20043, 6
19Euro Car ParksDavid CullenJ109 (Storm)IRL11411.016Howth Yacht Club20093
20Change of CourseKeith GibbsC & C 115GBR9070R1.031Channel Sailing Club20053
21BellinoRob CraigeSunfast 3600GBR 3657 L1.039RORC20143, 6
22RamblerGeorge DavidJuan K canting keel USA255551.827New York Yacht Club2014CK
23AndanteKeith MillerYamaha 36 cIRL3750.947Kilmoer Quay SC19825
24May Contain NutsKevin RolfeRogers Whitbread 30GBR90300.995Cardiff Bay Yacht Club19963
25SarabandeRob MablySwan 47GBR 12381.051Royal Cornwall YC19773, 5
26FujiAri KänsäkoskiClass 40 CC40GBR 381.220RORC2007C40
27MasaiBen KornerClass 40 Pogo S21091.258Team Masai20111
28Fulmar FeverRobert MarchantWesterly FulmarFR14 0.879Waterford Harbour SC19804, 5
29Lula BelleLiam Coyne & Brian FlahiveFirst 36.7IRL 36070.992Wicklow Sailing Club20054, 6
30Hissy FitSimon BakerDazcat 1495GBR 788M0.000Saltash Saling Club2015M
31Port of GalwayMartin Breen / Nigel MossDehler 37CruisingIRL 56870.952Galway Bay Sailing Club19974, 6
32IOS Desert StarRonan O Siochru Jeanneau Sunfast 37IRL 13970.970Irish Offshore Sailing20024
33KatsuAlan HannonReichel-PughRP451.241RORC20111
34AlbireoDavid A SimpsonSwan 371 IRL 34350.939Royal Irish YC19824
35J TaimeChristopher Dowd PalmerJ109GBR6709R1.011RORC20063
36Musandam - OmanSailSandrine PelletierMOD70OMA 070.000AL Mouj - Muscat2012M50+
37Concise 10Tony LawsonMOD 70GBR 700.000RORC2012M50+
38Pipedreamer VIPaul SuttonDufour 40GBR 2271L1.016Holyhead Sailing Club20033
39Just Plain KrazyIan KnightJPK 1010GBR3789L1.008Royal Western20153, 6
40Teasing MachineTeasing MachineA13FRA 387571.169SRR20141
41BigDealDerek & Conor Dillon Dehler novaIRL 34920.922Foynes YC19924, 6
42FortissimoDream or Two Sailing LtdClass 40 - Akilaria RC1GBR 971.257Portchester Sailing Club20081, C40
43Desperado of Cowes Richard Loftus Swan 65GBR16651.112RORC19771
44DenebolaAlain PonceletMount Gay 30 modifiedBEL12651.010Royal North Sea YC20083, 6
45PersistanceJerry CollinsSigma 38 2.08IRL 82370.978Royal St George YC19904
46CavatinaIan HickeyGranada 38IRL38610.928Royal Cork YC19794, 5
47Colombre XLMassimo JurisClass 40 Pogo S2FRA 1010.000Compagnia Della Vela Venezia (CDV Venezia)20111, 6
48SuenosRupert KiddDazcat 1195GBR741M0.000Royal Western Yacht Club2010M
49Bare NecessitiesBruce SutherlandDazcat 1150GBR 725 M0.000Saltash Sailing Club2009M
50AjaxPaul MacroJ109GBR 6908R1.009Royal Armoured Corps YC20063
51Roaring Forty2Roaring Forty2class 40 kiwi fcBEl 1071.304Royal YC Belgium /Royal Belgium SC2011Z
52Phaedo^3Lloyd ThornburgMOD70030.000New York Yacht Club2011M50+
53Medicare First Aid Joe Conway Beneteau First 40 FRA398861.096Royal Irish YC20112
54AdeliePeter HallBeneteau First 34.7IRL 96310.987National Yacht Club20064
55CrackajackPhilip QuinnBeneteau First 40.7GBR7664T1.048Strangford Lugh YC20013, 6
56Lambay RulesStephen QuinnJ97Irl 99700.971Howth Yacht Club20094
57Applegreen Sail for KidsStephen MullaneyBeneteau First 375IRL79630.947Howth Yacht Club19874, 5
58Dear PrudenceBarry LyonsJ109IRL 10951.004Royal Irish YC20053
59Concise 8 Team Concise Class 401290.000RORC 2013C40
60Concise 2Team Concise Class 40 931.291RORC2010C40
61Tan ItRobert FloateSydney 36GBR 731T1.051Isle of Man Yacht Club19982
62PalpatineDoug InnesProvina 42 SportGBR907R1.098RORC20061
63Team FujitsuTeam FujutsuJ111GBR 8191R1.093Army Sailing Association20142
64SpailpinLouis MulloyFirst 31.7000.000Mayo Sailing Club20004, 6
64TrilogicTrilogic Offshore RacingMulti 50FRA051.489Trilogic Offshore Sailing2003M
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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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