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 Rescheduled to August 22
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.
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 setbacks, however, a record entry is in prospect for 2020 with 41 boats entered with 23 weeks to go to the race start. The race is 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 looks 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
How many miles duration is the Round Ireland Yacht Race?
704 nautical miles, 810 miles or 1304 kilometres.
What is the distance around Ireland's coastline?
3171 kilometres is the estimate of Ireland's coastline by the Ordnance Survey of Ireland.
Who is the sponsor of the 2020 Round Ireland Yacht Race?
SSE Renewables are the sponsors of the 2020 Round Ireland Race.
Who organises the Round Ireland Yacht Race?
Wicklow Sailing Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London and The Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dublin.
Where is the Round Ireland Race Start?
Off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, August 22nd 2020.
What is the Round Ireland Race Start time?
Monohulls 1300 hrs and Multihulls 13.10 hrs.
What is the Round Ireland Race course?
Leave Ireland and all its islands (excluding Rockall) to starboard.
How long does it take to sail Round Ireland?
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.
Is there a Round Ireland Race Tracker?
The Race Tracker is here
What is the history of the Round Ireland Race?
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
What to do in an emergency, such as a 'man overboard' (MOB), in the Round Ireland Yacht Race?
Skipper Kenny Rumball of the J109 yacht 'Jedi' faced that very problem in the 2018 race. How he dealt with it led to a RORC Award. He describes in detail the MOB recovery procedure he used here
What is the Round Ireland Race speed record?
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.
What is the Round Ireland Race Monohull Speed record?
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.
What was the first round Ireland voyage?
William Power's 45ft Olivia undertook a round Ireland cruise in September 1860. Full details of this first circuit are here
What is the Smallest Boat To Sail Round Ireland?
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. Full story on these circumnavigations here.
Who are the previous winners (on IRC & Line Honours) of the Round Ireland Race?
|2018 ||Baraka GP ||Niall Dowling ||Baraka GP ||Niall Dowling ||3:23:20:44 ||48 ||41 |
|2016 ||Rambler 88 ||George David ||Rambler 88 ||George David ||2:02:24:09 ||50 ||37 |
|2014 ||Tanit ||Richard Harris ||Monster Project ||David Ryan ||4:04:25:25 ||36 ||33 |
|2012 ||Inis Mor ||Bernard & Laurent Gouy ||Green Dragon ||Enda O'Coineen ||3:17:01:16 ||37 ||37 |
|2010 ||Tonnerre de Breskens 3 ||Piet Vroon ||Tonnerre de Breskens 3 ||Piet Vroon ||3:16:03:50 ||37 ||36 |
|2008 ||Ireland West ||Aodhan Fitzgerald ||ICAP Leopard ||Mike Slade ||2:17:48:47 ||41 ||30 |
|2006 ||Cavatina ||Eric Lisson ||Konica Minolta Zara || ||4:04:57:30 ||39 ||36 |
|2004 ||Calyx Voice & Data ||Eamon Crosbie ||O2 Team Spirit ||David Nixon ||3:04:48:39 ||47 ||37 |
|2002 ||Cavatina ||Eric Lisson ||Team Tonic ||Nick Hewson ||3:11:34:50 ||28 ||24 |
|2000 ||Imp ||George Radley ||Fenix ||R Balding ||5:12:41:10 ||28 ||26 |
|1998 ||Jeep Cherokee ||Colm Barrington ||Jeep Cherokee ||Colm Barrington ||3:04:23:57 ||38 ||27 |
|1996 ||Big Ears ||Michael Boyd ||Bridgestone ||Mike Slade ||3:15:58:58 ||55 ||55 |
|1994 ||Bridgestone ||Peter Wilson ||Virgin City Jet ||Dix/Power/Barrington ||3:16:30:33 ||53 ||36 |
|1992 ||Whirlpool ||Colm Barrington ||Whirlpool ||Colm Barrington ||4:00:43:06 ||46 ||33 |
|1990 ||Rothmans ||Laurie Smith ||Rothmans ||Laurie Smith ||3:12:56:06 ||61 ||35 |
|1988 ||Lightning ||Liam Shanahan ||Moonduster ||Denis Doyle ||4:20:15:46 ||52 ||42 |
|1986 ||Spirit ||R. Burrows ||Mazda Drum ||M. O'Leary/T. Power ||4:03:35:43 ||27 ||27 |
|1984 ||Moonduster ||Denis Doyle ||Moonduster ||Denis Doyle ||4:03:45:25 ||17 ||13 |
|1980 ||Raasay of Melfort ||B. Coad ||Force Ten-Sion ||A.J. Vernon/J.S. Morris ||5:15:02:27 ||16 ||10 |