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New Armed Forces Trophy Announced for 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race

20th March 2018
June's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow will include a new armed forces trophy June's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow will include a new armed forces trophy

As entries continue to grow for the 2018 Round Ireland Yacht race, with 30 boats currently entered, Wicklow Sailing Club have announced a new trophy/category for the 2018 race – yet to be named – to recognise the best armed forces entry.

Military teams have always had a strong connection with the race and this decision by Wicklow Sailing Club to announce a new trophy for this category recognises that strong contribution throughout the years as do similar trophies in other offshore races such as the Fastnet race and the Beaufort Cup.

The newly announced trophy will attract interest and bolster the profile of the race within armed forces all across Europe, where offshore sailing is recognised as an invaluable teambuilding and leadership development platform. The close proximity of the Volvo Round Ireland to the hugely successful Beaufort Cup, held as part of Volvo Cork Week, means military teams travelling to Ireland can do both events very cost effectively.

With 15 weeks until the race starts on 30th June 2018, Wicklow Sailing Club is looking forward to welcoming competitors and supporters to the event and to what promises to be a true celebration of sailing.

Early bird entries closing date is 30th March. Enter online at and join us at Wicklow Sailing Club for the 20th staging of the race.

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The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland's classic offshore yacht race that 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 page.

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