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Royal Irish Skipper Michael Boyd Leads Round Ireland Race for Volvo Car Prize

9th January 2020
Michael Boyd (facing aft) onboard Jedi at the start of the 2018 race is the lead skipper for the Round Ireland Volvo Car prize Michael Boyd (facing aft) onboard Jedi at the start of the 2018 race is the lead skipper for the Round Ireland Volvo Car prize Photo: Afloat

Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Michael Boyd leads the race for a Volvo Car prize in this year's edition of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race but only three points separate the top four skippers overall.

The prize will be decided after this year's edition of the offshore classic that starts from Wicklow Sailing Club on June 20th. 

The skipper who has accumulated the best overall points' results on corrected time, over the three Round Irelands 2016, 2018 and 2020 will be presented with a brand new Volvo V40 or equivalent at the Prizegiving for the 2020 Race.

Rockabill VI Round Ireland 4071Rockabill VI - Paul O'Higgins

The current leaderboard shows Dublin Bay sailor Michael Boyd, a Round Ireland stalwart, who sailed the J109 Jedi in the 2018 race and the Beneteau 44.7 Lisa in 2016 on 16 points overall. Royal Cork skipper Ian Hickey on Cavatina is next on 19 points and shares the same points with Rob Craigie from the Sunfast3600 Bellino and 2019 ISORA Champion Paul O'Higgins, the skipper of the JPK10.80 Rockabill VI also on 19 points. 

Bellino sunfast3600 4251Bellino - Rob Craigie

With typically nearly 50 yachts signed up for each biennial, a significant number of skippers are in the running for the prize. As Afloat reported in May 2016, the idea behind it is to further develop the race by encouraging sailors to return to complete the epic 700-mile contest over three races.

Downloadable below is the current RI spreadsheet of those skippers in with a chance of winning the Volvo car, a V40 or equivalent.

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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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