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Royal St.George's 'Aurelia' is One of First Boats to Enter SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race

27th January 2022
Chris Power Smith's J/122 Aurelia is one of the first entries for Round Ireland 2022 this June

Royal St. George's Chris Power Smith has shown the depth of his Round Ireland Race ambitions by being one of the first entries for June's 2022 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race from Wicklow. 

Having narrowly missed out on the top prize in 2019, the Dun Laoghaire skipper and his corinthian crew are slated to go round again in his impressively campaigned J/122 Aurelia. 

Nine boats have so far availed of Wicklow Sailing Club's early bird offer for the 700-miler that includes double race winner Cavatina, the vintage Granada 39 skippered by Ian Hickey of Royal Cork.

Seven entries thus far are Irish, and two are from the UK since registration opened this week for the Jun 18 race.

Organisers expect a more significant entry than normal (up to 60 boats or more), given the 2021 race was cancelled due to COVID plus the fact that the Wicklow Classic has made the international Class40 calendar.

The prompt Grzegorz Kalinecki skippered First 310 More Mischief from Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the first entry in and at just 31-foot overall is likely to be one of the smallest in the fleet.

Early Bird entry closes on Mar 31 2022.

Early Round Ireland Race entries (up to Jan 25 2022)

  1. More Mischief Grzegorz Kalinecki First 310 9.15 ISA
  2. Cavatina Ian Hickey Granada 38 11.60 Royal Cork Yacht Club
  3. Aurelia Chris Power Smith J/122 12.20 RSGYC RORC
  4. Prime Suspect Keith Miller Mills 36 10.97 Kilmore Quay BC
  5. Mojo Kieron Blamey J105 10.51 Isle of Man Yacht Club
  6. Elantic Clarke Allen Elan 40 11.90 Arklow Sailing Club
  7. Blue Oyster Noel Coleman Oyster 37 11.30 Royal Cork Yacht Club
  8. Hiro Maru Hiroshi Nakajima Sparkman & Stephens 15.05 Stamford Yacht Club
  9. Finally Paul Kitteringham Elan 350 10.50 Pwllheli Sailing Club
Published in Round Ireland, RStGYC

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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 2024

Race start: Off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, June 22 2024

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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