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U25 Team Assembles for Round Ireland Yacht Race in Figaro 3

28th March 2022
The U25 team of Lorcan Tighe, Andrew Irvin, Ronan Mooney and Cian Crowe have chartered a Figaro 3 from the Offshore Racing Academy for their Round Ireland challenge
The U25 team of Lorcan Tighe, Andrew Irvin, Ronan Mooney and Cian Crowe have chartered a Figaro 3 from the Offshore Racing Academy for their Round Ireland challenge

The SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race is an incredibly well-renowned race for most who are involved in sailing in any respect. Happening only once every two years, it is a very prestigious event steeped in history.

The gruelling 704-nautical-mile race is renowned for its extremely varied and tough conditions. There are some very tricky and taxing tactical decisions to be made throughout the four-to-five-day race.

As if the challenge of a Round Ireland wasn’t enough in itself, attempting to do it as a full U25 crew in a foiling Figaro 3 is an even greater challenge.

But this is exactly what an ambitious crew of four lads from Dublin are in the process of preparing to do, with the aim to be the first boat to complete the race with a fully U25 crew.

Lorcan Tighe, Andrew Irvin, Ronan Mooney and Cian Crowe have a lot of sailing and yachting experience across a broad range of both yachts and dinghies. They are all dinghy, keelboat and powerboat instructors and have been heavily involved in sailing in Dun Laoghaire for some years now.

The idea initially came about over a Christmas pint, as many good ideas do! With the Round Ireland being in June, this didn’t leave a huge amount of time to organise a campaign and get a crew and boat together.

They began scouring online resources for boats for charter in Ireland and the UK, quickly coming across some high-calibre boats but for incredibly expensive charter fees.

Lorcan Tighe, Andrew Irvin, Ronan Mooney and Cian Crowe are getting to grips with the Figaro 3 with mentorship from the Offshore Racing AcademyLorcan Tighe, Andrew Irvin, Ronan Mooney and Cian Crowe are getting to grips with the Figaro 3 with mentorship from the Offshore Racing Academy

After a month or so researching and contacting different charter companies, they got in contact with the Offshore Racing Academy, run by Kenneth Rumball.

The aim of the academy is to make offshore sailing a more accessible discipline for all. After an initial meeting it became apparent the amount of work that this campaign would require, but they were never discouraged or put out by this.

Following some further discussion with Kenneth, it was clear that chartering a Figaro 3 from the academy in France was the way to go. The superior performance of the Figaro 3, coupled with the fact it would require less financing and also include mentorship from the academy, made the decision to go with the Figaro a no-brainer.

The academy provides much more than just a charter boat for the charters; there is constant discussion and conversation in the lead up to the charter about preparations and logistics.

With the academy well established in France now, they provide invaluable insights into the running of a campaign, what it will take to get to the start line in June and race competitively around the island.

The campaign, however, is not cheap. Financing is required for everything including the charter fee itself, food, safety equipment and logistics but to name a few aspects.

Sponsors Luzern Technology Solutions, MGM Boats and KM Cycles have been very generous with contributions to the U25 campaign.

If you would have an interest in supporting the team in any way at all, you can contact at [email protected] or click on the go fund me page here

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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

FAQs

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 https://afloat.ie/sail/events/round-ireland/item/25789-round-ireland-yacht-race-tracker-2016-here.

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, June 18 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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