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International Fleet Eyes June's SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2024 as Entries Open This Morning

29th January 2024
Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine from France is RORC “Yacht of the Year” 2023. TM’s owner has indicated a strong interest in returning to contest the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race on June 22nd 2024
Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine from France is RORC “Yacht of the Year” 2023. TM’s owner has indicated a strong interest in returning to contest the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race on June 22nd 2024 Credit: Kurt Arrigo

With just under five months to the June race start, entries opened for the 2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race at 9 am, tying in with this morning's official launch of Ireland's premier offshore race. 

Organiser Wicklow Sailing Club (WSC) has set a high target for entries, but as Afloat reported previously, the club has also been quick off the mark to attract some early international entries.

The 2024 edition of the race marks the 22nd running of the biennial offshore sailing event that will start on Saturday, 22nd June 2024, with a hoped-for fleet of some 70 boats.

The race will be launched this morning by WSC and sponsors SSE Renewables at County Wicklow's Local Enterprise Office in Rathnew.

"Interest in the Round Ireland is always exceptional, and this year is no different",' says Kyran O'Grady, Race Director. "We expect strong interest from English and European crews".

2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race

Leaving Ireland and its islands to starboard, the race starts and finishes at the east coast port of Wicklow after racing for at least 700 nautical miles.

The Round Ireland is a high point of the ISORA (Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association) calendar and is the second-longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) calendar while alternating with the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Among the early entries, considering the June Irish classic, is Eric de Turckheim’s NMYD 54 Teasing Machine from France. 

RORC Commodore Deb Fish will be onboard the doublehanded Sun Fast 3600 Bellino,  and former RORC Commodore James Neville’s new Carkeek-created Ino Noir brings her owner-skipper back to the Round Ireland challenge next year. It’s unfinished business, as his previous boat in the 2022 race had to retire with damage off the Kerry coast.

Entries open on 29th January at 09:00 am here

Published in Round Ireland

Round Ireland Yacht Race Live Tracker 2022

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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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