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Wicklow Sailing Club's Lift-in of Boats Signals Round Ireland Race is Fast Approaching

30th April 2024
Wicklow Sailing Club's annual lift-in of sailing cruisers for the 2024 summer sailing season
Wicklow Sailing Club annual lift-in of sailing cruisers for the 2024 summer sailing season

Over the weekend, Wicklow Sailing Club successfully completed their lift-in of sailing cruisers, paving the way for the much-anticipated SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race on June 22nd.

More than 40 boats have already signed up, and it is expected that this number will increase to approximately 60. Race Director Kyran O'Grady has revealed that there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make this the best race yet.

The thrilling and iconic Round Ireland race will return to Wicklow on June 22nd, and organisers are hopeful for good weather conditions for the crews. Wicklow's sailing village will open on Wednesday of race week, and registration for arriving boats will begin then.

Round Ireland entrant, Howth Yacht Club's Indian secured a second consecutive win in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday Photo: AfloatRound Ireland entrant, Howth Yacht Club's Indian secured a second consecutive win in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday Photo: Afloat

As race day nears, teams are ramping up their intensity, with many Irish entries building on their performance and fine-tuning their skills. Some entries have been performing well recently, and they're making their mark in ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal series. Howth Yacht Club's Indian secured a second consecutive win in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday, while Alan Hannon's JPK 1030 Coquine from Belfast Lough took second place.

Alan Hannon's JPK 1030 Coquine from Belfast Lough is Round Ireland bound on June 22nd Photo: AfloatAlan Hannon's JPK 1030 Coquine from Belfast Lough is Round Ireland bound on June 22nd Photo: Afloat

Down south, Royal Cork's Nieulargo emerged as the victor in the Axiom Spring Series IRC One at Kinsale over the weekend.

 Round Ireland 2024 entrant Royal Cork's Nieulargo emerged as the victor in the Axiom Spring Series IRC One at Kinsale Photo: Bob Bateman Round Ireland 2024 entrant Royal Cork's Nieulargo emerged as the victor in the Axiom Spring Series IRC One at Kinsale Photo: Bob Bateman

Looking beyond Irish waters, Bellino will return to the race, this time with RORC Commodore Deb Fish on board. After winning the 2023 RORC Season's Points Championship last year, they will be hoping to perform well in the 22nd edition of the Round Ireland. Meanwhile, Black Sheep took the win in RORC's Cervantes Trophy Race, followed by Gameon in second place.

The 2024 Round Ireland Race starts on June 22, 2024 from Wicklow Sailing Club Photo: Afloat The 2024 Round Ireland Race starts on June 22, 2024 from Wicklow Sailing Club Photo: Afloat 

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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 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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