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#riyc – The inaugural Royal Irish Yacht Club RIYC Spring Coaching Regatta made a welcome addition to the early Dublin Bay regatta circuit at the weekend.

Over 30 boats took part in a two day on the water training regatta which integrated the standard DBSC Saturday race into its schedule. With Henry Leonard and Fintan Cairns acting as Race Officers, the expert on the water coaching was provided by sailmakers Prof O'Connell, Des McWilliam, Kenny Rumball and Philip Watson.

There were two video debrief sessions across the two days. Saturday focussed on starts, upwind trim and windward mark roundings and Sunday looked at downwind trim and leeward mark roundings.

Visitors came from as far as Galway to partake in the RIYC event. Over the five races Rockabill won Fleet 1, Maximus just edged King One on countback in Fleet 2 and Quest won Fleet 3.

Three spot prizes of subscriptions to the UK Sailmakers new Racing Rules online site went to Rockabill for the consistently best starts, Tribal from Galway for being the furthest visitor and Quest for the best downwind trim on the Sunday.

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The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) has berths for members on its 'RIYC marina', adjoining the clubhouse. The club also operates swinging moorings in the West and North Bights of the harbour and on the deck for dry sailing and dinghy parking. Allocation is based on seniority of membership according to RIYC club rules.

#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) is encouraging as many cruiser–racer crews as possible to to attend its Spring Coaching Regatta intiative on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of April in Dun Laoghaire.

The event is bringing together sailmakers Prof O'Connell, Des McWilliam, Philip Watson and Kenny Rumball for on the water coaching and video analysis, Olympic sailor Timothy Goodbody is on hand for tactician briefings and there will be a racing rules pub quiz to highlight the 2013-2016 rule changes.

The off the water sessions will deal with techniques, tactics and racing rule changes for 2013.

Saturday will consist of practice starts, upwind trim and windward mark roundings and will integrate three races. Sunday will focus on downwind trim, gybing and leeward mark roundings and a final race to pull it all together.

Skippers that will be bringing on new crew for 2013 or competitive teams looking to grease the team cogs before the ICRAs will benefit from this world class training weekend say organisers. Non-DBSC boats are more than welcome too and any trailered boats from outside Dublin can be launched from the RIYC.

The cost for this event is €50 per boat which the RIYC say is a continuation of its policy to provide really good and value for money events for skippers.

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#Wolfhound - Four Irish yachtsmen have been rescued from a recently purchased vessel some 70–miles north of Bermuda after it suffered both power and engine failures amid stormy conditions off the northeastern United States.

The 48-foot Swan class sloop Wolfhound, purchased recently by owner/skipper Dalkeyman Alan McGettigan, had departed from Connecticut on 2 February en route to Antigua in the West Indies to compete in the RORC Caribbean 600.

As WM Nixon wrote on recently, the Wolfhound was expected to eventually call Dun Laoghaire home following its Caribbean adventure.

But according to Bermuda's Bernews website, trouble began when the vessel reportedly suffered a loss of battery power due to the failure of a new inverter charger some 400 miles off the Delaware coast.

This was followed by engine failure a day after departure which left the vessel without communications or navigation systems for eight days.

Between Friday and Saturday the boat reportedly suffered two knockdowns in treacherous weather on the heels of the midwinter storm that recently battered America's northeastern states, and which led McGettigan to activate the on-board emergency beacon.

After a fruitless search by US Coast Guard aircraft, the yachtsmen were eventually located by and transferred to a passing cargo ship, Tetien Trader, which had joined the search effort.

The Wolfhound later sank some 64 miles north of Bermuda.

McGettigan's crew from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire have been confirmed by the club's sailing manager Mark McGibney as Declan Hayes and Morgan Crowe.

Tom Mulligan of the National Yacht Club has been named locally as the fourth crew man on board.

A source close to says that Hayes telephoned home from the Tetien Trader and confirmed he and the others were being "well looked after" by the Greek crew of the cargo vessel, which is due to land in Gibraltar on 19 February.

A member of the RIYC, Alan McGettigan is an experienced offshore skipper, previously sailing in areas as far afield as the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, the South China Sea and the Mediterranean, and having competed in past Round Ireland and Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) races, most recently in the yacht Pride of Dalkey Fuji.

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#riyc – Two quarter tonners from the host club were first and second in the inaugural staging of the Royal Irish Yacht Club's September series yesterday on Dublin Bay. (RESULTS BELOW)

The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) extended the Dublin Sailing season when it ran a new September regatta weekend that incorporated results from the DBSC series as well as the DMYC series that run concurrently on the bay.

Jonathan Skerritt's Quest, won from clubmate Ken Lawless's Supernova on IRC Handicap in the Cruisers 3 class.


Loose Change, the winner of Class O IRC & Echo at the RIYC September Series. Photo: Aidan Tarbett

In the bigger cruisers I division Howth visitor  – and ICRA's Boat of the year – Storm (The Kelly family) topped Cruisers IRC One with Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill V second. 

Full results are available to download as an excel file below in each of the 11 racing divisions.

The event was supported by DBSC and the DMYC. Sponsors were Medico, The Flying Spanners and Bacchus Vinos.

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#beneteau31.7 – Manx Entry Eauvation sailed by Jason & Debbie Corlett were winners of the Irish Beneteau 31.7 Irish National Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) at the weekend. The overall results on Dublin Bay were as follows:


1st Eauvation - Jason & Drbbie Corlett

2nd Levana - Jean Mitton

3rd Extreme Reality - Brendan Farrell


1st Dies Irae - Patrick Rowan

2nd Prima Nocte - Burk/Kennedy

3rd Kernach - Eoin O'Driscoll

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#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) is extending the Dublin sailing season with the addition of a new September regatta weekend that incorporates results from the DBSC series as well as the DMYC series that run concurrently on the bay.

The Cruisers 0, 1, 2, 3, Whitesails, Sigma 33 and 31.7's series takes place next weekend (8th-9th September 2012). The Notice of Race (NOR), entry form and schedule are available to download below as word docs. 

The schedule for the RIYC series is :

Race 1. 8th September 1030 hrs. Windward/Leeward or Fixed Mark Course.

Race 2. 8th September ASAP after Race 1. Windward/Leeward or Fixed Mark Course.

Race 3. 8th September. As per normal DBSC Schedule.

Race 4. 9th September 1025 hrs. As per DMYC September Series NOR

Race 5. 9th September. ASAP after Race 4. Windward/Leeward or Fixed mark course.

In a busy autumn RIYC will also host DBSC's Turkey Shoot series that runs until Christmas.

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#malahide – The Royal Irish Yacht Club had a successful foray to Dublin's northside last weekend when three boats sailing under the team name of 'Royal Irish Slugs' won the Team Trophy at the Cruisers III East Coast Championship hosted by Malahide Yacht Club and the quarter-tonner Quest (Barry Cunningham) won the individual title.

Sailed under Modified ECHO handicap, the event involved four races in varied wind conditions over two days and was dominated by the Royal Irish boats. Runner-up was another RIYC quarter-tonner Supernova (Lawless/McCormack/Shannon) while the third member of the team, the J/24 Gossip (Barron/Meredith/Rowley) finished 8th, a result that gave them a narrow win overall from the Howth team of three J/24s.

Another Dun Laoghaire boat, Lady Rowena (David Bolger) won on standard ECHO while Quest was also the winner on IRC.

Sponsored by Union Chandlery and Malahide Marina, the championship had one race over a triangular course and three windward-leeward races, with courses set by PRO Neil Murphy. As a result of winning, the Royal Irish YC has offered to host next year's East Coast Championship.

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#riyc – Yesterday's Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) Regatta results are all downloadable here class by class. The download is a zip file of word docs below.

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#sigma33 – The Sigma 33 class has attracted the highest entry for over a decade for it's national championships on Dublin Bay at the weekend with competitors arriving from across the Irish sea from Scotland, Belfast Lough, Strangford Lough, Liverpool, Abersoch, Plymouth, Kinsale as well as a strong local DBSC contingent.

(Post regatta results, report and photos here)

The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) is hosting the 20-boat event from Friday through to Sunday.

This strong entry underlines the popularity of this seaworthy One Design offshore racing yacht which enjoys strong one design racing in so many centres as well as being very competitive under IRC.

The Championship offers competitors a choice of windward leeward, Olympic type and "round the cans" courses in Dublin Bay under the expert guidance of Principal Race Officer Jack Roy who will be setting courses at the Olympic Games in Weymouth next month.

The defending Class and Irish Champion is Tim Goodbody's White Mischief and they can expect strong competition from previous Champions such as Sigmatic from the Clyde as well as from many other visiting and local yachts including the Bay's own Gwilli Two skippered by Paddy Maguire.

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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 2022

Race start: Off Wicklow Harbour date to be announced, most likely end of June 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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