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Round Ireland Yacht Race Updates from Wicklow Sailing Club
Kenneth Rumball with the Reflex 38 Lynx of the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire has made a particularly good job of coming through the North Channel and the Irish Sea, and is now among those off the Wicklow coast facing the struggle to the pier head finish.
Day 5 1000 We took our leave of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 yesterday evening with RORC Commodore Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club aboard his First 44.7 Lisa off Dublin Bay with her racing prospects becoming…
How about one of these to shake up your local club racing? Despite being in the Two-Handed Division, Patrice Carpentier’s Sunfast 3200 GROUPE 5 currently has the overall lead on all the boats still racing in the Volvo Round Ireland race 2016.
Day 4 1800 An intriguing Round Ireland Race tussle has been taking place this afternoon and evening along Ireland’s most easterly coastline where County Down bulges out towards both Galloway in Scotland and the Isle of Man in the middle…
The French Teasing Machine crew sailed back into Wicklow this morning
Day 5 1000: With Eric de Turckheim’s beautifully-sailed A13 Teasing Machine finally finished in Wicklow at 0859 this morning to retain her second overall in IRC in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 writes W M Nixon, the current outstanding…
Inishtrahull did very definitely serve up a little bit of local calm, and then some, this evening
Day 4 2100: The lonely island of Inishtrahull beyond Malin Head marks the most northerly point of the Volvo Round Ireland Race writes W M Nixon. Or rather, some unmarked rocks strung out beyond Inishtrahull are the ultimate marks of…
The Father and son team of Derek and Conor Dillon have retired to Fenit in County Kerry
Day 4 2000: The latest retiral from the 64–boat Volvo Round Ireland Race fleet is the two handed Foynes Yacht Club entry Big Deal. The Father and son team of Derek and Conor Dillon retired in to port of Fenit in…
Patrice Carpentier’s Sunfast 3200 Groupe 5 from France is putting in a fantastic showing and now leads Michel Kleinjan’s Open 40 Roaring Forty 2 in the two handed division
Irish sailing was well represented in the sprint of the MOD 70s to new records yesterday in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016, with Damian Foxall on board the first-to-finish Musandam-Oman, while Justin Slattery was only minutes away aboard Phaedo…
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill IV was four miles past Tory Island at noon, and she may make gains on those ahead, as she won’t start to feel the adverse tide until she gets to Inishtrahull
Day four noon: They talk of tidal gates at various stages of the Volvo Round Ireland Race, but in those narrow seas between Ireland and Scotland which are the North Channel, for smaller craft the tides can be a complete…
Pegasus of Northumberland showing what she can do when conditions are right. Yet in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016, the hugely experienced crew of Teasing Machine have managed to stay ahead of her, and are still in front as they approach Tory Island.
Day3 2030 Today has seen surfeit of drama at Wicklow writes W M Nixon, and all of it with a happy ending. The new day dawned to find the three MOD 70s had finished the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016…
Rambler 88 finished the Round Ireland Race today to set a new monohull record
The progress of George David’s Rambler 88 down the North Channel and the Irish Sea today has been remorseless, with the big silver boat ticking off waypoints like an express train closely on schedule writes W M Nixon. With the…
Paul O’Higgins new Rockabill VI, skippered by Mark Pettit, has been going well, as she lies sixth overall.
Day 3 15.30: The smaller boats in the Volvo Round Ireland had a stressful time last night and through this morning off the southwest coast writes W M Nixon. With the veering and fading wind around them putting the bigger…
Here she comes – Rambler 88 passes Larne off the Antrim coast near 'The Maidens' rocks at 6.30am this morning. See video below
Day 3 1200hrs You lose a major record on one side of the Atlantic one day, so you simply establish a new one on the other side of the ocean the next afternoon. That’s the way it is with the irrepressible…
Dawn of a great new era. Damian Foxall (left) and Sidney Gavignet (centre) and their shipmates from Musandan-Oman in he early morning in Wicklow today after taking line honours in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 and shattering the boats’s own Round Ireland Record established in May 2015.
Arriving back in Wicklow Bay, after a thrilling contest with the other MOD70s, Phaedo and Concise, for most of the 700 nautical Volvo Round Ireland mile course, Sidney Gavignet’s crew were exhausted but exhilarated by their victory and the new…
Sidney Gavignet's Musandam-Oman Sail broke its own record time this morning
Day 3 0600hrs Sidney Gavignet's Musandam-Oman Sail set an historic new record for the fastest-ever sail round Ireland when he crossed the Volvo Round Ireland Race finish line at Wicklow in just 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds smashing their own 2015 record by an…
Oman Sail crew celebrate at dawn off Wicklow
A Round Ireland record is something to be sailed at speed – and incredible speeds they are too these days – then recorded with precision, but in due course savoured and analysed at leisure writes W M Nixon. At 0347hrs…
Desperado of Cowes has retired from the Round Ireland race as a result of sail damage. She is one of ten boats out of the race so far.
After 36 hours of racing the 63–boat Volvo Round Ireland fleet has been reduced by ten. Official retirals to date are: 1 Sun 12.30 Trilogic retired and returning to Dunlaoghaire – Gear sail problems 2 Sun 15.33 Xanadu retired to…
Scroll down the page for video interview with Damian Foxall
Three high speed MOD70s are closing in on the Volvo Round Ireland Race finish line at Wicklow, for what might yet be a record breaking time, early tomorrow morning. In an exclusive pre–start video (below) for Afloat.ie, Digby Fox interviewed County…

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