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Round Ireland Yacht Race Updates from Wicklow Sailing Club
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…
In Round Ireland Race divsion IRC 3, the brand new JPK1080 design of Rockabill VI (Paul O’Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is lying third
Day 2 1730hrs:  According to many weather forecasters, right now we should be getting a fine hearty breeze from the south to southwest all along the south coast as the day’s rain clears to the eastward writes W M Nixon. Yet…
Hugo Karlsson-Smythe skipper of Trilogic Offshore Racing has retired from the Round Ireland race due to gear difficulties
Day 2 1000hrs:  After 24 hours of racing in the Volvo Round Ireland Race office there have been two retirals, one multihull and one monohull from the total fleet of 63–boats racing. Multihill skipper Hugo Smythe from the entry Trilogic reported…
Class 4 is led by the superb performance of the Union Chandlery–sponsored Conor and Derek Dillon in  Big Deal from Foynes Yacht Club
Day 2 1000hrs:  As anticipated in our midnight posting writes W M Nixon, the imminent onset of the stronger ebb in the Tuskar Rock/Carnsore Point area favoured the smaller boats in the 63-strong Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race fleet, and this…
Round Ireland Trimaran Phaedo3 Passes Skelligs At 25–Knots
Day 2 6am: During the night MOD70 trimaran Phaedo3 held onto to its second place on the water in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016. The three trimarans are led by British MOD70 entry Team Concise. This morning the Lloyd…
 Into the first night of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016, and Eric de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine continues to be towards the top of the corrected time reckonings, leading IRC overall at 2350hrs Saturday
Day  1 2350hrs: The longest beach in Ireland runs south along the Wexford coast from Cahore Point all the way down to Wexford harbour itself writes W M Nixon. It’s pushing towards twenty miles and more in length, but through…
Today's Round Ireland 2016 start line showing a busy committee boat end. There was a southerly 10–knot breeze with a two knot tide pushing boats over the line
The nearer you were to today’s start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016, the more amazing it all seemed. Yet it was difficult to see clearly what was happening as Teasing Machine and the mighty Rambler 88 came slicing through…
The two silver bullets find their way through the melee. Teasing Machine and Rambler (at centre) were okay on the line, but some others just inches ahead of them had to struggle back against the tide to re-start
Day one 1815hrs: If you want to cut a dash in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016, make sure your boat’s a silver bullet writes W M Nixon. The two grey flyers – Eric de Turckheim’s A13 Teasing Machine from…
Round Ireland Race start 2016. Rambler 88 (black sails) attempts to get clear air seconds after the start but is surrounded by smaller competitors
#RoundIreland - The 19th Round Ireland Yacht Race got off to a dramatic start from Wicklow at 1pm today. Although American maxi Rambler was prevented from making her spectacular committee boat start by smaller competitors blocking her lane, it was…
Rough seas are forecast close to the Fastnet and all along the west coast.
Specialist sailing weather forecaster Mike Broughton of winningwind.com says tomorrow's Round Ireland Race will be a tough and challenging one ‘Looks like we have light sea breezes for the start in fine and sunny conditions – but it’s all going…

The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland's classic offshore yacht race that 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 page.

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