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Round Ireland Yacht Race Updates from Wicklow Sailing Club
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…
George’s 100 foot yacht, Rambler 100, capsized during the 2011 Fastnet Race.
Yesterday, US businessman and life long-sailor and entrant in tomorrow's Round Ireland Race, George David, met one of the men who saved his life off the Cork coast five years ago. George’s 100 foot yacht, Rambler 100, capsized during the…
Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race entry J109 Euro Car Parks with skipper Dave Cullen onboard
The RORC Season's Points Championship continues this weekend with the longest race of the thirteen race series, the Volvo Round Ireland Race. A record 64 yachts have entered with teams from ten different countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland,…
Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race entries gather at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire before tomorrow's start off Wicklow Head at 1pm
Three Multi-One-Design (MOD) 70s, and the maxi-yacht Rambler 88 have added extra spice to a record-breaking 64-boat Volvo Round Ireland fleet that starts the 700-mile offshore race tomorrow at 1pm from Wicklow as David O'Brien writes in the Irish Times…
Ireland's only multihull entry in the 2016 Round Ireland Race is skippered by Hugo Karlsson-Smythe and crewed by Bowen Ormsby
Ireland's only multihull entry in the 2016 Round Ireland Race is skippered by Dun Laoghaire sailor Hugo Karlsson-Smythe and crewed by Bowen Ormsby. The Trilogic is a record setting Multi 50 Trimaran and pulled into Wicklow Harbour for Saturday's race after an 1800 mile shake…
The mighty one. Rambler 88 and her formidable owner-skipper George David are at the core of a remarkable team. He reckons that the Round Ireland course record set by Mike Slade’s 100ft Leopard is well within Rambler 88’s potential as the weather for todays racing, and in the day or two ahead, continues to take better shape for speed. And barring accidents or breakages, the record should in any case be very comfortably bested by the three MOD trimarans.
Today sees the start off the Wicklow Pierheads of largest and most varied fleet in the 36-year history of the biennial Round Ireland Race from, which in its 19th edition takes on board sponsors Volvo Car Ireland for the first…
Phaedo3 in Dalkey Sound preparing for Saturday's Round Ireland start off Wicklow. Scroll down the page for video
Round Ireland Race competitor Phaedo3 came through Dalkey Sound under full sail this morning, touching speeds of 17–knots. The MOD70 skippered by American Lloyd Thornburg was on a training for Saturday's Volvo Round Ireland race start off Wicklow Head. Scroll down for…
The 88–ft long boat Rambler88 berthed in Dun Laoghaire last night. Her all carbon 135-foot mast can be seen from afar, towering over other yachts in the harbour
Following its arrival into Dun Laoghaire on Monday evening, maxi Round Ireland race entry Rambler 88 has been moored on St. Michael's Wharf, close to the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The special berth was arranged…
Dave Cullen, skipper of the J109 Euro Car Parks for the Round Ireland race with sponsor Patrick Coyle, MD of Windward Management
A Round Ireland Race J/109 crew consisting of six national champions from three classes from last weekend's ICRA championships at Howth Yacht Club is setting its sights high for Saturday's race start. The well known Howth based J/109 Storm has been chartered…
The Great Mother of All Round Ireland Record-Makers – Denis Doyle’s Moonduster in her first season of 1981. Photo: W M Nixon
There’s a problem with the Round Ireland sailing record if you’re hoping to set a new one in the Volvo Round Ireland Race when it starts from Wicklow at 1300hrs this Saturday, June 18th writes W M Nixon. The problem…
Stakes high as Musandam-Oman Sail lines up against two MOD70s in 2016 Volvo Round Ireland Race
Damian Foxall and Oman Sail’s crew on the Sultanate of Oman’s giant trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail are determined to fly the flag for Oman (and Foxall's home county Kerry) in Wicklow Sailing Club's Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race this Saturday by beating…
US sailor, Lloyd Thornburg, sailing his MOD 70 Phaedo 3 off Dun Laoghaire yesterday
Volvo Round Ireland racer Phaedo3 went for a tack on Dublin Bay yesterday, making short work of a trip out past Dalkey Island as Saturday's DMYC 'King of the Bay' regatta was underway. US sailor, Lloyd Thornburg brought his MOD…
US sailor, Lloyd Thornburg, brought his MOD 70 Phaedo 3 into Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning
An early arrival for the 704-mile Volvo Round Ireland race arrived under bare poles and engine into Dublin Bay this morning, eight days ahead of the start off Wicklow on Saturday, June 18th. US sailor, Lloyd Thornburg brought his MOD 70…
The Reichel-Pugh 45 Katsu (Alan Hannon) will be navigated in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 on June 18th by Richie Fearon of Lough Swilly YC, navigator of 2014 winner Tanit (Richard Harris).
The world’s senior offshore racing club has been pulling out all the stops to boost the 704-mile Volvo Round Ireland race which starts from Wicklow on Saturday June 18th, and Race Organiser Theo Phelan of Wicklow Sailing Club feels that…

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 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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