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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 morning even the seemingly unassailable Teasing Machine (Eric de Turckheim), although still leading the main bulk of the fleet on the water and continuing to hold the lead in IRC 1, had slipped to 11th overall in IRC as she continued to slug along to windward on port tack well offshore, upwards of 30 miles south of Ballycotton.

But up in the far front of the fleet, the three MOD 70s were passing Mizen Head by 0400hrs and starting to make serious speed. As already noted briefly this morning on, Phaedo (Lloyd Thornburg) and her two sisters had ticked off the Skelligs by 0600hrs, and with speeds of 25 knots they’re already in the larger coastal region of Connacht, though the lack of visibility in facilitating any enjoyment of the coastal scenery doesn’t apply, as they were shaping up to be at least 50 miles off Slyne Head to keep keep their westing and stay in the freshening southwest winds as firmly as possible.

George David’s Rambler finally got the Fastnet astern at 0845 this morning, and with the overnight soft winds of the south coast now very much a thing of the past, the big silver machine was logging 18.4 knots as she streaked past Mizen Head at 0920, and we’ll be expected much higher speeds from her as the sou’wester builds through the day.

This means that in a very short space of time Rambler has gone from zero to hero, as the most recent IRC overall placings have her hurtling back up the rankings to be overall leader in IRC. But for the time being, the little ’uns are still hugely enjoying the benefit that strong ebb off the south Wexford coast gave them through the small hours and beyond, and as of 0945 second overall in IRC was one of the smallest boats in the fleet, and a two-hander at that, Derek and Conor Dillon’s Dehler 34 Big Deal from Foynes, while third overall is the First 34.7 Adelie (Peter Hall & Noel Butler) of the National YC.

However, the benefits of the night’s localised tidal boost is already fading in the overall reckonings, for even as we’ve been writing this Teasing Machine has moved back up again, from 11th to fourth overall. And though it will be some time yet before she can think of freeing sheets a smidgin to make on with increased speed from the Fastnet to Mizen Head, barring accidents she’ll be the first of the main part of the IRC fleet to get to the corner, which will give her a massive advantage therafter. She may even still be ahead of the Open 40s, a position she has narrowly maintained through the night, but that will change once the Open 40s can let themselves go.

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The current class placings are just grand as far as this correspondent is concerned, as they include a useful proportion of the “Ten Boats to Watch” we named in yesterday morning’s Sailing on Saturday. IRC 1 currently has Teasing Machine, Michael Boyd’s First 44.7 Lisa (above) and Alan Hannon’s Reichel-Pugh 45 Katsu (below) as the top three, in IRC 2 Chris and Patanne Power Smith’s J/122 Aurelia is first, currently tacking close inshore in Youghal Bay, while second and third are boats we didn’t name, the J/111 Team Fujitsu (Donal Ryan) and the vintage Swan 47 Sarabande (Rob Manley). But in Class 3 we’re currently managing a clean sweep with the J/109 Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox) leading from Paul O’Higgins new JPK 10.80 Rockabill, while third is Dave Cullen’s J/109 Euro Car Parks, back from the dead after being down in the crab grass at midnight.



Class 4 is of course very much led by the superb performance of the Union Chandlery–sponsored Conor and Derek Dillon (above) with the Big Deal while Adelie is second while Ronan O Siochru’s Irish Offshore Sailing’s Desert Star – top placed Irish boat in the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race – is third, currently laying on starboard tack in towards Ardmore Bay.

But things are happening quicker than we can write about them. At 1000hrs, Rambler 88 is up to 21 knots and zooming past Dursey Head, while Teasing Machine is now laying the Fastnet with 8.2 knots on the clock, and back at second overall in IRC. And up off the Galway coast, the three MOD70s have thrown a gybe and are now shaping towards Achill Island at 30 knots, with Concise 10 still narrowly ahead.

See Round Ireland tracker here and keep to up to date with the fleet's progress with Afloat's regular Round Ireland 2016 updates here

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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 Thornburg Phaedo3 crew passed close to the island location for the next Star Wars movie on the South West coast, flying by the Skellig Islands making an average speed of 25–knots at 6am this morning. It’s still early stages in this 700–mile long distance race with Phaedo3 now close to the lead at 31–knots off Loop head in Co. Clare. 


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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 the late evening and early part of tonight, it has seemed considerably longer for the main part of the fleet in the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race.

They’ve struggled with sometimes fickle wind and a foul tide, and the mood has not been improved by a belt of rain from the west which is only just clearing the last of the fleet. Nevertheless those who held in close along the shore inside the banks down as far as Blackwater Head before allowing their course to shape itself towards the Tuskar undoubtedly did better than those who went seaward in search of a better breeze. Thus in the overall placings at 2330, one notable slippage through keeping east has been with Dave Cullen’s J/109 Euro Car Parks, which in our previous report at 1815hrs was lying third overall in IRC – now she’s lying 26th as she passes the Tuskar.

The biggies up at the front of the fleet – the three MOD 70s and Ramber 88 – elected to hold on starboard tack far out into the middle of nowhere, with the MOD 70s sharpening each other all the time by being only a couple of miles apart, though Team Concise continues to hold a narrow lead. But even as we’re putting this report together, they’ve tacked in unison, and are just about laying the Fastnet Rock, though speeds are nothing great by MOD 70 standards - we’re talking “only” 12 knots or so.

To the northeast of them, now about 35 miles astern, Rambler 88 is still on starboard and making 12.9 knots, but she has slipped to 17th overall in IRC, whereas Eric de Turckheim’s wonderful Teasing Machine – likewise ploughing along on starboard well off the Irish coast – continues to stay narrowly ahead of a trio of Open 40s, and is hanging in there and then some on IRC, as she is leading IRC I and Overall.

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Noel Butler (on helm) and Peter Hall and crew on the Beneteau 34.5, Adelie are top Irish boat as the first day of Round Ireland 2016 draws to a close

The J/109 Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox) from Pwllheli is currently second overall, and in third are Peter Hall and Noel Butler with the First 34.7 Adelie, currently tops of the Irish boats with Stephen Quinn and his J/97 Lambay Rules in fifth. Or rather, that was the situation five minutes ago – now Lambay Rule lies second overall, which will have them dancing in the streets out in Howth. She seems to be doing well by taking a little tack in towards Carnsore Point after clearing the Tuskar.

Soon the new ebb tide will be giving a mighty boost to the smaller boats back in the Tuskar-Carnsore area, and that will probably provide us with another significant shakeup of the placings for the morning. But for now, Teasing Machine is marching along hard on the wind at 6.6 knots over the ground, with quite a good comfort margin between her and the next boat.

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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 gaps which hadn’t even existed ten seconds earlier. Seen from a distance, it still looked both utterly marvellous – and totally scary. Photos: W M Nixonstart sequence

See Round Ireland tracker here and keep to up to date with the fleet's progress with Afloat's regular Round Ireland 2016 updates here

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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 France and George David’s Rambler 88 from the US – emerged as the true stars of a ferociously close start in which other boats seemed to have done marginally better, but turned out to have been OCS.

And as of 1815hrs this Saturday evening, they have been powering ahead to such good effect that the lead in IRC Overall has been bouncing between the two of them.

The hoped-for fair winds for the early stages had faded before the start, and it has been hard on the wind or beating all the way since the fleet set out at 1300hrs from Wicklow, with Teasing Machine and Rambler being in the right place at the start, spot on the committee vessel LE Aisling as the signal went. Quite how the mighty Rambler found her way through the maze of smaller craft is anyone’s guess, but George David’s top people gave a master-class in making a start with things getting difficult as the ebb was already running south with full vigour.

Inevitably the MOD 70s with their later start have since taken up the lead on the water, and they are now well past the Tuskar and feeling less adverse effect from the new flood tide making northwards, with Concise 10 marginally in the lead. But Rambler – having passed the Tuskar – has started making knots again after a sticky period in towards Carnsore Point.

As for Teasing Machine, having worked out a lead on most of the rest of the fleet, she took the gamble of seeking less strong adverse tides by heading inside the Wexford Banks through the sandy channels just south of Cahore Point, and at 1815 was making 4.8 knots over the ground very close inshore off Blackwater village. Two miles astern of Teasing, Michal Kleinjans in the Open 40 Visit Brussels, aka Roaring Forty 2, has used the same inshore tactic, and he leads IRC 0, which would be fine and dandy were it not for the fact that it underlines what a remarkable performance Teasing Machine is registering.

A completely different offshore tactic has been adopted by defending 2014 winning navigator Richie Fernie aboard Alan Hannon’s Reichel-Pugh 45 Katsu, he’s as far south as Teasing Machine, but well out in the open to the eastward ten miles offshore, making 4.5 knots over the ground, and lying 4th in IRC I.

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However, it’s in the body of the fleet that we find the third placed boat in IRC overall, it’s Dave Cullen’s J/109 Euro Car Parks, (above) and despite the adverse tide she was logging 5.5 knots over the ground, very good going in the circumstances.

The wind outlook is for moderate headwinds along the south coast through the night, with the sou’westers starting to pipe up seriously around noon tomorrow.

See Round Ireland tracker here and keep to up to date with the fleet's progress with Afloat's regular Round Ireland 2016 updates here

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Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes ... we have music from Starboard Home and an exclusive wide ranging interview with the Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company – Eamonn O’ Reilly on the life of the port and its ongoing development ………….……we have music from Andy Irvine who headlines this weekend’s Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival in Ballydehob in West Cork as Molgoggers head for the Falmouth Festival we wish them fair sailing ….……..more on that competition where you can propose a youngster for a Sail Training Bursary this Summer courtesy of Sail Training Ireland and Seascapes ; we congratulate Royal Ulster Yacht Club on their 150th Anniversary with the celebrations starting this weekend …….first this week as the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race vessels and crews gather in Wicklow Sailing Club. David Branigan went along for Seascapes to Dun Laoghaire this week to have a word with record holder Brian Thompson, first we hear from Justin Slattery.....

David Branigan talking there to Justin Slattery and Brian Thompson ..the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race begins this weekend from Wicklow Sailing Club ..we’ll have a full report on next Friday's edition of Seascapes …

Further north on the East coast …………… Greystones Sailing Club will officially open its new premises this Sunday when Minister Simon Harris will perform the official opening………. The Club, originally established in 1968, caters for over 350 members and is very much a family club, rooted in the Greystones community. Initially sailing was confined to Mirror dinghies launched from a rubber mat rolled out on the shingle on North Beach with boats transported to and from the harbour on the tops of cars. The old clubhouse was built in the early 1970’s and has continued to be a part of the Greystones community since then. Now with the opening of the new facility, the club boasts over 100 dinghy’s and 20 keelboats and has one of the strongest junior sections of any club along the East Coast and is set to grow.

This weekend one of our great musical troubadours and treasures plays the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival Ballydehob here is the man himself Andy Irvine with this classic “Banks of Newfoundland” taken from his album Abocurragh…..

Next here on Seascapes to Dublin Port Company where we recently met up with the Chief Executive Eamonn O'Reilly and talked about the current dredging of Dublin bay to facilitate the expansion of the Alexandra Basin Container Ferry and Cruise Liner traffic and his perspective on spoil being dumped at the Burford Bank and the Starboard Home Concert in the National Concert Hall as part of the 2016 Commemorations which is on next Wednesday and Thursday…….

Finally Seascapes talked with Eamonn O Reilly about the port’s dredging spoil which is deposited on The Burford Bank in Dublin Bay since the beginning of the last century……

Eamonn O Reilly Chief Executive of Dublin Port we’ll hear more about the brand new Dublin Port Company Seafarers Centre which houses the Mission to Seafarers and Stella Maris and we’ll also be talking to Dermot Desmond Ships visitor for the Mission to Seafarers…..if you are attending the Starboard Home concert we hope to see you there also they’ve added an extra night on Thursday next …. tickets on sale now

Starboard Home Features new works by Paul Noonan, James Vincent McMorrow, Cathy Davey, Duke Special, Gemma Hayes, Jape, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Lisa O’Neill, Declan O’Rourke, John Sheahan Paul Cleary and novelist Caitriona Lally.

Royal Ulster Yacht Club are celebrating their 150th anniversary
The first event of the 150th Anniversary celebrations for the Club will take place this weekend ……………The Randox Health Sigma 33 UK & Irish National Championships has attracted twenty boats from throughout the UK and Ireland. From Lough Swilly to Waterford, from the Clyde to Falmouth taking in Liverpool and the Isle of Man on the way. The visitors will join the local boats for three days of racing on the open waters of Belfast Lough.

On next Saturday 25th June there is to be an Anniversary Sail Past of all the competing boats and visitors from the other Club in Belfast Lough. This should be quite a sight with the old and the new processing past the RUYC Clubhouse along with . The Sail Past will commence at 12.00 midday and will be followed by the Club’s Annual Regatta supported by Templeton Robinson.

The fortnight of celebrations concludes on Friday 1st July with a gala dinner. The RUYC acknowledge the support of Ards and North Down Borough Council in running these special events.

“Well that’s all folks for this weekon the sound desk this week Niall O Sullivan ………….. next Friday night here on your maritime programme Seascapes we meet some Sail Training Ireland sail trainees aboard the brig “Morgenster” in Cork and Waterford and hear about their experiences at sea we talk to the Captain of the vessel Harry Muster and speak with the Chairman of Sail Training Ireland Seamus McLoughlin ………………….. we’ll have music from Fairport Convention with “A Sailor’s Life” and a report from the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race ….plus we visit the Seafarers Centre in the heart of Dublin Port all that and much more until next Friday night tight lines and fair sailing.”

Marcus Connaughton


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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, Italy, Netherlands, Oman, Switzerland and United States of America.

The 704 nautical mile race has a simple course; Leave Ireland and all its islands, excluding Rockall, to starboard. However in reality the race has a complexity of wind angles, tides and a real taste of ocean sailing along the hauntingly beautiful west coast of Ireland. The first official non-stop race around Ireland was held in 1980.

The 2016 edition will be the first for multihulls and three MOD70s are up for the challenge. The course record was set by one of them, Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, blasted around the course last year, in 40 hours 51 minutes and 57 seconds, reaching reported speeds of 38 knots off the west coast. For the 2016 Volvo Round Ireland Race, Musandam-Oman Sail will be racing against Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3, co-skippered by Brian Thompson and Tony Lawson's Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield.

MOD70 Musandam-Oman Sail will be skippered by Sidney Gavignet. (Oman Sail)

We see this as the most important race of our season. We do not know how we will get on against the other two but we really want to finish ahead of them both! They have done a lot of sailing this year and from the Myth of Malham, I’d say that Team Concise are sharp and we understand that Phaedo has had a complete refit with new sails. But we know from when we set a new Round Ireland world record last year that this is a difficult course. We want to retain that record because achieving it meant so much to us and we were very happy to hear that the Round Ireland race has attracted the largest ever entry this year with teams motivated to beat our record. It feels like there’s been a renewal which makes us even more determined to win.” - Sidney Gavignet, Skipper Musandam-Oman Sail.

George David's American Maxi Rambler 88. (RORC/Tim Wright)

Hot favourite for Monohull Line Honours is RORC Member George David's American Maxi Rambler 88. Given the right conditions Rambler 88 could set a new race record. Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard set the current race record in 2008. Dominated by gale force winds, Slade's Maxi finished the race in just under two days and 18 hours. For the 2016 edition, Rambler 88 sailed all the way from Palma, Mallorca just to take part.

When we first started to put the schedule together for Ramble 88, this race was there because of the appreciation and hospitality shown to George David and the crew, especially during the incident with the capsize of Rambler 100 in 2011. This will be the first time Rambler has done the race but I was on board Colm Barrington's Jeep Cherokee in 1998 when we broke the record that had stood for twenty years and we had a fantastic welcome from the Wicklow Sailing Club. Rambler 88 could beat the current record but we will need the right conditions. It looks like a pretty light start but we should be really flying along the west coast, possibly mid to high 20s and surfing into the 30s, we are all looking forward to that. Rambler will be able to stretch its legs up the western coast, with true Atlantic offshore conditions, and the boat loves that stuff. Well done to the RORC for the help they have given to the Wicklow Sailing Club, I am sure we will have a great race.” - Mick Harvey, Project Manager Rambler 88.

RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd will be taking part in his sixth Round Ireland Race on First 44.7, Lisa. (RORC/Rick Tomlinson)

RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd has chartered Nick Jones' First 44.7 Lisa for the race. The pair know each other well, having raced in the RORC Two-Handed Class against each other. However, they have joined forces for the 2016 RORC Season's Points Championship and currently Lisa is winning IRC One and is placed fourth overall.

I am delighted that there has been fantastic co-operation between RORC, Wicklow Sailing Club and the Royal Irish Yacht Club, which as helped to generate a record entry and some wonderful boats for the race, such as the three MOD70s and Rambler 88, but also a wonderful mix of boats from various countries that have been persuaded to come and do the race. This is my sixth race and the twentieth anniversary of winning on the J/35 Big Ears in 1996. Three of the Big Ears crew will be on Lisa for the race but not PJ Kennedy, who passed away a few years ago, but he will be with us in spirit. The magic of the course is a big draw for me and it is wonderful to see so many Irish sailors will also be joined by people from around the world.” - RORC Commodore, Michael Boyd.

Liam Coyne's First 36.7 Lula Belle in the IRC Two Handed Class with fellow Irishman Brian Flahive. (RORC)

This will be Liam Coyne's third Round Ireland Race, RORC Member Liam will be racing First 36.7 Lula Belle in the IRC Two Handed Class with fellow Irishman Brian Flahive. The pair won the Two-Handed Class in the brutal 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

We might be slightly slower than the MOD70s but we will be doing our best to catch them! For us the first big battle is getting around Tuskar Rock. The race starts two hours after high tide, so we will not make Tuskar before the tide will turn and the wind at the start looks very light. There is loads of wind showing on the West Coat after Saturday, getting there will be the problem, after that we should have loads of breeze to get us around to the top of the course. If we do well around Tuskar we could get round in about four days, it could be a day longer if we don't.

I have raced all over the world but for me this is the best race of the lot, and not just because I am Irish. It is such a dramatic coast line, you have West Cork, Kerry, the North of Ireland, Giant's Causeway, Rathlin Island and many more spectacular views. The circular course means that you have all the different points of sail with a lot of work on the boat making the sail changes, you don't often get that sort of action on a race like the Fastnet and for me that makes this race far more challenging, especially Two Handed.

On top of that, you have the two tidal gates to contend with, there is Tuskar Rock near the start and up in the north I have seen five knots of tide just past Rathlin Island. The tidal gate up there can give a chance to the smaller boats, as you can catch up with the faster boats if the tide turns in your favour. For me a special point in the race will be when we pass Eagle Island off County Mayo, where I come from. I will be thinking of my mother's cooking and the time when my old man used to send me out to sell tyres. He told me that if I can sell tyres to the people of West Mayo, you can sell them anywhere in the world!” -  Liam Coyne, skipper Lula Belle.

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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 sailing column this morning. Although predictions of a summer solstice record are being made, if any such time is to fall then the record-breaker, and that includes holder Musandam-Oman Sail, must be back off Wicklow Head within one day, 16 hours, 51 minutes and 57 seconds, or approximately 5am on Monday. It’s a tall order even for the fastest sailing boats in the world. Read more here

See the final entry list from Wicklow below: 

Entry NoBoat NameEntrant/SkipperBoat TypeSail NoTCCClubYear of buildCLASS
1XanaduSimon CostainX-50GBR905R1.147RAFYC RORC20081
2MojitoPeter Dunlop & Vicky CoxJ/109GBR9047R1.010Pwllheli S.C.20083
3BamConor FogertySunfast 3600IRL14711.047Howth Yacht Club20152
4Groupe 5Carpentier PatriceSunfast 3200FRA 384830.995SN La Trinite Sur Mer20124, 6
5LynxIrish National Sailing & Powerboat SchoolReflec 38IRL 73861.044Irish National SC19993
6AureliaChris & Patanne Power SmithJ122IRL359501.077Royal St George YC20082
7PyxisKirsteen DonaldsonX332GBR5963T0.956RORC19974, 6
8Polished Manx2Kuba SzymanskiBeneteau First 40.7GBR 7003 T1.029Douglas Bay Yacht Club20013, 6
9Wild SpiritPaul Jackson (LYC Sea School)Jeanneau 40GBR8799T0.981RORC, JOG19994
10Quid non?Nigel PhilpottSwan 40 (92)GBR7384T1.005Royal Navy Sailing Assoc.20016
11Arthur LogicSailing LogicBeneteau First 40GBR 7408R1.070RORC20143
12Pegasus of NorthumberlandRoss HobsonOpen50GBR715R1.501RORC2003CK - 6
13MaybirdDarryl HughesGaff KetchGBR 644R0.904Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club19375
14HeimatauTom McLuskieFarrier F36GBR708M0.000Port Edgar Yacht Club2000M
15LisaMichael BoydFirst 44.7GBR4947R1.101Royal Irish YC / RORC20051
16Wakey WakeyRoger SmithJ109GBR5909R1.015Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club20083
17Rockabill VIPaul O'HigginsJPK 10.80IRL108001.046Royal Irish YC20162
18ArcsineKathy ClaydonArcona 370GBR8643T1.009Weymouth Sailing Club20043, 6
19Euro Car ParksDavid CullenJ109 (Storm)IRL11411.016Howth Yacht Club20093
20Change of CourseKeith GibbsC & C 115GBR9070R1.031Channel Sailing Club20053
21BellinoRob CraigeSunfast 3600GBR 3657 L1.039RORC20143, 6
22RamblerGeorge DavidJuan K canting keel USA255551.827New York Yacht Club2014CK
23AndanteKeith MillerYamaha 36 cIRL3750.947Kilmoer Quay SC19825
24May Contain NutsKevin RolfeRogers Whitbread 30GBR90300.995Cardiff Bay Yacht Club19963
25SarabandeRob MablySwan 47GBR 12381.051Royal Cornwall YC19773, 5
26FujiAri KänsäkoskiClass 40 CC40GBR 381.220RORC2007C40
27MasaiBen KornerClass 40 Pogo S21091.258Team Masai20111
28Fulmar FeverRobert MarchantWesterly FulmarFR14 0.879Waterford Harbour SC19804, 5
29Lula BelleLiam Coyne & Brian FlahiveFirst 36.7IRL 36070.992Wicklow Sailing Club20054, 6
30Hissy FitSimon BakerDazcat 1495GBR 788M0.000Saltash Saling Club2015M
31Port of GalwayMartin Breen / Nigel MossDehler 37CruisingIRL 56870.952Galway Bay Sailing Club19974, 6
32IOS Desert StarRonan O Siochru Jeanneau Sunfast 37IRL 13970.970Irish Offshore Sailing20024
33KatsuAlan HannonReichel-PughRP451.241RORC20111
34AlbireoDavid A SimpsonSwan 371 IRL 34350.939Royal Irish YC19824
35J TaimeChristopher Dowd PalmerJ109GBR6709R1.011RORC20063
36Musandam - OmanSailSandrine PelletierMOD70OMA 070.000AL Mouj - Muscat2012M50+
37Concise 10Tony LawsonMOD 70GBR 700.000RORC2012M50+
38Pipedreamer VIPaul SuttonDufour 40GBR 2271L1.016Holyhead Sailing Club20033
39Just Plain KrazyIan KnightJPK 1010GBR3789L1.008Royal Western20153, 6
40Teasing MachineTeasing MachineA13FRA 387571.169SRR20141
41BigDealDerek & Conor Dillon Dehler novaIRL 34920.922Foynes YC19924, 6
42FortissimoDream or Two Sailing LtdClass 40 - Akilaria RC1GBR 971.257Portchester Sailing Club20081, C40
43Desperado of Cowes Richard Loftus Swan 65GBR16651.112RORC19771
44DenebolaAlain PonceletMount Gay 30 modifiedBEL12651.010Royal North Sea YC20083, 6
45PersistanceJerry CollinsSigma 38 2.08IRL 82370.978Royal St George YC19904
46CavatinaIan HickeyGranada 38IRL38610.928Royal Cork YC19794, 5
47Colombre XLMassimo JurisClass 40 Pogo S2FRA 1010.000Compagnia Della Vela Venezia (CDV Venezia)20111, 6
48SuenosRupert KiddDazcat 1195GBR741M0.000Royal Western Yacht Club2010M
49Bare NecessitiesBruce SutherlandDazcat 1150GBR 725 M0.000Saltash Sailing Club2009M
50AjaxPaul MacroJ109GBR 6908R1.009Royal Armoured Corps YC20063
51Roaring Forty2Roaring Forty2class 40 kiwi fcBEl 1071.304Royal YC Belgium /Royal Belgium SC2011Z
52Phaedo^3Lloyd ThornburgMOD70030.000New York Yacht Club2011M50+
53Medicare First Aid Joe Conway Beneteau First 40 FRA398861.096Royal Irish YC20112
54AdeliePeter HallBeneteau First 34.7IRL 96310.987National Yacht Club20064
55CrackajackPhilip QuinnBeneteau First 40.7GBR7664T1.048Strangford Lugh YC20013, 6
56Lambay RulesStephen QuinnJ97Irl 99700.971Howth Yacht Club20094
57Applegreen Sail for KidsStephen MullaneyBeneteau First 375IRL79630.947Howth Yacht Club19874, 5
58Dear PrudenceBarry LyonsJ109IRL 10951.004Royal Irish YC20053
59Concise 8 Team Concise Class 401290.000RORC 2013C40
60Concise 2Team Concise Class 40 931.291RORC2010C40
61Tan ItRobert FloateSydney 36GBR 731T1.051Isle of Man Yacht Club19982
62PalpatineDoug InnesProvina 42 SportGBR907R1.098RORC20061
63Team FujitsuTeam FujutsuJ111GBR 8191R1.093Army Sailing Association20142
64SpailpinLouis MulloyFirst 31.7000.000Mayo Sailing Club20004, 6
64TrilogicTrilogic Offshore RacingMulti 50FRA051.489Trilogic Offshore Sailing2003M
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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 down trip from Gran Canaria.

After this first ocean race on the Tri, Hugo's long term objective is the single handed Route du Rhum transatlantic race 2018.

Having bought the boat in April this year Hugo has been busy recommissioning her and getting her back into racing spec. The trip up from Las Palmas gave him the opportunity to shake her down a little however, but he was 'hampered somewhat' as the sail wardrobe was not complete.


The Trilogic is a record setting Multi 50 Trimaran

Hugo told 'At the moment we are just getting used to sailing fast and recalibrating ourselves to a new normal, 10 kts now feels slow, a pause for coffee at 16kts is comfortable and 25kts feels like we are just getting going!'

'The Round Ireland is the perfect opportunity for us to get a better feel for the boat in a competitive environment before we move to France later this year for an optimization program to prepare the boat for the challenge ahead, he said. You can follow Trilogic at

Published in Round Ireland

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 30–second video clip.

Onboard for Phaedo3's race is Justin Slattery, a Cork offshore sailor who is a double winner of the Volvo Ocean Race. Also onboard the giant trimaran is British sailor Brian Thompson, the first Briton to break the Round the World sailing record twice. He is also the first to sail non stop around the world four times.

Published in Round Ireland
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Wave Regatta provides Howth Yacht Club and the community on the Howth peninsula in County Dublin with a biennial keelboat racing event that aims to be the most attractive sailing event in Ireland.

Maximising many of the local natural resources and involving allied Howth businesses and services, it attracted competitors, visitors and others on its first staging in 2018 with a weekend-long spectacle establishing Howth as a destination of choice for sailors, visitors and allied marine tourism.

Read Afloat's preview and review of the first staging of Wave Regatta.

At A Glance - Wave Regatta 2022

Howth Yacht Club's 2022 WAVE Regatta will be sailed from 3rd-5th June

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