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WIORA '22 Heads for Royal Western Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary

27th January 2022
Cruiser racing on the Shannon Estuary
Cruiser racing on the Shannon Estuary Credit: RWYC

The Notice of Race and Entry Form for June's West Coast of Ireland (WIORA) Championship being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland has been published.

This year will see a change to the usual format as the event will run over three days, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th June inclusive, rather than the traditional four-day event which ran from Wednesday to Saturday.

The rationale for the change comes from feedback from sailors participating in the West Championships over the years, who feel that a three-day event may make it easier for crews to get time away from families and time off work. 

It is scheduled to run eight races for Spinnaker Class and six races for White Sails Class.

Race Officer, John Leech, will be the principal race officer for the Spinnaker Class and a Regional Race Officer will be appointed for the White Sails Class. 

The event will be located at Kilrush Marina with live music and entertainment. 

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West Coast of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA)

The West Coast of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) objective is to promote an annual programme of yacht racing for the West Coast of Ireland.

WIORA aims to encourage and promote participation in and knowledge of racing and seamanship. It does this by developing yacht racing between yacht clubs on the west coast and hosting an annual regatta known as the West Coast Championships. The championships are rotated between west coast clubs. 

WIORA was formed in 1976. WIORA is affiliated with the Irish Cruiser Racing Association.

The association burgee is a pennant with a background of St. Patrick's Blue and overlaid with an emblem of St. Brendan's Cross, which is of saffron colour. 

WIORA is open to members of yachts clubs located on the west coast of Ireland, from Mizen Head to Malin Head and the waters of Lough Derg and Lough Ree, and sailors outside thee areas who may wish to participate at the WIORA annual regatta.

The membership association has a Commodore and committee.

Annual membership is €10.

WIORA Championships

WIORA 2022 will run over three days, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th June at the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland on the Shannon Estuary

WIORA 2023 will be held at Kilronan on the Aran Islands

WIORA 2024 will be held at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary

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