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Aran Islands Host WIORA 2023 Over Next Four Days

5th July 2023
Up to 200 crew and supporters are expected to arrive on Inis Mór during WIORA
Up to 200 crew and supporters are expected to arrive on Inis Mór during WIORA

A fleet of up to 40 boats will compete in the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Championships (WIORA) between Galway Bay and the Aran Islands over the next four days.

Moderate to fresh westerly winds are forecast for today, when the warning signal for the first of two races on Wednesday will sound at 1400 hours.

The Aran islands last hosted the WIORA championships with Galway Bay Sailing Club in 2017, and up to 200 crew and supporters are expected to arrive on Inis Mór during the event, hailing from Fenit, Foynes, Kilrush, Galway, Westport and Sligo.

Established in 1972, WIORA involves an association of sailing clubs along the western seaboard from Sligo to Kerry, including the Shannon.

The championships rotate between these clubs each year.

The four days of racing off the northern shores of the Aran islands will also include a round island race for the bigger boats – best viewed from Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr.

More details here 

Published in WIORA, Island News Team

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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 2024 will be held at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary from June 12th-15th 2024

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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