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Summer evening for the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at their Kilrush base
It was in 1828 – 178 years ago - that a regatta sailed at Kilrush led to the formation the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland writes W M Nixon. Ten years later, the new club was thriving with a…
Ardnacrusha lock on the river Shannon
#Shannon - Lough Derg sailors have expressed disappointment over the continued closure of the Shannon Navigation at Ardnacrusha, which will keep them out of this year's WIORA races. This year's celebratory WIORA regatta is marking its 40th year at Kilrush…
At present there is a total of thirty-one entries for WIORA and Foynes organisers are calling for more
The West of Ireland offshore Racing Association (WIORA) are very proud to be in its 40th year writes Elaine O'Mahoney. This year their flagship event, The West Coast Championships, are being hosted by The Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland (RWYCI),…
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#wiora – WIORA had to share inner the Bay with Galway Bay Swim Event from Aughnish to Salthill where some 60 participants took part. The bowman Martin Oliver off NowWhat was one of those. OD Alan crosbie set his windward…
#WIORA - Following Wednesday's wild offshore spin, competition for places in WIORA was heating up yesterday (Friday 24 July), with a number of close-quarters incidents despite the size of Galway Bay, writes Jim Grealish. In class 2, WIORA Commodore Simon…
WIORA Yacht Racing 2015
#wiora – A Wild Atlantic Wednesday afternoon has got WIORA off to a flying start with the Offshore Race bringing the fleet to a southerly Kinvara corner of Galway Bay writes Jim Grealish. Race Officer Alan Crosbie set a mark off…
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#wiora – How about a major four day cruiser-racer championship based at Kilronan in the Aran Islands? There's no doubt that the Magic Ingredient X would be conferred by the unique location. And boats from all arts and parts – including…
 docks in Galway City
#wiora – The highlight of the offshore racing season on the Atlantic seaboard gets under way tomorrow (Wednesday) with the four day West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association Annual Championship in Galway Bay, with thirty boats from all the main…
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#wiora – The 2014 West of Ireland (WIORA) champion is Tribal, Liam Burke's Galway Bay Sailing Club based Corby 25 that produced four wins from seven races in last week's WIORA championships at Mayo Sailing Club. Burke's scoreline was good…
WIORA offshore racing
#WIORA - The West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association’s (WIORA) West Coast Championships will be held on Clew Bay from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 July 2014. As reported last October on Afloat.ie, Mayo Sailing Club in Rosmoney will play…
WIORA's 'West Coast Championships' will take place from Wednesday, 23rd July to Saturday, 26th 2014, and will be hosted by Mayo Sailing Club at Rosmoney, on Clew Bay. A fleet of up to 30 boats will take advantage of the new pontoon…
#WIORA – The West of Ireland Offshore Championship's, which were hosted by Foynes Yacht Club last week on the Shannon Estuary was a great success for the for the club writes Gerry Ryan. The last time the championships were hosted…
#WIORA – In an ebb tide the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Championship's hosted by Foynes Yacht Club got off to a terrific start yesterday on the Shannon Estuary. Race Officer, Liam Dineen set a challenging course for some of…
#WIORA– As a flagship event to mark their 50th year of sailing on the Shannon Estuary,  Foynes Yacht Club are setting an aggressive target to attract 50 boats to next year’s West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) sailing championships…
Cahill's Joie de Vie Sails to Victory at WIORA Series, Clifden
The overall winner of the 2011 West Coast Championships (WIORA) is Glen Cahill's "Joie de Vie" of Galway. Cahill won the IRC 1 division. Local boats filled the class two and three slots on IRC.  David Griffin's "Egalite" of Clifden…
Clifden Under Full Sail for WIORA Regatta Week
Clifden Boat Club's long awaited staging of the West Coast of Ireland's big regatta, WIORA week, kicked off today in perfect Atlantic conditions. It's the third time the event has been sailed at the boat club and the first since…

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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