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Held biennially, The Round Ireland is Ireland’s premier offshore yacht race. At just over 700 nautical miles, over five days, it is the second longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar and is one of the true classics of the racing world. Originally taking place in 1980 with only thirteen boats, the fleet has grown steadily in the past 40 years and now attracts a record 64 entrants from all over the world, ranging from small yachts to high performance catamarans.
The course is simple; leave from Wickow on Ireland’s east coast, then keep it’s rocky outcrops to starboard as the fleet heads south. This naturally lends itself to creating one of the most picturesque and stunning race courses in the sailing calendar. At times it can be both challenging and varied; from battling Atlantic squalls to wind shadows and holes, this is not a cruise but a challenge to be conquered and something to be proud of.
Hosted by Wicklow Sailing Club, there are plenty of recognisable names and impressive boats and with the Royal Irish Yacht Club acting as the Dublin hosts, larger boats can also compete. Big or small, all boats are treated with the same wonderful Irish hospitality, famously known as the Warm Wicklow Welcome.
We also include the option of delivery and return mile builders.
The race is from Wicklow, around Ireland and back to Wicklow.
Delivery starts at either Hamble or Torquay.
Safety briefing and the first day of training start at 10:00AM on 13th June
Arrival in Hamble and welcome on the yacht at Port Hamble Marina. Meet your skipper and crew at 10.00am, followed by a safety brief and an overview of the mile builder route to Wicklow. You will spend the morning getting to know your crew, followed by provisioning, getting the boat ready and leaving at 12.00pm for the overnight sail to Torquay.
After the first leg from Hamble the plan is to arrive in Torquay in the evening of the 11th June for a nice dinner and some rest before the rest of the milebuilder delivery.
At 10.00am additional crew members joining in Torquay will be welcomed on the boat. After a further safety brief and getting the boat ready, departure will be at 12.00pm towards Wicklow.
After arrival in Wicklow, a shower and some food the skipper will outline the maintenance and training programme for the next 2 days in preparation for the race.
After breakfast you will continue to get the boat and the crew ready for the race and commence with race training to make a proper race team out of the crew.
After further boat prep and training the skipper will join the Skipper Reception and Briefing with one further crew member.
13.00pm Race start. Starting at Wicklow, leave Ireland and all its islands excluding Rockall to starboard.
Typically, and dependent on the weather it takes about 5 days to get around the approximately 704nm course. With a watch system, you will get more experience of what it means to participate in a race while sharing the excitement and the sense of achievement with your crew members when finally crossing that finish line.
Celebrate your efforts with your crew and the other participants at the Pricegiving and final party.