Round Ireland Yacht Race 2024

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Approximately 4 Day Delivery, 2 Day Training & 5 Day Race
Availability : 16th - 28th June 2026
Hamble / Wicklow
Min Age : 18
Max People : 10
Tour Details

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 a sail from Hamble to Wicklow.

*** We now have a full crew for Round Ireland Yacht Race 2024! Bookings are available for 2026 and we will confirm the dates as soon as they are announced. Please get in touch with us if you would like to join in the future.

Departure & Return Location

The race is from Wicklow, around Ireland and back to Wicklow.

Start Date & Time

Safety briefing and the first day of training start at 8:00am  on 16th June

Price Includes

  • Race Entry
  • Yacht Charter
  • Accommodation on board (shared cabins)
  • Meals onboard (self service)
  • Certified Professional Skipper
  • Basic Training
  • Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
  • Mooring Fees
  • Insurance for the yacht
  • Lifejacket
  • Personal locating beacon

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Meals (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Transfers airport-marina-airport
  • Shore based accommodation
  • Wet gear
  • Personal insurance (we recommend Topsail)


  • T-Shirt with your national flag
  • Sail Racing Academy T-Shirt
What to Expect
  • Professional InstructionOur Skippers are experienced instructors that make every crew member feel welcome and tailor their delivery to the experience and style of the crew
  • Competitive boatAlthough the taking part is often fun, we believe the full experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other boats on the water with a view to win
  • High safety standardsMaintaining and equipping a yacht to a high standard is not an easy task. No expense is spared in ensuring the best equipment is selected and repairs are undertaken quickly and proficiently.
  • No PassengersAlthough we are happy to provide sight seeing adventures, this experience is a regatta so you can expect to be actively involved in sailing the boat, there isn't any rail meat on our boats.


We now have a full crew for Round Ireland Yacht Race 2024! Bookings are available for 2026 and we will confirm the dates as soon as they are announced. Please get in touch with us if you would like to join in the future.

16th June 2024Arrival in Hamble & Departure for Qualifying Passage

Arrival in Hamble and welcome on the yacht at Port Hamble Marina. Meet your skipper and crew at 8.00am, followed by a safety brief and an overview of the passage route to Wicklow. You will have a safety briefing before leaving at 9.00am for the 3 day sail to Wicklow.

17th June 2024Qualifying to Ireland

Continue sailing to Wicklow.

18th June 2024Qualifying Passage to Ireland

Continue sailing to Wicklow.

19th June 2024Arrival in Wicklow & Boat Prep

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.

20th June 2024Training Day 1 & Skipper Briefing

After further boat prep and training the skipper will join the Skipper Reception and Briefing with one further crew member.

21st June 2024Training Day 2

Continue training and preparations.

22nd June 2024Race Start

14:00pm — Race start. Starting at Wicklow Sailing Club, leave Ireland and all its islands excluding Rockall to starboard.

27th June 2024Race-Finish

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.

28th June 2024Prize-giving

Celebrate your efforts with your crew and the other participants at the Pricegiving and final party.


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