Round Ireland RaceThe Round Ireland is Ireland’s premier offshore yacht race, and the second longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. The first race took place in 1980 with only thirteen boats. Since then, held biennially, the fleet has grown steadily, attracting a record 60 entrants from all over Ireland and the British Isles.
There are a number classes in IRC in which boats and their crews can compete, including CK, Z, IRC 1 – 4, ISORA, IRM, and a Team Prize. 2004 saw the launch of the “Two-handed Class” which has introduced a new level of competition for the more extreme sailor. The 2016 race sees the introduction of multihulls sailing under MOCRA rules. In the past, boats competing have ranged from a 98-footer former “round the world” maxi, to club boats one third the size, with all shades in between.

Listen to broadcaster Tom MacSweeney on the Round Ireland race

Race organiser Theo Phelan on RTE Seascapes 27 November 2015