Records tumble in Volvo Round Ireland 2016
A gripping finish in the early hours of Monday morning saw all three MOD 70’s break the previous record for the fastest ever sail around Ireland. With just minutes separating them Musandam Oman Sail set the new record for the 704 mile circumnavigation at 38hrs, 37mins, 7secs. The excitement continued on Monday afternoon when George David’s Rambler88 smashed the race record for mono-hulls in an incredible time 2 days, 2hrs, 24min, 9secs.
The 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 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.
Wicklow Sailing Club are delighted that the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, have agreed to act as the Dublin host club for the 2016 race. This association with the RIYC is especially beneficial as it enables more and larger competing yachts to be hosted prior to the start of the race.
Wicklow Sailing Club is very grateful for the support of the following