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The Volvo Round Ireland is Ireland’s Premier offshore Yacht Race

It is the second longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar and first race took place in 1980 with only thirteen boats.   Since then, held biennially, the fleet has grown steadily, attracting a record 64 entrants from all over the world.

There are a number of classes in IRC in which boats and their crews can compete, including IRC 1 – 4, Z class, ISORA, a ‘Two-handed Class’ and a Team Prize. The 2016 race saw the introduction of multihulls sailing under MOCRA rules. The 2018 race will see the introduction of a new Class 40 category.   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.

News from 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race

Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race 2018 race merchandise

The 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race 2018 official licensed merchandise designed by Helly Hansen is now available by visiting the Wicklow Sailing Club bar.

Volvo – Sponsors of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race

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Win a Volvo V40

As part of Volvo’s sponsorship of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race we are rewarding the registered entrant who accumulates the best overall points result across the three Volvo Round Ireland races 2016, 2018 and 2020, with a brand new Volvo V40 – now that’s an incentive!

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Volvo main sponsor of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race 2018

Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race Updates from Afloat

  • Round Ireland Yacht Race 2020 Date is June 20 September 14, 2018
    Wicklow Sailing Club has written to competitors and supporters alike to fix the date of the 2020 Round Ireland race as Saturday, June 20 2020. Ireland's classic 700-mile offshore race has been buoyed up by some bumper fleets over the last two editions and organisers are expecting to build-on this for the 2020 race.  The biennial […]
  • Golden Oldie Maybird’s Round Ireland Race Achievement to be Celebrated at her Arklow Birthplace July 19, 2018
    When the 1937-vintage Tyrrell of Arklow-built 43ft gaff ketch Maybird (Darryl Hughes) finally crossed the line at Wicklow last week to record the longest-ever time for a Volvo Round Ireland Race, little did her crew of eight expect that their unique achievement would bring them popular fame writes W M Nixon. But the fact that […]
  • Golden Oldie Maybird Sets New Round Ireland Record July 11, 2018
    Everyone thought that while the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 from Wicklow was one of the most interesting and unusual ever staged in the race’s 38-year history, it was assumed that no record had been broken writes W M Nixon. But that’s maybe not so. Darryl Hughes’ 43ft gaff ketch Maybird, originally built by Tyrrell’s […]
  • Defence Forces Crew on 'Joker II' Move up to Second as Round Ireland Results are Recalculated July 6, 2018
    Wicklow Sailing Club says a 'clerical error' on the tracker site for its Volvo Round Ireland Race that provisionally showed the Dublin J122 Aurelia in second place overall on IRC Handicap has now been 'rectified'.  The recalculation puts the Defence Forces team on the J109 Joker II into second place and drops Chris Power Smith's […]
  • Foynes Two-Handed Crew Get Really Big Deal Out of Round Ireland Race July 6, 2018
    The final 90-mile leg of the Round Ireland course, from the South Rock off the County Down coast direct to the Wicklow pierheads, is often the most frustrating writes W M Nixon. You feel the finish is almost within sight, yet the Irish Sea often seems to go out of its way to serve up […]

Race Partners

We are proud that our title sponsor for the 2018 race is Volvo, whose involvement in international offshore sailing is legendary.

Wicklow Sailing Club are also grateful for the support of many of our finest local businesses and organisations.