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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

  • Niall Dowling is July 'Sailor of the Month' (Offshore) August 1, 2018
    The achievement of Niall Dowling of the Royal Irish YC in taking both Line Honours and the Overall Win in Wicklow’s Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 with the Ker 43 Baraka GP is put into its proper perspective when we remember that at the halfway stage, Baraka was way down the rankings despite a tactically […]
  • Barry Byrne is July’s 'Sailor of the Month' August 1, 2018
    July 2018 will go down in Irish sailing history as one of the busiest months ever experienced, including as it did the Volvo Round Ireland Race and Volvo Cork Week. In this exceptionally busy period, Commandant Barry Byrne of the Defence Forces was arguably the most active sailor on our seas, as he skippered the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Yet Again, the Round Ireland Race Serves Up Something New July 6, 2018
    The Volvo Round Ireland Race from Wicklow back in 2016 was something of a unicorn event writes W M Nixon. George David’s majestic Rambler 88 took mono-hull line honours, the new mono-hull course record, and the overall IRC win - all at the once. And three MOD70 trimarans provided something similar. Surely nothing could ever […]

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.