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Start Date: 30/06/2018

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.

Join us in Wicklow

The 20th Volvo Round Ireland starts in Wicklow on the 30th June 2018.
Catch a glimpse here of the 2014 start.
Don’t miss your chance to be part of it, register today.

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Volvo – Sponsors of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race


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 2018 race merchandise

The 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race 2018 official licensed merchandise designed by Helly Hansen is now available to buy or pre-order by visiting the Wicklow Sailing Club bar or online.

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Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race Updates from Afloat

  • Rockabill VI Spearheads Royal Irish Yacht Club Volvo Round Ireland Challenge May 3, 2018
    The Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 - in just eight weeks time on June 30th from Wicklow - will be marking 20 stagings of this biennial classic. When first raced in 1980, it was with a fleet of very modest numbers, mainly of boats of the day. Thirty-eight years later, you’d expect significant change in […]
  • RORC Focus on Europe as Wicklow's Round Ireland Race Counts Towards Season's Points Championship May 1, 2018
    The 2018 Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continues with the first of the domestic offshore races, the Cervantes Trophy, which starts on May 5th followed by the North Sea Race, which starts on May 11th. In excess of 300 teams are expected to take part over the course of the season with sailors […]
  • Your Chance to Be in Gothenburg for the big Volvo Ocean Race Festival in June April 9, 2018
    To celebrate Volvo Car Ireland’s sponsorship of the Volvo Round Ireland 2018, Volvo is offering some lucky person the very special opportunity to win a trip for two to witness the penultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 in Gothenburg. The Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to stopover in Gothenburg in mid-June 2018. And […]
  • Volvo Round Ireland Has 37 Entries Already, But Early Bird Discount Ends on Friday March 27, 2018
    With just over 13 weeks to go to the start of the 2018 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht race, 37 boats have already taken advantage of the Early Bird entry rates writes W M Nixon. But the Early Bird offer closes this coming Friday, 30th March - if you’re interested in taking part […]
  • New Armed Forces Trophy Announced for 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race March 20, 2018
    As entries continue to grow for the 2018 Round Ireland Yacht race, with 30 boats currently entered, Wicklow Sailing Club have announced a new trophy/category for the 2018 race – yet to be named – to recognise the best armed forces entry. Military teams have always had a strong connection with the race and this […]

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