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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

  • Rumball & White Bring Jedi Man Overboard Lecture To RORC In London Tonight May 16, 2019
    Kenneth Rumball and John White are taking the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School’s popular ‘man overboard’ lecture to the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s London clubhouse this evening (Thursday 16 May). On 29 June 2018, the J109 yacht Jedi started…
  • New Date for Golden Oldie Round Ireland Show in Dublin March 27, 2019
    The unavoidably-postponed show in March by owner-skipper (and restorer) Darryl Hughes, of the classic 1937 43ft Tyrrell of Arklow ketch Maybird’s remarkable achievement in becoming (in 2018) the first gaff-rigged (and oldest) boat to complete the Round Ireland Race, has…
  • Maybird Round Ireland show on Tuesday at DBOGA Poolbeg Cancelled March 10, 2019
    The talk by Darryl Hughes of his veteran gaff ketch Maybird’s much-celebrated participation in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018, to be hosted by the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club on Tuesday 12th March,…
  • How Military Principles Helped the Defence Forces Win in Sailing in 2018 January 25, 2019
    It was while crossing the Atlantic on the Sail Training Brigantine Asgard II during a celestial navigation module of his Naval Service education in 1999 that Barry Byrne had something of an epiphany writes W M Nixon. He’d been introduced…
  • Eighth IMOCA in Build as Nicolas Troussel Announces New Boat January 16, 2019
    An eighth new IMOCA being built, 2018 Round Ireland Race competitor Nicolas Troussel has confirmed. There will be at least eight new generation IMOCAs lining up at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe. The latest announcement comes from Nicolas…

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.