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 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.