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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

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • MGM Boats Congratulate Round Ireland Jeanneau Racers July 6, 2018
    Irish Jeanneau agent MGM Boats have been quick off the mark to congratulate the Jeanneaus that completed the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race this week. The firm's Ross O'Leary says 'Jeanneau was one of the best-represented brands in the race with eight starters in the 54-boat fleet. A tough 2018 edition included all conditions with ideal […]
  • 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.