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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.

Join us for a Warm Wicklow Welcome!

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

  • Irish 'Sailor of the Year' Conor Fogerty Adds Round Britain & Ireland Race to Busy Sailing Season June 12, 2018
    Ireland’s current “Sailor of the Year” Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has a mind-bogglingly busy programme to fulfil during 2018 writes WM Nixon. But the intrepid class winner of the 2017 OSTAR is well able for it. He has a good-humoured yet strong personality which enables him to keep cool when under pressure - […]
  • Wicklow Sailing Club Table Quiz Tonight In Aid Of RNLI May 31, 2018
    #WicklowSC - With a month to go before the start of the 20th Round Ireland Race, hosts Wicklow Sailing Club are holding a table quiz at The Old Forge tonight, Thursday 31 May. The night kicks off at 8pm with a quiz for teams of four (€20 per table) and a prize raffle, all in […]
  • Round Ireland Yacht Race 2018 is Taking Final Shape May 24, 2018
    For most of the Irish sailors who have committed to this year’s 20th staging of the biennial 704-mile Volvo Round Ireland Race on 30th June, it will be the central focus, the core pillar of their 2018 programme. And even though our increasing number of home-grown front-line international professionals might expect to see it as […]
  • 54 Entries as 20th Round Ireland Race Launches at Royal Irish Yacht Club May 23, 2018
    A wide field of international entries from the United States, Finland, Norway, France as well as Irish and British crews are amongst the 54 entries to date for the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 that was launched this evening. Additional enquiries are still being handled by the Wicklow Sailing Club organisers though the 2016 record […]
  • 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 […]

News from 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race

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.