Volvo Car up for grabs for dedicated Round Ireland Sailor

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The Volvo Round Ireland Yacht race, one of the most challenging off-shore races in the world, has become even more attractive to sailors with the announcement that there is a luxury Volvo car up for grabs for one lucky skipper.

Following the recent decision by Volvo Car Ireland to become title sponsor of the classic off-shore race from June 2016, they aim to further develop the race by encouraging sailors to return to complete the epic 704 mile contest over the next three races.

The skipper who has accumulated the best overall points’ results on corrected time, over the next 3 Volvo Round Ireland races 2016, 2018 and 2020, will be presented with a brand new Volvo V40 at the Prizegiving for the 2020 Volvo Round Ireland Race.

With nearly 50 yachts already signed up for the 2016 Volvo Round Ireland, a significant number of skippers will already be in the running for the brand new Volvo V40 upon completing the race this June.  

Volvo Car Ireland says they are delighted to offer this added incentive to encourage an increased number of Irish sailors to participate in the epic race.  Managing Director Volvo Car Ireland Adrian Yeates:

“We want to see more and more people get involved in sailing, especially in Ireland.  Ireland is perfectly positioned to become one of the world’s leading sailing nations.  We hope this exciting new opportunity to win the Volvo V40 will encourage more and more Irish sailors to return time and time again to compete in the Volvo Round Ireland, Ireland’s premier off-shore race.”

Volvo Round Ireland Race organisers have hailed the news of the Volvo give-away as a ground-breaking development for the Race.

Race Organiser Theo Phelan:

“The Volvo Round Ireland is one of the most exciting and breath-taking races in the world. Starting and finishing in Wicklow, each time promising an unforgettable new challenge. It brings entrants through widely different sea types and coastlines, from the Atlantic Ocean to the more sheltered Irish Sea, with difficult tidal gates, particularly around the North Eastern coast and navigational challenges requiring day and night tactical decisions at every change of forecast.”

Run by Wicklow Sailing Club, the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race is the only RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) race based in Ireland and is one of the longest off-shore races in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar, taking up to 7 days to complete.  The first race took place in 1980 with only thirteen boats. Since then, held biennially, the fleet has grown steadily, with over 40 entries already confirmed for 2016.