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22nd June 2024 to 28th June 2024

SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2024

From £3899 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure.
SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race is one of the most challenging offshore races to take place in the British Isles. At 704 miles it is just longer than the Rolex Fastnet Race.  
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Individuals, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Offshore Racing Experience required
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
Beneteau First 40
Vessel length
40ft
Skipper
Professional Race Skipper
Crew
8 crew plus skipper and mate
Berth Style
Single berths
Insurance Required
Yes

The SSE Renewables Round Ireland race will be the highlight of the offshore racing calendar in 2024.

Race Date: 22 - 28 July 2024

Price: £3,899 per person

Run in association with the RORC, Wicklow Sailing Club’s SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race is one of the most challenging offshore races to take place in the British Isles. At 704 miles it is just longer than the Rolex Fastnet Race. It takes place biennially, in even numbered years, thereby alternating with the Rolex Fastnet Race. 2024 marks the 22nd edition of Ireland’s premier offshore race, after it was first held in 1980.

The circumnavigation of the Emerald Isle takes place in a clockwise direction leaving Ireland and its off-lying islands to starboard. After the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the course is one of the most scenic in the world with competitors rounding Tuskar Rock and then tackling the open Atlantic section of the course, passing the Fastnet Rock, Bull lighthouse, Skelligs Monastic Outpost, Aran Islands and Tory Island before returning through North Channel (between Scotland and Ireland) and back down the Irish Sea, past Dublin Bay and on to the finish.

In addition to the regular IRC classes, the SSE Renewables Round Ireland has prizes for Class40, best ICRA and ISORA yachts, doublehanded, best sailing school yacht and services yacht as well as best overseas yacht, best corinthian yacht under IRC, best ladies entry, a cruiser class, a prize for the best three boat team and for the oldest yacht competing. There is also a MOCRA class, with a separate start for the multihulls 10 minutes after the monohulls. Qualifications include 300 miles of offshore racing on the boat entered, with at least 50% of the race crew on board, or a non-stop passage of 300 miles. Naturally, being an Irish event, the hospitality on offer is unparalleled and there will be a skippers’ reception the night before the start with the final prize-giving and party on Friday 28 June.

The monohull course record of 50 hours 24 minutes 9 seconds was set by George David’s Rambler 88 in 2016, the same year as the Sultanate of Oman’s MOD70 trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail set the present multihull record of 38 hours 37 minutes 7 seconds.

Based on feedback from previous offshore events, the campaign will start with a training weekend to include some inshore racing, to boost crew skills in manoeuvres. There are two qualifying RORC races, the optional (but encouraged) milebuilder to Wicklow plus the race itself!

The Round Ireland Race is characterized by a variety of conditions – from sleigh rides down the Atlantic West Coast to the tricky tidal zones on the East.

The race takes place every other year (alternates with the Fastnet) and is a firm favorite with many of our skippers and crews.

Round Ireland Race.

Training weekend 11 – 12 May

JOG Deauville and Milebuilder 250NM 25 – 27 May

RORC Morgan Cup Cowes to Dartmouth 7 – 9 June

Milebuilder to Wicklow/Prep in Wicklow 17 – 21 June

Race 22 – 27/28 June

Milebuilder Home 29 June – 2 July

  • Individual crew place
  • Professional Skipper
  • First mate
  • Training weekend
  • Two qualifying races
  • All race entry and mooring fees
  • All food on board and branded team top and jacket to keep
  • Transport to the yacht
  • Meals ashore when not racing or training (breakfast & dinner)
  • Sailing gear
  • Personal Insurance

The Programme (dates TBC)

Training Weekend – 11 – 12 May

Qualifying Race 1 – JOG Deauville/Milebuilding weekend 250NM – Meet Friday 2pm 25 – 27 May

Qualifying Race 2 – RORC Morgan Cup – Cowes to Dartmouth 7 – 9 June

Milebuilder to Wicklow – 17 – 21 June

The Race – 22 – 28 June

Milebuilder Home 29 June – 2 July

Includes c1500nM of offshore racing on board a competitive Beneteau First 40. Professional skipper and mate. Food whilst on board, all mooring fees, fuel, and boat expenses. Team top and jacket to keep.

Wicklow, Ireland

Wicklow, Ireland

Round Ireland Race.

Training weekend 11 – 12 May

JOG Deauville and Milebuilder 250NM 25 – 27 May

RORC Morgan Cup Cowes to Dartmouth 7 – 9 June

Milebuilder to Wicklow/Prep in Wicklow 17 – 21 June

Race 22 – 27/28 June

Milebuilder Home 29 June – 2 July

Footwear:

Deck Trainers/Sports Trainers with non-marking sole

Trainer Socks and Shoe Spray

Legwear:

Sailing/Sports Shorts

We recommend against jeans

Top:

Tech Top/Sports Top

Fleece/Soft Shell Jacket

Hands:

Fingerless Gloves

Headwear:

Baseball cap/Sun Hat

Top Layers:

Waterproof trousers/salopettes

Sailing Jacket

Accessories:

Watch

Sunglasses

Multi Tool

Electrical Tape

Knee Pads

Other:

Suncream

Insect Repellant

Water Bottle

Waterproof Phone Case

Remember to bring a sleeping bag for those trips that involve overnight stays on the boat