Registrations will open next month as the Round Ireland Yacht Race returns to Wicklow in 2022

Early registrations will open next month for next year’s highly anticipated Round Ireland Yacht Race on June 18th.

icklow Sailing Club has confirmed that registration for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland race will open at noon on Monday 24 January.

Described as the Kilimanjaro of the sailing world, the classic biennial offshore event has been canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is scheduled for 2022 with relevant precautions in place to ensure a safe experience.

Registration will be open to IRC rated yachts of at least 9.15m / 30ft overall and MOCRA rated multihulls of 9.0m / 29.53ft with prizes awarded in a variety of categories including the overall winner under IRC as well as line honor trophies for the first monohull and first multihull.

Duplicate registrations, sailing school and service registrations will also be among the prices.

The course follows the traditional route first contested in 1980, covering 704 nautical miles, starting and ending at Wicklow Harbor.

Kyran O’Grady, commodore of the Wicklow Sailing Club, said it would be great to see the popular event return

“We were anticipating a fleet of almost 80 boats when we had to cancel our 2020 plans. Now that we are learning to live with Covid-19, there is pent-up demand in addition to a renewed interest in ocean racing. , therefore a strong participation is at the rendezvous. The race will offer both competition and personal achievement for boat owners and crews ”.

Mooring facilities at the pier and docks near the base of the Wicklow Sailing Club will be available, as well as marina options at Greystones and Dun Laoghaire to the north for large boat entrances.

Leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energies SSE Renewables has joined us as a title sponsor ahead of the event scheduled for 2020.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council Cllr Shay Cullen welcomes the partnership.

“The partnership between SSE Renewables and the Wicklow Sailing Club will provide the country’s premier sailing competition and indeed one of County Wicklow’s most popular summer events. The economic benefits that the Round Ireland Race brings are significant and it is positive to see organizers and sponsors engaging in popular events like this for next year.

Maria Ryan, Director of Development at SSE Renewables, said the event will be appreciated by both the sailing community and the locals.

“We are delighted to be partnering again with the Wicklow Sailing Club to host a much anticipated event which will hopefully provide the national and international boating community with exciting competition and something to look forward to as we hopefully go out. , of the pandemic. This event reflects the potential of Irish waters and we look forward to seeing competitors walk past our proposed development sites at Arklow Bank in Wicklow ”.

Early registrations will be accepted from January 24 to March 31, 2022 and full details will be included in the official Notice of Race document to be released later this month.

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