Round Ireland Race 2020 cancelled
The SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2020 cancelled due to the global increase in COVID cases
The sharp rise in global Covid-19 cases has forced Wicklow Sailing Club to cancel this year’s SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race, due to start on Saturday 22nd August. The next staging of the blue ribband sailing event will now take place in June 2022.
As early as March of this year, the 21st edition of the race was headed for a record turnout in excess of 60 teams in what would have been Round Ireland’s 40th Anniversary year.
Following the introduction of initial Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the original start date of June 2020 was postponed to 22nd August to allow time for virus counter-measures to take effect. Even with COVID restrictions in place, entry numbers for this year’s rescheduled race from Irish and international competitors held around the 50-boat mark.
The next edition in 2022 of the 704-nautical mile race that has been dubbed “the Kilimanjaro of Sailing” is unaffected at this time.
SSE Renewables Round Ireland – 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 saw 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.