With registrations scheduled to open on January 24, 2022, the first formal document for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2022 has been taken with the publication of the Notice Of Race document (downloadable below) by the Wicklow Sailing Club organizers. .
The Notice of Regatta for the June 18 event sets out the classes in which to compete, the handicap and qualification system to be used and the classes to which it will apply along with any recent changes to offshore regulations of which there have been some material changes as noted here.
The Irish Offshore Classic is the second longest race on the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. The first race took place in 1980 with only thirteen boats. Since then, held every two years, the fleet has grown steadily, attracting a record 64 participants from around the world.
There are a number of classes on IRC that boats and their crews can compete in, including IRC 1 – 4, Z-class, ISORA, a ‘Two-Handed Class’ and a team award. The 2016 regatta saw the introduction of multihulls sailing under MOCRA rules. The 2018 race saw the introduction of a new Class40 category.
In the past, competing boats ranged from a vintage 98 foot “around the world” maxi to one-third the size club boats, with all sizes in between.
As Afloat previously reported, an international fleet is considering the Round Ireland Race as it has also entered the Class40 Calendar thanks to the pioneering efforts of race organizer Kyran O’Gorman, who has been promoting the race in France.