May 11, 2021
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Round Ireland Race 2020 postponed due to Covid-19: Wicklow Sailing Club

Wicklow Sailing Club has confirmed the biennial SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race has been postponed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new start date for the 704-mile race has been confirmed for Saturday, August 22, albeit subject to government guidelines.

Kyran O’Grady, Race Director at Wicklow Sailing Club, said: “Even under the most optimistic scenario, our traditional start date of mid-June would not be possible.

“However, we believe that there is a suitable late-Summer fixtures window that can still deliver a great race. We will keep updated guidelines under constant review as we plan for the new date.”

More than 40 entries from around Ireland and further afield have already been received for the original start date. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, indications that a record fleet of more than 60 boats was expected.

Wicklow SC organisers will begin contacting all the interested crews to assess their availability and requirements for the new date.

SSE Renewables’ Director of Development Barry Kilcline said: “Postponing the SSE Renewables Round Ireland is the correct course of action as safety is our first priority.

“We remain committed to working with Wicklow Sailing Club on preparations for the new August date and the prospect of an exciting race.”

The first Round Ireland Race was sailed in 1980. Since then hundreds of crews have taken part what is regarded as the ‘Kilimanjaro of Sailing’ as the course offers a gruelling range of obstacles and challenges.

Simply finishing the race that can take up to a week for some boats, which is regarded as an achievement in itself.

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