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I wonder if it will ever be known how many people followed the final approach of “Ruth”, Liam Shanahan Jnr’s J109, approach to the finish line in Wicklow for the 2014 Round Ireland Race. I spent many hours watching the tracker, checking the weather forecast, wishing them along the course towards the finish.

The ISORA boats know only too well what the approach to Wicklow finish can and regularly does.

“Ruth” battled with the “hole” in the wind that formed as they were off Greystones. Unfortunately they slipped from “having it in the bag” to second place behind “Tenit” – they were robbed!!! 'I was sick for Liam and the crew' said ISORA chairman Peter Ryan.

photo of Mojito in Celtic Regatta 2013 by Andy GreenYou can follow the ISORA boats' progress in the Round Ireland Race here.

The 700 mile classic, non-stop race started on Saturday 28th June in Wicklow and is a clockwise course around Ireland and the fleet is expected to finish back in Wicklow by Thursday 3rd July.

Good luck to 2041, Adelai, Big Deal, Desert Star, Mojito, Ocean Tango, Persistence, Polished Manx, Ruth and State O'Chasis

The new visitor and events pontoons Iin Pwllheli moved closer to completion this week with the installation of the new bridge.

The pontoons will be ready to receive the ISORA fleet on 26th July and competitors for the IRC Welsh Championships which starts on 1st August.

A Boat-show and Exhibition is also planned for 16th August with exhibition sailing, rowing and other water sports on display. There will be something for everyone.

The Offshore Racing Weekend started with a fast and furious race from Liverpool to Douglas with a fantastic spinnaker scream all the way!! The race took place at 18.00 on Friday the 6th June. The race start was postponed as the large fleet exited the lock from the marina.

The course set for the race sent the fleet beating from the start line at the Albert Dock up river to Pluckington Bank buoy and back to the Dukes buoy at the start line. From there the fleet under spinnaker wrestled with the fickle winds that bent around every building on the shore. All channel buoys were marks on the course and boats had to avoid restricted areas around drilling rigs while making their way to Douglas.

The results for all races sailed so far are available here. Baba Bing was overall winner of Race 4 and Mojito winner of Race 5. Congratulations to both. 

Winners of the prizes presented by Hudson Wight were

Race 4

  • Silver Fleet - Big Deal
  • Class 2 - Babba Bing
  • Class 1 - Jackknife

Race 5

  • Silver Fleet - Big Deal
  • Class 2 - Adeli
  • Class 1 - Mojito

The full weekend report will be available shortly.

The overall series table is available here with the individual race results.

The whole series is very close with Ruth now leading followed closely by Mojito.

The following is intended as a guide for competitors who wish to deliver their boats to Liverpool in readiness for the Midnight Race from Liverpool to Ise of Man scheduled for 6th June.

Please follow the link to the guide prepared by LYC which provides details about the passage in the Mersey channel and further useful information.

Mersey Guide.

The provisional results for Race 3 – Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead – Saturday 24th May – (100 mile offshore) - here.

The race report wil follow shortly

Report on Race 3 – Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead

After the last two gruelling races the weather was not looking kind for the Race 3 from Dun Loaghaire to Holyhead. Northerly gales for the previous two days whipped up the sea to such a state that berthing for the visiting competing boats at the NYC prior to the race was impossible.

The weather forecast for the race was not much better. Northerly possibly going north easterly later force 4-6 was predicted.

Report on Race 2 – Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire

As with Race 1, the weather was not kind to ISORA competitors. Strong and gusty conditions all the previous week with DBSC cancelling their Thursday racing did not encourage those skippers who were considering taking part in the race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. Although a window of opportunity arose for boats delivering on Friday only 15 boats came to the line at 08.30 on Saturday 10th May. The usual start time was delayed due to shipping movements.

As the boats left Holyhead marina and made their way in the strong and gusty southerly winds to the start line between the pier head an Clipera bouy, they were met by the ominous sight of one of our fellow competitor Kuba Szymanski’s “Polished Manx”, with no rig, being escorted by Holyhead lifeboat towards the marina. Thankfully all were safe aboard.

Jackknife takes the first race - the Pwllheli Day Race 26th April 2014

Race 1b - Pwllheli Fairway (S), Gwylan Islands (P), Causeway buoy (P), PSC No 1 (S), Finish. - Full results here.

The initial forecast of SE 15 gusting 26 hadn't changed much all week and on Saturday morning it was still forecast to be 17 gusting 28 and due to back to NE.

Dux is the winner of the first ISORA day race in rough ride to North India.

Race 1a – The Dun Laoghaire Coastal Race Saturday on 26th April was run in association with the Royal Alfred Yacht Club.

The Results  are now on the web site. Also have a look at the Tracker

Photographs are in the gallery - thanks to Michael Horgan.


ICRAICRA Nationals this year take place at a prime time in the season from 13th to 15th June in the Royal Irish Yacht Club; this will be the major cruiser racing event on the East coast for 2014!

Arrangements are being finalised to provide top class racing on the water to decide National Champions in all divisions. Ashore a vibrant social scene is planned from the time crews step off their boats.

Just a reminder regarding above to save you a bit of money - €50!  Discount date is next Monday 14th April. Entry can be done online at cruiserracing.ie or RIYC.ie  Big event for the East coast this year!

Great racing under endorsed IRC & Progressive ECHO for all cruiser racers, including Sigma 33's & Beneteau 31.7's, Club team trophy & new trophy for boat with best aggregate score for Irish IRC's and Welsh IRC's being held in Pwllheli 1st August - over bank holiday w/e.

Will forward any updates, get your entries in now.

The KONA ISORA offshore race from Dún Laoghaire to Pwllheli is sponsored by KONA and this is now also featured in Afloat magazine

The offshore race is also the feeder race to the IRC Welsh Championships in Pwllheli and all events get more exposure with articles featured in Yachts & Yachting and Water Sports News .

The KONA ISORA race is on 26th July and the IRC Welsh Championships are scheduled for 1st to 3rd August.

The 2014 Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli ISORA Race is sponsored by KONA and was promoted at a recent event when the KONA trophy was presented to ISORA Chairman  Peter Ryan.

The KONA Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli ISORA Race is the seventh race in the 2014 ISORA series and is scheduled for Saturday 26th July and is also the feeder race to the IRC Welsh Championships in Pwllheli.

The photograph shows John Rutter (KONA MD) and Michael Martyn (KONA CEO) presenting the KONA Offshore Trophy to Peter Ryan (ISORA Chairman).

Michael Martyn KONA's Chief Executive Officer said that he was delighted with the great relationship that has been established with ISORA and this is the third year that KONA have sponsored ISORA. Further information about KONA: konastructures.com

The flyer for the Liverpool to Isle of Man - Midnight Race on On Friday Evening 6th June 2014 has been released.

A printable PDF version is available here.

This is the 4 th Race in the ISORA 2014 series and is followed by the race form Douglas to Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 8th June.

This takes the fleet to Dublin Bay - ready for the ICRA on the following weekend.

The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructiobs will be availabe here when released.