The offshore racing in the Irish Sea just gets better and by working in partnership with our supporting clubs a great series of races has been designed for 2015 to provide something for everyone’s taste.
We have shorter offshore day and night races on both sides of the Irish Sea. A series of traditional ISORA races and we have also combined with classic races including the Liverpool Yacht Club Lyver Trophy race, in association with Royal Dee Yacht Club and RORC, and the D2D Dún Laoghaire to Dingle 270 mile race.
All races are standalone races with good competition for IRC Class 1 and Class 2 boats. We also cater for the cruiser yachts in the keenly contested Silver Fleet and for the brave a two handed class.
These races all count towards the overall series championships in IRC Class 1 and 2; in the Silver Fleet and the two handed class; in the coastal series and, of course, the prestigious Overall win for the Wolf’s Head Trophy.
Careful consideration has been given to the 2015 ISORA race programme so that boats can also compete in the ICRA Championship, the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta and the Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championship in Pwllheli.
The offshore sailing highlight for 2015 is the ‘Royal Dee Irish Sea Offshore Racing Championship’ to coincide with the Royal Dee Yacht Club’s 200 years celebrations. This event combines with the classic Lyver Trophy Race and the Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.
Racing starts with the first coastal races, on both sides of the Irish Sea, on 25th April and the first qualifying race is on 9th May.
We will visit the Isle of Man again this year, where we are promised a great welcome, and we have also scheduled a dual race from Pwllheli and Dún Laoghaire both finishing in Greystones.
The full schedule can be viewed here.
For your convenience I have listed the following links to the relevant Notice of Race and web sites:
- ISORA 2015 Race Schedule
- Royal Dee Irish Sea Offshore Racing Championship
- Lyver Trophy Race
- Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta
- Spinlock IRC Welsh National Championship
If you would like to know more about ISORA racing please have a look at our web site where you can find information about entering a single race or the full series and contact details should you wish to crew on one of the boats.
Our web site also features a gallery where you can find photographs of the racing last year and of our annual prize giving party in November when the Commodore of RDYC, Derek Matthews, presented the Wolf’s Head trophy to the ISORA 2014 Champion - Liam Shanahan and the team on the J109 yacht - Ruth.
The web site has a great archive section. If you have any photographs or documents that you think would be of interest to the followers of ISORA please send them by replying to this message.
If you do not want to go offshore you can follow the racing with our tracker system which we hope to improve for the 2015 season.
ISORA is run by volunteers for the benefit of offshore racing with the support of the clubs and members. If you would like to help us develop by becoming an ISORA Race or Series Sponsor, or in any other way please reply to this e-mail for further details.
We are all looking forward to a great season in 2015 so please remember to put the race dates in your diary. We will keep you informed of all offshore developments through these newsletters and other social media.