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We have a great race schedule for 2023 that combines with many top class regattas. Details can be found on the Musto ISORA website.


The series starts with the Viking Marine Coastal Races in Ireland and the Global Display Coastal Race in Wales, both on 15th April, followed by another two coastal weekend of racing.

spinlock irc champs logo2The first Offshore challenge is a race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on 6th May, in time for the IRC Welsh National Championships 12th to 14th May . There is then a return race fdrom Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire on 20th May.

We have again this year teamed up with other races in the Irish Sea and arranged the racing so that deliveries are minimised. This includes the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and the Liverpool and RDYC Lyver Trophy Race.

The Royal Dee Yacht Club, in conjunction with ISORA are running the RDYC Irish Sea Offshore Championship again this year as part of the VDLR.

RealBoats2023While good and challenging racing is a must for offshore and coastal races, the social side of ISORA is equally important. It is the social side of the races that binds the fleet together and allow crew to share experiences. Whenever possible, a social reception will be arranged either the night before or after each race. Courses will be selected that, where possible, will allow all boats taking part in any race to be able to partake in any post-race reception.

With the increasing exposure in the media of offshore racing, we are getting many requests from potential crew to take part in ISORA. It is important that we encourage as many people to take part and to have as many crew available for any race. Lack of crew is the most common cause of boats not taking part in a race. 

Although ISORA is totally voluntary and all entry fees go towards prizes, additional funds are now needed to run the ISORA YB trackers and promote the important social side of ISORA. While many of our sponsors from last year are continuing to sponsor ISORA, we need new sponsors for 2023. If you would be interested in sponsoring an ISORA race, please contact me.

We are grateful for Viking Marine who are sponsor for the Irish Coastal Series and Plas Heli who is the sponsor of the Welsh /UK coastal Series. The full list of sponsors for 2023 will be published before the first race.

Stephen Tudor
Hon. Sec ISORA

We are working on the Sailing Instructions for each Race 

updated 29th December 2022

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Mojito win the Last race of the season, the James Eadie from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire, and are the confirmed 2022 ISORA Champions - Congratulations to Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox.

2022 Class Winners 

Class 2 - Jac Y Do

Class 1 - Mojito

Class 0 - Jackknife

Congratulations to all competitors on a very challenghing 2022 Series of Races


The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) learnt with great sadness of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier today and pass our sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

The Organising Authority have received requests for guidance from competitors on the status of the concluding race of the ISORA 2022 Series, the James Eadie Race scheduled for Saturday 10th September.

The OA had to take into consideration that competitors will travel from great distances to take part in this race and delivery times for competing yachts can be more than 15 hours.

It is not possible to set another date for this race so a postponement would necessitate a cancellation of the race.

The Organising Authority have listened to guidance and advice and have decided that it is in the best interest of the sport for the scheduled race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire to continue.

As a mark of respect, competitors will fly a black flag above the class flag on the backstay.


The ISORA crews had a fast and furious 35 mile Coastal Race on Satuday 3rd September.

Eight boats competed on the staggered start race from the Pwllheli Start line, around St Tudwal's Islands and then around Gwylan Islands and back to the Plas Heli Finish line.

Line honours and first overall - Jackknife 

The Plas Heli Welsh Coastal Series was won by Mojito with the best scores over the four race series. 

In second place for the Series - Jaydreamer

Class Champions: 

Class 0 - Jackknife

Class 1 - Mojito

Class 2 - Zig Zag


The Final Race of the 2022 Musto ISORA series is the James Eadie Race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 10th September.
The results of the race will determine the 2022 Overall Champion for the prestigious Wolf’s Head Trophy.
Andrew Hall’s Jackknife is in pole position after the first 14 races with her best scores amounting to 510.9. She is closely followed by Robert Rendell’s Samatom with 501.4 and Mojito with 489.4 then 2021 Champion Rockabill VI with 482.1.
Class Results on Saturday will also be concluded on Saturday night for Class 0, Class 1 and Class 2.



Congratulations Wild Haggis on a great win in the ISORA Night Race race

Results available - follow the link below

Samaton won the coastal race and now leads the Viking Marine Coastal Series with one race to go - a higher scoring night race. With YoYo Rockabill in the hunt!


VikingMarineNewRockabill VI wins Viking Marine Coastal Night Race and the Series and Class 0 Overall

Congratulations Rockabill VI team

YouYou is the Viking Marine Coastal Series Class 1 Overall Winner

Elandra is the Viking Marine Coastal Series Class 2 Overall Winner




K2Q LogoCongratulations to team Mojito for a superb overall win on the K2Q 260 race, and also to all competitors on a real offshore challenge, with a special mention for two handed Mark and Phil on Jac Y Do for their perseverance.

The overall series and class results are now published, and the overall lead retained by Mojito followed closely by Samaton, Jackknife and Rockabill VI

The next race is the Dun Laoghaire - South Arklow - Pwllheli Race on 30th July - this is a 1.2 scored race and will be targeted by competitors looking for an overall and class podium placing!

Watch out for the Sailing Instructions which will be published here soon.


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Photos of the four boats finish the ISORA 260 mile race In order of crossing line Samatom/Jackknife/mojito/Jac y do

A big thanks to Daragh for meeting every boat at the finish with a case of beer!

Mark Thompson said '... he also lead Jac Y Do to the yacht club pontoons with his rib - a good distance from Cobh - we would have struggled with the navigation after the celebratory can of Heineken!'


SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 2022 Logoto all ISORA Boats in a most challenging Round Ireland Race 

The ISORA Results are now published here 



See the results here



The ISORA UK Skippers presented ISORA Chairman, Peter Ryan with an ISORA Jacket.

The presentation at the National Yacht Club on Friday night 10th June, and on the eve of Race No.7, is to recognise their appreciation for Peter's hard work and dedication to Offshore Racing in the Irish Sea.


 Congratulations Peter



The 2023 Race Schedule will be published soon after the AGM ..... 


2022 Class bands were as follows:

Class 0 = 1.045 or greater
Class 1 = 1.000 to 1.044
Class 2 = 0.999 or less

2023 Class Bands to be set 


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