Offshore racing has been increasing in popularity in recent years. 2017 was the best season for ISORA in many years with 68 boats taking part in the 15-race series. In 2016, 54 boats took part. To put these numbers in context, in 1978, when ISORA was in its “hayday”, 70 boats raced with an average race entry of 32 boats. We are very close to this again and I am confident that those numbers will be exceeded in 2018.
The ethos of ISORA is to provide challenging and satisfying offshore and coastal races for it’s members and, just as importantly, provide a convivial social scene for those skippers and crews who take part. What is unique about the boats who participate in ISORA is that while they are extremely competitive during races the camaraderie that exists between all skippers and crew, ensures that assistance and encouragement is offered to competing boats at all times. Safety within the fleet is paramount.
As you are aware the marina pontoon berths at Holyhead have been badly damaged during the recent storm and it is unlikely they will be repaired in time for the ISORA events planned in Holyhead this year.
The Holyhead Sailing Club team are working on contingency plans for the ISORA Start for race 3 on 12th May and the the finish of Race 4 on 26th May.
We will keep you informed about the progress being made.
We take this opportunity to offer our support and thoughts to everyone in Holyhead who have been affected.
2018 Race Schedule and On Line Entry Form
The Race schedule is published and available on the web site here
The On-line entry form is now open and available here
You can follow the race on the ISORA YB trackers here
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ISORA (Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association) is a not for profit members organisation responsible for offshore racing in the Irish Sea.
The Association is run by volunteers for the benefit of competitors by working in partnership with boat owners, crew, yacht and sailing clubs, other associations and the governing bodies for boating in Ireland, Wales and the UK.
Our mission is to promote the sport of offshore racing in the Irish Sea.