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ISORA Logo NewSmallerISORA have postponed the first two races in the 2020 series.

These two races are the coastal races scheduled for 18th April in Wales and 25th April in Ireland

This follows the advice of our Governing bodies, RYA and IS and ISORA understands the need to keep everyone safe.

The e-newsletter circulated on Sunday 29th March can be seen here

The Race Management Committee is looking at opportunities, with our partners, for rescheduling postponed races and considering the consequences of cancelled races. 

Suggestions and ideas from Skippers and crew welcomed. These can be sent by return e-mail to: ISORA Hon. Sec This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PeterFastnetCarrying on the success of past years ISORA will be bringing in new and innovative ways to ensure that all people taking part in their series, both racers and cruisers, enjoy their experience.

The series this year includes 13 races, six of which are traditional cross-channel offshore races. As a change to normal racing it is proposed to organise a cruising rally associated with each of the traditional offshore races, where cruising boats may take part in the race or to follow the fleet and then take part in the post-race social events. This year there will be a strong emphasis on the social side of each race and there will be a social get-together at the end of each race, irrespective of the finish time.

YBTrackerAs usual all boats taking part in the ISORA race will be fitted with the Yellow Brick Trackers, where the progress of every boat can be seen by all on land.

The ISORA season starts this year with a coastal race on 18th April starting and finishing in Pwllheli in Wales. The following week the first coastal race on the Irish side takes place from Dun Laoghaire.

The highlight of the offshore calendar in Ireland this season is the Round Ireland Race in June from Wicklow. In preparation for future participants of this very challenging race, and to celebrate the anniversaries of two great clubs, the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, a race is been run that starts in Dun Laoghaire and finishes in Cobh, Cork. The race is being orgnaised by the National Yach Club. This race marks the 150th anniversary of the National Yacht Club and the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This race, The Kingstown to Queenstown Race, first run in1860, was the first offshore race held in Irish waters. It is proposed that this race would be run on a biannual basis, and in alternative years to the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race.

It is hoped that this new race being approximately 160 miles long will encourage people to take part in offshore racing and will prepare them for the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race and eventually give them the experience to tackle the Round Ireland Race.

ISORA are looking for volunteers to help with all their races this season. Volunteers are needed at the start of each race in ensuring that they raised starts on time and trackers are distributed to the relevant boats. At the end of each race, volunteers would be required to collect and disarm all trackers and return them to ISORA. Ideally, volunteers would not be taking part in the race and would suit anyone interested in offshore racing but not interested in taking part in that race. Any interested volunteers can contact me by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We would like to acknowledge our 2019 ISORA Offshore Champion, Paul O'Higgins and Rockabill VI, who have just won the ICRA Irish Cruiser Racing Association boat of the year.

Details of ISORA and all its races and online entry can be found on the ISORA website

Peter Ryan


2019 ISORA Champion Rockabill VI is the ICRA Boat of the Year

Congratulations to Paul O'Higgins and the Rockabill VI team


Read the full article on the web site here

ISORA would like to invite cruisers to join in our exciting race programme by cruising our race courses, and joining in our social events both before and after our races, and of course the incredible season ending finale, the ISORA dinner and prize giving.

Cruisers will be given a start 10 minutes after the racing fleets, and encouraged to sail as much of the course as possible. Like the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) the use of the engine is permitted to ensure the course is completed in a reasonable time to enjoy the Aprés Sail with the rest of the fleet.

There will be a trophy for the cruiser class, and some simple rules to enable a results table, just for cruisers to be published on the ISORA website.

We look forward to welcoming cruisers in both the coastal and offshore races, and sharing our experiences afterwards in our host ports and clubs

For more information about ISORA and the cruiser class contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your details will be forwarded to a committee member close to your home port, who will guide you through the steps required to get you cruising with ISORA

Cruiser Rules  

  • Start 10 minutes after the Racing Fleet
  • Engine use allowed - declaration of engine time at the end of the race,
  • Take own start and finish times
  • AIS and Life Raft required for Offshore Races
  • Safety declaration to be completed



  • NHC Base handicaps
  • Engine time added to elapsed time at X2

We look forward to welcoming cruisers to our 2020 season



There is a very useful section on the ISORA web page on 'Safety Considerations and Supporting Documents' - please check it out and become familiar with the requirements for offshore racing. 

Have you looked at the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations 2020-21 (OSR)?

Did you know that you must carry sufficient fuel to meet charging requirements for the duration of the race and to motor at the above minimum speed for at least 5 hours?  See OSR 3.28.3b


3.29.13 an AIS Transponder which either:
a) shares the masthead VHF antenna via a low loss AIS antenna splitter; or
b) has a dedicated AIS antenna not less than 38 cm (15”) in length mounted with
its base not less than 3 m (10’) above the Waterline and co-axial feeder cable
with not more than 40% power loss

Effective 1 January 2021: Structural Inspection -

  • 3.02.2 Consult the owner’s manual for any instructions for keel bolt checking and re-tightening. The following inspection to be conducted by a qualified person externally with the boat out of the water. Check that there are no visible stress cracks particularly around the keel, hull/keel attachment, hull appendages and other stress points, inside the hull, backing plates, bolting arrangements and keel floors. (See Appendix L – Model Keel and Rudder Inspection Procedure)
  • Effective 1 January 2021: Evidence of a structural inspection in accordance with 3.02.2 within 24 months before the start of the race or after a grounding whichever is the later
  • 3.02.4 Effective 1 January 2021: Inspection after Grounding – an appropriately qualified person shall conduct an internal and external inspection after each unintentional grounding

Check out the rest of the requirements here or please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you want any assistance.

updated 18th October 2020



2019 ISORA Champion Paul O'Higgins receiving the Wolf's Head Trophy from Charlie Jones Commodore Royal Dee Yacht Club and from 2018 Champions Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox (Mojito).

Also present Stephen Tudor (ISORA Hon Sec) and Anne Marie Ryan.


The ISORA 2019 Year Book is now publishe read more here

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HendrickRyanRockabill VI wins race and 2019 Series and becomes the 2019 ISORA Overall Champion for the Wolf's Head trophy and Class O winner. Congratulations Rockabill VI.

Silver Class Champion is More Mischeif and Windjammer takes Class 2

Class one was won by 2018 ISORA Champion - Mojito.

The results are available here and the full report wil be published here shortly.

HendrickRyan“Rockabill VI” takes James Eadie Race and ISORA Overall Offshore Championship 2019.

The 2019 ISORA Offshore Championship was decided in a tight contest between three boats – Paul O’Higgins “Rockabill VI”, Chris Power Smith’s “Aurelia” and Andrew Hall’s “Jackknife”. All any of those boats had to do to win the 63 boat, ISORA Offshore Series 2019, was to beat the other two boats in the last race.

The race was the annual James Eadie Race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire, a distance of 80 miles. There were 23 entries for the race but only 14 managed to get the Pwllehli for the start. The starters included a new to ISORA boat from Arklow Sailing Club, John Conlon’s “Humdinger”.

The forecast for the race was moderate North-Westerly winds veering North-Easterly and eventually going very light. The weather for the race was as forecast.
Due to the light forecast in the evening, it was decided by the race committee to select a direct course. The course was:

Holyhead Marina Ltd are in the process of seeking consents for the re-build of Holyhead Marina following its destruction during Storm Emma in March 2018. 

We have been asked to share the consultation document with our members and seek suggestions and comments on the proposals - please reply send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


GlobalDisplaysMojito won the Global Display Race on Saturday 24th August - this was the second race in the series which will be concluded on Sunday night 25th August with the Global Display Coastal Night Race.

The series is led by Jackknife on equal point count back to Jack y Do.



GlobalDisplaysThe Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race from Dun Laoghaire to Greystones was won by by Greystones yacht Eleuthera - Frank Whelan.

A race report is available in here

The Viking Marine Coastal Series overall winner (best three races from the four sailied races) was Mojito.

“Mojito wins Viking Marine Coastal Series without striking a blow.”

Race 14 of the ISORA Offshore Series 2019 took place from Dun Laoghaire on the 24th August 2019. The race was a Coastal Day Race with an 10.00 start. The race was part of the ISORA “Viking Marine” Irish Coastal Series and also a feeder race to the Greystones Regatta.


The race was the last race in what was to be a five race series for the Viking Marine Coastal Series. However, one of the earlier races was cancelled due to severe weather. The disccard was still to be applied after this race. It was hoped that this could open the challenge for the series. Peter Dunlop’s “Mojito” was leading the series into the last race followed by Lindsay Casey’s “Windjammer” and Paul O’Higgins “Rockabill VI”.

Of the 24 entries, 14 boats came to the start line at DBSC “Pier” mark and were sent on their way by Barry MacNeaney and Larry Power. The race organiser for the race was Grainne Ryan and the Safety Officer was Anita Begley.

The series leader “Mojito” was not to be seen. It was back home in Pwllheli taking part in the ISORA UK Global Communications coastal series taking place the same day. Just prior to the start Rupert Barry’s “Red Alert” developed steering problems and retired.

The forecast for the day was for SSE winds 10-15 knots and possibly reaching 20 knots. The winds were very local with very light winds in all other parts of the Irish Sea. To ensure that the fleet finished in Greystones in sufficient time to take part in the “Taste of Greystones”, a 33 mile course was selected by the Sailing Committee
The course was:

Start at DBSC “Pier Mark”
Muglins (S)
North India (S)
Wicklow Outfall (S)
Finish at Greystones.

As the boats exited Dun Laoghaire harbour for the start the winds were SSE 14-18 knots. However, soon after the start the wind dropped to 10 knots. At the start there was still two hours of south going tide. The first leg to the Muglins was a beat with the fleet splitting, some heading inshore and the remainder staying out in the tide offshore.

Frank Whelan’s “Eleuthera” led the fleet from start to finish followed closely by Chris Power-Smith’s “Aurelia” and George Sisk’s “WOW”. The second leg down the coast started with a fetch but the veering wind to South headed the fleet inshore and produced another beat. The fleet made landfall at Greystones but had to keep going another 8 mile to North India. Close tacking along the beach to avoid the tide, paid off.

Eventually the fleet had to strike out into the tide for North India. As the leaders arrived at North India the wind dropped to 3-5 knots making rounding the buoy very difficult for all boats. The leading Class 0 boats managed to round North India before the tide became too strong in the light winds to make any progress to the mark. Many of the boats retired at this point, unable to reach North India.


Those boats that managed to round North India crabbed their way against the tide in the zephyrs for the 6 miles fetch to Wicklow Outfall. Once Wicklow Outfall was rounded, good progress was made in a dead run towards the finish in Greystones.

Finish times were recorded automatically using the YB trackers and results were displayed immediately a boat crossed the finish line.

“Eleuthera” took line honours, Class 0 and the Overall IRC. “Windjammer” took Class 2. Grzegorz Kalinecki’s “More Mischief” took Silver Class. Full results are available here

The Greystones Regatta committee presented prizes for 1st and 2nd Overall in the ISORA Race.

The results in this race, after the discard was applied, did not knock “Mojito” off the top, despite not even taking part. “Mojito” won the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series and Class 1. “Windjammer” took 2nd Overall and Class 2 while “Rockabill VI” took 3rd Overall and Class 0. “More Mischief” took Silver Class.

The next race is the final offshore to take place on the 7th September from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire. It will be the decider race for the Overall ISORA Championship with Andrew Hall’s “Jackknife” leading the series. A weighting of 1.3 will be applied to the results of this race. This weighting with an anticipated large fleet taking part could topple “Jackknife”, “Aurelia” and “Rockabill VI” are in position to challenge for the coveted Wolf’s Head trophy and Overall ISORA Offshore Championship.

To encourage ISORA boats to take part, the entry fee for the race is been waived for any boat that has raced in ISORA in the past. A complimentary Crew Bus is also being organised to bring crew taking the afternoon ferry, from Holyhead to Pwllheli.

To further encourage boats to take part, an end of season party has been arranged in the National Yacht Club after the race, no matter what time the boats finish. This is always a great social event where the new ISORA Champion will be toasted.

Entries for any of the remaining ISORA races are welcomed. Online entry can be made on the ISORA website –

Peter Ryan
Chairman ISORA

“Rockabill VI steals the light in the ISORA Night Race”

Race 12 of the ISORA Offshore Series 2019 took place from Dun Laoghaire on the 16th August 2019. The race was a Night Race with an 20.00 start. The race was part of the ISORA “Viking Marine” Irish Coastal Series.


The race has taken place in the past with mostly balmy conditions when the fleet glided down the coast, illuminated by the lights on land. Well, this year was not to be like that. The weather for the previous day and for the morning of the race was very windy with a Gale Warning in operation for most of the country. The weather was so unsettled that the Night Race from Pwllheli, that was to take place at the same time, was postponed.

Fortunately the weather moderated on the west Irish Sea and the forecast for the race was for SW 10-15, Gusting 25 knots. This was the weather that existed for much of the race except when conditions became very squally when winds up to 35 knots were recorded.

Of the 22 entries only 13 boats came to the start line at DBSC “Pier” mark and were sent on their way by Barry MacNeaney and Larry Power. The race organiser for the race was Grainne Ryan and the Safety Officer was Anita Begley.

Conditions at the start were light with 8-10 Knot SW winds providing a spinnaker start for the fleet towards the first mark. The tide on the day was a strong spring tide so the course for the race, as set by the Sailing Committee, ensured that the least amount of tide plugging took place. The tide was fast flooding north at the start. The fleet headed north.

The 39 mile course was:

Start at DBSC “Pier Mark”
ISORA Dublin (Virtual Mark ) (P)
Taylor’s Rock Cardinal (S)
Lambay Island (S)
Bennet (S)
ISORA Dublin (Virtual Mark ) (S)
Finish between the pier heads in Dun Laoghaire.

Conditions leaving Dublin Bay became light with winds dropping to 5-6 Knots for a time. Chris Power-Smith’s “Aurelia” led the charge out of the bay and was first to round ISORA Dublin virtual mark. As the fleet rounded ISORA Dublin the first of many squalls hit and caused a huge amount of frenzied activity on many boats, trying to get spinnakers down and jibs up. The squalls did not last long, but it changed the Leaderboard.

“Aurelia” and Paul O’Higgins “Rockabill VI” led the fleet north towards Taylors Rock Cardinal, located just north of Lambay Island. This leg was a tight reach and suited those boats with asymmetric spinnakers. Rounding Taylor’s Rock caused some confusion to the fleet as there was no light on the buoy and the first boats approached the buoy in darkness. Well used to rounding virtual marks, the fleet successfully rounded the “dark shape” and turned south toward Bennet. This leg was a fetch. Squalls were still blowing through.

The Line Honour placings within the fleet remained the same except that the faster boats could not get sufficiently away from the remainder of the fleet to take overall leading positions. The leg from Bennet to ISORA Dublin Bay was a beat and the final leg to the finish was a very tight reach.

Finish times were recorded automatically using the YB trackers and results were displayed immediately a boat crossed the finish line.


“Aurelia” took line honours but not sufficiently far ahead to prevent “Rockabill VI” taking the Overall IRC and Class 0 win. Simon Knowles, J109 “Indian”, took 2nd place Overall IRC and 1st in Class 1, just ahead of Peter Dunlop’s “J109, “Mojito”. Lindsay Casey’s “Windjammer” took Class 2. Grzegorz Kalinecki’s “More Mischief” took Silver Class. Full results are on the ISORA website >here

The result for “Rockabill VI” tightens the top of the ISORA Overall Championship and focuses the spotlight on the top four contenders – Andrew Hall’s “Jackknife”, “Rockabill VI”, “Aurelia” and “Mojito”. As the championship uses the high point scores, the Champion for 2019 will not be known until after the last offshore race on the 7th September, from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire. This race is of further importance as the weighting for the points in the race is 1.3. In the Silver Class, “More Mischief” and Joe Conway’s “Elandra” are close together for the Silver Class Series.

As we head into the last coastal race next Saturday the Viking Marine Coastal Series will be decided in Greystones. A discard will kick in after that race and this will open the Series to several boats. At this stage “Mojito” is leading in Overall but “Windjammer” and “Rockabill” are close behind. Class winners will also be decided.

The next race is a coastal race and takes place next Saturday 24th August. The start is in Dun Laoghaire and finishes in Greystones. It is the final race in the Viking Marine Coastal Series and acts as a feeder race to the Greystones Regatta. Greystones Regatta is a great social and sailing event and takes place on Sunday the 25th. ISORA boats are encouraged to enter this event and join in the fun.

The Pwllheli ISORA Night Race, postpones from last Friday, is rescheduled for next Sunday 25th August, a Bank Holiday in the UK.

Entries for any of the remaining ISORA races are welcomed. Online entry can be made on the ISORA website –

Peter Ryan
Chairman ISORA

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