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ISORA are very pleased to announce that they have teamed up with lynx metmAsts to promote the Pwllheli to Wicklow race on the 2nd June. The race will be known as the lynx metmAsts ISORA Pwllheli to Wicklow race.

The race is a 100 mile Round Ireland qualifier. Weather permitting, the course will include rounding the wind turbines on the Arklow Bank.

lynx metmAsts will be hosting a reception in Pwllheli Sailing Club for all entrants on the evening before the race. Details of this will be announced nearer the date.

lynx metmAsts will be presenting a new trophy to the Overall winner of the race. It is hoped that this presentation will take place immediately after the race in Wicklow Sailing Club.

ISORA feels that this association with lynx metmAsts will help promote its offshore racing to a wider audience and will greatly help in attracting more new boats to its race series.

For details of lynx metmAsts follow this LINK

No words can add to this account of a tragic offshore disaster.

A survivors account of the race can be accessed by clicking the attached link: Survivor's Account

ONLINE entry for all races is now available. Payment can be made by credit card directly through PayPal.

To enter online click HERE.

28th April                    -         ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Day Race - (50 miles)  
                                                     Dun Laoghaire to Nt. Arklow Cardinal

 5th May                        -          ISORA Offshore -  Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead (60 miles)
                                                     Qulaifying Race

 19th May                      -         ISORA Offshore - Conwy to Howth (100 miles)
                                                      Qulaifying Race

 2nd June                       -         lynx metmAsts ISORA Offshore - Pwllheli to Wicklow                   
                                                     Qulaifying Race

14th July                        -        ISORA Day Race - Pwllheli (35miles)

 27th  July                      -       ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Night Race - (35 miles)  
                                                      Dun Laoghaire to Nt. India Qulaifying Race

 18th August                 -         ISORA Offshore  - (75 miles) Qulaifying Race  
                                                      Dun Laoghaire – Pwllheli  

 1st September             -          ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Day Race - (54 miles)  
                                                       Dun Laoghaire to M2

8th September              -         ISORA Day Race - Pwllheli (35 miles)

 15th September           -         ISORA Offshore - Pwllheli to Dunlaoghaire. (80 Miles) 
                                                       James Eadie Race – Qulaifying Race

 Overall Series:            To win the overall ISORA series for the Wolf’s Head Trophy boats must complete 2 of the 6 “Qualifying”. Points for the overall series will then be taken from the best 5 results. Prizes will be awarded for a separate series to include all races in the schedule.


N.B. - All races will have a weighting applied.


The presentation below was prepared for the ICRA conference that was held on the 26th November in the Royal marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire.

Opportunities for Offshore Racing - Final (pdf)

The 2011 ISORA prize giving dinner took place on the 19th November in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.

The packed dining room was treated to a sumptuous meal. The evening started with a reception and classical music provided by the Neptune Trio.

Annual Prize menu


Over 90 people turned out for the ISORA talk "Introduction to Offshore Racing" held in the National Yacht Club on the 7th April.

The first speaker was Capt Mick Liddy who gave a talk on "Preparation for Offshore Racing"

Capt. “Mick” Liddy is an Air Corp Helicopter pilot / flight instructor with extensive Search & Rescue experience. Mick has recently spent time flying the Garda Air Support Helicopter and served with the UN in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has also flown politicians and heads of state as part of his government service duties.

On the water, Mick has received even more plaudits. As one of Ireland’s most accomplished amateur offshore yachtsmen, he has held two World Sailing Records, including the record for the fastest solo sailing time around Ireland, and won the Double-handed Round Britain and Ireland race in 2006. He added a win in the Maxi World Championships in 2009, one of his many successful appearances for Ireland on the international yachting stage.

In 2010 he completed the Round Ireland Race with, visually impaired sailor, Mark Pollock.

The ISORA Chairman, Peter Ryan, gave a presentation about ISORA, the Clubs and ports involved, a brief outlook of the races in the 2011 program and some tips on the tides involved.

The last speaker was Maurice "Prof" O'Connell. Maurice has competed successfully in the Sydney Hobart, Fastnet and Round Ireland offshore races, has won numerous one-design national and international titles, was a member of the coaching team at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and campaigned for selection for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He recently skippered "Legally Brunette" to victory in the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. He currently assists teams from dinghies to big boats in maximising their performance on the water and also represents North Sails in Ireland. Prof is a member of the RCYC and RStGYC.

Capt Mick Liddy: Mick Liddy OFFSHORE RACING (pdf 542kb)
Peter Ryan: Introduction to Offshore Racing Part 1 (pdf 4.8Mb) Introduction to Offshore Racing Part 2 (pdf 3.1Mb)
Maurice "Prof" O'Connell: Prof OConnell (pdf 3.5Mb)

Thinking of racing offshore? This will be of interest to you.

JB Room, National Yacht Club - 7th April 2011 at 19.30

Informal talk followed by reception.

Speakers to include:
Maurice “Prof” O’Connell – “The Dingle Race – Tactics”
Mick Liddy – “Preparing for Offshores”
Peter Ryan – “ISORA- Strategies & Tips”

· This is a unique opportunity to gain from the Speaker’s years of experience of Offshore Racing in one night.
· Experienced offshore racers will learn from or contribute to the evening.
· An opportunity to share offshore experiences.
· If you need crew for offshore racing, they will be there.
· If you are interested in crewing, find a boat owner at the meeting.


RSVP Peter Ryan – Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Text: +353 87 2545037

22nd – 26th August

Get ready for the 2011 Keelboat Week at Abersoch. This year will be bigger and better than ever with more on and off the water fun planned for all. The Regatta will also be the North West IRC Championships and will be raced under the burgee of SCYC.

For more details follow go to www.abersochkeelboatweek.org

2011 Race Entry Form

Notice of Race 2011

On the 13th November, at the request of the Irish Cruisier Racing Association (ICRA), I presented a paper to their annual conference helf on Carrigaline, Co. Cork. ICRA have been particularly interested in promoting offshore racing in Ireland and I was asked to present my views and ideas on how ISORA has progressed.

The presentation was well received by the conference and there appeared to be a keen interest, not only in the progress of ISORA, but in South Coats Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) and West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA).

I attach a pdf version of the powerpoint presentation given at the event.

Peter Ryan

 Revival of Offshore Racing - Final (pdf 5.3Mb)

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