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Round Ireland Race 2016

Round Ireland Race 2016

Round Ireland Race 2016

The Volvo Round Ireland Race - Imagine a formula one motor racing circuit; add the twists and bends into it and you have an exciting and varied course. Indeed, the same is true of the Round Ireland, which has so many turning points, providing for a range of diverse weather and tidal conditions that serve up a cocktail of complexity for the offshore racer. You will find this race a challenge that is unrivalled amongst any middle distance offshore race the world over.

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity to race in the Round Ireland Race on a truly competitive yacht. Forget the concept of "just taking part" and join a team dedicated to racing hard.

The race itself should take us around 4 days depending on the weather. After the race we shall celebrate in true Irish style. 

Venomous - The Boat

The Boat

The CM 60 concept was established to meet a client's demands for an exciting but easily handled boat that would be competitive under all racing formats. With similar general characteristics to the Farr 45, the CM 60 is very fast for its size with excellent handling ability. The boat is very competitive with an emphasis on fast light airs performance.

The deck layout is primarily designed for racing. Twin wheels and two grinder pedestals give good central cockpit space and a clean-looking, workable layout. Cockpit sides are inboard at the forward end of the cockpit and a half-height bridge deck gives way to more space below to accommodate the interior, without compromising cockpit use.

Venomous benefits from both fractional and masthead spinnakers for scintillating offwind speed. A deep, keel provides stability to carry the large sail area and produce exceptional upwind speed. Hull and deck construction uses carbon laminates on foam cores.

Venomous benefits from excellent below decks accommodation - large saloon area and galley and well equipped Navigation station do not compromise the fast efficient sailing 

Venomous - The Boat
Training and Qualifying Race

Training and Qualifying Race

Venomous will come with a skipper and first mate both of whom will have extensive knowledge of the boat and all aspects of offshore yacht racing and tactics. The crew will be made up of people such as yourselves who are enthusiastic about sailing, racing, and winning. Full training in racing comes with the package and our aim come the end of the campaign is that any one of the crew members will have the ability and confidence to step onto any race boat and become a key member of any team.

Training weekend 23rd April 2016

During the training weekend you will have a chance to try all aspects of yacht racing including foredeck, pit, trimming helming and Navigation. For a long distance race it is essential that the crew have sailed together to get to know one another so that a winning team can be formed. Everyone will need to know the boat well before embarking on the big adventure and the training weeknd will cover all of this and more.

De Guingand Bowl 14th - 15th May

This Channel race is designed as a 24-36 hour stamina-building race based on the sailing times for the average boat in the fleet. The race kicks off early Saturday morning. The style of course set has many corners and will no doubt cover all points of sail, so there will definitely be plenty to do on deck. Tactically a difficult race as the legs are relatively short but will give a good grounding forthe Round Ireland race itself. We should arrive back in Cowes sometime Sunday afternoon, and it is pretty much guaranteed that you will be exhausted at the end of the weekend!


The Course

18th June         Round Ireland Race

We plan to leave the Solent 13th June for the passage to Wicklow taking about 2/3 days. On arrival time will be spent restocking the boat in readiness for the race itself. The Round Ireland Race starts from Wicklow at 14.00pm local time. The course is to leave Ireland and all its islands (excluding Rockall to starboard). The course distance is approximately 704 miles and we expect to complete the circumnavigation of Ireland in about 3/4 days. During the race the whole team will have to work together to keep the racing going 24 hours a day. Watch systems will allow for adequate time for sleep so when on deck everyone is alert and mind set on sailing performance. On arrival back in Wicklow we will celebrate in local style, rest and then set sail back for our home waters of Cowes.

The Course
What's included

What's included

Training week-end and Qualifying Race


Fully qualified skipper & crew

Food and drink on-board


Crew shirt

Passage to and from Wicklow


Race entry fees

Round Ireland Race


Mooring fees

We are once again offering a staged payment plan, which will be 20% on booking (£390), and then the balance spread out over 4 months from 1 March to 1 June. (£390 per payment)

We hope that you have found this of some interest and if you would like more in-depth information please do not hesitate to contact by telephone, fax, email or letter. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Once we have received your booking form and deposit we can confirm your place with us on our Round Ireland Campaign.


Cost per person £1,950