2018 Volvo Round Ireland

2018 Volvo Round Ireland

After a tough but successful race in 2016 we will be back in 2018 for the best Offshore 600 in the World.You can get a flavour from the report for the 2106 race report and details below.


As well Cowes Week and the and the Round the Island race we have the less famous Round Ireland Race which is 100 miles longer than the Fastnet, it is held in non Fastnet (even) years. With less than 100 entrants it is based on Wicklow and the main hazard before the start is the famous Irish welcome, which has seen many a team cross the start line with a hangover. This race has great scenery all the way round and if you can’t see it because you are too far offshore, then you need a new navigator. The navigation is much more challenging, partly due to the lack of written information, one particularly challenging part is Rathlin Island with its tidal races and counter currents, but as long as you keep Ireland to starboard you should reach the finish line.

I have skippered Sydney Hobarts, Fastnets, Caribbean 600s, Round Ireland and many other races but the Round Ireland is the best overall.
As with all the teams where I am skipper our objectives are simple and in this order:

1) Complete the race safely
2) Enjoy ourselves
3) Do as well as we can.

Who’s the Skipper—Paul Jackson Ocean Yachtmaster, RYA Instructor and Offshore Heavy Weather Safety Instructor. He has completed Fastnets, Sydney Hobarts (including winning Division twice), Transatlantic, Round Irelands, round Britain and Ireland, Caribbean 600s and taken line Honours in the Lord Howe Island race during his 100,000+ NM sailing experience.

Team at 31/10/17
Paul Jackson YMI Ocean with over 100,000NM back for his 4th Round Ireland. He skippers and Helms in Australia and Caribbean as well as European waters.
Andy Palmer has completed Fastnets, Sydney to Hobarts and many other races with Paul. An Engineer with excellent IT skills he is capable in every position on board.
Lydia Coffey, has raced on Wild Spirit and several other yachts and skippered racing teams as well. Based in Scotland she will be doing the shorter package. She also brings some useful local knowledge of N. Ireland waters to the team.
Corey Eliasson completed the Antigua to Bermuda race plus return with Paul in 2017 and has sailed in other parts of the World, fit and agile he is a natural foredeck.
Mike Woolley—new to Wild Spirit, more details awaited.
Bruce Baker from Oz intends to be with us, he has completed a Fastnet, Sydney to Hobarts, Hobart to Sydney and Lord Howe Islands with Paul. With years of experience of racing in Oz he also brings cooking and engineering skills.
Ian Stevenson—has done a bit of sailing, several miles and some RYA Qualifications but first serious offshore race.

Wild Spirit is a fast cruiser that has been optimised for racing. On 15/7/15 as I write this we are 6th out of 104 in the RORC Class 4. We won’t win but our chances of finishing are higher than most as we do fairly well in heavy weather. 2014 round Ireland race had a full Atlantic gale and we finished 12th overall beating a couple of Volvos and sailing Logic on IRC and taking the Team prize. In 2016 we were second sea school yacht.

In the 2013 Fastnet which was a light wind race we still finished in the top half. We race with a maximum of 9 on board, so with a watch of 4 you won’t just be ‘rail meat’ which can happen on some yachts with bigger crews.

We teach people to race, the team runs because I enjoy teaching people to sail and race, there are other companies who run teams but we believe few offer such a good package.

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