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SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race For 2024 Launches In Wicklow

Event details were announced at the official launch in the Wicklow County Campus, Clermont House, Rathnew

Wicklow Sailing Club has officially confirmed that entry for the next edition of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race is open from today (29 January).

The 704-nautical mile-race, which has been described as the Kilimanjaro of Sailing will commence on Saturday, 22 June 2024.

The race will offer both competition and personal achievement for boat owners and crews alike.

Since the success of the 2022 event, significant interest has grown in the race with a promising level of pre-entry enquiries already submitted to the race organisers.

Berthing facilities at the pier and quays close to Wicklow Sailing Club's base will be available, in addition to marina options at Greystones and Dun Laoghaire for big boat entries.

 The course for the classic biennial offshore event follows the traditional route first contested in 1980 that states - “leave Ireland and its islands to starboard - while starting and finishing at the scenic port of Wicklow on the East Coast of Ireland”.

Kyran O’Grady, Round Ireland 2024 race organiser, Wicklow Sailing Club said: “The race event in 2022 was very successful, with close to 50 vessels entering. This year, we are looking forward to an even larger turnout. With less than six months to go before the 2024 race, we look forward to welcoming an array of both national and international competitors across the various classes seeking to complete in one of the bucket-list events in the sailing calendar.”

The partnership with Wicklow Sailing Club continues as the company works to develop Arklow Bank Wind Park 2 off the coast of Arklow, Co. Wicklow, which will seek its third and final planning consent from An Bord Pleanála later this year.

Barry Kilcline, Head of Offshore (Ireland) at SSE Renewables said: “We are delighted to partner again with Wicklow Sailing Club to deliver an eagerly anticipated event, which we hope will offer the domestic and international sailing community an exciting competition and something to look forward to in June. This event reflects the potential that the Irish maritime space offers, and we look forward to seeing competitors sail past our proposed development site at Arklow Bank in Wicklow.”

Entries will be accepted from 29 January to 31 May 2024.

See roundireland.ie/wp/ for updates.

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