There are just over 10 weeks to go to the start of the 17th Round Ireland Yacht Race. This race of 704 nm which circumnavigates the island of Ireland, leaving all islands to starboard except Rockall, starts at Wicklow at 14.00 hrs on Saturday 28th June.
Entry can be made at www.roundireland.ie
There is talk of a Volvo 70 chasing line honours, although the record of just under two days and 18 hours established by Mike Slade in ICAP Leopard in 2008 will be hard to beat. However, a Volvo Ocean has already been entered. This particular 60 ft yacht was built in New Zealand for the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race and sailed at that time as Djuice Dragons. In June 2012 it was christened Team Jolokia and became part of a completely new project. “The goal of Team Jolokia is to show that diversity, if well-integrated, can be a major lever for progress" and the crew is selected to exemplify diversity. Team Jolokia faces a busy summer; after the Round Ireland, they will compete at Cowes Week, at Voiles de St Tropez and also in the Middle Sea Race.
Race organiser Theo Phelan is delighted to welcome Team Jolokia to the Round Ireland and he says that precedent shows that the bulk of the Round Ireland entries tend to be made in April.