Sailing Round Britain and Ireland

The Round Britain and Ireland race will begin in 12 months, and will be sponsored by the Shetland Islands Council once again. This will be the second time the Council has sponsored this notoriously difficult double-handed yacht race. The sailing race itself will depart from Plymouth, in the UK on the June 6th 2010. A number of sailing greats have taken part in the Round Britain and Ireland race in the past, including Pete Goss MBE and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

Sailing in the UK

Sailing in the UK

With 900 miles of striking coastline, and 35 marinas and berthing places, Shetland will provide the ideal destination for sailors and yachtsmen in the Round Britain and Ireland race. Douglas Irvine, Business Development Manager for Shetland Islands Council, commented: “We supported the RB&I in 2006 and found it to be a great way to introduce sailors to the delights of the Shetland Islands. We are thrilled to be a part of it again and look forward to welcoming the competitors to the island with a real Shetland welcome!”

Peter Taylor, Race Director of RB&I 2010, added: “Shetland Islands Council is a great fit with the race and we are delighted to welcome them onboard once again as title sponsor. The RWYC has hosted this race for more than 40 years and this is its twelfth edition. This is a tough race and the competitors have to be prepared for some very testing conditions.  Entries will be limited to 50 boats so competitors should get in touch as soon as possible.”

Competitors interested in taking part in the Round Britain and Ireland 2010 race can submit their entries immediately, deadline is January 31st 2010.

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