The Races

Volvo Round Ireland kicks off on 30 June 2018.

The Volvo Round Ireland is Ireland’s premier offshore yacht race.
It is the second longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. 
The first race took place in 1980 with only 13 boats. Since then, the race has been held every two years with the fleet growing steadily, attracting a record 64 entrants from all over the world.
The 2018 race will introduce a new Class 40 category. 


Drheam Cup - 19 - 29 July 2018

Created in 2016 by Jacques Civilise, DRHEAM CUP-Destination Cotentin is a time for racing, sharing and having fun.

Racing—through the organiser’s aim for the Cup to become the supreme event in offshore racing, like the Rolex Fastnet Race, which takes place in odd-numbered years in contrast to the DRHEAM CUP-Destination Cotentin, which takes place in even-numbered years; the Rolex SydneyHobart Race in the Southern Hemisphere and the Rolex Giraglia Cup in the Mediterranean.

Sharing—through the principle of an OPEN event, i.e. open to all—whether solo, duo or team, amateurs or professionals, and every type of boat, from 6.5 metres to over 30 metres—and through the “Rêves de Large” and “Talents des Communes” programmes which aim to introduce young “landlubbers” to the racing world and to showcase both the coast and the heritage of rural inland areas.



Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland – 12 August 2018

Last race before the Route du Rhum, Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland is a two-handed race established in 1966. This quadrennial race starts from Plymouth in England and is organised in 4 legs with 4 mandatory 48-hour stopovers in Kinsale, Barra, Lerwick and Lowestoft before entrants cross the finish line in Plymouth.


The Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 4 November 2018.

In 1978, Michel Etévenon created the most mythical of solo transatlantic races which sets off from Saint-Malo heading for Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. A great many competitors will set sail on the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe on 4 November 2018*, following a course which has remained unchanged since its first edition. This 11th edition is shaping up to be a record breaker, while at the same time preserving the values upon which the race was founded. It is expected to bring together an exceptional group of competitors divided into six classes of boats.

Organised by Région Guadeloupe which has reaffirmed its commitment as an exclusive partner, Route du Rhum is ready to work its magic once again... A starting line, a single departure time and day, 4 November 2018*, offshore racing enthusiasts will participate in an exciting chapter in the event’s history. The next edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe will be a celebration of the race’s 40th anniversary. Every four years, the “Queen” of solo transatlantic races rekindles an all-consuming passion on both land and sea. With 91 entrants competing, over 2 million visitors and the breathtaking victory of Loïck Peyron all classes combined—the 10th edition in 2014 lived up to all its promises. 2018 will certainly stay true to form, upholding the legend of the Route du Rhum.