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Please find below some details regarding border force requirements for racing to and from Ireland.

The major change from last year is the ability to submit the C1331 form via excel spreadsheet and email - please see the link below to the website with both the paper form and excel link.

Please also phone the 'yacht line' number  0300 123 2012 on arrival back into the UK. This is in addition to the C1331 part 2

The flow chart indicates the process.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sailing-a-leisure-craft-to-and-from-the-uk

Two coastal Races, the first in the 2022 MUSTO ISORA Series, are scheduled for Saturday 29th April

The SSIs and Course are now published for both races - follow the link to your chosen race 

  • For the Viking Marine Coastal Race in Dun Laoghaire - here
  • For the Plas Heli Coastal Race in Pwllheli - here

 

Two coastal Races, the first in the 2022 MUSTO ISORA Series, are scheduled to satrt on Saturday. 

The SSIs and Course are now published for both races - follow the link to your chosen race 

  • For the Plas Heli Coastal Race in Pwllheli - here

  • For the Viking Marine Coastal Race in Dun Laoghaire - here

 

ISORA50YearsLogo50 Years of ISORA – 2022 Season

ISORA has been organizing offshore racing in the Irish Sea since 1972.

After the last two very strange seasons, when cross channel races were not possible, ISORA is planning a full calendar of Coastal and Offshore racing in its 50th season.

The full calendar includes 15 races, 7 traditional offshores and 8 coastal races – 4 on the Irish side and 4 on the Welsh side.

There are several changes planned to the racing in 2022. These include the pre-setting of offshore courses and the use of staggered starts. For 2022, the offshore races have their courses set and will not be altered due to weather conditions, good or bad. It is hopes that this will result in boats gaining more experience in night racing. We are also using staggered start times for all races, where the lower rated boats will start earlier. It is hoped that this will bunch the boats towards the finish of the races and this will facilitate all boats to take part in the social après-race activities.

In promoting Offshore Racing, we have joined up with the Offshore Racing Academy who have compiled a series of “Zoom” seminars relating to offshore racing. Details of these seminars can be found on their website: https://www.offshoreracingacademy.com/isora-training-2022

The seminars cover topics for the basic requirements for offshore racing to the highly technical end of weather planning and tactics. The first event takes place on Wednesday 23rd March and it is hoped that this event will introduce new crew to boats.

The main offshore racing events this season is the Round Ireland Race and the Kingstown to Queenstown Race. The ISORA racing calendar was also planned around providing experience to boats and crew in preparation for these events.

The social aspect of ISORA has always been a very important part of offshore racing experience. This year, with the staggered starting times, we will work with the finishing clubs to provide “après race” facilities to all boats, irrespective of when they finish.

Missing for two years was the main social event in ISORA, the Annual Prize Giving Dinner. This year we have booked the 12th November for our AGM and Dinner in the National Yacht Club.

This, our 50th season, we are happy to have MUSTO as our main sponsor. It is fitting that a great offshore clothing company agreed to be associated with ISORA. This year we happy that our regular sponsors will also be supporting us: TUDOR, Plas Heli, Viking Marine, Hendrick Ryan and Jack Ryan Whiskey. We are always looking for other sponsors or benefactors to support the promotion of offshore racing.

Our Notice of Race has been published and our online entry is active.

I look forward to meeting with all participants during ISORA’s 50th Season.

Peter Ryan – Chairman ISORA

See the list of runners and riders in Afloat.ie here

A spectacular fleet of 75 boats, ranging from 32ft (10m) to 125ft (38.07m) will take the start of the 13th edition of the 600 nautical mile RORC Caribbean 600 on Monday 21st February 2022. Teams from all around the globe are arriving in Antigua and represent over 32 different nations. For those lucky enough to be in the Caribbean, the start of this classic 600-miler can be viewed from Fort Charlotte, high above Antigua's Pillars of Hercules and also from Shirley Heights.

RORC Caribbean 600 - Start times

Monday 21st February 2022

First warning signal: 10:50 local time Antigua
Start sequence: IRC One, IRC Two, CSA only - 11:00
IRC Zero - 11:10
IRC Super Zero - 11:20
MOCRA - 11:30

Start from Fort Charlotte, Antigua

Race fans and spectators can keep up-to-date with the 600nm race via the race website and social media. You can track the fleet and follow all the updates as the race unfolds. To follow the RORC Caribbean 600 visit the Royal Ocean Racing Club on social media and via the dedicated race website: https://caribbean600.rorc.org/

All yachts will be fitted with a race tracker: https://caribbean600.rorc.org/Tracking/2022-fleet-tracking.html and armchair sailors can take part on Virtual Regatta.

WEBSITE: caribbean600.rorc.org

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2022 - ISORA is celebrating 50 years of Racing in the Irish Sea 


 

Next year ISORA will be celebrating 50 years of Racing in the Irish Sea

Following the 2021 AGM on Saturday 4th December a new schedule of Races has been agreed and this is now published below.

The web-site is now being updated with to reflect the 2022 Musto ISORA series of races, a balance of Offshore Races and Coastal Races.

The Notice of Race will be published shortly.

The schedule includes a qualifyer for Round Ireland, the Kingstown to Queenstown race and Round Ireland Race.

There is also  Coastal Series in Ireland and also in the UK.

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Article about the 2022 season proposals in Afloat.ie

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ISORA Race Management Team have been working on the 2022 Series Programme and the following DRAFT is now published as a discussion document for wider comment and subject to the feedback from competitors and potential competitors it will be put to the AGM for amendment /approval.

Your comment on the draft programme would be appreciated .

 

 

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John Morris has been a prominent figure in the sailing fraternity both locally and throughout the Irish Sea for many decades. After his early years of sailing Square Metres and Dragons in Cardigan Bay he then in 1972 bought a She 31 called “She Wolf” that dominated the racing locally, as well as successfully campaigning her on the South Coast where in 1973/74 won many of the RORC Class V races and series.

 

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John competed on Tiderace in the 1976 Round Britain Race and after moving to Pwllheli in 1977 and establishing Firmhelm Limited, Pwllheli Boatyard he went on to build the High Tension 36 “Force Tension” for Tony Vernon which he gained line honours in the inaugural 1980 Round Ireland Race, from here on John was a very well respected sailor, racing and skippering boats throughout the Irish Sea in ISORA and beyond such as Autonomy, Greased Lightning, Teambuilder, Jackhammer, Jackabout, Korimako and Glider to name but a few.

John served on the ISORA Committee and was the ISORA Trophy Secretary for many years.

In later years he will be remembered for his volunteering with his Catamaran Sirena as committee boat or pin end boat at many of the national and international events hosted by Pwllheli Sailing Club and Plas Heli.

Together with sailing John’s other interests were horses and skiing.
John Morris
1933-2021


The Funeral is on Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 3.30pm at Bangor Crematorium. (Please take and wear a mask as per Welsh Covid rules.)

The family request no flowers, any donations to be made to Bob Champion Cancer Trust, collection will be on the day or via Ifan Hughes Funeral Director, Llanaelhaearn, Caernarfon LL54 5AG – 01758 750238.

Everyone is welcome back to Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog LL53 7TT for refreshments after the funeral.

The Racing this weekend (28th and 29th August) produced two Champions

Rockabill VI - Viking Marine Coastal Series Winner in Ireland

Mojito - Plas Heli Coastal Series Winner in Wales

Congratulations to the teams - follow the link for the results


 

The James Eadie Race from Pwllheli to Ireland (11th September) produced two Champions:

Rockabill VI - Musto Series Winner in Ireland

Mojito - Musto Series Winner in Wales

Congratulations to the teams - follow the link for the results


 

Please note the Noticeto Mariners and the requirement to adheare to Regulations

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Amendment to SSIs for Race No. 7 Offshore Wales (OW) 

1. PSC1 substituted  for PSC2

2. In the event of the course being shortened - pass Archdeacon as per mark of the course - the finish line is an undefined length north of the Buoy, not 0.3m as previously published.

3. Course shortening will be announced. by the lead  boat on CH17, and subject to phone signal posted  on the ISORA UK 2021 WhatsApp group

 see the SSIs here


 

Amendment to SSIs for Race No. 3 Coastal Wales (CW) 

1. The warning Singnal is changed from 11.15hrs to 12.15hrs - this amends the Race 03 CW SSIs

2. Notifications on Trackers in SSIs 13.3 and 13.6 should now be by the WhatsApp Group messaging (WhatsApp - ISORA -UK Series)


 

Amendment to SSIs for Race No. 5 Offshore Wales (OW) 

1. Notifications on Trackers in SSIs 13.3 and 13.6 should now be by the WhatsApp Group messaging (WhatsApp - ISORA -UK Series)

2. Retirements - in addition to texting the race officer, please type in the boat name and "retired" on the WhatsApp - Skippers ISORA -UK Series which will be monitored by ISORA race management. 


 

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The 2023 Race Schedule will be published soon after the AGM ..... 

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2022 Class bands were as follows:

Class 0 = 1.045 or greater
Class 1 = 1.000 to 1.044
Class 2 = 0.999 or less

2023 Class Bands to be set 


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