The start of the thirteenth Round Britain and Ireland Yacht Race took place at Plymouth on 1st June, 2014.
Every race has been under the patronage of the Royal Western Yacht Club. Yachts are between 30 and 50 feet in length, both monohulls and multihulls, and they must be manned by a crew of two.
To the best of my knowledge, eighteen yachts were scheduled to start. At the time of writing, fifteen had arrived at Kinsale, the first stop, where they have to remain for 48 hours before heading off on the next leg to Barra in the Outer Hebrides.
Three more legs will see them back at Plymouth, after stopping at Lerwick in the Shetlands and Lowestoft in Suffolk. This is no mean feat - flat out racing between stops in the most demanding conditions: a combination of ocean and coastal sailing. The course of 1,865 nautical miles is clockwise around the British Isles and Ireland leaving all islands and rocks to starboard, including the Eddystone, Bishop Rock, Fastnet Rock, Bull Rock, Great Skellig, Inishtearaght, Tory Island, Barra Head, St Kilda, Flannan Isles, Muckle Flugga, at 61 degrees north, and from there around the Scottish and English coasts to the finish.
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