Round Britain and Ireland, and Ireland and Island.

Just in case you weren’t confused enough by two Round Britain and Ireland Races (The Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Yacht Race and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race) – The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has announced the introduction of a Two-Handed Division in their ‘non-stop’ version which starts in August.

RORC Racing Manager Ian Loffhagen commented:

“We have been receiving a lot of interest and enquiries from competitors who wanted to race double handed in this non-stop challenge, so have made the decision to open it up to enable them to race alongside the fully crewed boats. They will race for the Rebel Maid Trophy. Originally we did not have a Two–Handed Division in the race out of deference to the Royal Western Yacht Club’s two handed (stopping) Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race. However when they reached their entry limit the RWYC kindly told us that they were happy for us to open our race to two handed boats.

The Shetland sponsored, stopping, two-handed version of the race is currently underway. No doubt, RORC will have had a significant spike in internet traffic as people try to find out more about the double-handed sailors currently competing.

Of course the picture becomes murkier when you add the Round the Island Race on Saturday as well as the Round Ireland race which begins on Sunday.

Lots of islands and Irelands being sailed around.