Irish Sailing and Mountaineering Adventure Challenge - The ISAMAC - FAQs

Frequently asked questions - FAQs


When is it going to happen?
The race will start at 6pm on Saturday 16 June 2018, in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

Is the Irish Sailing and Mountaineering Adventure Challenge (ISAMAC) the same as the Irish Three Peaks Yacht Race?
Yes - The Irish Three Peaks Yacht Race was an earlier name for the event, but was changed to avoid any confusion with the awesome Three Peaks Yacht Race (Barmouth to Fort William).

What is the symbolism behind the ISAMAC logo?
The logo echos the other Trionium race logos with stylised mountains.The greenness represents the lovely greenery of Ireland (and the green of the Irish flag), fed by all that fabulous rain. The tops of the three peaks are covered in snow - showing that they are not to be taken lightly. The smallest of the three hills in the logo is Hungry Hill, although it's not an easy task - the traverse of the Hungry Hill Horseshoe is a serious prospect. The second highest is Mount Brandon, and the highest is Carrauntoohil - Ireland's highest mountain. The three yachts signify different competitors in the race: The largest one is winning: the second largest yacht is lost and is going in the wrong direction. The smallest of the three yachts has given up and is going home.

I'm a novice sailor and a slow runner - is this the event for me?
This is going to be a proper challenge… it’s probably not one for novice sailors or for slow runners (a four-hour marathon time would be a good benchmark, as well as a strong navigation background and hill-walking experience). The sailing is going to be very challenging (North Atlantic swells are a challenge on a good day!) and the hills are not to be messed with. On a scale of hard-core-osity, this is probably up there with the tougher challenges in the British Isles, such as the Scottish Islands Peaks Race, Three Peaks Yacht Race (Barmouth to Fort William) and the OMM.

Have you had much interest in it so far?
For the first race there seems to have been a 'wait and see' approach to the event, but in the end, the first race has three entrants. Not bad for a first attempt. Remember - 'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow'!

Do you expect that people will be running non stop up each of the mountains or is it more likely to include some walking too?
Generally, runners will run to the hills, jog the slopes, walk the steep bits and run like hell back down again!

Do people go up the mountains during darkness or do they wait until daylight?
The event will take place very close to mid-summer, so the period of darkness is not likely to be very long. In any case, it’s a race, so teams are very likely to proceed at whatever time they arrive. All teams will be required to have head-torches in any case. Is is almost certain that some of the hills will require night-navigation.

What size boat would you expect people to be sailing?
We expect that the majority of boats will be from around 26 to 38 feet length.

Is the handicap of the boat taken into account?
For the first race, we will not be offering a handicap prize, on the basis that most entrants will be of similar size, and that the conditions (heavy weather/light winds/long swells/steep seas) will probably even out over the course of the race for different boats. We will revisit the possibility of offering a handicapped prize from the second race (2019) onwards. For the 2018 event, the first team to finish will win the prize!

What's the weather going to be like?
That's the US$64,000 question! On 16 June 2017, one year from the race itself, the sea was calm and the winds were light (almost too light: 5knts). However, it could be blowing a gale on 16 June 2018 - the likelihood is that you will experience a variety of weather, some good, some not-so-good. Be prepared!

How long do you expect it to take?
According to our calculations, if boats travel at an average speed of 5 knots, we expect the fastest teams to finish within 50 hours (the last finishers are expected to take up to 70-80 hours). Download the ISAMAC-spreadsheet.xls.

What is the team size, is there a minimum or maximum number of people per team?
The team size is five (not more, not less) so that teams are competing on an even playing field. This is the same stipulation as in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race and the Three Peaks Yach Race.

Is the skipper of the boat required to complete the cycling and running sections?
Not necessarily: It’s only in the ‘All-rounders' category that the skipper has to complete at least one of the legs - in the ‘Runners’ category, only the two designated runners on the crew run the hills.

For the cycle section as described, bikes are to be delivered to Templenoe by a shore team. Is this an additional support team which does not include the crew taking part in the event?
Cycles would need to be delivered to Templenoe by your own shore-based support team (which could be a single person, for example). Finnegan's Cycles, Kenmare, might also be able to help.

What is the cut-off date for the early bird entry.
The cut-off for the early-bird entry is 31 December 2017.

What happens to our entry fees if the event is cancelled?
We don't anticipate any circumstances where the event might be cancelled (we'll take precautions for all eventualities), but if it happened, then all entry fees would be returned in full.

Who’s organising this?
Robert McCaffrey, who says, “I’m an event organiser, runner and sailor of nearly 30 year's experience and have skippered yachts in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race and the Three Peaks Yacht Race. I decided that I would like to try the Irish equivalent, but found that there wasn’t one, so decided to try and come up with my own version. The course strongly suggests itself, and incorporates all the best bits of those two other famous races.”

What is Trionium?
Trionium is the 'brand' behind all of the organiser's award-winning races and is well-known as a signifier of quality and toughness. As the saying goes, 'Trionium: The hardest stuff known to man.'

Why is your web site so lame?
Cheeky! Our web site is a bit lame-looking since we are adventurers not web designers. If it lacks for any information though, please let us know!

How much is it to enter?
Per team, the early-bird cost will be GBP£300, rising to the standard rate of GBP£400 on 1 January 2018 and then to a final 'late rate' of GBP£500 per crew of five on 1 May 2018. This is comparable to other races of this size, length and complexity, and is designed to cover the race costs only.

Where's the money going?
The race is expected to just cover its costs (and will be backed by sponsors). In any case, a charitable donation wil be made to Kerry Mountain Rescue and to the Irish RNLI. After all, we may need them!

Do you need any volunteers to help with the race?
We'd love to have some help 'on the ground.'Volunteers will be welcome - contact the organiser at rob@trionium [dot] com.

Can I get involved in the organisation of the race?
We have already made quite a few contacts on the ground and have had a lot of enthusiastic support. We are very keen to involve as many local organisations as possible, so that the event has got ‘legs’ and so that it will happen again in future years.Contact the organiser at rob@trionium [dot] com.

What might crews need to bring with them on the trip?
The following list is not exhaustive, and might include things that you personally don't need - it's just an aide-memoire:

Sleeping bag
Travel pillow or similar
Sailing boots or trainers with non-marking soles
Thermal underwear/jumper/thermal layer for sailing
Sailing suit/oilies/sou’wester
Warm hat
Sailing gloves
Spare glasses if you have them/need them
Sun hat
Sun cream
Lip balm (etc)
Insect repellant
Running kit! (including any vaseline/body lube/medications etc)
Camera/phone/tablet etc
Recharging cables and adaptors
Swimming trunks/wet suit
Fishing gear
Slippers/pyjamas/velvet smoking jacket/ivory cigarette holder
Smart clothes for onshore & ISAMAC dinner
Any sailing qualification certificates/log book
Spending money (personal)
Sea-sickness tablets if required
Towel and toiletries

Food and drink!