Irish Sailing and Mountaineering Adventure Challenge - The ISAMAC - NEWS

ISAMAC - Latest race news

NEWSFLASH 21 June 2018 - ISAMAC 2018 is complete!

The first-ever Irish Sailing and Mountaineering Adventure Challenge (the ISAMAC) took place from 16 June 2018, attracting three intrepid teams. One team dropped out with debilitating sea-sickness after 12 hours of the race. Another team had to retire after their yacht suffered multiple gear failures, but they continued on by land and completed all of the land-stages. The third team, Sasseknackered, complete all of the sailing legs and all of the land-stages, and so became the only finishers and first winners of the inaugural ISAMAC. It CAN be done!

View the write up on the ISAMAC History page.

 

NEWSFLASH 15 June 2018 - Teams on the move

Team members, boats and marshals are now on the move towards Kinsale. This 'news' section will go quiet for the duration of the race. For live updates, please use the YellowBrick Tracker viewer on the home page, and make sure to view 'social media' using the tab on the right hand side of the view. Please tweet us on #ISAMAC-race - we'd love to hear any support or news.

See you on the other side!

 

NEWSFLASH 7 June 2018 - Entry clarification

Team Sassenackered is an entrant into the 'Runners' class, meaning that two designated runners will run each of the land legs.

 

NEWSFLASH 7 June 2018 - Rule clarification - race timing

The race is essentially self-timed, with additional back-up of YellowBrick trackers, (see YellowBrick instructions here) which are to be carried by all teams when sailing and when running (including on the Two Forts Run in Kinsale). Teams are to fill in an 'ISAMAC Times Card' (provided at race registration) for each sailing and running leg, and to sign and submit this to the organisers at the race finish in Dingle.

A mandatory five minute kit check will take place before each mountain stage, the time of which is included in the mountain stage. You will not be permitted to start until your five minutes have elapsed (same rule for everyone). If for any reason the marshals are not present (delayed, asleep, departed, etc), you are requested to honestly conduct your own five minute kit check check, in the Corinthian Spirit.

 

NEWSFLASH 6 June 2018 - New photos showing route onto Hungry Hill

Susan Steele of team Ocean Eagles has sent in photos of the route onto Hungry Hill - and these have been posted onto the home page.

 

NEWSFLASH 6 June 2018 - Post-race dinner confirmed for Kinsale Yacht Club on Friday 22 June

The ISAMAC post-race dinner has been confirmed for Kinsale Yacht Club at 7pm on Friday 22 June. All crews and marshals are welcome to attend - please pay for your own food and drink. There will be speeches and race prizes!

 

NEWSFLASH 6 June 2018 - Mandatory Kit list downloadable as PDF & aide-memoire for packing

Download ISAMAC Kit List as pdf

An aide-memoire of packing has also been added to the FAQs page, as follows:

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
Sunglasses
Spare glasses if you have them/need them
Sun hat
Sun cream
Lip balm (etc)
Insect repellant
Shorts
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)
Book
Sea-sickness tablets if required
Towel and toiletries

Food and drink!

 

NEWSFLASH 6 June 2018 - Rule clarification - YB Trackers

• Each team MUST carry their YellowBrick Tracker on each land leg.

 

NEWSFLASH 5 June 2018 - YellowBrick Tracker map live

The race homepage has been updated to show the live race tracking from YellowBrick Tracking. The team information will be updated in the next couple of days.

The race can also been seen live at http://yb.tl/isamac2018

 

NEWSFLASH 2 June 2018 - Rule change: Runners not completing mountain routes

The following rule changes are now included:

“Competitors must exercise their own mountain judgement as to the appropriate action to take in case of any emergency, including but not limited to leaving a partner in a warm safe environment to seek help from others.

If a running team wishes to use a substitute runner to complete the course (in case one of the team is injured, for example), then the entire team should restart that running route from the beginning.

On the Dingle-to-Brandon-to-Dingle stage only, 'excess' members of the shore party (if the shore party is larger than 2) are allowed to leave the route at Mount Brandon ONLY to make their way back to Dingle, while at least two runners must complete the entire route. “

This substitutes for the following section:

“If one member of the team cannot continue the whole team is retired – The only exception is in the case of an emergency, when competitors must exercise their own mountain judgement as to the appropriate action to take, including but not limited to leaving a partner in a warm safe environment to seek help from others.”

 

NEWSFLASH 1 June 2018 - Race t-shirts ordered!

All crew of each boat receive the race t-shirt at registration.

 

NEWSFLASH 31 May 2018 - Rule change

Cyclists must additionally wear a helmet during the bike stages.

 

NEWSFLASH 30 May 2018 - ISAMAC 2019 - Date announced

The 2nd ISAMAC will take place starting in Kinsale on Saturday 1 June 2019.

 

NEWSFLASH 26 May 2018 - Rule change

Use of engines in Dingle Harbour - Yachts must proceed under engine-power after arriving at the Light Tower on the Eastern side of the entrance to Dingle Harbour, due to the narrowness of the channel and possible/likelihood of commercial boats in the area.

 

NEWSFLASH 2 May 2018 - Race rules published, including kit list

The race rules have been published on the race web site, taking account of the long experience of the organisers of both the South West Three Peaks Race and the Scottish Islands Peaks Race.

 

NEWSFLASH 29 April 2018 - Final reconnaissance complete - Dingle-Brandon route will be 'a challenging adventure'

The organisers have reconnoitered the Dingle-Brandon Ridge - and guarantee that it will be a challenging adventure. With a round-route distance of 32km and a total altitude gain (there and back) of 1800m, the round-trip is 'a serious ask' and a perfect finish for the ISAMAC. "It is borderline impossible, which means that it is possible - just," says Rob McCaffrey, race organiser. Competitors are warned that there are no sources of water along the route, and so will need to take adequate supplies for what will be substantially beyond a marathon effort. The route travels over several kilometers of boggy ground, and feet are bound to suffer (druing the reconnaissance, all of the running team lost the feeling in their toes due to freezing bogs and snow showers - in late April), although the ridge dries out in its upper reaches. Navigation along the route is not difficult, but in mist and at night, care would have to be taken - parts of the route are close to potentially-fatal precipes.

The recce team also climbed Carrauntoohil - almost: due to lack of time, the team turned back with only 1km of ridge-walking to go to get to the top. After our second unsuccessful attempt to get to the top, once again we re-emphasis the seriousness of this peak!

Additional photos from the recce are being posted to the main page.

 

NEWSFLASH 27 April 2018 - Final reconnaissance of course planned

Second recce trip, 28-30 April, is underway: Carrauntoohil, and the Dingle-Brandon Ridge. More information will shortly be posted to the event web site.

 

NEWSFLASH 16 February 2018 - Sasseknackered becomes third team to enter the ISAMAC

John Coombes, skipper of Beneteau Oceanis 37 'Hope' is the third skipper to enter for the ISAMAC 2018. Experienced skipper John (who has 15 years as an owner, 12,000nm of skipper experience (3000nm solo) and was an entrant in the Scottish Islands Peaks Race in 2011), has brought together a strong crew of a certain vintage, "who quite frankly should know better." The crew "gather every year for adventures on and off the water with variable success," and will be on the start line in June to contest for the 'All-rounders' prize - along with the first two teams to enter. As well as experienced skipper John, the crew is made up of Andy and Simon Erritt (hailing from Northern Ireland) who are the running core with a number of marathons between them, Rob Harrison - an experienced sailor - and Peter Munro-Lott, the navigator and coordinator of the south-of-England based team. As Peter says, “We’ve been doing ‘challenges’ together for the last eight years or so: We try and do a challenge every year, mostly on the water (Scottish Islands Peaks Race etc) but we did do a land-based quadrathlon in Scotland in 2016 which hurt way too much. We did contemplate sailing across from Cornwall in 'Hope,' but life has got in the way so we're hiring a boat out of Kinsale with Sovereign Sailing. Our average age is around 54."

Well, however you get there, and however old you are, welcome aboard - and good luck!

 

NEWSFLASH 8 February 2018 - Team Ocean Eagles completes reconnaissance of bike route to Carrauntoohil

Tom Murray and team mate Gerry Crowley have completed a reconnaissance of the cycle stage from Templenoe Pier to the Lack Road (at the foot of the climb to Carrauntoohil). Tom says, “It’s a great route with amazing scenery, and a tough climb up to the top of the Ballaghbeama Gap. The roads, while single track for a good part of the route, are in excellent condition by Irish standards.”

“We did the route [there-and-back] with an on-the-bike time of 3 hours and 50mins. This does not include times stopped for looking at maps, eating etc. We tracked it on our GPS and made it out to be 63km. Total ascent was 702 metres, with the first leg [from Templenoe to the foot of the hill] accounting for 408m and the balance, 294m, on the return journey which was easier. If you have to climb Carrauntoohil as well, the legs will certainly know about it on the way back to the boats!”

Nice one lads!

 

NEWSFLASH 30 January 2018 - Rules clarifcation

All-rounder teams must put ashore at least 2 runners, but may put ashore up to 4 runners for the mountain stages (on the basis that having more than two runners is not a speed advantage) and may put ashore the entire crew of 5 to run the Mount Brandon ridge, on the basis that the yacht will be securely tied-up in Dingle Marina; The time taken for each land-leg will be the time for the final two runners to finish the leg.

Runners' teams will put ashore only two runners for each of the land-legs.

 

NEWSFLASH 29 January 2018 - (Background) Preparations underway...

The first batch of orders for the ISAMAC race's Yellow Brick trackers has been submitted.

Flights have been booked for international competitors coming from the US and UK to attend the race.

 

NEWSFLASH 11 January 2018 - Changes to rules

Following discussions with prospective skippers, the following rule changes have been instituted for safety and for the increased enjoyment of the race by crews:

Engine power may be used in the final approach to the anchorage at Templenoe, and on departure;

On the ridge route to Mount Brandon, Cnoc Bhaile Ui Shé (623m) must be ascended on the route to An Gearan (803m), and on the return leg as well.

 

NEWSFLASH 10 January 2018 - Crew-members looking for boats

The following are looking for boats: please contact them directly and let me know if they have agreed to take part (so that we can take them off this list).

We can't vouch for their skills/abilities, sorry!

rbk@capdm.com (Richard Kirby)
caitriona.hanley@gmail.com
ronanbclarke@gmail.com
simon.willard@ukimediaevents.com
dcummins19@gmail.com (Denise Cummins)
nath86@gmail.com (Nathanael Booker and Fiona) (both very strong runners)
andy.ashlee@googlemail.com
lorrymay@hotmail.com (Laura May Williams)

 

NEWSFLASH 30 December 2017 - SECOND ISAMAC ENTRY!

Robert McCaffrey, organiser of the race and also race entrant (paying the same as any other crew) has become the second 'all-rounder' entrant to the ISAMAC:

"I wanted to do the Irish equivalent of the Scottish Islands Peaks Race (SIPR) and Three Peaks Yacht Race (3PYR), and when I discovered that there wasn't one, I decided to organise it myself. My twin brother Lewis is flying from New York to be a part of our crew, which should be fun. It'll be a challenge - but it will be an adventure never to be forgotten!"

Crew:

Stuart Aikman (stalwart sailor, doughty runner, solid as a rock, SIPR, 3PYR)
Dennis Earl (AKA ‘the greyhound,’ smiles through the hardest of times - just as well, SIPR, 3PYR)
Robert McCaffrey (skipper, SIPR, 3PYR)
Lewis McCaffrey (twin brother, strong sailor, improving runner, general all-round mountain-man, flying from the US for the race)
Kate Standeven (sailor, powerful mountain-runner, boundless energy and good humour, excellent in the galley, SIPR, 3PYR)

 

NEWSFLASH 28 December 2017 - FIRST ISAMAC ENTRY!

Tom Murray - Team Ocean Eagles - is the first (ever) skipper to enter the ISAMAC!

As Tom says, "Our 'all-rounder' team is comprised of myself as Skipper and we will be doing at least one of the peaks each: The team is Gerry Crowley, Mountain Guide cyclist and adventure racer; Susan Steele, endurance athlete, marathon runner; John Murray, long distance runner and endurance athlete; and my son Jack Murray, trainee deck officer, runner and navigator. Love the idea of the race and we formed a team!

Who's next?!