Welcome to the Irish Ruffian Association Website

The Ruffian 23 is a 23 foot keelboat which was designed and built by brothers Dickie and Billy Brown of Portaferry, Co. Down, over 45 years ago.

The Ruffian 23 is a great one design racing boat, an extremely family-friendly boat, and despite its size, the Ruffian 23 has cruised waters around Ireland, the UK, and further afield. Approximately 200 Ruffians were built and many are still raced regularly in Dun Laoghaire, Poolbeg, Wicklow, Skerries, Baltimore, Carrickfergus, Strangford Lough, around the Clyde, the Isle of Man, and even as far afield as Hong Kong and Uruguay.

The highlight of the Ruffian competitive year is the National Championships, with boats travelling from around the country to compete. Other annual competitive events include North v. South Team Racing, the Captain’s Prize, The Crew Race and an Inter-Club Team racing event.

Please contact irish.ruffian.association@gmail.com if you would like information about the association.

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