Volvo has been announced as the new title sponsor of the Round Ireland Yacht Race, which is one of the country’s biggest off-shore competitions.

This is the latest in a series of sailing-related sponsorships for the Swedish carmaker, having also supported the Round the World Yacht Race and the Dún Laoghaire regatta.

While no official figure has been released, in previous years the title sponsorship of the race has been valued upwards of €50,000.

Run by Wicklow Sailing Club, the biennial race attracts international entries from the UK, mainland Europe, Russia, the USA, and New Zealand as well as Ireland.

The 2016 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race gets under way on 18 June next year.