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Laser 4.7s start in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
Laser
There was no change at the top of the leaderboard at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Laser National Championships after two more races were sailed in Cork Harbour today, bringing the total to five races of the Championships sailed so far.…
Hugo Boss doing what she does best – zooming offwind on the foils
W M Nixon
There have been several Irish offshore racing sailors who have been making national and world headlines for some years now, but in recent weeks and months the wave of new enthusiasm for the big ticket events has surged to fresh…
Irish flagged cargoship Huelin Dispatch that operates a UK-Channel Islands freight service is currently undergoing dry-docking in Cork Dockyard
Cork Harbour
#corkharbour – An Irish owned cargoship that operates a UK-Channel Islands service is currently drydocking in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Huelin Dispatch is undergoing her first 5-year special survey in Cork Dockyard, the ship repair and general engineering facility…
A Viking longship is lifted into the water on the MGM Boatyard hoist at Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour this morning
Dublin Bay
A Viking invasion will take place on Sunday the 20th of August thanks to the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. The centre piece of the event will be a re-enacted battle between two of the longboats…
The Clipper Race fleet lined up at Liverpool’s Albert Dock
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - Anticipation is building in Liverpool’s Albert Dock with just two days before the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on the River Mersey to start the 2017-18 edition of the 40,000-nautical-mile race around the globe.…
Ronan Harris's J109 Jigamaree was third in DBSC Class One last night
DBSC
B21S - 1. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 2. SMALL WONDER (H KELLY & J MCSTAY), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) B21S - 1. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 2. MARISSA XIV (FRANK ELMES), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. After You Too…
Baltimore Lifeboat Launches To Boat Aground In Heavy Fog
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI launched in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday 17 August) after a boat ran aground in heavy fog near the West Cork village. The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 00.39am to assist the 50ft…
Rio Olympian Finn Lynch leads at the Laser Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for gallery
Laser
Ideal championship sailing conditions in Cork Harbour led to clear leaders emerging after day one and three races of the Laser National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club.  As expected, Rio rep Finn Lynch, Team Ireland's only sailor at the…
Another first and second place on Thursday saw Swuzzlebubble start the coastal course with a commanding nine-point advantage
Kinsale
With a scoresheet of mostly first and second places for the series, Phil Plumtree’s Swuzzlebubble won the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland with just Friday’s eleventh race remaining. A breezy penultimate day ended…
Optimist sailors from across Ireland– and the UK– have gathered at the RIYC for the National Championships on Dublin Bay
Optimist
Howth Yacht Club's Hugh Turvey has taken an early lead at the Optimist National Championships on Dublin Bay. The fourteen–year–old has worked out a decent margin in light winds after only two races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.…
Annalise Murphy – out of the Laser Radial Worlds
Annalise Murphy
Becoming the Female World Champion at the Moth Worlds in July in Italy has come at a high price for Olympic Silver medallist Annalise Murphy. A violent capsize in the last race caused her to sustain a knee injury which subsquent scans…
The Prestige 520 has an ‘XXL’ Flybridge, unique on a 52ft motor yacht, meaning that there is plenty of space for relaxing in comfort
Boat Sales
The Prestige 520 will have its UK launch at The Southampton Boat Show in September, while the Prestige 460 will debut in the UK at the show, which takes place 15-24th September 2017. Prestige has chosen the show for the…
Beneteau's new Swift Trawler 35 will get a world launch in Southampton
Boat Sales
The world launch of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 will take place at the 2017 Southampton Boat Show (15th-24th September 2017). The Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 is taking over from the extremely successful Swift Trawler 34, which sold over 400…
With her staysail stowed as she approaches the pier in Kinvara, the Croi an Cladaig is a handsome 2012 example of the traditional boats being built by Badoiri na Gaillimh in the heart of Galway City
Historic Boats
This weekend’s annual Cruinnui na mBad festival (the Gathering of the Boats) in Kinvara in the southeast corner of Galway Bay celebrates a tradition going back far into the mists of time writes W M Nixon. In the old days,…
Whale watchers at Galley Head in West Cork
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - 2017’s All–Ireland Whale Watch Day is scheduled for Saturday 26 August between 2pm and 5pm as part of Heritage Week. Join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) at any of 20 land-based whale watches across Ireland to…
Clontarf Hosts Mirror Easterns Next Weekend
Mirror
#Mirror - The Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club is hosting the International Mirror Class Association of Ireland’s Mirror Eastern Championships for 2017 later this month. Six races are scheduled over the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, with…
Rescue 116’s winch man prepares to lower the stranded woman from the cliff face at Whiterock
Rescue
#Rescue - Drone owners will be mindful of where they fly their devices after a woman was stranded on a cliff face in Killiney while trying to recover one of the mini aircraft. Dublin MRCC received a 112 call on…
On board MAPFRE during Leg Zero’s fourth and final stage from Saint-Malo to Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - MAPFRE were declared overall winners of the Volvo Ocean Race’s Leg Zero after continued light winds saw the fourth and final stage shortened. Racing was halted at 5.30am Irish time yesterday morning (Wednesday 16 August) as the fleet…
Simon Hoffman and Johnny Durcan (right) together as the latter recovers in Long Beach Hospital
Sailor of the Month
In the 21 years since the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” awards were first introduced, we have always dutifully waited until the end of the month before allocating the plaudits, even when it has been clear for days or even…
Swuzzlebubble skippered by Phil Plumtree (UK) leads at Kinsale's Half Ton Cup
Kinsale
Winds in excess of 30–knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland. Although the conditions had eased by…

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