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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
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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…
Gary and Paul O’Donovan (Skibbereen RC) will compete in the lightweight double at the World Rowing Championships in Florida
Rowing
The Ireland team for the World Rowing Championships includes a men's and women's pair which were trialled this week. Fionnan McQuillan-Tolan and Patrick Boomer form the men's heavyweight pair and Aifric Keogh and Aileen Crowley the women's. The team is…
Graeme Noonan's Corby 26 Virgin Triangle from the host club will be competing in class two at the 'Taste of Greystones Regatta' on August 26th in County Wicklow
Greystones Harbour
140–boats are expected off the coast of County Wicklow for the two–race 'Taste of Greystones Trophy' later this month.  Greystones Sailing Club (GSC) will be keeping its fingers crossed for better winds than two years ago when the 2017 edition sets…
The Dunleary is back home 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
RNLI Lifeboats
#Lifeboats - A lifeboat once stationed in Dun Laoghaire almost a century ago has returned to the harbour thanks to the efforts of a local restoration group. The Dunleary was secured in the Coal Harbour yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) after…
Pictured following today's reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ in the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire are sailors: Georgia Goodbody, Dylan Leonard, Max Goodbody, Oscar Mulvin, Hannah Leonard and Daisy Dillon-Malone
Olympic
Irish Sailing has announced the reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’, aimed at nurturing future talented Irish sailors. The Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ aims to develop and support talented young sailors, acording to a press…
Fireballs on Dublin Bay
Fireball
As the midweek racing in Dublin Bay Sailing Club gets to its close we had one of the more pleasant evenings of weather this summer with a gentle breeze and sunshine for two races outside the harbour in Scotsman’s Bay.…
Running Wild (B & S Foley) a winner in last night's DBSC racing
DBSC
B21S - 1. YIKES (P CARROLL), 2. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 3. BILLY WHIZZ (P SHANNON COMBINED CRUISERS TUESDAY - 1. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 2. Elandra (J Conway), 3. Powder Monkey (C Moore) CRUISERS 3…
Canadian bank reduces shareholding in Irish shipping group to just under 3 per cent. Above: Kaitaki which was acquired by New Zealand interests in the Spring
Ferry
#ferry - A Canadian bank has trimmed its stake in shipping and transport company Irish Continental Group (ICG) writes The Irish Times. In a note to the stock exchange following the close of business on Monday, ICG confirmed the Bank…
Ballycotton Island Lighthouse
Tom MacSweeney
A few weeks ago I rounded Ballycotton Island on the East Cork coastline, sailing beneath the iconic, dramatic black lighthouse which towers 195 feet above sea level. It was erected in 1851, the construction led by the renowned engineer George…

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