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A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race's position as the world's largest offshore yacht race.
Fastnet
Following months of meticulous preparation for crews and organisers alike, a record-breaking edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race is underway and in some style. The largest fleet in the race’s 92-year history, comprising 368 yachts from 29 countries, were treated…
The Irish 29er Team and training partners pictured in LA with Johnny, wearing trapeze harness, pictured third from right
Youth Sailing
Royal Cork's top youth sailor Johnny Durcan has been involved in a serious incident competing at the 29er world championships where he was trapped under his skiff dinghy during a capsize. The top Laser sailor is recovering in hospital in…
Harry Heijst’s classic S&S 41 Winsome racing in Cowes Week 2017. With Laura Dillon as lead helm, Winsome is among the front runners in the current Rolex Fastnet Race
Fastnet
It’s classic Fastnet Race Day One evening conditions, with the fleet plugging to windward along the coast of Dorset, and the tide about to turn foul at Portland Bill writes W M Nixon. With the relatively rapid progress westward through…
Liam Glynn from Ballyholme is the 2017 Laser Leinster Champion in the Standard Rig
Laser
East coast sailors emerged top of the three Laser divisions after a very tricky day at sea at the Rush Sailing Club hosted Leinster Championships writes our special correspondent. Three races sailed bringing in a discard. Overall results, subject to protest,…
Ireland’s Mirror pairs on the final day of the World Championships in Falmouth this past week
Mirror
#Mirror - Caolan Croasdell and Alexander Farrell of Lough Ree Yacht Club were the best of the Irish at the Mirror Worlds in Falmouth this week, placing 13th overall in the 51-boat fleet. Highlights for the Irish contingent over the…
The golf buggy fell down the short cliff from the golf course on Dungarvan Bay on Wednesday
Rescue
#Rescue - Irish Coast Guard units from Tramore and Bonmahon were dispatched earlier this week after two people went over a cliff at Dungarvan’s GolfCoast golf links. The local coastguard helicopter Rescue 117 also joined the operation on Wednesday (2 August)…
The massive Fastnet fleet is heading for Ireland. See Tracker below
Fastnet
The MOD 70 Trimaran Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield and a veteran of last year’s Volvo Round Ireland race, was first of the record Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 fleet to exit the west end of the Solent today as…
Report by Welsh Assembly finds without proper planning, region could be facing virtual gridlock after Britain quits EU
Ferry
#ferry - Tailbacks and long delays on North Wales roads and disruption to freight supply chains could become the norm without proper planning for ports in Wales following Britain’s exit from the European Union. As the Daily Post writes, many…
Showing ahead – Ireland’s Tom Dolan is narrowly ahead in the 245-mile Mini 650 race from Aviles in Spain back to les Sables d’Olonne, Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2017
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan has put the disappointment of losing third place by just one second in the outward leg of the Mini 650 Transgascogne Race 2017 from les Sables d’Olonne across the Bay of Bidcay to Aviles in northwest Spain…
Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s double of Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey won their B Final this morning at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. The race developed very early into a battle between France and Ireland, with Ireland less than…
Laser dinghies are racing at Rush for Leinster honours this weekend
Laser
Royal St. George's Jack Fahy leads the Laser Radial Leinster Championships after the first two races sailed at Rush Sailing Club in Co. Dublin today writes out special correspondent.   There are some protests in so results are strictly provisional. Fahy…
The Gruffalo (K Poole) was the DBSC Flying Fifteen winner
DBSC
CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 3 - 1. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless) CRUISERS 3 - 1. Cartoon (McCormack/Brady/Lawless) FLYING FIFTEEN - 1. The Gruffalo (K Poole), 2. As Good As It Gets…
Tom Dolan’s Pogo 3 IRL 910 is in the top rankings of the Mini 650 fleet, which starts Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2017 from northwest Spain back to France today. Tom will be giving a presentaton at the Speaker Supper in the National Yacht Club on Thursday August 17th
Solo Sailing
The return stage to Les Sables d’Olonne of the Mini Class’s Transgascogne 2017 starts this afternoon off Aviles in Asturias on the north Spanish coast, with the 53-strong fleet knowing that Clarisse Cremer and Erwan Le Draoulec start respectively with…
Steam-Packet's Ben-My-Chree has carried out further berthing trials at the Port of Larne, leading to speculation of relocating Northern Ireland ferryport
Ferry
#ferry- Berthing trials at Larne Harbour have been confirmed by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, leading to speculation that the company is about to move its Northern Ireland base to the port. According to The Larne Times, the…
Seen berthed at an Italian port during humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean, LÉ James Joyce which is scheduled to visit Rathmullan, Co, Donegal this August Bank Holiday Monday.
Navy
#navy - A special visitor this Bank Holiday weekend writes Donegal Now will make an appearance at the Annual Regatta and Community Festival in Rathmullan on the Monday. As previously reported on Afloat, the Irish Navy's LÉ James Joyce is…
Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen will compete in the B Final of the women’s double at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. In this morning’s semi-final, the Skibbereen/Lee crew took fourth, just under two seconds behind…
Large Turnout in Flying Fifteen DBSC Series Race
Flying Fifteen
On a cloudy grey evening with stormy clouds hovering the Flying Fifteen fleet got more than they expected with strong force 4-5 winds from the west on Thursday evening. With no race last week, repaired DBSC Committee Boat Freebird was…
(Top) That eternal Fastnet mystique – George David’s Rambler 90 and Mike Slade Leopard 100 leading on the water and closing in the on the rock in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2007……. yet in that race ten years ago, ((above) the overall winner was to emerge from further back in the fleet, in the form of Ger O’Rourke’s Cookson 50 Chieftain from Kilrush – seen here beating down the Solent shortly after the start
W M Nixon
In August 2007, a lone Irish boat swept quickly towards the finish of the Fastnet Race at Plymouth. Groups of larger craft had finished ahead of her, and soon a rush of other boats would follow in her wake. But…
Some of the swimmers taking part in tomorrow’s big swim on Lough Erne
Sea Swim
#Swimming - A number of novice open water swimmers will be taking part in a major event on Lough Erne this weekend. The ​past 10 weeks have seen 20 people taking part in the Couch to 5km Challenge on Lough…
Annalise Murphy wants to swap her Laser Radial for a crew berth on a Volvo Ocean 65
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Annalise Murphy’s Tokyo 2020 ambitions will be taking a back seat for the time being as she tries out for a place on a Volvo Ocean Race crew, according to The Irish Times. The Olympic silver medallist in…

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