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The new pontoon at Dunmore East as it was recently with visitors in from Cork. Tonight, it will be hosting some visitors from Dun Laoghaire, casualties of the rough race towards Dingle
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
If you want to choose an especially rugged piece of water in which to make to windward into a southwesterly which is a solid Force 6-7 plus, then the southeast corner of Ireland would come up tops on all search…
On corrected time, Rockabill is ahead overall and second to George Sisk’s Farr 42 WOW (pictured above) for line honours
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
A Force 5 to 6 breeze from west’sou’west, blowing straight out of a rain-free sky along Ireland’s south coast, can make the Fastnet Rock, not to mention Dingle, seem a very long way away when you’re somewhere out at sea…
Retired – Sgrech is in Rosslare after a hull fitting delaminated
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Welsh offshore champion yacht Sgrech skippered by Stephen Tudor is the lastest retiral from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race.  The former ISORA champion retired last night just hours in to the race as a precautionary measure after discovering a 'hull…
Russian frigate Shtandart will stand tall in Belfast after wowing the crowds in Drogheda last weekend
Maritime Festivals
#TallShips - This year’s Belfast Maritime Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 16 June) with a chance to climb aboard some of the visiting tall ship flotilla, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot welcome visitors…
Fogerty Maintains Ostar Transatlantic Progress, Autopilot Malfunction is Main Concern
Solo Sailing
Conor Fogerty is making great westerly progress this morning following a windshift last night in the closing stages of the OSTAR Transtlantic Race. The Howth Yacht Club sailor is vying for overall honours after a storm ravaged crossing. He has…
The 44-car capacity ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle seen in Carlingford Lough several weeks ago but has yet to enter service
Ferry
#Delays - The Scenic Carlingford Ferry, which was set to launch this month has stated that it is "looking like it could be another couple of weeks" before the car-ferry is ready to get underway. In the Dundalk Gazette, the Chief…
Paul O’Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (RIYC) has taken the lead on the water and IRC
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Although a fairly consistent southwest breeze gave the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race fleet a useful slant from Arklow southwards through the night, they’re currently rounding the Tuskar with the expectation of a dead beat most of the way to…
The recently refurbished HMS Caroline the only survivor of the Battle of Jutland 1916 has returned from H&W to her neighbouring berth in the Alexandra dry-dock, Belfast
Historic Boats
#HMScaroline - An historic ship with a wartime past that is a modern day Belfast tourist attraction has had its future secured thanks to a major programme of innovative repairs, safety upgrades and improvements. As the Belfast Telegraph writes, HMS…
Sea Cadets Jack Petchey at Monkstown Marina in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
Hello and you’re welcome to my weekly podcast on Afloat, based on my This Island Nation radio programme. While debate continues – and so do efforts – to get another Tall Ship for Ireland – that would provide sail training…
Martin Byrne's, Jaguar Sailing Team, are the defending Dragon champions and are seeking their fifth national title
Dragon
The Dragon National Championships start today at the Royal St George Yacht Club with teams from Dublin Bay, Glandore, Kinsale, Abersoch & Cowes making up a smaller than usual fleet. Martin Byrne's, Jaguar Sailing Team, are the defending champions and…
Ian Hickey’s veteran Cavatina makes the perfect start, bang on the gun and full speed on the line. However, Stephen Quinn’s little J/92 Lambay Rules (left) had been about to do the same, but a bigger boat (invisible behind Cavatina’s sails) just rolled over her, and then ran across her bow
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
If anyone is thinking of producing the Very Rough Guide to Making a Start in a Yacht Race, this evening’s opening episode in the continuing drama which is the 275-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 produced Rules 1,…
Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night
Drogheda Port
One of the musical highlights of the recent Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda were the two unique sold out concerts held on the deck of the Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke on the historic River Boyne. The idea for the…
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll with European Gold.
Rowing
#Rowing: The 2017 World Cup series heads to Poznan, Poland for the second of three regattas in 2017. Almost 500 athletes will compete from 39 countries with several countries, including Australia, China and New Zealand, arriving on the international scene…
Shannon One Designs at sail on the river from which they took their name
Racing
#SOD - The Shannon One Design Association (SODA) has announced its latest Long Distance Race for the weekend of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June. First raced in 1953, the Shannon One Design (SOD) competition is the longest inland dinghy…
The J Class at sail off Bermuda for the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta
America's Cup
#AmericasCup - Hanuman rebounded from a false start to claim victory in the first round of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda yesterday (Tuesday 13 June). Optimised for expected light conditions, the J Class fleet leader was quick despite…
ISA Board Member Sarah Byrne (left) racing her RS200 dinghy with her daughter off Greystones in County Wicklow
ISA
One of Jack Roy’s priorities for his presidency of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is to get more women involved in sailing. As he wrote for Afloat.ie in April, the ISA wants to encourage greater female participation via a two-pronged…
As ISORA fleet leader after five races, Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox) has to be a favourite in tonight's 2017 D2D race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Even with leading contenders Aurelia (J/122) and Jacana (J/115) scratching (the former with rigging problems, the latter with logistics difficulties), J/Boats still might have it all the way in the remaining fleet of 43 boats in the National YC’s 275-mile…
The custom-built Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service on the route linking Church Bay,Rathlin Island to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim,
Island News
#EntersService – The new custom-built car ferry Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service with a first scheduled sailing today on the Rathlin Island link with Ballycastle on the Antrim mainland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Rathlin built by Arklow…
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Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Track the progress of the 2017 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet here on the live tracker when the race starts at 7pm tonight on Dublin Bay. Forecasts show gusty south and south westerly winds for the start, the…
The D2D fleet assembles at the National Yacht Club this morning. The Arklow J122 Aquelina is pictured foreground with other competitors also arriving for tonight's start
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
A 43–boat fleet are expecting an upwind start and winds gusting to 25–knots for tonight's 7pm Dun Laoghaire–Dingle Race at the National Yacht Club. At start time, winds are expected to shift from a southerly to a south westerly direction…

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