Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Latest Stories
Galway will show the way
Editors Blog
Regardless of what place Ian Walker's team finishes the Boston-Galway transat on May 23, Green Dragon and the other Irish owned entry, Ger O'Rourke's Delta Lloyd, will be welcomed home with open arms. When the VOR comes to Galway, a…
News From the Archive
Green Dragon had a remarkable finish, arriving into a tremendous welcome of thousands of people even at 3.45 this morning. In a reversal of fortunes for the boat that finished last in the last leg, the downwind conditions gave her…
News From the Archive
A family motor boat stranded in the mud on a falling tide presented an unusual challenge for the rescue services. The mudbanks were surrounded by water making rescue from land impossible, whilst rescue from the sea was also restricted.
News From the Archive
After a relatively benign opening to the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series regatta on Friday, competitors today enjoyed the full brunt of challenging blustery southerly winds which produced tough competition at times and some high speed racing. Scottish pictures by Marc…
News From the Archive
HOWTH YACHT CLUB.  TUE + SAT  SERIES 1 (RACE) 23/05/2009   17 Footer SATURDAY SERIES 1 (RACE) 23/05/2009   Puppeteer  SCRATCH:  1, Enigma D Butler;  2, Eclipse A & R Hegarty;  3, Pinocchio N Davidson;  Squib  HCAP:  1, Puffin E Harte;  2, Pot…
News From the Archive
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the UK Met Office have announced a change to the Inshore Waters Forecasts that are broadcast on VHF radio by Stornoway and Clyde Coastguard during their Maritime Safety Information (MSI) broadcasts, the changes…
News From the Archive
Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club entry Asterix (John Counihan and Frazer Meredith) made the most of gusty north-westerly winds when they won class 3 IRC in today's Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Saturday race. Second was Royal Irish yacht Super nova…
News From the Archive


23rd May 2009
30 years ago this August, the Fastnet Race was hit by a storm that led to the loss of 15 lives among racing sailors, the sinking of five boats and the rescue of 135 yachtsmen. 
News From the Archive
Ireland's new heavyweight combination in the Star class has won the Star Eastern European Championship at Hyeres, France beating multiple Olympic medallist Robert Sheidt in the process. In today's final day of racing O’Leary and Goodbody took second and third…
News From the Archive
The fleet are approaching Galway at record speed after a night of stealth play and some reshuffling in the fleet and are vexpected to finish at 5am tomorrow morning. Ericsson 4 have maintained their lead and as predicted have extended…
News From the Archive
The RNLI have unveiled two new Rescue Water Craft (RWC) to help save lives on Lough Erne. The RWCs will be the first of their kind in the Irish division and have already proved their worth after being involved in…
News From the Archive
The RNLI is placing two additional lifeboats on temporary operational duty to enhance search and rescue cover during the Galway stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race. Galway RNLI’s Atlantic 75 rigid hull inflatable inshore lifeboat Dochas currently operates from the…
News From the Archive

New Musto jacket

22nd May 2009
Musto’s Evolution Lite Jacket adds a new direction to the concept of sailing wear says the manufacturer. Delivering a great look for both men and women, the Paclite® Shell is the lightest and most packable in the GORE-TEX® range –…
News From the Archive
Next Monday (25 May 2009) Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD, will officially open the new €1m refurbished West Pier, at Baltimore (pictured below the fold) and Skibbereen Harbour, Cork. The Minister will also use the opportunity to announce funding…
News From the Archive
It looks like moderate winds will prevail across the country for a host of sailing events this weekend. Met Eireann are forecasting South to southwest or southerly force 4 to 5 but south to southeast force 3 to 4 this…
News From the Archive
Ireland’s largest lifeguard facility was officially opened in the popular County Clare seaside resort of Lahinch today (Friday, 22 May 2009). Clare County Council has constructed Lahinch Lifeguard Centre on the beach promenade.  The EUR340,000 facility was constructed by Ballinasloe-based…
News From the Archive
The elegant schooner Kathleen & May, laden with another consignment of Fair Wind Wine from France, is arriving to Dublin from Brittany next week. This sailing tall-ship will be here to participate in the Docklands Maritime Festival (May 29th-June 1st)…
News From the Archive
Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to go the assistance of  four persons on board a 44ft cruiser that had suffered engine failure. The RNLI lifeboat with helm, Eleanor Hooker, Peter Clarke and Ciaran…
News From the Archive
It looked for a while like DBSC's 125th season was officially off to a dodgy start. After a month of racing, only half of the 12 scheduled races had been sailed. Thankfully though last night normal service resumed and there…
Hamble Yacht Services (HYS) is to this year sponsor the J/80 and 1720 Class UK National Championship. The HYS UK National Championship 2009 for both of these exciting sportsboat classes will take place from the 10th to 13th of June…

Featured Clubs

nyc sidebutton flag

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Chandlery

chmarine sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
BSB sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating