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Newry's Claire McCluskey and Nick Russell are on their way across the Atlantic in the ARC Rally
Cruising
Following years and months of planning, two weeks of preparations and provisioning and final hours of farewells, the cruising yachts taking part in ARC 2016 made their way out of Muelle Deportivo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday morning…
The moment when a nation held its breath. Annalise Murphy in her Laser Radial approaches the finish line to clinch the Silver Medal in the Olympic Games at Rio, Tuesday August 16th 2016
W M Nixon
It’s indicative of the pace of Irish sailing in 2016 that for anyone taking an overview, it takes a bit of an effort to remember what the weather was like for much of our spring, summer and autumn. Admittedly, here…
Cruising in Cork Harbour. A view of Drake's Pool near Crosshaven
Cruising
After the inaugural success of the Howth Yacht Club 2016 Cruising Conference, the Irish Sailing Association is bringing the one day event to Cork Harbour at the Port of Cork Offices on Saturday, 18th February 2017. Last year's conference featured a…
The ARC route across the Atlantic
Cruising
Ireland is well represented by an ambitious young cruising couple in a full house for this year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Both route options are at capacity with waiting lists in place for the first time since the creation…
An aerial view of Carrickfergus marina (left) the sailing club (centre) and the town Harbour on the right in County Antrim
Irish Marinas
Sponsored content: Carrickfergus Marina situated on the northern shore of Belfast Lough is making the most of the current Euro-Sterling exchange rates to highlight its Five Gold Anchor facility, with 300 fully serviced berths, to sailors and boat owners considering…
The late Joe Fitzgerald in party mode in Youghal while Commodore of the Irish Cruising Club in 1986
Cruising
Joe Fitzgerald of Cork went from among us a month and more ago at the age of 94. That month provides us with an added perspective for a full appreciation of his well-lived life afloat and ashore. It enhances our…
Milford Marina, south Wales voted among top five marina's in the UK
Cruising
#Top5UK - Milford Marina, south Wales was among the top five marinas in the UK announced at the Southampton Boat Show having been voted by magazine readers of the 'Sailing Today' Awards.  The 328 berth marina at Milford, Pembrokeshire, was…
The upgraded 1985 Westerly Merlin
Boat Sales
In these hectic times, with volatility a fact of life, the new buzzword is “manageability” writes W M Nixon. It may not provide slogans which set the world on fire. You won’t see people marching in their droves along O’Connell…
“Whither O splendid ship….?” The tall ship Jeanie Johnston in Dublin may be going nowhere for a while as repairs are being completed, but the fleet of the Cruising Association of Ireland coming up-river past her in Saturday’s sunshine included several boats which have completed long voyages.
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland’s annual rally in Dublin’s River Liffey over the weekend brought a whiff of the open sea and a fleet of 32 boats into the heart of the busy city past the visiting “ten storey” cruise…
Newcastle Lifeboat Launches To Drifting Cruiser
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI's inshore lifeboat Eliza was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard just before 2pm on Saturday afternoon (17 September) to investigate a vessel adrift four miles east of Newcastle in Co Down, near the mouth of Dundrum…
One of cruising’s many pleasures is the unrivalled opportunity it provides to enjoy island and coastal wildlife without fuss. These puffins were seen on the Treshnish Islands west of Mull during the cruise by the Sun Fizz 40 Mystique of Malahide (Robert & Rose Michael) to the west coast of Scotland in July 2016
W M Nixon
While today’s galaxy of our top international sailing talent draws in its stars from many parts of Ireland to focus their energies and campaigns through a relatively few major centres, there was a time when one charming little estuary village…
Not quite Venice perhaps, but quite something for Dublin – the CAI fleet at the Customs House, September 2015
Cruising
One of last year’s most successful events was September’s Cruising Association of Ireland Rally in Dublin’s River Liffey writes W M Nixon. This involved the varied fleet – many of them much-travelled cruising boats – going in convoy through all…
Neil Hegarty’s Dufour 34 Shelduck arriving in St Lucia in December 2013 at the end of the outward Transatlantic crossing in her three year Atlantic circuit cruise, which was completed back at Baltimore in West Cork this weekend when Shelduck arrived in from Newfoundland.
Cruising
An exemplary three year Atlantic circuit sailing cruise was completed this weekend with the return to Ireland of Neil Hegarty’s Dufour 34 Shelduck from Cork. Shelduck has reached Baltimore in the last of the summer after a rugged 16–day west-east…
Far from the madding crowd. In the unsettled weather of ten days ago, this twin keeler found peace and quiet at the head of Crookhaven in West Cork.
Cruising
While the current spell of balmy weather may make the cruising life seem like the ultimate dream, it doesn’t take too much effort to remember that ten days or so ago, it was blowing old boots with rain to match…
Round the World Irish sailing couple Myra Reid and Paraic O'Maolriada
Cruising
Round the World Irish sailing couple Paraic O'Maolriada and Myra Reid returned to their home port of Kinsale in County Cork at the weekend having completed a six–year circumnavigation writes Bob Bateman. The fluent Irish speakers returned to the West Cork…
Round Ireland Sailing But at a Leisurely Pace!
Cruising
As Afloat.ie reported in April, Sailing In Dublin Club yacht Silverwind set out on the first of its fourteen week long cruises around Ireland this summer. Club member Damien Byrne describes his week long cruise with stunning views of West Cork.…

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