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A beautiful sight for the sea-battered mariner. Hospitable Kinsale and its marina opens to view as you sail in past the forts
W M Nixon
The people of Ireland – sailors and farmers alike - are gasping for a bit of real summer. But with Met Eireann predicting that next week will be favourable for hay-making, there’s a dilemma for grassland farmers who like a…
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…
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 track of Coastguard Helicopter  R117 to assist a Dublin Bay yachtsman who was washed overboard in 'rough sea conditions'
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An ICRA competitor is in hospital today after being washed overboard on the return voyage from the championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday. The Dublin Bay competitor ran into problems off the Waterford/Wexford coast last night. Yesterday's last day of…
2017 ICRA Prizewinners gathered at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
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ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche presented the national champions with their trophies and prizes at the Cork Harbour Club this afternoon. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the prizegiving atmosphere at Crosshaven.  Read all Afloat's coverage…
Hat Trick –ICRA Class One winner is John Maybury's Joker 2 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
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An early end to a gale-lashed ICRA National Championships series at the Royal Cork Yacht Club didn't stand in the way of John Maybury's Joker 2 from successfully defending his Division 1 title and lifting the trophy for the third…
The third and final day of ICRA racing has been cancelled in Cork Harbour this morning
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2017 ICRA Champions will be crowned shortly at Royal Cork Yacht Club after a decision to cancel today's final races due to strong winds in Cork Harbour. Organisers ran a full schedule of races on Friday (day one report here)…
Class Zero leader Dark Angel from Wales competing in Cork Harbour today. See Bob Bateman's ICRA photo gallery from day two below
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Bob Bateman's photo–gallery from this afternoon's second day of racing at the 2017 ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club is below. WM Nixon's second day race report is here.  [data-ps-embed-type=slideshow] > iframe {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;} _psEmbed("https://afloat.photoshelter.com");
Find our Afloat.ie readers a hint of sun, and we’ll put you top of the page..... Ciaran White’s immaculately-maintained Scandal is one of the J/24s dominating Class 4, and she currently lies second overall
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They’ve had a mighty busy day at Cork for Day 2 of the ICRA Nats 2017, with Race Officers Jack Roy and Peter Crowley putting through a rapid-fire programme of three races to give them an event and a result…
Howth's Equinox (Ross McDonald) at today's first race of the ICRA Nationals. Scroll down for photo gallery.
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A highly anticipated ICRA National Championships got underway at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon with two races successfully completed before the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse tomorrow. WM Nixon has wrapped up the first…
Hung out to dry? On the contrary, this is just expiring with laughter aboard Joker II as John Maybury’s J/109 powers along to a couple of wins on Day One of the ICRA Nats at Crosshaven
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John Maybury’s J/109 Joker II (RIYC) put in a cracker of a start in the opening two races of the ICRA Nats at Royal Cork this afternoon with a couple of straight bullets in IRC 1 writes W M Nixon.…
South Coast cruiser-racer Slack Alice competing in big seas of Kinsale
Sovereign's Cup
The biennial O’Leary Life & Pensions Sovereigns Cup to be sailed at Kinsale on June 21st has extended today’s entry deadline until next week. Regatta organiser Mike Walsh has confirmed a 91–boat entry so far for the popular four–day south coast…
Artful Dodger from Kinsale Yacht Club is a competitor in today's ICRA championships.. Four major national titles will be decided this weekend in Cork Harbour
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Wind – and too much of it – is foremost on the minds of Royal Cork organisers this morning at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) championships in Cork Harbour.  While the 60–boat championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club is likely…
Inis Mor in her glory days in the Gouy family’s ownership, on her way to overall victory in the Round Ireland race
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While everyone is very relieved and grateful that the crew of the Scottish-owned Ker 39 Inis Mor were saved after their boat sank at the Saltees at the weekend while on passage to Cork for the up-coming ICRA Nationals, there…
The Inis Mor crew took to the liferaft when the Ker 39 started sinking off the Saltee Islands. All crew were rescued by Coastguard Helicopter 117
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ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney has expressed relief that everyone is safe after the weekend loss of Scottish competitor Inis Mor on its way to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. As Afloat.ie reported on Saturday, the Cruisers…
The victorious Storm crew from Rush Sailing Club celebrate on the Clyde includes Pat Kelly, David Kelly, Ronan Kelly, Paul Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Mark Ferguson, Sean Murphy, Marty O'Leary Alan Ruigrok and Kevin Sheridan
Sailor of the Month
Anyone who has ever raced against the J/109 Storm, campaigned by Pat Kelly and his close-knit family from Rush Sailing Club, quickly realises that they are up against something special in sailing. This is evident both with the Storm team…

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