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The yacht Inis Mor sinking off the Wexford coast
ICRA
The yacht that sank off Wexford yesterday afternoon was the Scottish–owned Ker 39 Inis Mor. The top performer was en route to the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that begin at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour…
The area where the UK yacht sank this afternoon
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Three UK sailors, two men and a woman, were rescued off the Wexford coast this afternoon after their 39–foot yacht got into difficulty. The yacht sank quickly after a toilet fractured and it started taking on water in ten–foot swells off…
One of Howth YC’s club-owned J/80s coming through the sound inside Ireland’s Eye. The HYC-owned flotilla is well booked for the current season, and five fully-crewed Howth club-owned J/80s will be taking part in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July. Photo: Emmet Dalton
W M Nixon
Sailing is a vehicle sport. No matter how well we may succeed in spreading the cost of buying and running a boat through group ownership and other schemes, inevitably it has an inbuilt level of expenditure which other sports that…
Tim Goodbody's White Mischief is one of four Dublin J109s competing at the ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA
Class bands released for next week's ICRA National Championship (see below) reveal a smaller than usual fleet for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Championships but with three events in three weeks all trying to attract boats out of Dublin where…
Pat Kelly's J109 class RC35 winner, Storm. The Rush Sailing Club yacht from County Dublin was using an innovative symmetric spinnaker as opposed to the standard asymmetric typically used by the J109 class
Racing
North Dublin boats from Rush Sailing Club and Howth Yacht Club have won class titles at Scotland's biggest sailing event that concluded on Loch Fyne this evening. Pat Kelly's J109 Storm from Rush in North Dublin (who also sails at Howth)…
Silvers Marine Scottish Series racing yesterday at Tarbert
Racing
Four Irish boats are in the top six of the RC35 Class as the Scottish Series at Tarbert concludes today. Pat Kelly's J109 Stom from Rush Sailing Club is four points off the lead while Irish sisterships Chimaera (Andrew Craig) of…
Ken Lawless and Sybil McCormacks’ Cartoon from the Royal Irish YC will defend their ICRA Class 3 title next month in Cork Harbour
ICRA
All four major title-holders from last year’s Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) national championships will be in action in a fortnight when a fleet of over 60 boats from around Ireland will gather at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven…
J109 Storm, a former ICRA class one champion
ICRA
As this Friday's entry deadline looms for the ICRA National Championships on June 9, Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers say they will finalise racing divisions closer to the start of the event and will endeavour to make the splits as…
Stephen Tudor’s defending ISORA Champion, the J/109 Sgrech from Pwllheli, in her glorious home waters. Today she’s racing in the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire race, in which Progressive ECHO is being tested against IRC to see if more cruising-oriented boats can be encouraged into ISORA Racing
W M Nixon
After the accelerating build-up to Olympic Medal success throughout the summer of 2016, there was hope in some sections of the Irish sailing community that the mood of 2017 might be different in pace. Tokyo 2020 still seemed very far…
Tim Goodbody's White Mischief, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is one of four J109s entered so far for June's ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA
With a month to go to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Cruiser Racer body has published a 56–boat entry list to date that reveals a large entry from the host Cork Harbour Club. Royal Cork…
Dave Cullen's Checkmate from Howth Yacht Club will defend its Class Two ICRA Crown at Royal Cork next month.
ICRA
The ICRA Cruiser National Championships reduced entry fee registration of €150.00 will end this Friday 12th May, just a month before the event sets sail at Royal Cork Yacht Club from 9th – 11th June. The final closing date for…
Cove SC, MBSC and RCYC Club Officers at the Cove SC launch
Cork Harbour
Cove Sailing Club launched its programme for the season with confirmation of joint cruiser racing to be sailed with neighbouring Monkstown Bay SC in an attempt by both clubs to boost cruiser participation in Cork Harbour writes Tom MacSweeney. Cove…
Dr Jason Smithwick, new Director of Rating for IRC
RORC
The Lymington (UK) based Rating Office, headquarters of the world's most popular rating system IRC, is to be managed by Dr Jason Smithwick. Following on from academia, roles in the research industry and sailing's international federation Smithwick will take up…
The ultra lightweight Olson 30 was designed in 1978 in California
ICRA
A new arrival into Royal Cork Yacht Club this season is an Olson 30, a vintage American design writes Bob Bateman. Afloat.ie understands it's the only one of its type in Europe and will be new competition at the top…
Rockabill (Paul O'Higgins) of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Cruisers Zero winner in last night's first DBSC Thursday race
DBSC
A low tide and north–westerly wind gusting to 15–knots greeted a strong turnout of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 200 boat fleet in 20 classes for last night's first Thursday race of 2017. Provisional results are downloadable below. Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill…
ICRA has launched two initiatives to promote cruiser racing in Ireland
ICRA
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association has launched two new initiatives aimed at getting more people sailing, and promoting and developing handicap racing. CREW POINT: ICRA is offering a new website to promote sailing events and for new and/or experienced sailors to…

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