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The island of Sulu in the southern Philippines is the stronghold of kidnap-for-ransom terror group Abu Sayyaf
Offshore
#Piracy - The body of a German sailor held hostage by militants in the Philippines late last year has been found, as RTÉ News reports. Seventy-year-old Jurgen Kantner was murdered last week by terror group Abu Sayyaf after their ransom…
The superyacht Danneskjold is so large nobody is too sure of her absolute overall length, but with three Irish in her crew she was overall leader in the Caribbean 600 for some hours this morning
RORC
Maybe it’s because the weather has been unseasonably like home at times out in the Caribbean, but the Irish sailors spread through the RORC fleet have been in the racing frame through a wet cold front from the nor’west. For…
Phaedo^3 with County Kerry's Damian Foxall (second from right) onboard took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean C600.
RORC
After an epic battle with their MOD70 sister ship Maserati, Phaedo^3 with County Kerry's Damian Foxall onboard took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600. The Round Ireland speed record holder Lloyd Thornburg and his crew of Brian Thompson,…
RORC Caribbean 600, and it’s Wonderstart!!!! Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente on port tack putting it over on Proteus, winner of the 2016 race, as the Ian Moore-navigated USA 45 calculates calling the cliffs to perfection as the gun goes
RORC
Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for October 2016, ace navigator Ian Moore originally from Carrickfergus, is once again calling the shots aboard Hap Fauth’s Maxi 72 Bella Mente. And they’re leading the fleet in the RORC Caribbean 600 by nearly…
Derry sailor Sean McCarter competing onboard Maverick yesterday
RORC
Sean McCarter, the Derry Clipper World race sailor who is part of the Infniti 46 Maverick crew has retired from the RORC Caribbean 600 following an injury to a crewman this morning.  A statement from the boat an hour ago said: "Maverick diverted to Nevis…
Record RORC Caribbean 600 Fleet Ready for Action (Video)
RORC
A record fleet of 80 yachts will be competing in the 9th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starting from Antigua this morning. This year's race will see the most spectacular line-up of high performance boats and crews racing from…
How about this for the Editorial Office? The 55ft steel cutter Annabelle J is cruised extensively by incoming Irish Cruising Club Annual Honorary Editor Maire Breathnach of Dungarvan and her husband Andrew Wilkes
W M Nixon
Cruising is the side of sailing which sometimes finds it difficult to make its voice heard. Its essence is in the quiet enjoyment of seafaring and the peace of secluded anchorages. Unlike the absolute clarity of racing results, which create…
Solo Sailor Tom Dolan from County Meath is in the 84–boat fleet
Offshore
Solo Sailor Tom Dolan from County Meath has booked his place in October's Mini–Transat Race from La Rochelle to Martinique. The sole Irish entry was in Dublin last night to talk about his exploits at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.…
Andrew Baker & James Espey Race In Sailing Arabia – The Tour
Offshore
#SailingArabia - Strangford Lough solo sailor Andrew Baker is following his role in Enda O’Coineen’s Vendée Globe campaign with a new job as skipper of the Averda Sailing Team in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour 2017. ‘Hammy’ replaces…
The start of the Transat Jacques Vabre will be November 5th
Offshore
The 13th edition of the offshore Transat Jacques Vabre will kick off on Saturday, October 28, 2017, around the Bassin Paul Vatine (marina) in Le Havre, for a week of festivities that will mark the 500th anniversary of this maritime…
Handicap cruiser-racing on Dublin Bay. The IRC rating for cruiser racers will get its first world championships in 2018 it has been announced
Offshore
The Offshore World Championship 2018, a World Sailing sanctioned event, will take place in the Hague, specifically from the port of Scheveningen, in July 2018. An innovative solution will be used for the first time to unite the two largest…
Conor Fogerty's Sunfast 3200 'Bam' crossing the line of the OSTAR qualifying race, the Solo Fastnet in 2016
Offshore
This month sees Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club, preparing for one of the most prestigious and demanding solo ocean races in the international yachting calendar.  The latest instalment of the OSTAR (Original Solo Transatlantic Race), commences on 29th May…
Mr Cool. When Stewart Hosford in Cork got the shock news that the very new Hugo Boss had been seriously damaged in a test sail off the coast of northwest Spain in the Autumn of 2015, he calmly set in train a rapid retrieval programme, and continued with his planned speaking engagement that evening with the Irish Atlantic Youth Trust.
Sailor of the Month
Back in the Autumn of 2015, the CEO of Alex Thomson Racing, Stewart Hosford of Cork Harbour, had just received news that the very new IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, with Thomson on board testing his latest craft to the limit,…
The World cruising through Antarctic ice this past week
Offshore
#Offshore - A giant private yacht has broken the record for the most southerly navigation, reaching 78°43.997’ S and 163°41.421’ W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The World, a 43,188-ton yacht with 272 crew and carrying…
The International Maritime Bureau maintains a live map of maritime piracy and armed robbery incidents (as seen Tuesday 31 January 2017)
Offshore
#Piracy - Offshore cruisers are urged to be vigilant as the latest figures show a rise in sea kidnappings despite a global decrease in piracy. Practical Boat Owner has more on a recent report from the ICC’s International Maritime Bureau…
Andrew Baker will skipper Team Averda in the Sailing Arabia Tour next month
Offshore
Strangford Lough's Andrew 'Hammy' Baker will skipper Team Averda in February's offshore fixture Sailing Arabia, Here he describes the fortchoming adventure that includes a new crewman, Olympic sailor James Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club Coming into the new year and…

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