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The JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of 36 entries for next week's ISORA race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire
ISORA
36 boats have entered the first ISORA offshore race to take place next Saturday. The offshore race will be approximately 60–miles, depending on the weather, starting in Holyhead and finishing in Dun Laoghaire. See attached ISORA entry list list below.…
The stressed face of the lone skipper. This is Tom Dolan at the briefing in Pornichet before his first major single-handed race in 2015, in which he would sail a borrowed and far-from-new Pogo 650 Mark 2. Two days before the start, he had discovered a fractured spreader bracket on the mast. To fix it, he had to take down the mast, drive to La Rochelle for a replacement bracket, fit it, and then re-step the mast on the night before the race. That final stage was completed with the help of ten fellow-skippers, typical of the camaraderie of the Mini 650 class
W M Nixon
The world of sailing has so many sectors of interest that it’s challenging keeping track of the general picture. But even when you’ve achieved that basic level of comprehension, you then discover that each sector has so many sub-sectors that…
J109 Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club) port tacks a 23–boat line shy fleet in the first ISORA race of the season off Dun Laoghaire
ISORA
Royal Irish's Andrew Alego made an impressive ISORA debut yesterday in a tricky light wind race from Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow. The new–to–the Bay, J109 Juggerknot port–tacked a 24–boat fleet in very light airs off the Dun Laoghaire startline. In yet…
An offshore race starts on Dublin Bay. Offshore body ISORA has changed its 'No Pro' rule for the 2017 season
ISORA
An ISORA move to deal with professional sailors racing in its expanding 2017 fleet has been amended just in time for the first race of the season tomorrow.   Following instructions received at the AGM in December and in keeping…
ISORA will race to Wicklow Sailing Club this Saturday
ISORA
2017 ISORA offshore racing on the Irish Sea starts this weekend with two coastal races - one in Ireland and one in Wales and with a bumper fleet of 35+ boats expected on the two start lines. The Dun Laoghaire…
Peter Hall's Adelie crew celebrate Salt Race success in Spain
ISORA
After a very successful tenth ISORA season last year, offshore campaigner Peter Hall from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire decided to relocate his Beneteau First 34.7 and try his hand in warmer climes! Adélie went south last autumn and…
Beneteau 31.7s on the line for a DBSC race start
DBSC
Class captains from twenty Dublin Bay Sailing classes were briefed on the new Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season this week. DBSC Commodore Chris Moore's briefing notes are below. The first DBSC race will be on Tuesday 25th April, then the first Thursday race…
The Ruffian 23 class is one of 20 classes racing from Dun Laoghaire this Summer
ISORA
The annual 'lift–in' of yachts at the four waterfront yacht clubs at Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend means one thing: there is just two weeks until the first races of the summer sailing season on Dublin Bay.  Up to 300…
Michael Cotter’s handsome 78ft Reichel-Pugh designed Whisper comes roaring out of Dublin Bay, on her way to establishing the course record for the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race in 2009
W M Nixon
Time was when the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race was promoted as a handy way to position your little old cruiser in West Kerry to be nicely placed to make her way in gentle hops back to her home port…
The crew of Southbound take on the challenging conditions of the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The 2017 race begins on June 14
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
The National Yacht Club looks set to gain Royal Ocean Racing Club recognition for its mini–offshore Dun Laoghaire Dingle race as David O'Brien reports in the Irish Times Sailing Column this morning.  The Dun Laoghaire Dingle application is well timed…
The Shanahan family boat 'Ruth' from the National Yacht Club will defend their 2015 title in June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race (D2D) race organisers at the National Yacht Club have published five compelling reasons why June's race measures up to be the 'perfect family friendly offshore race'. The club is keen to build on the ethos…
J109 Jedi competing in an ISORA offshore race. The boat is available to charter this season from the INSS
INSS
The Irish National Sailing School J109 yacht is available to charter for Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta and other Irish sailing events this season.  Jedi is a highly competitive J109 yacht and part of DBSC's ultra–competitive Class One fleet of 20…
Cruiser racing from the 2015 VDLR on Dublin Bay. The 2017 event begins on July 6 and expects to attract over 400 boats
Volvo Regatta
Ongoing technical issues with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website this week is giving sailors an extra opportunity to avail of a discounted early bird entry fee that was due to close today. Organisers issued an apology via social media this morning…
ISORA offshore racers will also compete under ECHO handicap this season. It is hoped the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes'
ISORA
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) will trial the Irish based “Progressive ECHO” rating in all its races this season. ISORA Chief Peter Ryan says the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes. Most…
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ICRA
The Annual Conference of the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), an absorbing all-day affair in Limerick this Saturday (March 4th), has an intriguing agenda writes W M Nixon. But for many sailors from all over Ireland and the other side of…
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…

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