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Phaedo3's Brian Thompson's showing his game face earlier this week
RORC
Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 is flying towards Grenada's Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and expected to touch down in about 24 hours. Mike Slade's Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the…
Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3 at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell
RORC
As dawn broke on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the majority of the fleet were still to round Tenerife, the last mark of the course before the international racing fleet head out into the open waters of…
The INSS has recently acquired the J109 race boat Jedi
Offshore
Building on the growing numbers in the ISORA racing throughout the last season and in response from boat owners and crews alike, the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School has announced an all new programme for ISORA and sailors all…
The Academy supports talented sailors and trains them in the skills of short-handed offshore racing such as Strangford Lough's Hammy Baker (above)
Offshore
Britain's only shorthanded offshore & ocean racing 'school' - The Offshore Academy - starts a new chapter today under the ownership of the Cowes-based company, Fourth Cape Ltd. Led by Charles Darbyshire, Fourth Cape has taken over the Academy from…
A total distance of 140 miles, Phil will be attempting to break the outright monohull record of 12 hours 1 minute and 31 seconds
Offshore
British offshore sailor Phil Sharp is on standby to attempt the outright monohull Sailing Speed Record for the English Channel. At a time where the winter gales start to relentlessly beat up the shores of the British Isles, and boat-owners…
The Hōkūle‘a sailing in Hawaii in 2009
Offshore
#Offshore - Just in time for the release of Disney’s new seafaring adventure Moana comes this National Geographic profile of a team of sailors recreating the incredible navigations of Polynesian boats that inspired the animated film. The crew of the…
Enda O'Coineen – detour around the Canaries did not help his overall position
Vendee Globe
Britain's Alex Thomson lead the eighth edition of the Vendee Globe solo non stop around the world race into the Southern Hemisphere when he crossed the Equator at 1905hrs UTC this Tuesday evening. The solo skipper of Hugo Boss sets…
Alex Thomson Extends Lead in Vendée Globe
Vendee Globe
British sailor Alex Thomson this morning has strengthened his first position as he continues to lead in the Vendée Globe 2016. As Ireland woke up this morning, Alex found himself 65 Nautical Miles ahead of the next competitor Armel l’Cleac’h,…
Dubliners Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive on First 36.7 Lula Belle celebrate their victory in Cowes after the 2014 RB&I
Offshore
#RB&I - The Royal Western Yacht Club of England has announced that the next edition of the Round Britain and Ireland two-handed race will start from Plymouth on Sunday 3 June 2018. It marks the 14th running of the quadrennial…
The southern islands of the Philippines are a hotbed of militant activity
Offshore
#Piracy - A German sailor has been abducted and his companion killed by militants off the southern Philippines — eight years after the couple were held hostage by Somali pirates. According to Mail Online, the terror group Abu Sayyaf —…
RORC Commodore Michael Boyd (right) with Wicklow Sailing Club’s Race Organiser Theo Phelan immediately after the Boyd-skippered First 44.7 Lisa had finished the Volvo Round Ireland Race to become the best-placed Irish boat at third overall in IRC. Photo courtesy Volvo Round Ireland Race
RORC
Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club is in the midst of a long, interesting and successful sailing career in which he first came to international prominence with the overall win in the 1996 Round Ireland Race on the…
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…
Enda O'Coineen, Ireland's first Vendee Globe skipper
Vendee Globe
This Sunday, Irish sailor Enda O'Coineen, will begin his bid to become the first Irish sailor ever to enter and complete one of the toughest sporting challenges on the planet, The Vendée Globe. A gruelling single-handed, non-stop, unassisted race around…
The Archambault 35 Another Adventure (Darragh Cafferky) from Wicklow is one of 54 boats competing in the ISORA series
ISORA
#ISORA - More than half of respondents to the recent Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) fleet survey consider themselves regular offshore racers. The online questionnaire, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, aimed to determine whether ISORA is 'providing the racing…
Guo Chuan sailing in the Bering Sea on 16 September 2015 after he and his team set the record for crossing the North East Passage
Offshore
#GuoChuan - Record-setting Chinese offshore skipper Guo Chuan has gone missing on a solo crossing of the Pacific, according to BBC News. Guo Chuan had connections with Ireland as a crew-member on Irish-Chinese backed Green Dragon and became the first-ever…
BAM! in light airs - the last 48 hours have been frustrating in the Middle Sea Race for the sole Irish entry
Offshore
Howth Yacht Club Middle Sea Race entry BAM has been drifting/running past Lampedusa towards the general direction of Malta/Turkey hoping for a forecasted swing and an increase in the breeze reports Anthony Doyle onboard the Dublin-based Jeanneau 3600. The last…

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