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Battered but unbowed. Enda O Coineen has a rough and ready dry-off in the cramped cabin of Kilcullen Voyager.
W M Nixon
The 72nd Rolex-Sydney-Hobart gets under way on Monday. The Australian ocean classic is rightly regarded as a tough event. Yet in terms of the sailing challenges its poses, it seems to pale into insignificance when set against the Everest of…
IDEC SPORT is about to tackle all the uncertainties of the Doldrums
Offshore
Frech offshore racers who are on their Round the world record bid for the Jules Verne Trophy have made great progress in the first few days of their record attempt. Francis Joyon and his crew of five aboard the IDEC…
The crew are currently off the coast of Africa
Offshore
At 08:19:00 UTC* in the first glimmer of light last Friday, IDEC SPORT crossed the start line off Ushant at more than twenty knots in her dash to grab the outright round the world record. The six men on board…
The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran aims to complete its round the world record breaking bid in a time of less than 45 days
Offshore
The IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran has just gone to code green, meaning that their departure is imminent. They are about to make another attempt at the outright crewed round the world record, the Jules Verne Trophy. Francis Joyon and his crew…
At the Golden Globe Race Press conference at the Paris Nautique Exhibition. Golden Globe Race skippers attending the Presentation on stage: Left to right: Loïc Lepage (60) France, Gregor McGuckin (30) Ireland, Jean-Luc van den Heede (71) France, Carl Huber (56) USA, Mark Sinclair (58) Australia, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (UK) winner of the first Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968/9, Susie Goodall (27) UK, Nérée Cornuz (27 Switzerland, Lionel Regnier (57) France, Antoine Cousot (45) France, Patrick Phelipon (63) France, Nabil Amra (41) Palestine, Istvan Kopar (63) USA, Are Wiig (57) Norway.
Offshore
No sooner than Enda O'Coineen makes an Irish debut in the Vendee Globe race than another Irish short–handed sailor Gregor McGuckin (30) declares for 2018's Golden Globe Race. As previously reported by Afloat.ie, McGuckin declared his interest in the non-stop round the…
Monday 10th August 1987, and the Dubois 40 Irish Independent arrives at the Fastnet Rock, on her way to winning the Fastnet Race overall, and becoming top scorer for Ireland in the Admiral’s Cup.
RORC
Nearly thirty years ago, the growth of sponsorship in sailing could result in a confusion of results if rules from the era of total Cornithian participation were applied with precise regard for the last letter of the law writes W…
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 —…
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