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Rambler 88 – after a slow rounding of Land’s End, she has found better speeds close-reaching along the eastern edge of the Traffic Separation Zone off west Cornwall, and is leading the monohulls on the water and resumed climbing the ranks in IRC handicap.
Fastnet
After beating every inch of the way down the English Channel from yesterday’s spectacular start in the Solent, Rolex Fastnet Race mono-hull leader on the water Rambler 88 (George David) has this morning been facing lighter airs and much slowed…
A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race's position as the world's largest offshore yacht race.
Fastnet
Following months of meticulous preparation for crews and organisers alike, a record-breaking edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race is underway and in some style. The largest fleet in the race’s 92-year history, comprising 368 yachts from 29 countries, were treated…
Harry Heijst’s classic S&S 41 Winsome racing in Cowes Week 2017. With Laura Dillon as lead helm, Winsome is among the front runners in the current Rolex Fastnet Race
Fastnet
It’s classic Fastnet Race Day One evening conditions, with the fleet plugging to windward along the coast of Dorset, and the tide about to turn foul at Portland Bill writes W M Nixon. With the relatively rapid progress westward through…
The massive Fastnet fleet is heading for Ireland. See Tracker below
Fastnet
The MOD 70 Trimaran Concise 10, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield and a veteran of last year’s Volvo Round Ireland race, was first of the record Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 fleet to exit the west end of the Solent today as…
Showing ahead – Ireland’s Tom Dolan is narrowly ahead in the 245-mile Mini 650 race from Aviles in Spain back to les Sables d’Olonne, Stage 2 of the Transgascogne 2017
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan has put the disappointment of losing third place by just one second in the outward leg of the Mini 650 Transgascogne Race 2017 from les Sables d’Olonne across the Bay of Bidcay to Aviles in northwest Spain…
(Top) That eternal Fastnet mystique – George David’s Rambler 90 and Mike Slade Leopard 100 leading on the water and closing in the on the rock in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2007……. yet in that race ten years ago, ((above) the overall winner was to emerge from further back in the fleet, in the form of Ger O’Rourke’s Cookson 50 Chieftain from Kilrush – seen here beating down the Solent shortly after the start
W M Nixon
In August 2007, a lone Irish boat swept quickly towards the finish of the Fastnet Race at Plymouth. Groups of larger craft had finished ahead of her, and soon a rush of other boats would follow in her wake. But…
Keeping her wind clear and keeping bigger boat well astern – the JPK 10.80 Yes! skippered by Nin O’Leary shows how it’s done while rounding the Needles in the Round the Island race 2017
Sailor of the Month
When the JPK 10.80 Yes! crossed the finish line at Cowes in the huge-fleet Round the Island Race 2017 on Saturday July 1st, it provided Irish sailing with something very special to savour. Skippered by Crosshaven’s Nicholas ‘Nin’ O’Leary, Yes!…
The new foiling Figaro 3 from Beneteau - up to 15 per cent faster than its predecessor thanks to foiling technology
Solo Sailing
As offshore sailors gather momentum for a new Olympic offshore discipline, the world's largest yacht manufacturer has unveiled the first images of a radical new one-design Figaro 3 with foils. In the new Figaro 3, Groupe Beneteau is producing the first…
Tom Dolan – holding third with less than thirty miles to the finish of Stage 1 of Transgascogne 2017
Solo Sailing
Tom Dolan’s Pogo 3 IRL 910 lies third in class this morning as the leaders go into the final thirty miles of the Les Sables D’Olonne to Aviles first stage of the Transgascogne 2017 writes W M Nixon Front runner Erwin…
With the wind on his starboard quarter, Tom Dolan is storming along for Aviles
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan has had a magic second afternoon in the first stage of the Transgascogne 2017 race from Les Sables d’Olonne to Aviles in northwest Spain. With the wind now round in the northeast, the Meathman has been revelling…
Tom Dolan’s IRL 910 making a good start at Douarnenez in the mini-Fastnet in which he placed third, with his mainsail carrying the Smurfit Kappa logo for the first time
W M Nixon
The great solo sailing challenges of world sailing are acquiring added stature as sailing is enmeshed in ever-more-advanced technologies. With fully-crewed vessels, interest in the people involved as individuals seems to decline in an inverse ratio to the rising graph…
Royal Cork Yachts among the fishing boats at Ballycotton
Royal Cork YC
Rounding Ballycotton Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon was satisfying, after a long beat from Crosshaven in the restored Royal Cork Ballycotton Race. Over the 15-mile course which took about three hours a Northerly breeze veered through to an Easterly whisper and then -…
Rambler 88 continued its dominating form at the Isle of Wight this past weekend
RORC
#Rambler88 - Last weekend’s RORC Channel Race has clearly demonstrated two things writes W M Nixon. Firstly, the way that George David’s hugely impressive Rambler 88 won the Volvo Round Ireland race 2016 every which way was no flash in the…
Stephen Tudor's Sgrech from Pwllheli was a winner in the Lyver Race
ISORA
The Lyver Race, after the postponement from the 30th June, took place on Friday 21st July writes Peter Ryan, Chairman of ISORA. The race is also an ISORA, RORC and a qualifier for the Fastnet Race. While 32 boats had entered…
Ballycotton RNLI tows a stricken yacht back to Cork in one of the lifeboat station’s longest ever callouts
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday morning (Saturday 22 July) following a request from Falmouth coastguard, who reported the activation of an emergency beacon some 60 miles off the Cork coast. The three-person crew of a 40ft…
First to round Fastnet Rock is the goal for the world’s biggest offshore fleet
Fastnet
#FastnetRace - What does it take to win the Rolex Fastnet Race? That’s the question Yachting World posed to four former podium finishers in what’s arguably the world’s greatest offshore challenge. For 2015 winner Gery Trentesaux, the key is keeping the…

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