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Andrew Baker is an experienced offshore sailor and part of the Vendée 2020 Vision solo programme
Sailing Fitness
In the first instalment of a three-part series, Vendée 2020 Vision solo sailor Andrew Baker explains the importance of sailing fitness - and lays out his own routine for attaining and maintaining optimum performance on deck Fitness is not always…
Crowded finish – IRL 910 (Tom Dolan & Francois Jambou) coming in to Douarnenez ahead of the crowd for the 600-mile Mini-Fastnet finish, taking third just five minutes and twelve seconds behind the winner
Solo Sailing
Tom Dolan and his co-skipper Francois Jambou are back up to speed in Brittany and well rested after a mixture of experiences in the Douarnenez Mini-Fastnet two-hander writes W M Nixon. The race to the Fastnet and back is part…
A Cruisers One start during the 2015 Regatta. 290 races will be held in VDLR 2017 starting on July 6
Volvo Regatta
With its focus on quality over quantity, next week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has grown over 12 years into one of Ireland’s premiere sporting events, let alone sailing – and is now competing with the best in Europe. If you…
Welsh Yacht Mojito leads the ISORA series but this Friday's Lyver race from Liverpool carries extra points
ISORA
The Commodore of the Royal Dee Yacht Club, Alastair Soane, has announced that “Jack Ryan Whiskey” is to sponsor the Royal Dee Yacht Club Irish Sea Offshore Championship that starts with the “Lyver Race” from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire this…
Tectonic shift? Fingal islet of Rockabill nears the Fastnet Rock?? Leading the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race approaching the Fastnet Rock, the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI’s crew are ahead on the water and on handicap, but ace helm Mark Pettit (left) doesn’t at all approve of frivolity. However, photographer Will Byrne managed to get a smile out of (left to right) Ian O’Meara, Rees Kavanagh, Conor O’Higgins, Peter Wilson, Ian Heffernan and heavily disguised owner-skipper Paul O’Higgins
W M Nixon
The 275-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race overall win was still open to challenge until the leader on the water, Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, had cleared the Fastnet Rock. However, with every mile sailed thereafter, it looked…
The HYC team swapped their usual Corby 27 for the Mark Mills design DK46 Maserati Hydra in the Mediterranean's oldest offshore race
Howth YC
#HYC - With all the recent offshore success for Howth Yacht Club sailors — not least Conor Fogerty in the OSTAR — you’d be forgiven for missing out on the impressive performance by Darren Wright, Kieran Jameson and company at…
BAM! placed second overall in OSTSAR 2017 and first in the Gispy Moth class
Solo Sailing
#OSTAR - Ireland’s Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has burned off the last 40 miles of the OSTAR in blazing style, zooming in to Newport, Rhode Island to cross the finish line at 1545 hrs Irish time this afternoon…
Rockabill VI’s crew celebrate their D2D line honours in Dingle this evening. The winning Royal Irish YC crew were (back row) Peter Wilson, Paul O'Higgins, Conor O'Higgins, Rees Kavanagh, Ian O'Meara, Mark Pettit (front row) William Byrne and Ian Heffernan
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
#D2D - In Dingle of a warm summer Friday’s evening, the night has barely started at 9pm, writes W M Nixon. So the multi-talented crew of Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI were in plenty of time for a leisurely winner…
D2D Race organiser Adam Winkelmann of the National Yacht Club is ready and waiting for tonight's finishers
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
It's been a helluva race with a record turnout – and a record dropout – since Wednesday evening's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle start. Now, after an epic 48 hours ago, the National Yacht Club organisers have relocated to the County…
Rockabill VI makes her approach to the Dingle Finish. Scroll down for Tracker link
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has been piling up the pressure from the front on the chasing opposition in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 writes W M Nixon. She swept up to Skellig Michael at 8.8…
Rockabill VI (top) should round the Fastnet Rock by 11 am and Mojito (above) around 12.30 pm
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
As the 2017 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race enters its closing stages, Afloat.ie sticks its neck out and predicts how the race will pan out later today. Tide may yet play a big part in this race that looks set…
Rockabill VI is leader on the water, in IRC overall, and in Racing 1
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
This morning Paul O’Higgin’s JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has finally begun to see a more confortable gap between her overall lead position in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 and the chasing trio of J/109s Mojito (Peter Dunlop…
The J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) had been comfortably leading the 2 handed division but retired to Dunmore East.  According to the race office, the pair reported no issues other than fatigue and the prospect of a continued poor forecast for the remainder of the south coast race to Dingle
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
“Anybody who finishes this race deserves a prize......” So said one battered yet usually successful old salt after retreating into Dunmore East writes W M Nixon. And for a while early this afternoon, retirals were coming so thick and fast…
The new pontoon at Dunmore East as it was recently with visitors in from Cork. Tonight, it will be hosting some visitors from Dun Laoghaire, casualties of the rough race towards Dingle
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
If you want to choose an especially rugged piece of water in which to make to windward into a southwesterly which is a solid Force 6-7 plus, then the southeast corner of Ireland would come up tops on all search…
On corrected time, Rockabill is ahead overall and second to George Sisk’s Farr 42 WOW (pictured above) for line honours
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
A Force 5 to 6 breeze from west’sou’west, blowing straight out of a rain-free sky along Ireland’s south coast, can make the Fastnet Rock, not to mention Dingle, seem a very long way away when you’re somewhere out at sea…
Retired – Sgrech is in Rosslare after a hull fitting delaminated
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Welsh offshore champion yacht Sgrech skippered by Stephen Tudor is the lastest retiral from the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race.  The former ISORA champion retired last night just hours in to the race as a precautionary measure after discovering a 'hull…

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