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Paul O’Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (RIYC) has taken the lead on the water and IRC
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Although a fairly consistent southwest breeze gave the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race fleet a useful slant from Arklow southwards through the night, they’re currently rounding the Tuskar with the expectation of a dead beat most of the way to…
Ian Hickey’s veteran Cavatina makes the perfect start, bang on the gun and full speed on the line. However, Stephen Quinn’s little J/92 Lambay Rules (left) had been about to do the same, but a bigger boat (invisible behind Cavatina’s sails) just rolled over her, and then ran across her bow
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
If anyone is thinking of producing the Very Rough Guide to Making a Start in a Yacht Race, this evening’s opening episode in the continuing drama which is the 275-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 produced Rules 1,…
As ISORA fleet leader after five races, Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox) has to be a favourite in tonight's 2017 D2D race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Even with leading contenders Aurelia (J/122) and Jacana (J/115) scratching (the former with rigging problems, the latter with logistics difficulties), J/Boats still might have it all the way in the remaining fleet of 43 boats in the National YC’s 275-mile…
Fogerty Maintains Ostar Transatlantic Progress, Autopilot Malfunction is Main Concern
Solo Sailing
Conor Fogerty is making great westerly progress this morning following a windshift last night in the closing stages of the OSTAR Transtlantic Race. The Howth Yacht Club sailor is vying for overall honours after a storm ravaged crossing. He has…
Destination Dingle. Central to the attraction of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race which starts next Wednesday is the natural differences and contrasts between the two ports, despite which they maintain the most cordial of relations
W M Nixon
It started in 1993 as a gentler (it was hoped) biennial alternative to the Round Ireland Race, with the 275-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race being the brainchild of Martin Crotty and Peter Cullen of the National Yacht Club writes…
 After 5 races “Mojito” is leading the IRC Section of the ISORA Avery Crest Offshore Series
ISORA
On Saturday, 3rd June, due to a clash of events, the Howth YC’s Lambay Races and the Poolbeg Y&BC’s Regatta, both of which ISORA committed to incorporate, a new race format evolved writes Peter Ryan. The way to take part…
The yacht Inis Mor sinking off the Wexford coast
ICRA
The yacht that sank off Wexford yesterday afternoon was the Scottish–owned Ker 39 Inis Mor. The top performer was en route to the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that begin at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour…
Howth's Conor Fogerty prepares to start OSTAR 2017 on Monday from Plymouth. The Royal Naval Supply Vessel, 'Wave Ruler' seen here in the background acted as Race Committee Boat
Solo Sailing
Following the OSTAR skipper's Briefing on Saturday 27th, thoughts turned to weather routing and decisions on which of the main routes to take writes John Forde who is supporting solo Irish entry Conor Fogerty in the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600. It…
Bam 3600 skipper Conor Fogerty is ready for the off in Portsmouth. Scroll down for live feed from 12.50
Solo Sailing
Thanks to modern technology – and more than a bit of assistance from intrepid solo skipper Conor Fogerty himself – Afloat.ie aims to bring you Irish OSTAR entrant Bam! live this morning from the start of the Transatlantic Race off…
Conor Fogerty racing across the Atlantic
Solo Sailing
The OSTAR transatlantic race start in Plymouth Sound today at 12:00 BST with Howth's solo sailor Conor Fogerty in the Sun Fast 3600 the sole Irish representative in the international 15–boat line–up. As Afloat.ie reported at the weekend, Forgety arrived safely in Plymouth…
Lloyd Thornburg set a Transpacific Course World Record in 3 Days 16 Hours 52 Minutes and 03 seconds. See the video below.
Offshore
The past few years we have had a good share of success with at least one wrong turn in our racing programme. When Brian Thompson and I were planning the PHAEDO3 program we had a wish list of races and…
Howth skipper Conor Fogerty off Lands End and on his way to the Plymouth start line of the OSTAR race across the Atlantic that begins on Monday
Howth YC
Solo sailor Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club attended this morning's OSTAR skippers race briefing. John Forde, in Plymouth with Ireland's Team BAM!, updates on preparations for Monday's Transatlantic race start.  Bam arrived safely in Plymouth to take her place…
Rob McConnell’s A35 Fool’s Gold from Dunmore East is a former overall champion of the Scottish Series, and expected to do well in this year’s edition currently under way in Tarbert, Loch Fyne
W M Nixon
Despite some interruptions from either too much or too little wind, the regular club sailing programme for 2017 is now fully under way, and this weekend is additionally so well filled with major regional and national events that you could…
Many whale species can be found in the waters of the mid Atlantic during the summer months - prompting vigilance for offshore yacht crews
Offshore
#Offshore - Offshore yachts beware this summer after three British sailors had a lucky escape when their yacht collided with a whale and sank in the mid Atlantic. According to Independent.ie, the trio from the Destiny of Scarborough were picked…
ISORA Competitor Rockabill VI, a JPK 10.80, skippered by Paul O'Higgins, was the winner of the third race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire
ISORA
Once the ISORA fleet completes its fourth race to Arklow on Saturday, organisers have cooked up a novel and unique race five in the Averycrest sponsored series. Originally, it had been intended that ISORA would join with Howth Yacht Club…
Welsh offshore champion Stephen Tudor in J109 Sgrech is one of a handful of boats still expected to enter the 2017 D2D race to bring a total entry to 45 boats. See comment from Stephen Tudor below.
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
The interest and resulting entry for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle D2D Race has exceeded all our expectations, writes race organiser Adam Winkelmann. We now have 39 confirmed entries and expect to have close to 45 boats on the…

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