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80–year–old Louis Smyth (right) sailing his Fireball with crew Glen Fischer
Fireball
On Sunday a Fireball launched quietly in the Coal Harbour Dun Laoghaire for the last DMYC race in a very successful series writes Frank Miller. "Nothing to see here" probably thought the majority of those walking the pier as they…
RS Fevas in Greystones for the coaching session
RS Sailing
17 RS Feva dinghies participated in the latest round of coaching for the class at Greystones Sailing Club at the weekend writes Garett Donnelly. Conditions were perfect with coaching provided for all the sailors ranging in age from 11 to 17…
1720 Optique is the DBSC Spring Chicken Series winner
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1720 Sportsboat Optique was the overall winner of this year's DBSC Spring Chicken Series that concluded today in light winds at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Second was another 1720, Merlin with one time series leader Black Velvet,…
The O'Donovan family entry in the Omega dinghy at RCYC's  PY1000 event. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club got an idyllic day for its fourth Horizon Energy PY 1000 event with sun and eight knots of breeze with spells of about 10 writes Bob Bateman. 42 boats entered but 50 were counted on the…
The spirit of Dun Laoghaire. J/109s giving it all they’ve got on Dublin Bay. For 2017’s festive Dun Laoghaire Regatta event from July 6th to 9th, the J/109s have very sensibly decided to opt for participation in the open division, adding the interest of racing against boats of other types while being secure in the knowledge that their own stand-alone National One Design Championship (2016 edition pictured above) will be held later in the year. If their “most serious series” is thus planned to be at another place and another time, why not allow them to finish at least one VDLR race within Dun Laoghaire Harbour?
W M Nixon
For the summer of 2017 at least, it looks as though Dun Laoghaire Harbour is going to remain free of the threat of the installation of a new liner berth. W M Nixon reckons this provides a unique opportunity for…
Up to five sailors will be chosen at the ISA Youth Pathway Nationals to join the ISA 4.7 Squad at Ballyholme Yacht Club
ISA
Annalise Murphy is just one of four evening talks taking place at the ISA Youth Sailing National Championships, being held at Ballyholme Yacht Club, 19-23 April. As Afloat.ie reported previouslty, it is the first time the event has been sailed…
Mike Evans's  Half–Tonner The Big Picture will be in action on home waters in Howth Yacht Clubs' Spring Warmer Series on Saturday, April 1
Howth YC
Howth Yacht Club's traditional Key Capital Private Spring Warmer Sailing Series at Howth Yacht Club will run over two consecutive Saturdays with four Windward /Leeward races, starting on Saturday, 1st April with cranes and storage all included in the regatta entry…
IOCA UK will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Optimist, first designed in 1947
Optimist
IOCA UK announces it will host a Champion of Champions Race at its 2017 British Nationals in celebration of 70 years of the Optimist Dinghy. To be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, this invitation only event…
Close competition downwind in the Laser class at Howth
Howth YC
The 42nd year of Howth Yacht Club’s Laser Frostbites came to a conclusion on Sunday on a fresh morning with a moderate Westerly breeze. On the last day of the Spring series, the race officers took the opportunity to sail…
Frank Miller with guest star crew Ismail Inan
Fireball
Today saw very lively conditions for the third last weekend of the DMYC frostbites series at Dun Laoghaire writes Frank Miller. The forecast was suggesting up to force five but in fact the wind Gods delivered a bit more. By…
The 1720 sportsboats are holding their European Championships as part of the Sovereign's Cup
Sovereign's Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced O’Leary Life & Pensions as headline sponsors of its 2017 Sovereign’s Cup regatta. June's biennial event has a good number of spinnaker and white sail cruisers entered as well as 1720 sportsboats, a class that is holding its European…
GP14 Association of Ireland President Stephen Boyle presenting Josh Porter, Newtownards Sailing Club Fleet Captain with the first Richard Estaugh Bursary. Also included are Curly Morris, GP14 International vice President and Stuart Wilson, Newtownards Sailing Club Commodore.
GP14
Josh Porter, Newtownards Sailing Club GP14 Fleet Captain, is the first recipient of a Richard Estaugh Bursary. The 'Richard Estaugh Fund' was established from the sale of GP14 14000 which was donated by the late Richard Estaugh. Richard was not…
Up to ten Irish boats may contest the RS Feva World Championships in Holland this July
RS Sailing
Many Irish RS Feva youth sailors have travelled to World Championships over the years and it has been a great experience for many, giving teenagers their first taste of dinghy world championship competition. International fleet sizes tend to be around the…
Cold & Blustery at Fireball DMYC Frostbites
Fireball
For the first Sunday of March it was cold and blustery and the racing scene in Dun Laoghaire, for the Fireballs at least, was conspicuous by the absence of Noel Butler, Stephen Oram or their Fireball, 15061 writes Cormac Bradley.…
€1,000 First Prize at Royal Cork Yacht Club PY Dinghy Sailing Race
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club will run its fourth edition of the Horizon Energy Group sponsored PY1000 river race on March 25th. The Portsmouth Yardstick handicap dinghy race takes place on the Owenabue river in Crosshaven Cork, in front of the…
A crowded weather mark in the dramatic last race of the flying Fifteen Worlds in New Zealand
Flying Fifteen
The last day of the 21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship turned out to be a real cliff hanger writes Jonny Fullerton. To finish on a high, Napier delivered on the weather with a warm sunny day and 9 -…

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