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2016 J/24 Southern Champions Kilcullen, presented with the Frank Heath Trophy by Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche. The Howth Yacht Club K25 crew are 'over age' this year so Kilcullen will be sailed under a new crew at this year's event
J24
This year the J/24 Southern Championships will return to Cork Harbour for the third consecutive year with the added incentive to participate as the ‘Southerns’ will run in conjunction with the ICRA Nationals at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This…
49er brothers, Seán and Tadhg Donnelly from the National Yacht Club
Tokyo 2020
A mix of established Rio Olympic campaigners and emerging young talent shared the top podium spots when the 48th Trofeo Princesa Sofia ended Saturday with a brisk 25–knots Mistral offshore wind which brought the 646 boat regatta to spectacular, challenging…
Irish youth sailors are competing at the Europa Cup in Lugano, Switzerland
Laser
A team of seven Royal St George Yacht Club Laser sailors, as well as sailors from Schull in West Cork and Foynes  on the Shannon Estuary are competing in the Europa Cup this Easter. The International Laser Class Association run the…
Optimist training in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this month
Optimist
Five Irish Optimist sailors were in the top five of the UK's Spring Championships last weekend. IOCA UK and The Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted IOCA UK's first championship of the year in Torquay. 119 sailors competed in the main…
Liam Glynn is racing in the Laser gold fleet in Palma
Tokyo 2020
After some stand–out performances in the qualifying rounds of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía in Mallorca this week, Belfast Laser sailor Liam Glynn sailed in the first day of the ultra competitive Gold fleet yesterday. The former Topper World Champion has graduated to…
The event that brought Helen Mary Wilkes’ remarkable administrative talents to international attention was the Optimist Worlds in Howth in 1981
News Update
A lifetime of enthusiastic and effective dedication to voluntary work in international sailing administration has very deservedly resulted in the award of World Sailing’s Gold Medal to Ireland’s Helen Mary Wilkes writes W M Nixon. She is originally from Scotland…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram ( (left)) – DMYC Frostbite 2016/17 Overall winners with DMYC Commodore Barry Kenny (centre)
Fireball
The Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet had enjoyed a sunny Saturday in advance of the last day of racing in the 2016/17 Series and early on the Sunday morning there was a further bonus when the Race Management Team advised all…
At least 16 Sigmas will race at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Sigma
The Sigma 33 may yet be the biggest one design cruiser fleet at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regtta with 16 entries so far.  The long established Dublin Bay class merged with class two for local DBSC racing this year but…
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
DBSC
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…

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