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The Laser Dinghy League at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour last January
Island Nation
It was ice on the rigging which put me off sailing in November and December. That was quite a few years ago, but as climate change has had its effects, those months have had different weather patterns and this year…
Members of Ireland’s RS fleet in action
RS Sailing
#RS200 - Friendship is key to keeping Ireland’s youth dinghy sailing classes alive, according to this year’s All Ireland Champion sailor Alex Barry. Speaking to Afloat.ie ahead of January’s RS200 open days at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Barry laments…
Mermaid dinghies racing under spinnaker
Mermaid
The 2017 racing calendar for the Dublin Bay Mermaid fleet has been announced. Outside of regular club racing which runs from May - October, there will be 5 main racing events encompassing the Munster Championship, Leinster Championship, Skerries Regatta, the…
Competitors were greeted with a mirror-like seascape inside Dun Laoghaire harbour
Fireball
Considering the time of year, it is rather surprising that we have got to the end of Series 1 of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbites without a cancellation……….until the last Sunday, writes Cormac Bradley. Competitors were greeted with…
The 2017 Fireball Europeans will be in Lyme Regis in the UK
Fireball
Having reeled off eight Fireball wins in a row, it wouldn’t have been an unreasonable assumption to suggest that Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton (GBR15127) were odds-on to make a clean sweep of all ten races in the Worlds that…
Defending Champions Retain Fireball World Title in South Africa
Fireball
British pair, Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton, sailing GBR 15127 have only just retained their Fireball Worlds title from Pwllheli, Wales……………by winning all eight races sailed thus far in the 2016 World Championships in South Africa. In a Facebook posts…
Lighter winds on Day three of the Fireball Worlds
Fireball
Day 3 of the Fireball Worlds in Mossel Bay, South Africa, saw the competitors treated to a more genteel 10 knots southerly that built during the day to 17 to 20 knots for the third race. Sea conditions were reported…
Heavy weather Freball sailing in Mossel Bay
Fireball
The big breeze of Day 1 was still around for the second day of the Fireball Worlds in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The Facebook site for the regatta reports that the fleet launched into a stiff south-westerly accompanied by a…
Fireballs are getting great conditions in South Africa for the World Championships
Fireball
The penultimate Sunday of Series 1 of the DMYC’s Frostbite Series 2016/17 saw a mirror-like appearance on the inner reaches of Dun Laoghaire harbour and the light air nature of the day was confirmed as the” keelers”, sailing their Turkey…
Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan competing in New Zealand this week
Youth Sailing
Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan and the National Yacht Club's Nicole Hemeryck are ready for battle at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships in New Zealand this Friday. Both the Irish sailors will compete in the Laser Radial class which…
Hermine O’Keefe (L) and Louise McKenna (R) respond to receiving their Frostbite Mugs.
Fireball
While the forecast on XCWeather had looked good from the late part of Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning, the reality on the water was that it didn’t deliver. Instead of a healthy 14 – 19 knots of South-Easterly, we…
Annalise Murphy sails her winning Laser Radial dinghy at Rio 2016
Annalise Murphy
#Annalise - After a whirlwind 24-hour round trip by ferry and road to Britain this week, Annalise Murphy has returned to Ireland with the boat she sailed to a silver medal at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. The idea…
The Flying Fifteens will race on Dublin Bay for east coast honours on May 27th / 28th
Flying Fifteen
The Irish Flying Fifteen class has announced its 2017 racing programme with two freshwater events on its national calendar for the first time. The 30–boat fleet will head to Craigavon for its Northern Championships at Lough Neagh on June 17th…
Annalise Murphy on the podium in Rio with her silver medal in the Laser Radial
News Update
#ISF - Rio silver medallist Annalise Murphy is now an honorary member of the Irish Sailing Foundation (ISF) following her incredible Olympic success this past summer. The announcement comes as the ISF, the new investment support structure for Ireland’s high…
The Fireball season prizegiving was held at the National Yacht Club on Friday night. See photo gallery courtesy of Frank Miller below.
Fireball
Ten Fireballs answered the starter’s call on Sunday afternoon with none of them showing any adverse signs from the season’s prize-giving at the National Yacht Club on the preceding Friday night. However, one individual did say that he wasn’t at…
Celebrations at the National Yacht Club where Dun Laoghaire sailors Niall Meagher and Bernie Mulvin were Dance Competition winners
Flying Fifteen
Five Flying Fifteen couples danced the salsa, jive and cha cha cha for the Flying Fifteen Glitter Ball Trophy last night at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Six weeks in training with a professional dance coach produced some…

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