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A view from the 2013 Wayfarer Nationals at East Down Yacht Club
Wayfarer
#Wayfarer - The National Yacht Club is offering to members a special charter for its four club Wayfarers during the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this July. The NYC will be the host club for the Wayfarer class hosting its Irish…
Close racing at the J24 Western Championships at Lough Erne Yacht Club
J24
Day one of the Yachtsman Euromarine J24 West Coast Championships at Foynes Yacht Club dawned to overcast skies with a westerly force 8-10 knots of breeze writes Elaine O'Mahoney. Last minute tweaking on the pontoon was followed by a procession…
Looking east from the Foynes Yacht Club clubhouse, sixteen J/24’s have arrived to the club’s new pontoon
J24
Eighty five sailors from around Ireland have gathered in Limerick with all province’s being represented at the two day Yachtsman Euromarine J/24 Western Championships. Looking east from the Foynes Yacht Club clubhouse the sixteen J/24’s gently move tied to the…
Water Wag No.44 Scallywag is one of nine heading to the traditional French yachting regatta at Morbihan
Water Wag
Over the next few days fourteen Water Wags will head by ferry to France to participate in one of the greatest classic boat regattas in Europe. As Afloat.ie reported previously, one thousand four hundred and forty two traditional workboats and…
Released into the daylight at last – Bill Trafford at Skenakilla with his latest creation
Etchells
As Johnny Smullen, boatbuilder to America’s Cup legend Dennis Conner has put it, the transformation job on a tired old Etchells 22 is simply amazing writes W M Nixon The well-worn white hull of a standard Etchells 22 went into…
At the time when the first boats started, there was almost no wind in that part of the harbour
Water Wag
Yesterday evening the Water Wags raced for the Buckingham Cup & Wigham Trophy with handicaps applied at the start, resulting in some boats starting five and a half minutes ahead of others. The handicaps were allocated on the basis of…
As Bango (James, Peter et al) squeezed past the gate mark, they were able to head up 20 degrees, their kite popped and they took off once more
SB20
After a fortnight of frustrating cancellations and false starts to the season, eight SB20s made it onto the start line for the first Saturday races of the 2017 DBSC SB20 sailing programme. The forecast was for a freshening southerly breeze…
 There was quite a swell outside the harbour which provided a testing beat for the fleets
Optimist
Unseasonal weather provided very challenging conditions for the 145 entrants in The Davy Munster Optimist Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club. Sailors travelled from as far away as Dublin and Galway for the event. Six races were planned over Saturday and…
Foynes Yacht Club prepares to welcome the J24s
J24
With five days to go to First Gun, Seventeen J24’s representing nine clubs have entered for the first of their regional events this year, the Yachtsman Euromarine J24 Western Championships being hosted by Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary…
Mirror Southerns At Lough Derg Yacht Club Next Weekend
Mirror
#Mirror - The 2017 Mirror racing season opens with the Southern Championships at the host venue of the 2013 Mirror Worlds, Lough Derg Yacht Club, next weekend from Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May. Mirror Sailing Ireland is hoping for…
Water Wags had a 21-boat turnout at Dun Laoghaire last night
Water Wag
Within Dublin Bay there currently are twenty-one classes of racing yachts. It might come as a surprise to many, that currently the largest class is Dublin Bay is the Water Wag class with 33 boats entered for the 2017 season.…
A track of Laser sailor Theo Lyttle's training course over last Friday evening's training session – the DBSC Lasers were out in the conditions that cancelled the DBSC Saturday racing
Laser
DBSC Laser dinghy fleet began their month of May training over the weekend in both extreme conditions. Friday evening saw the fleet of Lasers leave the harbour in a solid 26–knot breeze and large swell practicing upwind technique, followed by…
The decision was made to keep the  DBSC dinghy fleets inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Fireball
Four Fireballs came under the starter’s orders for the third Tuesday night of the DBSC Summer Series. Given the warm conditions during the day and the strong tide outside, the decision was made to keep the dinghy fleets inside –…
142 Optimists are heading for Kinsale this weekend
Kinsale
142 boats across the 3 fleets are confirmed for this weekend's Munster Optimist Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club this weekend. Six races are scheduled over the two days. The Senior and Junior fleets will race outside the harbour, weather permitting,…
The new polyethylene Sailqube Optimist dinghy has arrived at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Belfast Lough
Mayor Alderman Deborah Girvan of Ards and North Down Borough Council attended the first night of 'Dolphin & Sharks' at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough last Friday night writes Mark Mackey. The visit is to encourage the next generation of young…
420 winners at Ballyholme YC: 1st Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher, Malahide YC 2nd Grace O'Beirne and Kathy Kelly, Royal St George YC 3rd Nicola and Fiona Ferguson National YC
420
Nearly 30 sailors attended the joint  420 and Fireball Ulster Championships last weekend with a mixture of conditions to test out the sailors writes Mark Mackey. Most of the visitors travelled up from Cork and Dublin to compete in the…

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