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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…
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…
Outgoing National Yacht Club Commodore Larry Power with NYC member Annalise Murphy at the awards night. Scroll down for photo gallery
National YC
Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club gathered on Saturday to salute top club achievements from 2016. Ten annual awards for outstanding sailing were presented ranging from cruising endeavours to Olympic campaigns. There is no surprise that club member Annalise Murphy topped…
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,…
Racing in the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships
Team Racing
Provisional results from Saturday's Leinster School's Team Racing Championships show that Loreto College Stephens Green emerged top of the five team championship. Held in light easterly winds, the Royal St. George Yacht Club's 12–boat Firefly fleet was put to the…
Irish sailors are competing in the 49er, Finn, Laser and 49erFX this morning in Palma
Tokyo 2020
Four of five of Ireland's full–time 49er Olympic campaigns launch this morning at the showcase Trofeo Princesa Sofía Regatta in Palma, Mallorca. Northern Ireland helmsman Ryan Seaton, tenth in Rio, won the class in Palma last year but sails this time…
Royal St. George's new committee boat is already at work in 2017
RStGYC
Although the Royal St. George Yacht Club officially welcomes its new Committee boat ‘Pegasus’ to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, the new vessel has already started its 2017 work, pictured above, on station yesterday at the Leinster School's Team Racing Championships. …
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…
Jack Roy speaking at Saturday's AGM in Howth
ISA
London 2012 Olympic Race Officer Jack Roy from Dun Laoghaire succeeded David Lovegrove at Saturday's ISA agm at Howth Yacht Club. Roy, a past dinghy and one design champion, has campaigned 420s, 470s, Flying Fifteens, J24s, Dragons, J109s and Squibs.…
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…
SB20s will compete at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta that launches today
Volvo Regatta
The 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland was launched this evening at the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. This biennial fixture which is organised by the four Dun Laoghaire…
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…
1720s racing at the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
DBSC
Strong North–westerlies gusting to 40–knots lead to the cancellation of this morning's Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. This year's weather–hit series aims to end on a high though with a final race climax next Sunday,…
Three J109s approach a gybe mark in last Sunday's DBSC Spring Chicken Race on Dublin Bay
DBSC
Despite the breezy forecast, DBSC organisers say they will be making every effort to get another race in this Sunday at the Rathfarnham Ford Sponsored Series on Dublin Bay. Handicaps and start times for the fourth race are downloadable below.…
The 2015-built 60m Perini Perseus has been achieving her first wins this week in the Caribbean under Nin O’Leary’s command
Royal Cork YC
It’s the peak of the best of the sailing season in the Caribbean, and key Irish crews are making a major impact at the sharp end of the fleet writes W M Nixon. Former All-Ireland Sailing Champion Nin O’Leary of…
J109 Dear Prudence on the edge after gybing in Sunday's Spring Chicken Race on Dublin Bay. See gallery below
DBSC
1720 Merlin leads the ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II by a single point after three races sailed in the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. Sunday's third race was sailed in blustery conditions that led to…
Viper 640s at Miami Sailing Week
Royal Cork YC
Sailed from March 9-11 as part of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week the EFG Viper Pan-American Championship is the culmination of a year’s worth of qualifying regattas in Australia, Europe, and North America and attracted its regular Irish entry for the…
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…

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