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Simon Hoffman and Johnny Durcan (right) together as the latter recovers in Long Beach Hospital
Sailor of the Month
In the 21 years since the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” awards were first introduced, we have always dutifully waited until the end of the month before allocating the plaudits, even when it has been clear for days or even…
Pictured following today's reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ in the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire are sailors: Georgia Goodbody, Dylan Leonard, Max Goodbody, Oscar Mulvin, Hannah Leonard and Daisy Dillon-Malone
Olympic
Irish Sailing has announced the reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’, aimed at nurturing future talented Irish sailors. The Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ aims to develop and support talented young sailors, acording to a press…
RS400s competing at Blessington Sailing Club
RS Sailing
Over RS Sailing 40 crews arrived at Blessington Sailing Club to the clubs usual very friendly hospitality to join the newly established local fleet of RS200’s writes Kevin Brazel. Download full results below. With a 1300 first gun on Saturday…
Johnny Durcan pictured at January’s Australian Youth Nationals in Adelaide
Youth Sailing
Johnny Durcan sailed in Crosshaven on Thursday night (10 August) for the first time since his dramatic capsize at the 29er Worlds in which he became trapped under his skiff. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Royal Cork’s hottest youth…
Loghlen Rickard in action on English Bay in Vancouver this past June
Laser
#LaserRadial - National Yacht Club sailor Loghlen Rickard was a close second in the Laser Radial at this past weekend’s Leinsters in Rush. It’s the latest strong result for the youth sailor who recently took his talents some 7,000km west for…
Lough Derg's Aisling Keller (left) and Aoife Hopkins at the U21 World Championship prizegiving in Belgium
Laser
Lough Derg Yacht Club's Aisling Keller took seventh place overall at the under–21 Laser Radial World Championships closely followed by Irish team mate Aoife Hopkins of Howth YC in ninth place overall. The encouraging results achieved at the Nieuwpoort, Belgium venue…
Ireland was to the fore at the UK Laser Nationals in Abersoch, North Wales
Laser
Current Youth Sailing Champion Ewan McMahon may be in the superstar role in Irish junior sailing, but the Sutton, County Dublin family who sail out of Howth Yacht Club have a new wave of talent coming along. This was shown…
The Irish 29er Team and training partners pictured in LA with Johnny, wearing trapeze harness, pictured third from right
Youth Sailing
Royal Cork's top youth sailor Johnny Durcan has been involved in a serious incident competing at the 29er world championships where he was trapped under his skiff dinghy during a capsize. The top Laser sailor is recovering in hospital in…
Liam Glynn from Ballyholme is the 2017 Laser Leinster Champion in the Standard Rig
Laser
East coast sailors emerged top of the three Laser divisions after a very tricky day at sea at the Rush Sailing Club hosted Leinster Championships writes our special correspondent. Three races sailed bringing in a discard. Overall results, subject to protest,…
Laser dinghies are racing at Rush for Leinster honours this weekend
Laser
Royal St. George's Jack Fahy leads the Laser Radial Leinster Championships after the first two races sailed at Rush Sailing Club in Co. Dublin today writes out special correspondent.   There are some protests in so results are strictly provisional. Fahy…
The breezy weather of late July 2017 captured in one image – Aoife Hopkins flying on her way to winning the Euro Women’s Under 21 Laser Championship at Douarnenez.
Sailor of the Month
When that definitive image of young Aoife Hopkins leppin’ her Laser with rocket power out of a breaking wave at the European Women’s Laser Radials Under 21 Championship 2017 (July 17th to 24th) at Douarnenez in Brittany went viral, we…
Howth Yacht Club in North Dublin
Howth YC
#HYC - A new sailing school for North Dublin Bay is part of plans to secure the future of Howth Yacht Club. Commodore Joe McPeake laid out the club’s intentions in a statement on the HYC website in mid July,…
Royal Cork's David Kenefick had the top Irish result at the Moth World Championships in Italy
Moth
A fine turnout of Irish Moth sailors were rewared yesterday with three gold fleet finishes at the high–calibre 220–boat Moth World Championshis on Lake Garda, Italy. Royal Cork's David Kenefick was top Irish with a 31st in the Gold fleet…
The Irish Optimist sailing team at Dublin Airport, early this morning, on their way to Bulgaria
Optimist
The Irish Optimist Sailing team are on their way to Burgas, Bulgaria to take part in the European Championships. Two hundred and fifty sailors will participate in the week-long event with ten races expected from 30th July to 5th August. The…
Full on – Laser 4.7s start a race in testing conditions in Belgium
Laser
The Irish Laser 4.7 ISA squad have arrived home from the World Championships in Belgium. It proved to be a great learning experience for the Irish team many of whom were competing in their first international Laser event. The wind…
43 boats and over 70 junior sailors enjoyed four races at Bray Sailing Club Junior Regatta
Youth Sailing
Bray Sailing Club took another big step forward this week in their efforts to regenerate junior dinghy sailing in the North Wicklow club with their largest Junior Regatta fleet in many years. Strongly supported by their neighbours in Greystones SC,…

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