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After eight days of light or no winds the biggest ever Optimist World Dinghy Championships concluded in Poland.  58 nations and 275 competitors raced over nine days but it was Singapore who came out on top with three Gold medals and…
All Ireland Inter-Schools Team Sailing Event At Sutton Dinghy Club
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#schoolsailing – Sutton Dinghy Club on Dublin Bay will be running its ever popular All Ireland Inter-Schools team sailing event on weekend of Sep12/13. Now in its 40th year, the event attracts up to 160+ sailors and 120 boats across…
Howth Dinghy Regatta Just Before Kids Go Back to School
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#dinghyregatta – Howth Yacht Club's annual Dinghy Regatta takes place this Sunday coinciding with the end of the summer holidays and the children's return to school.  The north Dublin club promises lots of entries from HYC Lasers, Toppers, Optimists, 420s…
Irish Optimist Team Flies Out To World Champs in Poland
#optimist – The Irish Optimist team flew out to Dziwnow, Poland yesterday for the Optimist dinghy world championships. The event runs from 26th August to 4th September and will include team racing as well as individual racing. The team are…
Optimist Sailor Conor Gorman Sails Well on Final Day to Win Junior Championship
#optimistnationals – I was delighted to win the Junior Optimist Nationals in Skerries, County Dublin last weekend writes Conor Gorman (aged12) . When I saw the forecast, I was happy that the winds were going to be light, which are…
Irish Sailors Advance at Laser Radial Youth Worlds
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#youthsailing – There was another successful day for the Irish youth sailors at the Laser Worlds in Kingston, Canada today. In the 55-strong girl fleet, a 12th and a 4th for Aisling Keller (LDYC) moved her up to eighth place overall,…
Irish Girls Near Top Ten of Laser Radial Youth World Championship in Canada
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#laser – After two days of Laser racing in Kingston Ontario, Irish youth sailors Aisling Keller (LDYC) and Aoife Hopkins (HYC) are currently tied on points in 10th & 11th position respectively. In the boys fleet, Ewan McMahon (HYC) is…
Skerries' Own Peter Fagan Wins Under–16 Optimist Title
#optimist – After a serious hiccup in the first of today's (Sunday's) senior fleet races when he finished way down the fleet, Skerries' own Peter Fagan redeemed himself with a top ten finish in the final race of the Leaseplan…
Black Flags Flown At Skerries Optimist Nationals
#opti – A general recall in today's first race at the Leaseplan Irish Optimist National and Open Championships at Skerries Sailing Club led to black flags being brandished by Race Officer Liam Dineen with the result that a total of…
Malahide Yacht Club Sailor Leads Optimist Nationals At Skerries
#optinats – Malahide Yacht Club's Gemma McDowell leads the Leaseplan Irish Optimist National Championship at Skerries Sailing Club after two days of racing. The event continues until Sunday. McDowell faces stiff opposition from Howth's Harry Bell who is just one point…
Royal Cork & Malahide Yacht Club Combination Lead Hopes at 420 Junior Euros
#420 – A Royal Cork and Malahide Yacht Club combination of Peter McCann and Cara McDowell top Irish hopes in the gold fleet of the 420 Junior Europeans in Bourgas, Bulgaria. The duo are 19th and two places ahead of Douglas Elmes and Colin O…
29er Worlds Prepare For Big Breeze, Durcan Twins Second in Silver Fleet
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#29erworlds – Another late night with sailors coming off the water at 1945pm with 3 races held in the Gold fleet. Harry and Johnny Durcan from Royal Cork lie second in the silver fleet. Full results here. The morning breeze…
Little Breeze Means No Racing at 29er World Championship in Wales
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Despite best efforts, no racing was held in Pwllheli, Wales yesterday. As Afloat reported previously, two Irish boats are competing, the Durcan twins from Royal Cork and Blathnaid O'Connell and Heather Sword.  What little breeze was forecasted never settled to anything…
Elmes & O'Sullivan Lead Irish at 420 Junior Europeans
#420 – Howth Yacht Club's Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan lead Irish hopes after two days racing at the 420 Junior European Championships. The pair lie 14th in a 90–boat fleet. Next best Irish is Royal Cork pairing Peter McCann and Cara McDowell in…
Royal Cork's Durcan Twins Stay in Top Third of 29er Worlds
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#29er – Day two of the 29er worlds in Pwllheli in North Wales got off in almost identical conditions to day one. 15 knots South West constant, gusting mid 20's, moderate seas and with the sun shining bright by 11:30, this…
Royal Cork 29er Twins Start 29er World Champs in Top Third
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#youthsailing – The sole Irish 29er sailed by skiff debutantes Harry and Johnny Durcan of Royal Cork lie 52nd in a fleet of over 190 at the 2015 Zhik 29er World Championship in Pwllheli, North Wales. The conditions improved after…

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