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RAYC Prizegiving Dinner Cancelled 'Due to Unforeseen Circumstances'
Royal Alfred YC
The Royal Alfred Yacht Club's Black–Tie Dinner scheduled for the National Yacht Club this Saturday has been cancelled 'due to unforeseen circumstances'. The club's Bloomsday Trophies will be available for collection in the NYC admin office (downstairs) from Tuesday 6th…
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…
Enda O'Coineen is sailing downwind and should not stall too much with the onset of an anticyclone over the next 48 hours
Vendee Globe
In the Vendee Globe the Saint Helena High has returned to the fleet and Ireland's Enda O'Coineen is one skipper in the 29–boat fleet that has plotted to sail around the anti–cyclone. While the first 10 skippers have good conditions…
Director of RORC Rating Office
RORC
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic sailor with a technical background to take over the day to day management of the RORC Rating Office based in Lymington, Hampshire, UK. Reporting to the Chief Executive the…
IMOCA Maitre COQ, skipper Jeremie Beyou
Vendee Globe
Vendée Globe title contender Jérémie Beyou has revealed he is racing 'blind' after the satellite system he uses to get weather information broke. The fifth-placed French sailor was today powering east at more than 20 knots, riding on a fast-moving…
Annalise Murphy – picking up awards
Annalise Murphy
Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy has told Ireland's Marketing magazine she is happiest sailing her foiling Moth dinghy. 'I’ve had some nasty crashes in it but there’s no other women in the world really sailing it, so I’m delighted to…
Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3 at the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race, Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell
RORC
As dawn broke on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the majority of the fleet were still to round Tenerife, the last mark of the course before the international racing fleet head out into the open waters of…
By 1100 UTC Thomson was back in the driving seat with a 16nm buffer
Vendee Globe
French skipper Armel Le Cléac'h today reclaimed the Vendée Globe pole position from Alex Thomson – only for the British skipper to instantly steal it back. At the 0800 UTC position update Le Cléac'h moved into first place for the…
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…
Something to celebrate. Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s glory days and the Bicentenary of the harbour will be honoured with a large Classics Section in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from July 6th-9th. This photo is believed to be from 1900, and it shows the Viceroy Lord Dudley crossing the in-harbour finish line in his new Dublin Bay 25 Fodhla close ahead of other DBSC 25s, and in company with the first of the new-style Water Wags.
W M Nixon
The notion that the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 from July 6th to 9th should include a significant Classics and Old Gaffers element to mark the Bicentenary of this great harbour surfaced only relatively recently. Yet this week a high-powered…
Howth Yacht Club Half–Tonner Checkmate (Dave Cullen) is one of the first entries into VDLR 2017
Volvo Regatta
A week after opening its online entry Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (and with eight months to the first gun) 29 entries have been received and six from overseas. The early entries are listed below. It's a shot–in–the–arm for organisers of…
DBSC Turkey shoot competitors pass Sandycove Point during last Sunday's racing on Dublin Bay
Turkey Shoot
A Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) chief has repeated a caution to competitors in this weekend's Rathfarnham Ford–sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series not to be 'too pushy' and enjoy the morning's fun racing. It is understood some boats in the impressive…
Beneteau 31.7s will be among the prizewinning classes at next month's RAYC Black Tie Dinner at the National Yacht Club
DBSC
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is honouring the Royal Alfred Yacht Club (RAYC) tradition by holding a Black-tie prizegiving dinner event next month.  The winners of the Bloomsday Regatta, which this year was held in conjunction with the NYC Regatta,…
Maiden's girls arriving at Ft Lauderdale in swimsuits
Volvo Ocean Race
Initially conceived 30 years ago, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has renewed its partnership with round-the-world yachtswoman Tracy Edwards and her iconic boat Maiden. In 1990, Edwards made the history books by leading the first all-female crew to the finish…
The Try Sailing Team at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Volvo Cork Week in July
ISA
Looking back over the past season, two things stand out for me – the success of our Olympic sailors and the ISA’s Try Sailing initiative. Our Olympic sailors gave us marvellous inspiration this summer and showed our young sailors what…

How to sail, sailing clubs and sailing boats plus news on the wide range of sailing events on Irish waters forms the backbone of Afloat's sailing coverage.

We aim to encompass the widest range of activities undertaken on Irish lakes, rivers and coastal waters. This page describes those sailing activites in more detail and provides links and breakdowns of what you can expect from our sailing pages. We aim to bring jargon free reports separated in to popular categories to promote the sport of sailing in Ireland.

The packed 2013 sailing season sees the usual regular summer leagues and there are regular weekly race reports from Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Howth and Cork Harbour on Afloat.ie. This season and last also featured an array of top class events coming to these shores. Each year there is ICRA's Cruiser Nationals starts and every other year the Round Ireland Yacht Race starts and ends in Wicklow and all this action before July. Crosshaven's Cork Week kicks off on in early July every other year. in 2012 Ireland hosted some big international events too,  the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire and in August the Tall Ships Race sailed into Dublin on its final leg. In that year the Dragon Gold Cup set sail in Kinsale in too.

2013 is also packed with Kinsale hosting the IFDS diabled world sailing championships in Kinsale and the same port is also hosting the Sovereign's Cup. The action moves to the east coast in July with the staging of the country's biggest regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta from July 11.

Our coverage though is not restricted to the Republic of Ireland but encompasses Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Irish Sea area too. In this section you'll find information on the Irish Sailing Association and Irish sailors. There's sailing reports on regattas, racing, training, cruising, dinghies and keelboat classes, windsurfers, disabled sailing, sailing cruisers, Olympic sailing and Tall Ships sections plus youth sailing, match racing and team racing coverage too.

Sailing Club News

There is a network of over 70 sailing clubs in Ireland and we invite all clubs to submit details of their activities for inclusion in our daily website updates. There are dedicated sections given over to the big Irish clubs such as  the waterfront clubs in Dun Laoghaire; Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Saint George Yacht Club,  the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club. In Munster we regularly feature the work of Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.  Abroad Irish sailors compete in Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) racing in the UK and this club is covered too. Click here for Afloat's full list of sailing club information. We are keen to increase our coverage on the network of clubs from around the coast so if you would like to send us news and views of a local interest please let us have it by sending an email to [email protected]

Sailing Boats and Classes

Over 20 active dinghy and one design classes race in Irish waters and fleet sizes range from just a dozen or so right up to over 100 boats in the case of some of the biggest classes such as the Laser or Optimist dinghies for national and regional championships. Afloat has dedicated pages for each class: Dragons, Etchells, Fireball, Flying Fifteen, GP14, J24's, J80's, Laser, Sigma 33, RS Sailing, Star, Squibs, TopperMirror, Mermaids, National 18, Optimist, Puppeteers, SB3's, and Wayfarers. For more resources on Irish classes go to our dedicated sailing classes page.

The big boat scene represents up to 60% of the sail boat racing in these waters and Afloat carries updates from the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), the body responsible for administering cruiser racing in Ireland and the popular annual ICRA National Championships. In 2010 an Irish team won the RORC Commodore's Cup putting Irish cruiser racing at an all time high. Popular cruiser fleets in Ireland are raced right around the coast but naturally the biggest fleets are in the biggest sailing centres in Cork Harbour and Dublin Bay. Cruisers race from a modest 20 feet or so right up to 50'. Racing is typically divided in to Cruisers Zero, Cruisers One, Cruisers Two, Cruisers Three and Cruisers Four. A current trend over the past few seasons has been the introduction of a White Sail division that is attracting big fleets.

Traditionally sailing in northern Europe and Ireland used to occur only in some months but now thanks to the advent of a network of marinas around the coast (and some would say milder winters) there are a number of popular winter leagues running right over the Christmas and winter periods.

Sailing Events

Punching well above its weight Irish sailing has staged some of the world's top events including the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover, Tall Ships visits as well as dozens of class world and European Championships including the Laser Worlds, the Fireball Worlds in both Dun Laoghaire and Sligo.

Some of these events are no longer pure sailing regattas and have become major public maritime festivals some are the biggest of all public staged events. In the past few seasons Ireland has hosted events such as La Solitaire du Figaro and the ISAF Dublin Bay 2012 Youth Worlds.

There is a lively domestic racing scene for both inshore and offshore sailing. A national sailing calendar of summer fixtures is published annually and it includes old favorites such as Sovereign's Cup, Calves Week, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle, All Ireland Sailing Championships as well as new events with international appeal such as the Round Britain and Ireland Race and the Clipper Round the World Race, both of which have visited Ireland.

The bulk of the work on running events though is carried out by the network of sailing clubs around the coast and this is mostly a voluntary effort by people committed to the sport of sailing. For example Wicklow Sailing Club's Round Ireland yacht race run in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club has been operating for over 30 years. Similarly the international Cork Week regatta has attracted over 500 boats in past editions and has also been running for over 30 years.  In recent years Dublin Bay has revived its own regatta called Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and can claim to be the country's biggest event with over 550 boats entered in 2009.

On the international stage Afloat carries news of Irish and UK interest on Olympics 2012, Sydney to Hobart, Volvo Ocean Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race.

We're always aiming to build on our sailing content. We're keen to build on areas such as online guides on learning to sail in Irish sailing schools, navigation and sailing holidays. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

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