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And the Winner is.....Irish Sailor of the Year To be Announced at 6.30pm
Tonight at 6.30 pm, Afloat along with Irish Sailing in an 'online ceremony' will be revealing the 2019 winner of the Sailor of the Year award. Selected from a shortlist of sailors who have already earned monthly awards, the Irish Sailing/Afloat…
Splendid isolation: A harbour full of boats and an empty Dublin Bay. Dun Laoghaire Harbour is Ireland's biggest boating centre. Lift in of keelboats for the summer season begins on April 1
It's nice to be out there with the wind and the waves and as one letter writer to the Irish Times mentioned when he spotted boats sailing on Dublin Bay this week - 'what a way to isolate!'  We think the…
Tom Dolan in his new Figaro 3
The Coronavirus outbreak has caused French organisers of the Solo Maitre Coq and the Transat AG2R La Mondiale to delay both events and with it the plans of Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan for an Irish bid in the Transatlantic…
RNLI Issues Safety Advice For Coastal Visitors During Covid-19 Outbreak
The RNLI is urging anyone planning a visit to the coast to stay safe and not take any unnecessary risks. Given the current Covid-19 outbreak in the UK and Ireland and the importance of social distancing and avoiding non-essential contact…
Scottish Series Regatta Cancelled Over Coronavirus Restrictions
The Scottish Series, Scotland's biggest sailing event scheduled for the Clyde on May 22 is the latest yachting regatta to become a casualty of Coronavirus restrictions. In a letter to competitors issued this morning, the 2020 cancellation stated that the decision…
Nick Southward’s J109, Whiskey Jack, sailing in last week’s Hong Kong IRC Nationals
In light of the coronavirus situation effecting Ireland, Afloat.ie got in touch with Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland, who has lived in three continents, to share his experience in Asia and what’s going on with Covid-19 in Hong Kong’s…
John O'Gorman's Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire is the latest entry into June’s Round Ireland Race from Wicklow
The latest entry into the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race is Dublin Bay’s Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600, 'Hot Cookie'. As David O'Brien points out in this morning's Irish Times newspaper the race entry is building towards a record entry. The…
IOC Confirms Olympic Games to Take Place in Tokyo in July
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that it continues to plan for the Olympic Games to take place in Tokyo in July this year, and that the qualification process for sports will be restructured over the coming weeks to reflect…
The RIYC at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will be launching boats in less than a fortnight for the summer sailing season at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Details of the annual lift-in are contained in a bulletin to members that sets out…
The 2020 RORC Easter Challenge has been cancelled due to Coronavirus
In line with the UK Government's latest advice, and the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) announcement to suspend events in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has taken the decision to cancel the Easter Challenge which was…
Marine Planning Framework Meetings In Kinsale & Wexford Cancelled
Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, upcoming public events on the National Marine Planning Framework planned for Kinsale next Monday 23 March and Wexford on Tuesday 31 March have been cancelled. Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government says…
The Clipper Round the World Race has been postponed
With the ongoing global outbreak of Covid-19 and the enormous impact it has created on world travel, the Clipper 2019-20 Race has been postponed with immediate effect writes Karla Graves of the race organisers. This decision has been in no way…
Bill Hatfield
On Saturday, the 22nd February, Bill Hatfield became the oldest man to sail around the world solo and non-stop. But Bill is not only the oldest man to circumnavigate the world solo, nonstop and unassisted at age 81, he’s now…
The Figaro 3 was the selected class for the now postponed 2020 Irish Offshore World Championship Trial that will be sailed instead as part of the Round Ireland Race in June. Pictured above is Tom Dolan's Figaro 3. The County Meath sailor is expected to enter the trial
Irish Sailing has been forced to shelve this month's planned trial for Irish entry into the 2020 Offshore World Championships and will look at running the trial as part of the Round Ireland Race instead. As regular Afloat readers will know,…
Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta scheduled for May has been moved to September due to Coronavirus fears
It was just a little more than a week ago that Irish Sailing issued its first statement over the coronavirus outbreak to the effect that ‘all events were going ahead as scheduled’. Then last Thursday (12 March) it cancelled its…
Laser racing at Baltimore in West Cork
Irish Laser Association and Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork have decided that it will not be possible to hold the Munster's in compliance with current advice issued from HSE. It is not possible to run an event of this…
Mark Mills of Mills Design (pictured centre) accepts his award in Monaco
County Wicklow based yacht designer Mark Mills and Wally Yachts have won first prize at the première edition of the MDO Montecarlo prize for the wallycento Tango. Wally and Mills were honoured at the awards ceremony held at the Yacht…
Lift in at the National Yacht Club
The National Yacht Club has decided to reschedule the lift-in back to its ‘normal’ mid-April weekend (eg back by one week) to Saturday 11th April. The lift-in had been brought forward by a week to Saturday 4th April as the…
Racing in the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
Next week's final race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Spring Chicken Series and prizegiving have been postponed until September and it will be 'reviewed' at that time. The decision for the National Yacht Club hosted event comes…
Portrush RNLI Appoints a New Coxswain Mechanic
Portrush RNLI has appointed a new Coxswain/Mechanic to replace the recently retired Anthony Chambers. Dave Robinson has been a popular volunteer crew member at the station for seven years and was successful at interview in February 2020. Dave (aged 27)…
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