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George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay leads the Coastal class after day one of the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale
George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay leads the eight-boat Coastal Class in the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale after today's first race writes Bob Bateman. Although the Dublin Bay boat leads, Kinsale yachts are second and…
The Sovereign's Cup fleet assemble at Kinsale Yacht Club marina
The fleet is in and Kinsale Yacht Club fires the first gun of its 2019 O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup tomorrow writes Bob Bateman Competitors gathered today at the club and a briefing was held in the evening sunshine. Regatta Director, Bobby Nash…
Spectacular Sea Views on Hook Head Lighthouse Tour
Rounding the bend in the road that leads to the Hook Head Lighthouse you immediately know you have arrived at a unique place of beauty and history writes Mary Malone with photography by Bob Bateman. Hook Lighthouse rises skyward showing…
Sea Cloud II passes Roches Point lighthouse on her arrival into Cork Harbour
"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by". The five-star Tall Ship Sea Cloud II arrived into Cork Harbour early this morning, her tall masts and sails evoking memories of times past for shipping in the Harbour writes Bob…
The Sunfast 32, Bad Company (Desmond/Ivers/Deasy) was the IRC winner of RCYC's Round the Island Race in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for a photo gallery
First overall in Saturday's Royal Cork Yacht Club's annual Round the Island Race in Cork Harbour was the Sunfast 32, Bad Company (Desmond/Ivers/Deasy).  The RCYC race was part of the North Sails Open League and had a finish at the Naval Base at…
An tSciocháin, a 1956 Bounty ll (Patsy Fegan), a participant in Crosshaven's Trad Sail 2019 festival
This year's Crosshaven Trad Sail that that concluded in Cork Harbour today had a packed programme of festival events around the historic boat regatta writes Bob Bateman. As Afloat previously reported, the celebrations begin at The Oar Bar on Friday…
The fleet departs Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery by Bob Bateman
The northern latitudes of the Isle of Man once again will remain unconquered by the solo sailors of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro, after the planned course for stage 2 of the 50th-anniversary edition was radically altered to avoid strong…
The Figaro fleet berthed at Castlepark Marina
Recovering from the baptism of fire that was leg one of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro race into Kinsale on Thursday, both Irish entrants, Tom Dolan and Joan Mulloy, attended the Skipper's briefing in Kinsale this afternoon as…
A Dragon boat competing in the Ocean to City Race. Scroll down for photo gallery
The showcase event of the Cork Harbour Festival, the Ocean to City – An Rás Mór that draws huge crowds every year is the race is the largest of its kind in Ireland and attracts competitors from all over –…
The fleet depart Cork Harbour bound for Waterford. Scroll down for photo gallery
13 yachts took to the start line this morning for SCORA's offshore race from Cork Harbour to Dunmore East writes Bob Bateman. The start was postponed for one hour by Race Officer Barry Rose who finally got the fleet away off Roches Point…
There has been a lighthouses established at the Old Head of Kinsale since the 17th century
The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, made famous for being the nearest point of land (11 miles/18 km) to where the RMS Lusitania was sunk in 1915, was open to the public this weekend writes Bob Bateman. Under the supervision of a…
As a build up for next month' 300-miler, Blue Oyster is on her way to sail in Kinsale Yacht Club’s Fastnet Race this weekend
Cork sailor Noel Coleman always had a dream to do the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and when the family acquired the heavy displacement Oyster 37 – a yacht which has already done a Round Ireland race – this seemed the ideal time…
Former Cove Sailing Club Commodores were part of the gathering in Cobh to mark the centenary of the Cork Harbour Club on Friday. From left Adrian Tyle, Richard Marshall, Johanna Murphy, Noel O'Regan, Dave Doyle, Kieran Dorgan and Robert Keating. Missing from photo is John Doyle. Scroll down for photo gallery
Cove Sailing Club launched an exciting centenary programme at Cork Harbour's Sirius centre in Cobh, the former clubhouse of the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday, May 17 writes Bob Bateman. In order to mark the special occasion, CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan…
The National 18s racing in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
Following the launch of the Cove Sailing Club centenary programme on Friday, the club race to Ballinacurra in Cork Harbour had a strong fleet of Royal Cork Yacht Club National 18 dinghies competing yesterday. Bob Bateman photographed the fleet and…
Bryan Dobson and Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Games in Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery
Minister for State at the Department of Health Jim Daly launched the Watersports Inclusion Games 2019 at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. The event, set to take place in Kinsale harbour and environs on 24th and 25th August, is…
Frank Doyle's Cara flies a code zero in Royal Cork's Thursday night racing
16 boats raced in last night's Royal Cork Yacht Club's Thursday night series in Cork Harbour  sponsored by UK Sailmakers Ireland in a light ESE breeze writes Bob Bateman Spinnaker fleets one and two took a beat to Corkbeg (RCYC course 93) across an ebbing tide and eased…
A French Cruise Liner departs Cork Harbour. Scroll down for more images from Cork Harbour tonight
Three cruise ship maneuvres made for a busy Cork Harbour tonight with plenty of marine leisure activity too as captured by Bob Bateman below. Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat was on exercise, while a 1720 sportsboat and RIB were out on a…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) with Radial winner Jamie McMahon and RCYC Admiral Pat Farnan. Scroll down for gallery of prizegiving photos
A Howth Yacht Club brother and sister Jamie and Eve McMahon emerged on top of the 200-plus entries at the Irish Sailing Youth Championships sailed in Cork over the weekend in five classes. Both were competing in the single-handed Laser…
Youth Sailing Titles Decided at Royal Cork Yacht Club
In Cork Harbour, five youth national sailing titles were decided at the four-day Irish Sailing Youth Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme writes Bob Bateman. Ferguson victory in 420 In…
Optimist racing in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
The Optimist class at the Irish Sailing Youth Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club were the only class that got racing today thanks to the relative shelter of their race course on Cork Harbour's Curlane Bank. In the Trials fleet,…
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