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The world-famous visitor attraction reached the figure today (Friday, 11 August 2017), 11 days ahead of the date the figure was reached in 2016
Coastal Notes
For the fourth year in a row, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in County Clare has recorded one million visitors within a calendar year. The world-famous visitor attraction reached the figure today (Friday, 11 August 2017), 11 days ahead…
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Today's Fastnet race turns into a victory lap for the new Calves Week champ. A forecast of fresher winds has required some contingency planning for what is now Calves Week’s big finale, but after a dominant display that matched her D2D victory…
Fethard’s all-weather lifeboat tows in a boat with two on board after their vessel suffered engine failure
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - The volunteer crew with Fethard RNLI were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat shortly before noon yesterday (Thursday 10 August) following a call from a vessel with two on board who had got into difficulty when their engine failed.…
Ballycotton RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat on Wednesday afternoon (9 August) to aid a yacht in difficulty some 84 miles south of the East Cork village. Vencom, a Ker 39 with 10 people onboard, was returning from the…
Asterix (Counihan & Meredith) was a DBSC Cruisers 3B winner
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B21S - 1. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 2. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) B21S - 1. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 2. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Extreme Reality…
With much fresher weather forecasted for today's Fastnet race, a contingency plan has been put in place which may see only the larger boats attempting to round the rock, while the remaining fleets enjoy the relative comfort of an inshore course.
Calves Week
Following the postponement of Calves Week's scheduled Fastnet race, Thursday's racing took place, with the start line off the mouth of Schull harbour in West Cork in a building westerly breeze which eventually reached 12/14 knots. All the fleets raced…
GP14 sailors at Cornwall from left Stephen & Peter Boyle, Fergus Burnham (Dun Laoghaire Regatta Winner), Hugh Gill and Conor Twohig
GP14
As the GP14 British Nationals moves into its final day today, the fallout from Black Flag Monday continued with many seeking and getting redress for leeward caught BFD, as the pin boat was not anchored writes Andy Johnston On the…
The start of something big. The Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi (IRL 8088, skipper Kenneth Rumball) gets away with a close start on Sunday in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017. She finished first in Class 3B
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The final results of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 show that Kenneth Rumball with the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi has won in IRC 3B, where third place has been taken by ISORA’s J/109 Mojito. And RORC Commodore Michael…
The phantom boat proves to be very real indeed. The JND 39 Lann Ael 2 (Didier Gadoux) wasn’t showing on the Fastnet Race Tracker or the Entry List attached to it. Yet here she is, very much for real, making knots on her way past the Isles of Scilly and onwards towards Plymouth for the overall win
Fastnet
The harsh northwest to north wind that dominated the past three days of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 has softened its cough through Thursday. It’s settling in to be an Atlantic sou’west to west airflow, which eventually will bring rain…
The Howth 17 Oonagh leading her sister-ship Deilginis, which will be defending the class’s championship title this weekend. Oonagh is owned by Peter Courtney, whose family have been involved with the class since 1907
Howth YC
With the world’s newest One-Design Keelboat class, the Volvo 65, currently celebrating its hugely successful debut in the Fastnet Race 2017, it’s more than appropriate that the world’s oldest keelboat OD, the 1898-vintage Howth Seventeen, should be staging its Annual…
A tired but elated crew on Nick and Suzi Jones' First 44.7 Lisa, skippered by RORC Commodore Michael Boyd
Fastnet
Overnight and into a magnificent West Country morning, boats have been streaming across the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line and into Plymouth Yacht Haven writes James Boyd. With this the leaders in the bigger classes have begun firming up along…
Calves Week racing
Calves Week
Calves Week OD Neill Prenderville certainly got his fleet into the feelgood mood,when he requested over the VHF that all competitors smile for the RTE camera crew covering the event prior to the start of the second race of the series…
Breezy conditions for Foynes Mermaid Zest, number 100 (Anna Lowes, Bev Lowes and Mary McCormack) and number 183 Wanago, Robert Winters, Paul Winters and Remi Steger
Mermaid
This week sees Skerries Sailing Club hosting the 2017 Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship for what is the classes 85th anniversary year. With 26 entries in this beautiful one design class, the past few days have seen all types of…
Baltimore RNLI safely secures the stricken Fastnet Race yacht in Baltimore Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Thirteen people were brought safely ashore by Baltimore RNLI after their Fastnet Race yacht got into difficulty in the early hours of yesterday morning (Wednesday 9 August). The volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard…
Power play. Dongfeng’s 54-seconds win in the Volvo 65 OD Class has been a forceful demonstration of the new concept’s potential
Fastnet
An event as complex as the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 throws up so many facts and figures in a very short space of time that we have to make sense of it all on the hop as best we can…
Team Racing Clinic At Royal St George YC Next Week
Team Racing
#TeamRacing - The Royal St George Yacht Club next week hosts a clinic in team racing — which is quickly gaining a reputation as Ireland’s most enjoyable and fastest growing type of sailing for teenagers.  Running from Monday 14 to…
New €2M Funding Call For Angling Projects & Conservation Initiatives
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, has today (Wednesday 9 August) welcomed a new €2 million funding call from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) for angling projects and conservation initiatives. The funding call, which…
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Day Four of the Fastnet Race began with a guest appearance by the Courtmacsherry lifeboat, and the drama continued at the front end of the fleet with two VOR65s finishing within 60 seconds of each other. With boats still rounding the…
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…
Pat O’Neill of OctupussE claimed the trophy and the E-Boat National title
Racing
#E-Boat - Pat O’Neill sailed OctupussE consistently to a deserved victory in the E-Boat National Championships held on the second weekend of June, writes Findlay MacDonald. The championships were hosted at the Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club following a super…

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