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Inistearaght Race prizewinners- L-R (back row) SCORA Commodore Daragh Connolly, Overall IRC winner, Chris Power Smith of Aurelia, sponsor James Matthews of The Matthews Centre,  ECHO winner Paul Tingle of Alpaca, Daniel Fitzgerald of Aurelia, Dave Cullinane of Kinsale Yacht Club, Front row Zixi Dong and Jamie Tingle
Finishing in a sub-one-day elapsed time frame, Royal St. George Yacht Club's Chris Power Smith, on board his J122 Aurelia, won line honours and IRC victory on Saturday in Kinsale Yacht Club's eight-boat offshore Inistearaght Race. Having won line honours…
The National Yacht Club's Tom Shanahan took the gun in the J109 Ruth in IRC One in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Saturday Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fifth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 25th in blustery south easterly winds on a sunny Dublin Bay. There were several reasons that turnouts were down outside of this afternoon's European…
Blustery conditions inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the first day of racing at the 'George Invitational' Team Racing Championship hosted by the Royal St. Geoge Yacht Club and attracting 22 teams
Elmside Neighbours lead the 'George Invitational' Team Racing Championship after a colourful ten rounds sailed at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this afternoon. Set against the backdrop of the home of Team Racing in Dun Laoghaire, the Royal St George Yacht Club…
Diarmuid Ó Conghaíle and his rowing crew during their final training session before the Féile an Spidéil regatta feature in Pobal Cois Fharraige on TG4
A new cruise venture in Galway Bay, rowing training and seaweed and shellfish gathering are among marine activities profiled in a new maritime TV series on Irish language television station TG4. The series Pobal Cois Fharraige profiles the stretch of…
David Evan and William Draper, the 2024 GP14 O'Tiarnaigh Challenge winners, with their trophy at Mullingar Sailing Club
The GP14 O'Tiarnaigh Challenge at Mullingar Sailing Club proved to be a thrilling event with 30 entries and 29 boats competing on the start line. The competition served as excellent preparation for the upcoming World Championships in Pla Heli in…
New York-Vendee makes its mark on the Big Apple with glamour trials, haute cuisine and big thinkers while previewing the Vendee Globe form book. IMOCA Fortinet - Best Western is pictured before Manhattan
The wind gods only partially delivered for the NY-Vendee fleet competing in the Vendee Liberty exhibition speed trials on upper New York Harbour on Friday with puffs of breeze deciding the fortunes of the fleet. Battling north and south winds…
The #Fight4Fishing pre-election campaign was launched at a “hustings” in Killybegs to hear the views of ten Midlands/North-West European election candidates
A new campaign to highlight issues affecting the fishing industry in the run-up to the local and European elections has been initiated in Donegal. The #Fight4Fishing pre-election campaign was launched at a “hustings” in Killybegs to hear the views of…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan (right) and his French co-skipper Paul Morvan celebrate  seventh place in the 740-mile Trophée Banque Populaire Long Offshore Race
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and his French co-skipper Paul Morvan this morning finished a gruelling 740 miles long offshore race for the Trophée Banque Populaire Grand Ouest in seventh place from a star-studded field containing some of the most successful French…
Ireland's newest Naval Service Cutter 'LE Aoibhinn' heads out from Cork Harbour on its maiden voyage
Only one of Ireland’s naval fleet is operational because there are no crews.  Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell writes that Ireland’s waters are also EU waters.  Ireland is the ‘lame duck’ in securing the European Union’s (EU) maritime domain, but particularly both its…
The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club hosts the first of the four waterfront clubs’ 1-day regattas on Saturday 8th June
While some major regattas of a national and international variety are scheduled for Dun Laoghaire later in the “summer”, the local regatta scene gets underway in two weeks when the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club hosts the first of the…
She’s been round the block and then some, but she’s still winning. The newly-acquired Ker 46 Searcher (Pete Smyth, RIYC) won the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow every which way as Tonnere de Breskens for the late great Piet Vroon in 2010, and with her return for 2024’s race as Searcher, she is immediately among the favourites
With recent additions to the entry list including such glitterati as Pete Smyth of the Royal Irish YC with his newly-acquired Ker 46 Searcher (she was formerly Tonnere de Breskens to give the late great Dutch skipper Piet Vroon his…
A strong Irish rowing team is off to a good start at World Cup II
World Cup II is off to a good start for Irish rowing. The weather stayed good in the morning for the majority of the racing. However, the Rotsee saw a big change in the afternoon, with strong winds, rain, and…
Line ahead towards the misty Hill of Howth on Day One of Wave,with the Dun Laoghaire-based ultra-black First 8 Allig8r chasing towards success in class
From a selective look at the damp and occasionally drizzly weather stats issued from Howth today (Friday, May 24th), you might be tempted to talk of “hot racing on a soft day” to describe the first outing in the Porche-sponsored…
Central to the Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry will be the impressive fleet of Tall Ships, including the Irene (above)
The much-anticipated Foyle Maritime Festival is set to return to the historic walled city of Derry in Northern Ireland from Thursday, June 27th to Sunday, June 30th. This vibrant festival is expected to attract over 150,000 visitors from around the world…
A liferaft is launched during sea survival pool drills at the the launch of BIM’s new 12 metre Sea Survival Training Pool at the National Fisheries College in Greencastle, Co. Donegal
The Minister for Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D, has officially opened the new €2.16 million national sea survival training pool at the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), National Fisheries College of Ireland (NFCI) in Greencastle, Co. Donegal. Minister McConalogue expressed his delight…
Trainee tall ship: An amazing opportunity for young sailing enthusiasts is to take place on board the schooner Spirit of Falmouth with ‘training voyages’ based out of Cork Harbour. In addition, there will be a second similar voyage for adults. Both voyages take place in July.
Here’s a chance for teenagers in Cork with an interest in life at sea to give it a go on board and experience a replica of a 19th-century sailing tall ship. As CorkBeo writes, the youth sailing charity Sail Training…
The TechWorks Marine Oceanographic Survey for Clogherhead Wind Park for ESB and Parkwind involved the deployment of three metocean data buoys within the wind park area and along the export cable route. These buoys provided high-resolution data on sea state (currents and waves) and water quality
Metocean company TechWorks Marine has successfully completed a 12-month oceanographic campaign in the North Eastern Irish Sea for ESB and Parkwind at Clogherhead. The marine tech campaign involved the deployment of three metocean data buoys within the wind park area…
Squib racing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the southern shore of Belfast Lough has a long-established Squib fleet, and this weekend (25th/26th May), will host the Northern Championships. The entry list (download as a PDF below) is a respectable 22…
In a nod to the original Pickie to Pier Swim race, which ran from 1910 until the mid-1980s, the 200 participants will now swim an 800-metre course from Skippingstone Beach on the west side of the Bangor Bay to Pickie, the site of a Fun Park at Pickie to the tip of the Eisenhower Pier, and then loop back to the starting point at Skippingstone
On the North Down coast there are among the many open water swimming groups, the Chunky Dunkers at Donaghadee and the Brompton Beaus and Belles near Carnalea and no doubt some of them plus dozens of other will be part…
A new titanium Carbon Main sail IRC optimised on the Dublin Bay yacht Wow, an X-TREME 37
With the racing season underway, UK Sailmakers Ireland looks forward to this season's big events, such as the Round Ireland Race, Cork Week and the IRC European Championships. We have had a super busy start to 2024, and we're keen to…

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