Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Latest Stories
Heavy lift operations at Cork Dockyard involve the loading of cargo onto the vessel ‘HHL Lagos’
Port of Cork
Since Friday (2nd February 2018) planned heavy lift operations at Cork Dockyard involve the loading of cargo onto the vessel ‘HHL Lagos’. Last February, as Afloat.ie reported at the time here, the same Cork Harbour dockyard was the site selected…
The Hanse 351 Hanse Off is one of 36-boats for tomorrow's first race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
DBSC
Keelboats ranging in size from 20–foot keelboats such as Flying Fifteens right up to 35–foot J109s are back on the water tomorrow (Sunday, 4th February) on Dublin Bay for the DBSC Rathfarnham Ford Spring Chicken Series, a forerunner to the…
The Zhik sailing clothing sale continues at CH Marine
CH Marine Chandlery
While stocks last CH Marine Chanldery is continuing its Zhik marine clothing sale. The Cork store has value across the Australian brand range including a Superwarm skiff suit €195 and a Superwarm Top €155. Other examples include Microfleece skiff suits €169, Aroshell…
Clipper Race Teams Get Tactical In Fast Doldrums Corridor
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - And they’re off! Much to the delight of the majority of Clipper Race skippers and their crews, the fourth day of Race 7: The Forever Tropical Paradise Race to Sanya, China has brought about some long-awaited breeze which…
Wire-to-wire racing in Guangzhou
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - There is a new leader in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series, after MAPFRE won the Dongfeng In-Port Race in Guangzhou, China today (Saturday 3 February). The win puts the Spanish race leader alone at the top…
Pata Negra, a Marc Lombard-designed IRC 46. This interesting boat has been chartered by Howth’s Michael Wright for the RORC Caribbean 600 in two weeks’ time
W M Nixon
The annual RORC Caribbean 600 in late February is now a pillar event of the international offshore racing programme, despite the fact that it was only first sailed – and on a rather experimental basis at that – as recently…
Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus (above in Dublin) called to Cork City yesterday and is docked along J.J Horgans Wharf from where passing motorists on the parallel N8 road leading into the city centre can see the naval visitor subject to tides on the River Lee.
Naval Visits
#NavyVisits - HNLMS Walrus which is one of the world's most sophisticated submarines arrived in Cork City yesterday for a courtesy visit this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The non-nuclear powered submarine is the leadship of the 'Walrus' class which was…
Bill Likely with his prized catch at the Drowes Fishery in Co Leitrim
Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that the first spring salmon of 2018 was caught earlier this week in Co Leitrim. Well-known local angler Bill Likely landed the 7.5lb salmon on the River Drowes on Tuesday 30 January. The…
Clogherhead RNLI with the fishing vessel under tow
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Clogherhead and Skerries  RNLI  rescued a man whose fishing boat got into difficulty north of Dublin Bay yesterday afternoon (Thursday 1 February). The volunteer crews were requested to launch the all-weather lifeboat from Clogherhead and the inshore lifeboat…
The Jacksons To Headline Dun Laoghaire’s Beatyard Festival This Summer
Maritime Festivals
#Beatyard - The Jacksons will play their first ever Irish show as a part of this summer’s Beatyard festival in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with tickets going on sale next week. Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon will headline on Friday 3…
Belfast routes to Scotland and England are served by seven Stena ships, among them above a freight ferry astern of Stena Lagan which operates to Liverpool (Birkenhead) on Merseyside.
Ferry
#FerryNews- Services on Stena Line's Belfast-Scotland and England routes in 2017 marked another record trading year for freight and passenger operations. Freight volumes on its Belfast to Cairnryan, Liverpool and Heysham routes exceeded a record 514 000 units, which represents…
The new Cork Week 2018 gear
Cork Week
Following the recent announcement of the Volvo Cork Week ‘Super Early Bird’ competition winners who won back their full entry fee for the regatta, event organisers have announced a new enticing deal for those who sign up before March 31st.…
At 31, Gregor McGuckian he will be one of the youngest participants in the Race and will be one of only 200 people who have sailed solo around Cape Horn.
Solo Sailing
Gregor McGuckin (31) is attempting the gruelling feat of becoming the first Irish man to sail non-stop single handed around the world using no modern technology in the upcoming Golden Globe Race. In 150 days, Gregor will set sail from…
Gary MacMahon of Limerick: for twenty years, his developing vision for the future of the Irish 1926-built 56ft trading ketch Ilen has evolved into a successful and expanding programme for maritime education of all kinds.
Sailor of the Month
In the depths of this winter, traditional boat enthusiasts worldwide were thinking of Oldcourt in West Cork, where the traditional ketch Ilen, having completed her basic restoration, had to be moved in difficult and cramped conditions out of her building…
 The largest J109 fleet is in Dun Laoghaire with 13 boats
J109
Last October there were 15 boats at the Irish J109 National Championships, a very impressive turnout for a 35–foot Cruiser Racer. What's more 109s have won ISORA overall in the last three seasons and filled the first four places last…
The second Full Moon of January 2018, a "blue" moon, breaks through the clouds over Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
Photographer John Coveney captures the second Full Moon of January 2018, a "blue" moon, breaks through the clouds over Dublin Bay at dusk on 31st January. Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey is in the foreground. The Muglins Light (left) and the…
Sebastian Steudtner riding the big wave off Nazaré on 18 January
Surfing
#Surfing - German big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner has set an unofficial record for the biggest swell ever surfed. As the Washington Post reports, Steudtner was filmed a fortnight ago surfing a wall of water off Nazaré in Portugal that’s…
Scroll down the page for a 'Starting Strategies with Mike Marshall' vid from North Sails
North Sails Ireland
The first two minutes of a race is arguably the most important. Those first two minutes will define where you start on the line, and how much space is around you to accelerate. This makes starting one of the hardest…
The modern appearance of Lady Min’s hull makes it all the more remarkable that she was designed and built in Schull in 1902
Historic Boats
When the 30–ft gaff–cutter Lady Min was newly-launched in Schull in 1902, she was something of a sensation writes W M Nixon. Designed by local sailing enthusiast Maurice O’Keeffe and built to his requirements by local shipwrights under his own…
Working hard to catch what little breeze available on board Visit Seattle
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - A testing first 24 hours of Race 7: The Forever Tropical Paradise Race has seen the Clipper Race fleet make slow progress at the mercy of a light wind lottery. With soaring temperatures to contend with and only…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

corkweek sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton
roundireland sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

chmarine sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating