Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Latest Stories
Bray Sailing Club Junior Regatta
Bray Sailing Club’s annual junior sailing regatta took place last week, with 39 boats and 67 competitors from Bray and neighbouring Greystones Sailing Clubs experiencing a wide range of conditions off the County Wicklow coast. Four fleets - Picos, Lasers,…
The Jukebox crew are the 2019 J109 UK Champions with tactician, RCYC Olympian Mark Mansfield (back right) and owner John Smart (second from left on back row)
Royal Cork Olympian Mark Mansfield was the tactician and main sheet trimmer on John Smart's J109 Jukebox at the 2019 UK J109 Nationals held last weekend at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble. The J109 Nationals was part of…
The Fireball fleet at Howth Yacht Club with Race Officer David Lovegrove (centre in blue shirt)
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (NYC) have retained their Fireball National Champions title after nine races at Howth Yacht Club. The pair scored seven first places discarding a third and a fourth to take the title in style in a…
Greystones Harbour hosts the International Wayfarer class next week
Greystones Sailing Club in County Wicklow will host the Wayfarer International Championships next week (Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July) with boats coming from 13 countries around the world including the USA, Canada and across Europe and Scandinavia. The three…
Aoife Hopkins of Howth competing in the World Championships in Japan
Both Aisling Keller (Nenagh, Co. Tipperary) and Aoife Hopkins (Howth, Co. Dublin) qualified for the Gold fleet final round at the Laser Radial World Championship at Sakaiminato, Japan earlier today (Sunday 21st July 2019). The event is the penultimate qualification…
Who Says You Can’t Enjoy Sailing? — RYA Supports Charity Campaign To Challenge Perceptions Of Disability In Sport
The RYA is welcoming the launch of a UK-wide disability inclusion campaign and highlighting the benefits of sailing for all participants. The Activity Alliance’s Who Says? campaign is calling time on negative perceptions about disability, inclusion and sport. It was…
Finns in action during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
The Finn class has announced proposals to ‘rebalance the slate’ of Olympic sailing as it identifies a lack of opportunity for heavyweight men and lightweight women. The mixed one-person dinghy class, which late last year was removed from the Games…
Aisling Keller
Lough Derg Yacht Club's Aisling Keller continues to lead Irish hopes of Olympic qualification at the Laser Radial World Championships today. Both Irish women competing at the World Championships in Sakaiminato, Japan achieved top 20 results as the pair aim to…
The Dufour 425 'Act Two' (Michael O’Leary, Tom Roche and David Andrews) was the winner of DBSC Cruiser 5 NS-IRC 1
Race 1 Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami, 3. D-Tox Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Tsunami, 3. Wow Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Something Else, 3. Gringo Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Indecision, 2. Jump the Gun,…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Secured Prosecution Of Landowner Who Removed Gravel From Munster Blackwater
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) secured a conviction against Mr Bryan O’Neill, a riparian landowner on the Munster Blackwater, for removing spawning gravel during last summer’s drought. On Tuesday 16 July, Judge John King convicted Mr O’Neill at a special sitting…
Team Ireland in Antigua ahead of the competition
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright scored a tremendous result for Ireland as he placed 10th in the Optimist Worlds in Antigua earlier this week. He was followed closely in the final standings by 13th-placed James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal…
 They’re on their way – the Galway-Lorient fleet in Hughtown on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly on Wednesday, with Cormac Mac Donncha’s J/35 Lean Machine on left. This evening (Saturday) they’ll be formally received in the Breton port of Lorient, which is twinned with Galway.
Even the most experienced amateur sailors will always feel a certain nervousness mingling with the anticipation in starting a cruise writes W M Nixon. This is particularly so when the cruise will take them out of sight of land, and…
Noel Hendrick
#Canoeing: Noel Hendrick put in a solid performance in the men’s K1 semi-final at the canoe slalom World Under-23 Championships in Krakow, Poland, this morning. He had no touches, but his time of 91.46 seconds left him outside the top…
Ilen's crew on their arrival at Nuuk late this morning (Friday) - Gary Mac Mahon on left, Paddy Barry second right
After a swift but cold 26-hour run up the Labrador Sea along the southwest coast of Greenland from Paamuit, Limerick’s restored 1926-built 56ft ketch Ilen reached her primary destination, the Greenland capital of Nuuk, late this morning (Friday) writes W…
'Spirit of Discovery in Cobh; this brand new luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers. Scroll down for photo gallery below
The latest cruise ship from Saga Cruises, the highly anticipated 'Spirit of Discovery' has docked in Cobh on her make her maiden call to a wet Cork Harbour today. As Afloat's Jehan Ashmore wrote yesterday, this brand new, luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers on…
The Laser Radial World Championship is being held at Sakaiminato, Japan
Aisling Keller of Lough Derg Yacht Club leads Irish hopes in chasing one of ten Olympic places at the Laser Radial World Championship at Sakaiminato, Japan today. Near-calm conditions made for a tricky opening day where Ireland has two sailors…
Main Lay Installation Works For Rockabill Subsea Cable Set To Begin This Weekend
The main lay installation works for the Rockabill Subsea Cable will take place from tomorrow, Saturday 20 July, to Sunday 1 September. Using the vessel CS Teliri (callsign IBBT), the Rockabill cable system will be conducted from north of Lambay Island…
Participants in the Frances Thornton Memorial swim in 2016
Close to 130 hardy souls will take to the waters of Galway Bay tomorrow (Saturday 20 July) for the 14th annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the early sell-out event is one of Ireland’s…
A migrating smooth hammerhead, swimming with its dorsal fin exposed, off the US east coast
A shark species previously unrecorded in Irish waters has been sighted in the Celtic Sea. A smooth hammerhead shark was reported on the edge of the continental shelf, south-west of Ireland, during a recent fisheries survey on the Marine Institute’s…
Liam Jegou
#Canoeing: Ireland’s Liam Jegou took bronze at the canoe slalom World Championships in Krakow, Poland.  Liam Jegou looked well on course in the final of the C1 – only to touch gate 14. This pushed him out of gold medal…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

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

Please show your support for Afloat by donating