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I Love Poland completed the RORC Transatlantic Race in an elapsed time of 8 days 23 hrs 37mins 07 secs, taking Monohull Line Honours and winning the IMA Transatlantic Race Trophy
The Polish National Foundation’s Volvo 70 I Love Poland (POL), skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski, crossed the finish line outside Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada on Tuesday, 17th January 2023 at 13:47:07UTC. I Love Poland has taken Monohull Line…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club Executive (from left to right) Front row: Pat Harte Treasurer/Secretary, Kieran O'Connell Admiral, Annamarie Fegan Vice Admiral, Gavin Deane General Manager. Back row: Paul Tingle, Rear Admiral Keelboats, Maurice Collins, Rear Admiral Dinghies, Mike Rider, Rear Admiral Cruising, Yvonne Durcan, Chair of the Membership Communications and events, and Denis Byrne, Chair of Marina and Facilities Committee.
The 302nd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Cork Yacht Club was held in the Crosshaven clubhouse on Monday with the election of an Executive Committee for 2023.   2023 will see the Topper World Championships hosted by the Royal Cork under a new Chair of…
Peter Crowley (centre) was honoured at  Royal Cork Yacht Club's AGM with Admiral Kieran O'Connell and former Admiral David O'Brien
A former Admiral and President paid tribute to a former Admiral and President at the 302nd annual general meeting of the oldest yacht club in the world. It was rather unique as David O’Brien, former President of the Irish Sailing…
CalMac have launched a freight-only and temporary service on the Firth of CLyde between Troon and Brodick on the Isle of Arran to support businesses and ensure essential supplies are delivered. Above lorries being loaded onto MV Hebridean Isles for the day's 1st freight run.
Scotland's largest domestic ferry operator, CalMac has introduced freight-only sailings on the Firth of Clyde with a temporary route between Troon and Arran so to provide support to the island. According to a press release, following trials last week, CalMac…
ILCA 7 racers enjoy close company at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The critical aspect of last Sunday’s DMYC Frostbites, sponsored by Viking Marine, was the air temperature rather than the wind strength. True, there had been a severe wind warning as late at 13:00 on the Saturday, with Severe Gale Force…
Ireland's largest export market remains with the EU. Exports from and imports to Ireland increased in the first 11 months of last year. Above the 803TEU capacity container ship Samskip Express in the Port of Cork when heading upriver to the port's older and smaller Tivoli container terminal.
In the first 11 months of last year, exports from Ireland had reached €193bn, which was an increase of 27% compared to the same period in 2021, as the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show. During the same period,…
Class of 2022 - The Irish Sailors of the Year (clockwise from top left) Jim Schofield, Paul Kehoe, Justin Slattery, Karen Weekes, Shane Diviney, Harry Durcan, Eve McMahon, Hal Sisk, Philip Mayne, Lucia Cullen, Cian McCarthy, Sam Hunt, Pat Kelly, John Maybury, Dermot Skehan, Ross McDonald, Frank Guy, Chris Moore, Naomi Alego, Alana Twomey, Rocco Wright, Hannes Louet-Feisser, Simon O’Keeffe, Fiachra Geraghty-McDonnell, Patrick Boardman, Laura Dillon, Andy Thompson, Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell, Sean Craig, Richie Evans, Micheal O’Suilleabhain, Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop, Nick Cats, Colman Grimes, Melanie Morris, Ger Owens, Tom Dolan, Conor Doyle, Robbie English, Damian Browne, Peter Crowley, Bill O’Hara, Con Murphy, David Lovegrove, Lee Condell, Pat O’Neill Mike Evans and Aoife English. Scroll down for month by month citations and vote in our poll (panel on the right on desktop and at the bottom of the article on mobile and tablet)
Who gets your vote for the Irish Sailor of the Year 2022? 50 Afloat Sailors of the Month in 2022 (double that awarded in 2021) demonstrate the strength and diversity of the sport of sailing in Ireland. Afloat's review of…
Winners at the most recent RYANI Annual Awards for 2019
RYA Northern Ireland has announced the return of its annual awards, including a brand new category, which will recognise the region’s unsung heroes of sailing and boating. The awards, which had been on hold since 2019 due to COVID, are…
I love Poland is firmly in pole position for Monohull Line Honours in RORC's Transatlantic Race
Three RORC Transatlantic Race teams are in the shoot-out for Monohull Line Honours and the IMA Transatlantic Trophy. The exquisite 19th-century sterling silver trophy will be presented in Grenada by the International Maxi Association Secretary General, Andrew McIrvine. The winner…
The late Mark Morley pictured in happier times with wife Kate Strochnetter and their daughters Roisin and Allison
An online fundraiser for the family of a man who died while kayaking in Galway Bay last month has surpassed its €20,000 goal. As previously reported on, Mark Morley got into difficulty off Spiddal in Co Galway shortly before…
New Zealand won SailGP Singapore, the first eve SailGP event held in Asia
New Zealand battled back from a four-point pre-event penalty to claim to dominate SailGP victory over Denmark and Australia on the final day of racing in Singapore. The Kiwis left Nicolai Sehested's Denmark and Tom Slingsby's Australia trailing in their…
A 50kg adult female loggerhead turtle was discovered in December 2021 on Muighinis Beach near Carna in Connemara in a comatose state. The turtle never regained consciousness and died despite the best efforts of Galway Atlantaquaria staff
Concern has been expressed over reports of endangered loggerhead turtles washing up on Irish and British shores in recent days, as reports. The remains of a deceased loggerhead turtle were found at Port Glais in Co Mayo over the…
A start of a RORC IRC National Championship race in 2022
The IRC rating Race Management Guidelines offer advice to event organisers for racing under RORC's IRC Rules for cruiser racing. They include guidance and suggestions that a race organiser may wish to consider and give suitable wording that may be…
The Women's Match Racing Series in San Francisco, USA
The Women’s World Match Racing Tour has announced four events for its 2023 season, including San Francisco, Annapolis, Le Havre, and Copenhagen. The Tour is the world’s only professional sailing series for women designed to promote and grow female participation…
Team Malizia pictured at The Ocean Race start in Alicante on Sunday 15 January
The opening 24 hours of The Ocean Race 2022-23 have been challenging, but not unexpected. After running into a quiet spell overnight, during which both fleets concertinaed, the forecast has played out its threat with strong winds and big seas…
Cork County Council has sought to get hold of the Naval Service former flagship, LÉ Eithne, which AFLOAT highlights was the last ship built (1984) in Ireland. The Dept. of Defence has also held talks with Dublin Port which too wants the vessel used a 'floating museum'. Afloat notes that Dublin Port recently had a floating crane to lift out a former Irish lightship, Kittiwake (1959) onto the quayside so to be enable restoration and be put on display as part of the port's 'Pumphouse' maritime heritage quarter.
Cork City Council it is believed have lost out on getting the Naval Service former flagship LÉ Eithne to remain in Cork Harbour for use as a floating museum as the Department of Defence has held discussions with Dublin Port which too…
The five-man Row Hard of Go Home team light a flare to celebrate their record-breaking achievement in Nelson’s Dockyard
An Irish rowing crew have set a new record for the fastest Atlantic crossing, as RTÉ News reports. The five-man team from Row Hard or Go Home rowed from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the West Indies in 33…
J/Boats will have the newly launched J/45 showing, and Grand Soleil will have the newly launched Grand Soleil 40 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show
The Dusseldorf boat show opens next Saturday and runs till the following Sunday week. J/Boats will have the newly launched J/45 showing, and Grand Soleil will have the newly launched Grand Soleil 40. Both boats will be very popular at…
The ARC January 2023 fleet departs Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The majority of boats will take 18-21 days to make the 2,700 nautical mile Atlantic crossing
Gran Canaria bid farewell today to the ARC January fleet for the second edition of the 'new year rally' organised by World Cruising Club. Following the first edition in 2022, ARC January 2023 has seen 30 boats gathering to cross…
Botin 56 Black Pearl (GER), sailed by Stefan Jentzsch and with Ireland's James Carroll on board
At 0800 UTC on the eighth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, 17 boats are still racing in the Atlantic, with the first finishers in the monohull fleet expected on the 17th and 18th of January. The battle for the…
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