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Tom Laperche, skipper of the Figaro yacht Bretagne passes the Fastnet Rock on his way to the Kinsale finish
From the highs of a top ten position earlier this week hopes have faded for a strong home waters finish for either Irish entry in the opening leg of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro into Kinsale. Tonight Tom Dolan lies 39th and Joan…
Andrew Craig's Chimaera was the winner of tonight's DBSC Thursday night race
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill, 2. Wow Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Rockabill, 2. Wow Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Black Velvet, 2. Juggerknot 2, 3. Chimaera Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Black Velvet, 2. Boomerang, 3. Juggerknot 2 Cruiser 1 J109: 1.…
Guy O’Leary (right) after his swim with fellow cancer patient @mindfuljimbo
Guy O’Leary’s challenge to swim a mile each day during the month of May has so far raised a whopping €70,000 for Cancer Research UK. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Guy — son of Dun Laoghaire Marina developer and local sailing stalwart…
A Fyffes container while in transit
One of the world’s largest and oldest tropical produce importers and distributors, Fyffes announced today its support for new global regulations that will limit the sulphur content in all marine fuels to 0.5 percent beginning January 1, 2020. Since the…
Mast damage - Colin Byrne's XP33 is out of this weekend's ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay
One of the few boats with the potential to break the stranglehold of the J109 type in the very competitive class one of this weekend's ICRA National Championships has been forced out of the Royal St. George competition due to mast…
Brian Jones's Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Yacht Club
Can a mix of Olympic 49er, Laser and Moth dinghy sailors plus experienced university bowmen produce the shock of the ICRA Nationals 2019 this weekend? Class One's hierarchy may be well documented here but a last-minute crew line up announced for Brian Jones's…
Mayo Sailing Club Commodore Duncan Sclare handing the cheque to Dave Curtis, RNLI
Going out to sea has always had a certain level of risk attached to it. When a boat breaks down and starts to drift out towards America or worse towards a rocky shore, help has not always been close to…
Galway Bay swimmers in the water at Blackrock in Salthill
The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this July. Now in its 14th year, the now sold-out event on Saturday 20 July will see close to 130…
Breaching humpbacks in Cape Verde this past April
Sixteen years after the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) first attempt to find the origins of Ireland’s humpback whales, a chance excursion on the latest expedition to Cape Verde has finally revealed the breeding grounds for these threatened marine…
The late Tom Power - Irish offshore sailing stalwart
Tomorrow's ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay will pay tribute to the late Tom Power, the former navigator and tactician on George Sisk's series of WOW cruiser racer campaigns who died last Saturday. Tom, whose life was celebrated at a packed gathering at the…
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You will find the Viking Marine Harken Challenge on the forecourt of the RSGYC in Dun Laoghaire on Friday and Saturday after racing
Have you got what it takes to beat the best? Harken grinder pedestals are found on some of the most exciting race boats in the world, raced by sailors at the top of their game! But have you got what…
Close competition for a start at the Quarter Ton Cup
Mike Daly's Cobh Pirate originally from Cork Harbour adds Irish interest to the pinnacle event of the quarter-ton class season, the Quarter Ton Cup, starts in less than a week, and it’s set to be an open stage with all…
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Tohatsu's new MFS60 outboard engine
Tohatsu has just launched its new 60HP outboard engine in Ireland through O'Sullivan's Marine. The legacy of the MFS50 model has been passed on to the MFS60, weighing in at under 100kg, it is the lightest in its class writes Brian O'Sullivan. Outboard motors…
Veterans at the D-Day 75th anniversary at Southsea Common, Portsmouth where world leaders joined the commemorative event today from those nations that formed the Allied Forces that fought in Normandy, France.
Veterans in their hundreds,RTE News reports, have joined world leaders and royalty to honour those who fought in the D-Day landings 75 years ago at a commemoration ceremony in the UK. Britain's Queen Elizabeth was joined by Prime Minister Theresa…
Nigel Young, Darragh McCormack and Jack Young of 188 Innocence with the trophy that’s been the helm’s since 2016
Foynes Yacht Club boat Innocence, helmed by Darragh McCormack and crew Nigel and Jack Young, claimed their fourth Munster Mermaids title in a row at the regional championships held at their home club on the Shannon Estuary his past June…
St Micheal’s Rowing Club’s home regatta took place this past June Bank Holiday weekend
This June Bank Holiday weekend, St Michael’s Rowing Club Dun Laoghaire hosted their home regatta, which brought together rowers from the East Coast rowing clubs: Arklow, Greystones, Bray, Dalkey, Wicklow, Fingal, and Stella Maris and St Patrick’s in Dublin. The…
A Dragon boat competing in the Ocean to City Race. Scroll down for photo gallery
The showcase event of the Cork Harbour Festival, the Ocean to City – An Rás Mór that draws huge crowds every year is the race is the largest of its kind in Ireland and attracts competitors from all over –…
Light winds for the Midnight Race in Liverpool last year
Liverpool Yacht Club (LYC) and Tranmere Sailing Club (TSC) have announced the 100th Isle of Man Midnight Race on Friday 5 July. The century race to the Isle of Man will start from the international start line outside the Royal…
The Frank Keane BMW ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay this weekend will produce a 100-boat fleet
Dun Laoghaire's Royal St George Yacht Club hosts this week's Frank Keane BMW ICRA National Championships. Ten races are scheduled with approximately one hundred boats entered. Afloat sticks its neck out to predict the top boats and winners in each division. Last year's…
DBSC Committee Vessel Freebird
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) who had cancelled its racing programme this Saturday at the request of the organisers of this weekend's ICRA championships on Dublin Bay now say that there is now a possibility of running some DBSC racing from one of…

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