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Dedicated long-distance sailor Conor Haughey took nights at sea as they came to win Line Honours in the 2021 ARC +
Conor Haughey of Malahide admits to an addiction. It’s to saltwater and long-distance voyaging. But though he has made several transoceanic passages, it wasn’t until he bought the comfortable yet swift Moody 54DS Hibernian that he reckoned he could take…
Match Racing Champion Mark Hassett with his crew of Adam Hyland (left) and Robbie English
The National Yacht Club’s flotilla of Elliott 6M match-racing boats came into their own early in December, when the club staged its inaugural Invitational Match Racing Series, successfully drawing in competition from near and far to being together a highly…
Community Rescue Service Regional Commander, Sean McCarry, from Co. Antrim
The Community Rescue Service (CRS) is a charitable search and rescue organisation operated by volunteers from communities across Northern Ireland and in the Queen’s New Year Honours the Regional Commander, Sean McCarry, from Co. Antrim, has been made an OBE…
Shannon One Designs in close racing at Lough Ree Yacht Club. In 2022, the Shannon ODs are celebrating their Centenary, while the 1770-founded Lough Ree YC will be marking its pandemic-postponed Quarter Millennium+
Lough Ree Yacht Club and the Shannon One Design Association are sharing this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year Award. It’s the well-deserved honouring of a dynamic combination that provides a core contribution to the Athlone area’s reputation…
A tranquil boating scene at Drake's Pool in Cork Harbour
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The Fireball Worlds 2022 at Lough Derg YC in August will be one of the season’s international highlights. In 1995, the event was staged in Dun Laoghaire, and the winners were John Lavery and David O’Brien of the National YC, whose boat of 26 years ago is seen here being put through her paces at Lough Ree YC in 2021 by Eoghan Duffy & Conor Paul.
(First published 11/12/2021) Four World Championships. Two Europeans. The super-staging of our defining offshore race. A major new offshore challenge. Regattas galore. A very significant Centenary. An important Golden Jubilee. At least one new One-Design class. Established OD classes finding…
File photo of Baltimore RNLI lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide a medical evacuation yesterday (Thursday 30 December) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 9.26 am, following a request to bring…
The Naval Service celebrated 75 years from its foundation this year
“We are mission ready and interoperable with international Navies at home and overseas,” the Naval Service, which celebrated its 75th year of foundation this year, says in the Defence Forces ‘Year in Review’ annual report issued today. It records a…
Sydney-Hobart Race winners three times in a row - Ichi Ban’s Matt Allen & Gordon Maguire with the Tattarsall Cup
When Gordon Maguire of Howth won his first Sydney-Hobart Race in 1991 helming Atara with Cork’s Harold Cudmore as skipper, he can scarcely have dreamed that thirty years later, he would proudly be holding the coveted Tattersall Cup for the…
An Irish-European Short-Sea Trader, the C-class cargoship Arklow Castle (built 2017/5,054dwat) departed Dublin Port this morning and passed its shipowners (Arklow Shipping) homeport located in Co. Wicklow. Asides operating in domestic waters, the short-sea trader is seen sailing in the North Sea having departed the UK east coast and bound for the near European continent. The vessel had set sail from either ports of Ipswich or Mistley, from where ships pass between the other ports of Felixstowe and Harwich before entering the open sea.
Departing Dublin Port this morning was Arklow Castle, one of 10 C-class cargoship newbuilds which continue to be built for the Co. Wicklow shipowner as the latest launch in the series took place just a fortnight ago, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Skerries RNLI volunteers with their long-service awards
Over the course of 2021, volunteers with Skerries RNLI were presented with long-service awards totalling 190 years of volunteering with the charity that saves lives at sea. Due to restrictions on gatherings, the north Co Dublin lifeboat station was unable…
A common dolphin reported live stranded in Mulranny, Co Mayo by Catherine Hanley
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has appealed for the public to keep a look-out after a spate of marine wildlife strandings reported in recent days. Half of the six reports were live strandings, the group says, but only…
File image of sprat at a market in Odessa, Ukraine
2020 was a record year for sprat landings — but this has come at the expense of many other marine wildlife species who depend on the small fish as a food source. Noteworthy’s investigation of the issue shows that in…
Ichi Ban making knots in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race as she approaches the final stage in to the Hobart finish
Matt Allen’s Botin/TP 52 Ichi Ban, with Gordon Maguire of Howth as Sailing Master and a crew including Sean O’Rourke and Dublin-born Noel Drennan, has received the benefit of a remarkable reversal of fortune in the current Rolex Sydney Hobart…
North Sails is a unique sailmaker, built on a champion spirit. We make history by looking ahead and that's what sets us apart from other sailmakers. We’re proud to introduce Loft 57, a conversational podcast (below) that opens the doors…
The sailing weather of 2021 was decidedly mixed, and recollections will depend on the focus of each significant event. The Puppeteer 22s recall only idyllic Mediterranean weather for their Annual Championship at Howth, won by the McMahon family’s Shiggy-Shiggy for the second year running
(First published 27/11/21): The 2021 programme for Irish sailors is still in action with winter series underway at several centres, while next Wednesday a junior squad departs for Oman and the Youth Sailing Worlds which get fully underway on December…
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The Irish Coast Guard has reported an 12% increase in the overall number of incidents coordinated during 2021. And among these, the search and rescue agency saved 474 lives over the course of the year — though tragically 68 lives…
The pair trawler FV Aztec sank 500m south of Duncannon Fort in Co Wexford
A fishing vessel which sank off the Wexford coast last January should have issued a “Pan Pan” alert, a report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has noted. Four crew on board the FV Aztec were transferred successfully to…
A key point of the Class 30 One Design™ project is for 
a boat that is great to sail: seated comfortably at the helm or out on the rail, on a hull which is not too wet, with a large cockpit for carrying out manoeuvres in crewed format
With the preliminary design study phase drawing to a close, the ground is now being prepared for the construction of the first Class 30 a joint yacht design project between the RORC in London and UNCL in France, with the…
The annual report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) for last year came a bit late this year to make as much impact as it could. It arrived in my email at the start of the month, a time…
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