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Commodore Daragh Connolly (right) presents the SCORA boat of the year award to Brian Jones, skipper of the J122, Jelly Baby
The Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) says it has a number of aims for the season ahead – getting more boats off the marinas and out racing, creating links between dinghy sailors and keelboat racing and…
SCORA 2022 Prizewinners gathered at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
The annual South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) AGM was held on Friday, January 20th, in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, attended by a large body of the sailing fraternity representing south coast clubs. Commodore Daragh Connolly reported on a…
The Crosshaven RNLI (left) rendezvous with the new Courtmacsherry lifeboat to escort her into Crosshaven
Courtmacsherry’s new lifeboat which is scheduled to arrive home at the West Cork harbour this Sunday, January, 22nd was welcomed into Cork Harbour hours earlier on her delivery voyage home from Poole in Dorset. The new Shannon Class lifeboat arrived in Crosshaven…
A commemorative plaque for those lost in the 1873 lifeboat tragedy stands at Holmpatrick Cemetery in Skerries
On Sunday 5 February, RNLI volunteers past and present will gather at Skerries lifeboat station in north Co Dublin to lay a wreath at sea and remember six of their colleagues who were lost while on a service in 1873.…
File image of Atlantic salmon migrating upstream in the River Finn
The Loughs Agency will retain salmon carcass tag numbers for licence holders for the 2023 season in line with the policy followed in the previous two years. Based on the information collected in 2022, a continual fall in salmon numbers…
The new DB/37 from Jeanneau features a streamlined silhouette designed by Camillo Garroni
Jeanneau expands its DB Yachts line with the new DB/37, which had its world premiere at boot Düsselforf on Saturday 21 January. Benefiting from all the savoir-faire and creativity of Jeanneau, the DB/37 is available in inboard and outboard versions…
WindWhisper Racing Team was the first VO65 into Cabo Verde on Saturday afternoon 21 January
The Ocean Race veteran Pablo Arrarte has led WindWhisper Racing Team to victory in the first stage of the inaugural The Ocean Race VO65 Sprint on Saturday afternoon (21 January). The Polish-flagged team battled hard on the opening 48 hours…
Team Holcim-PRB are the IMOCA winners of Leg 1 as they arrive into Cabo Verde in the early hours of Saturday 21 January
French skipper Kevin Escoffier led his Swiss-flagged Team Holcim-PRB to victory in Leg 1 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 in the early hours of Saturday morning (21 January). It marked the end of an intense and challenging opening to The…
The Spirit of 2022 – the 44-strong and rapidly reviving 1720 Sportsboat Class celebrated its 30th Anniversary with some great racing at Cork Week, and a “Sailor of the Month” nomination for the winning multi-club crew on Atara
You can tell a lot about someone’s personality through the way in which they react generously – or not – to the fact that for 2022, the Post-Pandemic Year in which Life Afloat With All Its Apres Sailing Ashore Was…
Two rowing craft with University of Galway students were swept towards the salmon weir, where they were caught by pontoons and capsized due to the strength of the river flow
The University of Galway says it is inquiring into a recent incident on the river Corrib where up to ten people were rescued after their rowing craft were swept towards the salmon weir. The university says no one was injured,…
File image of Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spier on a callout
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called out on Thursday evening (19 January) to assist three people on a 16ft speedboat adrift at the most northern part of the lake near Portumna. Valentia Coast Guard requested the launch following reports…
Irish champion Antix, skippered by Anthony O'Leary leads at Florida's southernmost regatta at Key West, Florida
Topping the Cape 31 class at Florida's 2023 Southernmost Regatta this week is Irish champion Antix, skippered by Anthony O'Leary.  After eight races sailed, the Royal Cork crew scored 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - [5]…
The Ambience cruise ship is due to dock quayside in Cobh Cruise Terminal at 12:00pm and is scheduled to depart at 19:00 pm on April 10th 2023
The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) looks forward to welcoming the return of cruise ships this spring in Cork Harbour as it announces its Cruise Liner Schedule for 2023. Anticipating a strong year, PoCC sees bookings return to pre-pandemic levels,…
There are plans to develop an international watersports facility at a new-look Ballyholme Yacht Club and Watersports Centre
Bangor Waterfront Development will receive £40 million in funding as part of the Belfast Region City Deal. Ards and North Down Borough Council welcomed the news a year after the UK and NI Executive Ministers signed the first-ever City Deal…
Conor O'Brien's Saoirse departs Dun Laoghaire  on her round-the-world voyage
Following Vincent Murphy's presentation on the life of circumnavigator Conor O’Brien at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary last Friday evening, Professor Patrick Frawley, a member of the Club, and a native of Foynes donated an unedited version of one of…
ICRA cruiser-racing on Dublin Bay
The results of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s (ICRA) national survey of members to get their views about racing are being compiled. They are expected to be completed and released within the next week. The survey has been carried out…
The North Western Waters Advisory Council mission is to provide strategic advice from the stakeholders (fishing industry and civil society) to the European Commission and the Member States on sustainable fisheries management
The North Western Waters Advisory Council (NWWAC) is seeking “well-informed” and “sustainably minded” organisations to join its members. In “an unpredictable political landscape and with the effects of climate change underway, the range and complexity of marine and fisheries management…
Northern Ireland ice swimmer Grace McLaughlin
A County Down swimmer has broken a world record and claimed two gold medals at the ice swimming world championships, reports The Belfast Telegraph. Grace McLaughlin from Bangor defied freezing temperatures to triumph at the International Ice Swimming Association’s (IISA)…
A jubilant team on Eric de Turckheim's Teasing Machine, Laurent Pages, Quentin Bouchacourt, Bertrand Castelnerac, Aymeric Chappellier, Quentin le Nabour, Paco Lepoutre, Gabriele Olivo, Christian Ponthieu, Jerome Teillet with Nikoyan Roberts (GTA) and Steve Cole (RORC)
Thursday, 19 January, Grenada West Indies: RORC Vice Commodore Eric de Turckheim, racing his NMYD 54 Teasing Machine (FRA), is the overall winner under IRC for the 2023 RORC Transatlantic Race. While 10 boats are still racing, none of them…
Day 5 of Leg 1 onboard GUYOT environnement - Team Europe, 19 January 2023
The leading IMOCAs in Leg 1 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 are expected to arrive in Cabo Verde overnight Friday night (20 January) and into Saturday morning as the fleet eats up the miles on ‘the highway’ south. Sailing fast,…

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