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The Melges 15 won Sailing boat of the year in 2022 and has been Melges's best-selling design. With over 600 boats already built, they have quickly established strong fleets wherever they have been established
The Melges 15, a new double-handed dinghy, will launch in Europe this summer, with its first European fleet set for Dublin Bay. The drive for the new class is being led by John Sheehy of the Royal Saint George, who hosts a Zoom call…
Wayfarers (x2), Fireballs, ILCAs and the IDRA mixing it at the weather mark. In the background, ILCAs are running towards the weather mark
There are days when it is difficult for competitors, there are days when it is difficult for the Race Officer, and then there are days when it is difficult for everyone! Sunday, 5th February, was one of these latter days!!…
Racing at Kinsale's 2021 Sovereign's Cup Regatta. The 2023 event runs from 21st to 24th June
Kinsale Yacht Club has 30 registered entries to date for its biennial Sovereign's Cup 2023 Regatta.  One of the latest entries for the Simply Blue sponsored Cup from 21st to 24th June is George Sisk and Tim Kane's Dun Laoghaire-based Wow!  The…
The UK Sailmakers Ireland Talks Series begins in Ballyholme Yacht Club on February 23
Irish Laser ace Liam Glynn will be on home waters when he and UK Sailmakers Ireland manager Barry Hayes deliver the first of a series of UK Sails countrywide talks beginning in Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough later this month.…
Malin Head Coast Guard and Arranmore Lifeboat (above) responded to the incident off the Donegal coast
A post-mortem investigation will be performed on the body of a fisherman who drowned on Saturday evening (February 4th) off the coast of Donegal. The man, who was in his late 30s, fell overboard from a boat off the northwest coast…
America’s Cup Recon Emirates Team New Zealand LEQ12 - Set to be stand-out global events, the Women’s & Youth America’s Cup Regattas are two of the major highlights of AC37 in Barcelona, shining a spotlight on the next generation of America’s Cup sailors
Two of the primary events of AC37 in Barcelona are the Women's & Youth America's Cup Regattas, which place a strong emphasis on the upcoming generation of America's Cup sailors. The most prestigious prize in sailing is the ultimate platform…
GP14 dinghy racing off Skerries in County Dublin
A single-item agenda could see a new constitution for one of Ireland's strongest dinghy classes when the GP14 class votes at an Extraordinary General Meeting later this month.  Since September 13th, 1955, the GP14 Ireland Class Association has existed in…
Emirates Team New Zealand testing two AC40s side by side in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on Thursday 2 February
America’s Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand began its two-boat testing programme on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour last Thursday (2 February) in ideal 12-15 knots northeasterly winds. It was the first opportunity the team has had to sail in the past…
Fireballs sailing on Tralee Bay in a still from recently digitised footage of the 1970 Fireball Worlds
Film footage of the 1970 Fireball World Championship hosted in Fenit by Tralee Bay Sailing Club has been digitised after more than 50 years and has been shared online by John Caig, who won the event with Jack Davies. According…
Aerial view of Royal Malta Yacht Club
The host club of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has been forced to relocate its operations into shipping containers after it was evicted from its premises. As the Times of Malta reports, talks to delay a court-ordered eviction or find…
Noel Butler presented with his trophy at Dun Laoghaire Marina by the DBSC in 2021 for his RS Aero performance
Noel Butler of the National Yacht Club is Stateside this week for the 2023 Florida RS Aero Winter Series in Tampa. Davis Island Yacht Club — known for its steady winter winds ranging from 8-15 knots on any given day…
St Bridget emerges onto the Liffey from Dublin's Grand Canal Dock basin's Buckingham Lock, following a winter-layover. The 96 passenger Dublin Bay Cruises vessel departed Dublin Port to Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where it is based for the forthcoming season. In the background Naomh Éanna (blue cover on wheelhouse) a former Aran Islands freight/ferry which recently became partially submerged in a graving dry-dock that was built more than 200 years ago.
Dublin Bay Cruises St. Bridget which departed the capital and headed across the scenic bay to neighbouring Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where it is based, is preparing for another busy season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 96 passenger vessel (spelt St.…
Drone view of GUYOT environnement - Team Europe on Day 11 of Leg 2 (Saturday 4 February)
It was near midnight UTC on Saturday night (4 February) when boats in The Ocean Race fleet started to make their first significant move to the east towards Cape Town. Within an hour, all five IMOCA teams had gybed to…
Skiffiefest 2023's schedule on Strangford Lough is for 33 races covering several age categories
A country park doesn’t readily come to mind as a venue for a weekend of St.Ayles Skiff racing, but Delamont lies on the shores of Strangford Lough near Killyleagh and has proved an ideal base for this activity in the…
The Congressional Cup is recognised as the ‘grandfather’ of modern world-class match racing. The world’s top match racing skippers will return to Long Beach, California from April 18 to 22, 2023 for the 58th Congressional Cup regatta
The world’s top match racing skippers will return to Long Beach, Calif. April 18 to 22, 2023 for the 58th Congressional Cup regatta at Long Beach Yacht Club, and a founding event on the World Match Racing Tour. Reigning 2022…
GP14 action from the 2022 World Championships hosted by Skerries Sailing Club in County Dublin
The 2023 Irish GP14  season gets underway with its first of seven events in April when Blessington Sailing Club hosts the O'Tiarnaigh Challenge. Coming off the back of an epic 2022 season, that saw 100 boats gather in Ireland for…
K-Challenge is now Orient Express Team as ACCOR hotel group signs on as title partner for the team’s America’s Cup challenge
K-Challenge Racing is now Orient Express Team, after the ACCOR hotel group’s commitment to backing their challenge for the 37th America’s Cup. As previously reported on, K-Challenge — who previously contested for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007 as…
From left, fisheries officers Jose Perez, Maureen Byrne, Andrew Crosbie and Christine Meehan
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launching its recruitment drive to hire 36 seasonal fisheries officers for 2023. Subject to funding, the six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering 15 counties, with recruitment getting underway immediately. Seasonal fisheries…
Bernard and the late Caitriona Lucas in a Coastguard RIB
A date has been set for an inquest hearing into the death of Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas (41), over six years after her death off the Clare coast. As The Irish Examiner reports, the Limerick coroner’s office has…
Spirit of France has returned onto the Dover-Calais route boosting sailing frequency using four ferries.  Above is Spirit of Britian, the twin of UK-France ferry, which are currently the biggest ever to operate the route until larger newbuilds enter service this year.
The operator P&O Ferries which has routes on the Irish Sea, North Sea and the Strait of Dover has reintroduced one of its ferries onto the short sea route to Calais. As KentOnline reports, the ferry Spirit of France which…

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