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Cork Harbour's Séafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan from Royal Cork Yacht Club have scored 41 points and are in 27th place after the first day of racing at the 49er European Championships in La Grande Motte, South of France. Their scores for the day were 20, 6 and 15. They are currently competing against Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, who are leading the Irish selection trials for the single Irish 49er place at the Paris Olympics
The outcome of the final Irish Olympic sailing selection trial for Paris 2024 remains finely balanced between two rivals after the first qualifying races in La Grande Motte in the South of France. Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove from Dublin's Howth Yacht Club and Skerries…
Chloe Ní Mháille, bainisteoir or manager of Comhar Caomhán Teo, the Inis Oírr Co-op
The dangerous situation of Inis Oírr pier is due to be discussed at a meeting between the island co-op and Galway County Council officials today (Wed). The local authority’s islands committee is travelling to Inis Oírr, weather permitting, for discussions.…
Pip Hare pictured dockside during the Bermudes 1000 race in Brest in 2022
Pip Hare’s Vendée Globe campaign is sailing into some choppy waters with news that the veteran offshore solo sailor needs more funding by this summer or the boat likely won’t race in November. As Marine Industry News reports, Hare’s team…
File image of Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Youghal RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers in East Cork launched twice over the May Bank Holiday weekend, to join the rescue efforts for a boat aground on rocks and a kayaker in difficulty. Late on Saturday afternoon (4 May) the crew were…
Houston Yacht Club in Texas is no longer the only HYC to own a Melges 15 as a done are on their way to Dublin's Howth Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club in Ireland is set to receive a full container of 12 Melges 15s next week, as the class continues to grow rapidly. This arrival will double the Irish fleet to 24 boats, with a strong fleet of…
May's RORC Myth of Malham Race Winner Rob Craigie’s Sun Fast 3600 Bellino will again be racing Two-Handed with RORC Commodore Deb Fish in June's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow Sailing Club
The overall winner of RORC Myth of Malham Race, after IRC time correction, was June's Round Ireland Race entry Rob Craigie’s Sun Fast 3600 Bellino, racing Two-Handed with RORC Commodore Deb Fish. It's another win of a RORC points championships…
J109 Jukebox was the  IRC Class 2 Warsash Spring Championships winner
Cork Harbour tactician Mark Mansfield maybe setting his sights on the upcoming European Championships, as part of the JCup Ireland at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and the IRC European Championships the following weekend at the same…
Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy is a guest speaker at Women At The Helm Regatta 2024
The 2024 Women At The Helm Regatta (WATH) will be hosted by the National Yacht Club over the weekend of May 24-26. The event encourages female sailors who may not normally lead, to step up and make the move from crew to helm.…
In the early 2000s with the arrival of classes such as the RS, the Enterprise dinghy began a steady decline from which it has never recovered but this June am Irish class reunion is planned at Greystones Sailing Club
The Enterprise sailing dinghy was designed by Jack Holt in 1956. Early that year, it rocked the sailing world when two Enterprises sailed from Dover to Calais in the middle of the night. The class quickly became extremely popular, and…
Seol Sionna's St Ayles skiff Ealu and the Shannon Hooker Sally O'Keeffe attracted the holiday crowd to the quay at
The secret of Querrin is that it is secret. Or at least it used to be. This quiet community-minded place along the blessed south-facing coast of County Clare, on the north shore of the Shannon Estuary between Poulnasherry Bay and Carrigaholt…
Member of the Grimaldi Group, Atlantic Container line AB (ACL) is teaming up with BG Freight Line (BGFL) and Peel Ports in Liverpool and Dublin Port to provide a new service to significantly improve transit times in both directions between Ireland and North America. This first ‘eastbound’ sailing for this new integrated service will be operated by combination container/ro-ro (conro) Atlantic Sun (above photo), sailing New York, May 10, Baltimore, May 13, Norfolk, May 14, Halifax, May 16, connecting in Liverpool with JSP Anna, arriving Dublin, May 26 and Belfast, May 27. The ship belonging to the ‘G4’ Class are the largest conro’s in the world.
Atlantic Container Line AB (ACL) is teaming up with BG Freight Line (BGFL) and Peel Ports in Liverpool and Dublin Port to provide a new service that will significantly improve transit times and reliability in both directions between Ireland and…
The two Irish 49ers of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove from Dublin's Howth Yacht Club and Skerries (IRL 99) and Crosshaven's Séafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan from Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL 11 on port) are pictured on a startline during a warm-up race at La Grande Motte in the South of France
Irish Olympic sailing fans have their eyes fixed on the 49er European Championships that kicked off in La Grande Motte in the South of France this morning. This event is the final trial for Paris 2024 selection, and the international…
Top tactics put Spain in the driving seat to win overall at SailGP in Bermuda
In an impressive display of tactical decision-making and expert manoeuvering, Diego Botin’s young Spanish team won the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix over season leaders New Zealand and Australia. Held on the iconic waters of Bermuda's Great Sound, the race saw…
Third overall, the Royal St. George Yacht Club's Adrian Lee of Dun Laoghaire on port tack in CSA Racing 1 division at Antiqua Week 2024 with second overall Sir Hugh Bailey's local Farr 45 entry, Rebel (ANT 3030) on starboard
The Royal St. George Yacht Club's Adrian Lee of Dun Laoghaire has finished third overall in his Swan 60 Lee Overlay Partners II at Antigua Sailing Week in the Caribbean. Lee, a previous winner of the Caribbean 600 Race, finished…
Stephen Lysaght's Elan 333, Reavra Too (left) leads Kinsale Yacht Club's Cruiser Mid-Week Series
Kinsale Yacht Club's Cruiser Mid-Week Series, sponsored by La Bougie, kicked off with a bang on Wednesday, May 1st. The sailors were greeted with winds up to 14 knots, and flat seas, setting the stage for a great competition. The…
French sailor Yoann Richomme is the Transat CIC Race winner
French sailor Yoann Richomme has won the 15th edition of The Transat CIC, a historic solo transatlantic race across the North Atlantic from Lorient in Brittany to New York. Richomme, sailing his Finot Conq-Antoine Koch designed PAPREC ARKÉA, crossed the…
The National Yacht Club's first 'Cruise in Company' sail of the season saw an impressive turnout of 20 boats in Scotsman's Bay at Dun Laoghaire Harbour for a sail to Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow on Sunday, May 5th
The National Yacht Club's first 'Cruise in Company' sail of the season saw an impressive turnout of 20 boats. The boats gathered at Scotsman's Bay on Sunday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. before embarking on a leisurely 12-mile journey south…
File image of a basking shark in Irish waters
One of Achill Island’s last hunters of basking sharks has welcomed the recent resurgence of the now-protected species, as The Guardian reports. Brian McNeill once joined the currach crews armed with harpoons who slaughtered hundreds of the marine wildlife giants…
File image of the Royal Canal at Whitworth Road, just east of Cross Guns Bridge
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Royal Canal in Dublin city between Locks 1 and 5 (North Strand Road to Phibsborough) that cycleway upgrade works have recently commenced on this stretch of the canal. This work will require closures of…
File image of Cork’s Lower River Lee
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has opened the third draw for anglers wishing to catch and keep salmon from Cork’s Lower River Lee in 2024. ‘Brown tag’ regulations came into force on the river from 1 February and will remain in…

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