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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…
David M Leuschen and Chris Flowers' Wallycento Galateia, en route to her third PalmaVela victory with Cork's Justin Slattery, Nicholas O'Leary and Kelvin and Rory Harrap as part of the crew (Rory is pictured on the bow)
Two of Cork's top big boat sailors were onboard Chris Flowers and David M Leuschen’s superyacht Wallycento Galateia in the first victory of the season at Palmavela Regatta in Palma, Majorca on Sunday. Double Round the World Race Race winner Justin…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spier as seen from the bow of the 28ft cruiser it took under tow on Sunday 5 May
Lough Derg RNLI launched on Sunday afternoon (5 May) to assist a family of four on board a 28ft cruiser reported to be on fire. Following the request by Valentia Coast Guard just before noon, the inshore lifeboat Jean Spier…
Carrybridge RNLI Inshore Lifeboat on Lough Erne
Carrybridge RNLI Inshore Lifeboat on Lough Erne came to the rescue of two people on a 40-foot vessel that was taking on water near the Killyhevlin Hotel on Saturday, May 4. The Belfast Coastguard had requested the launch of the…
RORC Cervantes Race Winner 'Black Sheep' is entered in the 700-mile Round Ireland Race
The winner of last month's RORC Cervantes Trophy, Black Sheep, the UK-based Sun Fast 3600 skippered by Trevor Middleton, has become the latest entry into next month's SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race, adding further excitement to an already exotic fleet.…
IMOCA Transat CIC solorace leader Yoann Richomme at the helm of Paprec Arkea
While the IMOCA race leader Yoann Richomme (PAPREC ARKÉA) was still making more than 20 kts this evening, a nerve-racking slow down is still expected for the final miles to the finish of the Transat CIC solo race from Lorient…
The former Coastguard Station at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is being considered as a site for a High Performance Sailing Unit
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is considering 'a high-performance sailing unit' based in Dún Laoghaire Harbour's former coastguard station. The County Architect revealed details of the project on RTE Television on Friday (May 3rd) when the Nationwide TV programme visited the…
John Mullins, who is standing for Fine Gael in the European elections in the Ireland South constituency
A European election candidate and former Port of Cork chairman says plans at Rosslare and Cork Ports must be accelerated to enable the construction and maintenance of the offshore wind farms. Former Bord Gais Éireann chief executive John Mullins, who…
The broken down powerboat in tow astern of the Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat Austin Lidbury
Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat The Austin Lidbury was called to action off the Cork coast on Saturday, May 4th, following a request for assistance from the crew of a 24ft power boat that had suffered mechanical failure. The boat was on…

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