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Galway must feel like it has just given a child up for adoption. All that Volvo Ocean Race fuss, partying and being the centre of attention, and now *zip* it's all gone. Just like that. Bye bye. Still, though, what…
Fifty-five competitors, 3 foreigners and 15 rookies for the 40th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro. From Lorient to Dieppe passing by La Coruña in Spain, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and Dingle in Ireland, the 2009 edition of La…
The line-up for the second leg of the Match Racing Tour of Ireland, to be hosted by Howth Yacht Club on July 25/26, has been finalised. The competition ratchets up another level with eight of the nine teams taking part…
  The National Yacht Club's Dingle Skellig Hotel Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2009 finished in Dingle this morning just 47 hours after the start in Dublin Bay on Saturday making it the fastest D2D ever. The ninth race since…
Tim Goodbody in White Mischief from the Royal Irish club in Dun Laoghaire successfully defended his Sigma 33 Irish and Open Championship, winning in fine style by 9 points from the local boat, Fandango skippered by Terry Fair. In third…
Hilary Lister aims to become the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain. The re-launch of her campaign – which was postponed last year because of absolutely dreadful weather – became official with her start from Plymouth at the…
In what will be remembered as the fastest ever Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race and perhaps the best sail of the season, 32 finishers from a fleet of 37 are soaking up the atmosphere in Dingle this morning and afloat.ie…
There’s something for everyone in our events diary this coming week: sailing, of course, in the WIORA West Coast Championships; the ICRA Nationals, the CH Marine Kinsale–Fastnet Race, the Ruffian Nationals, and less competitive (maybe!) sailing at the Crosshaven Traditional…
With heavy seas and blustery winds over force 5, PRO Larry Power (NYC) managed to get in two races in Dun Laoghaire harbour – by kind permission of the Harbour Master.
Barry Hurley reports from the Ostar Race – As I write this I am warm and dry tucked up snug down below on Dinah. On deck is a very different story. Outside there is a sustained gale, blowing from the…
When Betty Boop started to head to France on the race chart tracker when the rest of the fleet skirted the Cork coast heading west on 260 degrees it was either an extreme tactic like we've seen of late by…
Royal Irish YC commodore Tim Goodbody has defended his Irish Sigma championship title at Royal Ulster YC at the weekend. The 14–boat fleet raced on Belfast Lough in blustery north east winds.
The only time an Irish speed record has been set has been over seas and that's true too for the first time an Irish man went over 40 knots. The preferred venue has been South-end-on-sea in the UK but the…
Along with the news that the top five finishers in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race all broke the 2005 race record time, stories of the high speed dash down the East coast are also coming ashore! (Photos here) Whisper…
It's not over til the fat lady sings but afloat.ie is happy to stick its neck out and report that Legally Brunette looks strongest to win the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle handicap race following an epic finish in Kerry this…
Racing at Metropolitan Regatta was cancelled today. The course on Blessington Lakes was badly affected by high winds and detritus blown on to the water overnight.
Crosshaven's Dave Dwyer became the UK's class zero champion on the Solent yesterday and after a consistent performance llfted Overall RORC IRC Championship Trophy as well. It was blowing half a gale overnight, but by dawn the skies had cleared…
Four boats in a fleet of 36 still at sea stand out as the main threats this lunchtime to Whisper for handicap honours in the biggest ever Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race. An X41 design and a cutsom built Dubois…
Afloat.ie spoke to Puma skipper American Kenny Read on why he a relocation to this side of the Atlantic is on the cards: "It is always sunny (at least when we were there). The golf is amazing. The people couldn't…
Whisper has set a new elapsed time record Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race in a time of 24 hours 43 minutes and 45 seconds, shaving over seven hours off the previous time of 32 hours 33 minutes and 49 seconds…

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