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The Wayfarer: 16 feet, with spinnaker, a family day sailer, cruiser and racing dinghy for inland and coastal waters. Stable and easily managed by beginners yet it's PY of 1099 reflects excellent Class and mixed fleet performance. Friendly and social…
Whilst 'The Wag Club' racing was suspended for the duration of World War I, on Wednesday (22nd July) twenty-one Waterwags competed in the third match for two trophies commemorating the three members of The Wag Club who lost their lives…
Sailing ended today in the Fastnet International Schools Regatta at the Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre, Schull, Co Cork, after three days of fierce competition and great sailing conditions.
The oldest one-design racing keelboat class in the world – the Howth 17 – are holding their National Championships on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August at Howth Yacht Club.  
As we've already reported, Alex Thomson will be on the start line for the Artemis Challenge during Cowes Week on his newly re-fitted IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss. On Wednesday 5th August Hugo Boss will line up alongside some of…
The Irish Topper Class Association promotes the Topper Class in Ireland, both North and South, through the organising of competition and through the provision of coaching and support to topper sailors. Click here for all the latest Topper Sailing News.…
The Dublin Bay Waterwag lays claim to being the oldest one-design sailing boat in the world. Founded as a class in 1887, the design was modified in 1900 and the rules are essntially unchanged since then. Afloat's Graham Smith wrote,…


29th July 2009 General
SEASCAPES, Radio 1's weekly maritime programme, providing comprehensive coverage of the marine sector, is presented by Tom MacSweeney, RTÉ's Marine Correspondent. SEASCAPES is broadcast each Friday night at 10.30pm and at 5.02am on RTÉ Radio 1. The programme is also…
Royal Ocean Racing Club 1925 – 2005 If the crew of the last boat to cross the finish line of the first ever Fastnet race did hear the cheers from the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, as the new…
With less than a month to go until the off, the 2009 Mitsubishi Optimist Nationals is expected to be the biggest youth event in Ireland this year, welcoming more than 300 boats to Dun Laoghaire. Already, the entry list has…
Cobh Town Council is to host a civic reception this Sunday (August 2nd) to mark the achievement of Barry Hurley's success in the Ostar Transatlantic Race. Hurley, who became Afloat's June Sailor of the Month for his class win at…
The Allen RS Feva Europeans – the first event during the two-week Allen RS Regatta – is being hosted by Yacht Club Acquafresca at Brenzone on beautiful Lake Garda – one of the finest sailing venues in the world. On…
Competitors at the 2009 Mirror Worlds were greeted by twenty-five knot winds and huge seas on their arrival at the regatta centre this morning (28th July). With chances of racing looking particularly uncertain, the race committee sent a rib out…
Sun and plenty of air for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Tuesday Races yesterday (28th July), where hard-won battles were eventually resolved by Caveat in Cruisers 3, Maranda for Cruisers 4, Zara in Fireballs, Dunmoanin for the IDRA14s, Gary O'Hare…
Colligo Marine of Mesa, Arizona, have introduced made-to-order synthetic shrouds using lashing or turnbuckle tensioning systems that are about the same cost as stainless steel but 1/6th the weight – and 1/3 the cost of comparable PBO and carbon systems.
The RYA is the national body in the United Kingdom for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft. The RYANI…
Lough Foyle Yacht Club is situated on the banks of the River Foyle at Culmore Point, approximately 3 miles north of the Foyle Bridge. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in finding out more about the club…
East Down Yacht Club (EDYC) has extensive facilities for both cruising and racing. It is located on the western shores of Strangford Lough, Co Down, Northern Ireland. The Club is situated on a 9-acre site, which includes a modern clubhouse,…
Craigavon Lakes Sailing Club was formed in 2003 to promote the enjoyment of sailing and to enable members to improve their sailing skills and work towards further RYA qualifications. The club is based at the Craigavon Watersports Centre. The club…
Cockle Island, from where the club takes its name, guards a small bay in Groomsport Co Down from the ravages of the north-north easterly winds and is probably one of the best natural harbours anywhere on the coast. The bay…
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