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The RNLI lifeboat and the yacht arrive into Courtmacsherry Harbour entrance
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station was alerted this evening, (Sunday, August 7th) at 7.30 pm by the Valentia Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, that a 48-foot yacht had got into difficulties 4.5 miles off the Seven Heads coastline near…
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Two is winning in White Sails mode at Kinsale Yacht Club
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Two topped the 'TGIF' Mid Summer White Sails cruisers league series in IRC 1 fleet at Kinsale Yacht Club, sponsored by A J O’Brien Solicitors, with 11 points after six races. Second was John Whelan’s Wheels on 13…
Dan O'Grady's Cape 31 Aja from Howth competing in Calves Week 2022
The weather gods were partially kind to Schull on Friday with a fickle north westerly wind of 4 to 15 knots and intermittent sunshine on the final day of Calves Week 2022. Once again, all seven fleets had an in-harbour start…
Ritchie and Mike Evans sailing J/99 Snapshot from Howth Yacht Club are top of the Class One IRC leaderboard after two races sailed at Calves Week in West Cork
The notorious variable northerly wind in Schull Harbour, West Cork, created a problem for Calves Week OD Alan Crosbie, who cleverly devised a short cross harbour starting beat before sending the various fleets on an interesting inter-island three-hour course around…
A great day's sailing for the first race of Calves Week 2022 for a race around the Fastnet Rock in West Cork. Scroll down for a photo gallery of racing action
After a miserable 48 hours of fog and rain, the weather gods finally cast a benevolent eye on Schull on Wednesday. Calves Week competitors were greeted with a clear blue sky and steady 15 knots of westerly wind. Race Officer Alan Crosbie started all seven fleets in the inner…
A new ILCA/Laser Sprint Tri-Series is coming to Cork this Sunday
This Sunday sees the first of three ILCA (Laser) Sprint Regattas being held in Cork by Bantry Bay Sailing Club, Inniscarra Sailing and Kayaking Club, and the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This Sunday's Sprint event is in Bantry Bay Sailing…
Crookhaven Sailing Club was presented with Cup and crowned 2022 Marconi Cup Champions
Glandore Harbour Yacht Club hosted the annual West Cork interclub team racing Marconi Cup regatta on July 23rd. The event had been absent for the past two years due to Covid, so excitement had been building for weeks along the coast…
Baltimore RNLI Helm Pat O’Driscoll decided that undertaking a tow was necessary and volunteer crew member Conor Harrington was put aboard the casualty vessel to assist the lone sailor in rigging a tow
Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide assistance to a yacht with one person onboard that got into difficulty off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork, on Thursday evening (28 July). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at…
The Kinsale U25 crew were: Mikey Carroll, Leslie Collins, Rachel Akerlind, Micheál Ó Suilleabháin, Jack O’Sullivan
Kinsale Yacht Club in West Cork is well pleased with its Under 25 development programme following the team's success at the J24 National Championships raced in Foynes YC, Co.Limerick. Named ‘Kinsailor’ when it was launched last year, the KYC yacht won the…
Union Hall's inshore RNLI lifeboat
The volunteer crew at Union Hall RNLI in West Cork answered the second callout in three days when they were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat by Valentia Coast Guard at 4.28 pm today (Friday 29th July) to…
A mackerel fisherman of Beara
“Crates of fish were stacked up on the pier awaiting collection. Fishermen in yellow oilskins crowded the pier, busy with a million tasks. Boats thronged the water...” That’s how writer and artist Marc O’Sullivan Vallig recalls Garnish pier in the…
The Liam Allister Cup - A special trophy has been presented to Calves Week class 3 this year by Cove Sailing Club
The sailing instructions for next week's Calves Week in West Cork have been published on the dedicated competitors' WhatsApp group, Calves Week Notice Board” which acts as the official notice board for the event. The entry for the regatta was previewed…
Union Hall's RNLI Inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding
On Wednesday morning (27th July), after a phone call from a member of the public to the on-call Union Hall RNLI Launch Authority, to say a yacht was in difficulty at the outer Dangers in Glandore harbour, Valentia Coast Guard…
A cruise ship of Saga Cruises visits scenic Bantry Bay
In the southwest, the Bantry Bay Port Company is working with community groups to consider further developments at the Abbey pier area and the tidal slob area in the inner harbour with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).…
The timber ketch, Ilen, was built in Baltimore, West Cork to a design by Conor O’Brien, the Irishman who sailed around the world from 1923-25 is used in Sailing into Wellness courses
Sailing into Wellness, which offers educational and therapeutic programmes for “at-risk” young people and adults, has been recognised for its expansion as a result of a Rethink Ireland Sports to Impact Fund award. It is one of three national sports…
The 1977 Ron Holland 39ft classic Imp, restored this year by George Radley of Cobh. Imp was winner of the Schull Centenary Regatta in 1984, when owned and skippered by Michael O’Leary of Din Laoghaire, and will be racing in Schull again in August in what is now Calves Week
The pace of this first full post-pandemic sailing season in Ireland has been such that when we reached what might be thought of as the mid-point around July 15th, there was a real need for a rapid re-charging of the…

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