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Waiting for the wind at the Topper Irish Championships on Larne Lough
Hosted by East Antrim Boat Club over three days in July - 7th to 9th - the Blazin Digital sponsored Topper Class Irish National Championship was sailed on Larne Lough in testing conditions writes Tom Jobling. Headed up by local…
Two new Stormforce 1650s like one above are now in service in Belfast Harbour
#PilotBoats - Belfast Harbour has completed its £2 million deal with Redbay Boats for two new pilot boats to service the city’s busy waterfront, as The Irish News reports. Already on service is the Captain Michael Evans named after the…
The Irish Laser Youth Championships was decided in Wexford
North Dublin sailors were top of the fleet at the Irish Laser Youth Radial Championships at Wexford Boat Club last weekend, a fixture that clashed with the second Dinghy Fest at Royal Cork Yacht Club. The event was sailed as…
Peter Dunlop's Mojito is a leading contender in the offshore class of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Due to the postponement of the Lyver Race last weekend it has be announced that the Royal Dee Jack Ryan Whiskey Irish Sea Offshore Championship will be decided by the four Offshore Class races of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta to…
Easy To Fly is a new foiling multihull from Jean-Pierre Dick and Guillaume Verdier
#Foiling - Orders are flying in for a new design foiling catamaran, according to its French makers. Easy to Fly is the brainchild of solo sailor Jean-Pierre Dick, who placed fourth in the most recent Vendée Globe, and Guillaume Verdier,…
Mediterranean sailing at its best. With a suit of sails made by UK McWilliam, including one of Des McWilliam’s very special spinnakers, the Judel Vrolik IMS 48 Cristabelle is making hay off Alicante
Yesterday’s report on Afloat.ie of the major changes shaping up in the ownership structure of the UK/McWilliam Sailmakers business in Crosshaven clearly rings a bell with many in the sailing community at home and abroad. The remarkable response has reinforced…
Toppers at East Antrim (L-R) Back row; Kelly Patterson, Nicola Williamson (event chairperson), Rory Williamson (sun glasses), Mathew Liddle and Michael Fairfowl (Blazin Digital). Front; Zoe Whitford and Charlie Patterson
With only days to go, the countdown towards the Topper Irish National Championships - now in its 30th year - has started in earnest.  East Antrim Boat Club are the hosts and the leading LED signage and marketing company Blazin…
Black is beautiful – and fast. Rob McConnell’s A35 Fool’s Gold (Waterford Harbour SC) powers her way to a clean sweep of the Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale last week with the latest in UK McWilliam sails. Graham Curran of the sailmakers is trimming the headsail
Leading Irish and international Crosshaven-based sailmakers UK/McWilliam are embarking on a fresh stage of development, with a major change in the company’s ownership structure which will draw on and develop the company’s exceptional range of global activities and expertise, providing…
Alex Barry – the ISA's All Ireland Sailing Champion will defend his RS 400 Southern Championship crown this weekend
Cork Harbour's own Alex Barry will be out to retain his southern title in the RS400 class as part of Royal Cork's Dinghyfest that starts tomorrow. It's one of a number of championships being staged as part of the Crosshaven…
The Irish National Sailing School's Jedi (skippered by Kenny Rumball pictured above in red) is vying for the overall ISORA points lead but this weekend's Lyver race has been deferred
Friday's ISORA Lyver Race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire has been defered due to weather conditions. Strong northerly winds are forecast to blow all day today at Dun Laoghaire. 'Due to weather conditions preventing boats delivering to Holyhead for the…
Win a Henri Lloyd Breeze Holdall in our free to enter competition below
Leading Sailing Clothing Manufacturer Henri Lloyd is giving away a Breeze Holdall – very handy for boaters on the move – in this Afloat.ie competition below.  New for 2017, the Henri Lloyd Breeze Sailing Holdall has been designed for the everyday traveller, both…
Welsh Yacht Mojito leads the ISORA series but this Friday's Lyver race from Liverpool carries extra points
The Commodore of the Royal Dee Yacht Club, Alastair Soane, has announced that “Jack Ryan Whiskey” is to sponsor the Royal Dee Yacht Club Irish Sea Offshore Championship that starts with the “Lyver Race” from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire this…
Topper Racing
East Antrim Boat Club's Rory Williamson was the winner of a 33–boat Topper Southern Championships at the National Yacht Club last weekend. Williamson had a two point margin over Royal Cork Yacht Club's Jonathan O’Shaughnessy in second. Third was O’Shaughnessy's club–mate Conor Horgan.…
An Interceptor 48 pilot boat in its element
Safehaven Marine has signed a deal with offshore support contractor Svitzer to provide two new Interceptor 48 pilot boats for operation at the new TM2 port terminal at Tangier in Morocco. The two 15m vessels, due for delivery in October…
Crewsaver Ergofit Lifejacket CH Marine Competition Winner Announced
Congratulations to Conor Totterdell of County Dublin who is the winner of the Crewsaver Ergofit 190N Pro Auto Harness Light and Hood in the Afloat.ie/CH Marine Competition. The competition was part of CH Marine's annual LIFEJACKET AWARENESS WEEK. You can…
Dinghy launch – Nick Bendon of CH Marine, Paul O’Regan Harbour Master with Port of Cork, Vice Admiral RCYC Pat Farnan, Sarah McKeown of Port of Cork, Event Chairman Nicolas O’Leary, Rear Admiral Dinghies RCYC Stephen O’Shaughnessy.
Now the largest stand alone dinghy festival event in the country, the official launch of Cork Dinghy Fest took place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club last week with representatives from event sponsors, CH Marine, Zhik and the Port of…

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