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Soufriere out beyond the Muglins, racing two-handed with a very long tough beat ahead of her to get to Dingle
It says everything about owner/skipper Stephen O’Flaherty’s enthusiastic and imaginative use of his hyper-elegant Spirit 54 Soufriere that we’d more or less forgotten that she featured in the James Bond film Casino Royale writes W M Nixon. He and his…
Skipper Brendan Coghlan with his new spinnaker and the sponsors graphic applied by North Sails Ireland
Brendan Coghlan's new Dublin Bay based Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 took to the water recently for her maiden voyage. North Sails Ireland's Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Nigel Young and were afloat with Brendan's team, testing the full inventory of sails that…
The first results of testing a new UK Sailmakers light Jib (JX) for the J109 class have been very encouraging, says the Cork–based sailmaker
Leading the charge with the design of a new J109 'JX' jib – tested for the first time on Dublin Bay last week – UK Sailmakers are hoping for a return to a 'golden era' for Irish sailmaking.  For many years, Ireland…
Alistair Rumball will give a talk entitled “A life in the Irish National Sailing School”. Reflections on 40 years of teaching, the highlights and plenty of entertaining tales all are on the agenda.
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire is celebrating it’s 40th birthday this year, having been established by Alistair Rumball in 1978. From very humble beginnings above a charity shop on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire, the…
Fodder Emergency: The Irish Co-operative Society has warned that if the weather does not improve the fodder situation will become very serious. Afloat adds above are ferries from rival operators using Rosslare Harbour where routes link the UK via south Wales ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.
#NewsUpdate - A delivery of the first imported animal feed in response to the deepening - and now nationwide - fodder crisis has arrived in Rosslare Harbour. The feed reports RTE News, which has been imported from Britain, will then…
Hugo Duplessis relaxing during a cruise in West Cork in 1982. He was a pioneer in fibreglass boatbuilding technology, and an early developer of charter cruising in West Cork
Hugo Duplessis was a complete one-off, and his death at the age of 94 brings to an end a lifelong involvement with boats and cruising. Yet everything about him was in a sort of amiable contradiction. As he’d a decidedly…
Baltimore Sailing Club played host again this Easter to the first Provincial event on the Irish Laser calendar
Howth Yacht Club's Ewan McMahon won the four race CH Marine Laser Munster Championships in convinging style with three race wins in his 37–boat fleet. Dublin sailors also made a clean sweep of a 19–boat Radial fleet with Royal St.…
Starter pack for 2018 – The Bayliner Element 5 comes with a 60HP engine, a full safety kit, a two day professional tuition course, insurance for the first year and a marina berth for one year in the largest marina in Ireland at Dun Laoghaire
Boat Sales Company MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire have put together a "Get You Started Pack" on the new Bayliner Element 5 motoboat this Easter weekend,  just in time for the 2018 Irish boating season. What's more, the package has…
Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
North Sails Sail Trim Simulator: In both screens, the J/35 is sailing at a little over 12 knots. In the upper right-hand corner, you have adjustments for wind speed and sea-state
A North Sails Ireland 'Sail Trim simulator' will be used during post race de–briefings at the ICRA Nationals this August in Galway. The new tool helps to 'make sense of sail trim, fundamentals of sail shape, and understand how these variables impact…
Instructors in powerboats while blindfolded during a Bray Sailing Club training session
Bray Sailing Club’s instructor team for the 2018 sailing season recently spent a day learning about inclusion in sailing with Irish Sailing’s Inclusion Officer, Ciarán Murphy. This training course for the club’s instructors followed last year’s “Try Sailing” courses run…
Irish National Sailing School Optimist training dinghies. transported by INSS RIB. arrive at Poolbeg Yacht Boat & Club for Easter Junior Sailing Courses in Dublin City Centre
The Irish National Sailing School and Powerboat School are assisting Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club (PYBC) in Dublin city centre with Easter Sailing Courses. PYBC will offer Easter Sailing and Watersports Courses for children aged 7-17 years.The the success of our programmes is 'rooted…
A Topper dinghy fleet leaving the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
Viking Marine has taken over the Northern Ireland dealership for Topper Sailboats after Wiclif McCready's retirement from his Hollywood, County Down Chandlery Shop. Topper sailboats offer a wide range of best selling and favourite dinghy boats. The collection includes the…
RS400 sailors Alex Barry and Richard Leonard at full tilt in Cork Harbour
RS Sailing has appointed two new dealers in Ireland following the retirement of Belfast–based McCready Sailboats. The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School has been appointed in Dublin with a new chandlery appointment in Northern Ireland too. New RS agent Kenneth…
Irish Marine industry veteran Eugene McKiernan who passed away in March 2018
The Irish boating scene lost one of its great characters early this season. Eugene Mc Kiernan, of Claddy Meadows, Robinstown, Co. Meath, passed away peacefully at home on March 3rd 2018. Eugene lead a life of boats in Ireland, growing…
Brush Up On Dinghy Racing Tactics & Strategy With The INSS
#INSS - The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School (INSS) will host the first of its three-date series on dinghy racing tactics and strategy on Tuesday 3 April. Multiple dinghy national champion and offshore helmsman Kenneth Rumball is holding this…

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