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Nautilus is a 1,250-ton, 37.5-meter vessel - it can function as a yacht or a submersible, say the Dutch builders
At the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show, the Dutch builder U-Boat Worx will review designs for the 1,250-ton, 37.5-meter Yacht Submarine, the Nautilus. Once it is built, the vessel will be equally at ease functioning as a yacht or a submersible.…
Paris 2024 Olympic campaigner Finn Lynch was on home waters winning all the ILCA 7 races for the National Yacht Club in September's Royal St. George end of season Laser regatta on Dublin Bay
Head Coach Thomas Chaix updates on a happening weekend for National Yacht Club sailors both at home and abroad At home, the final two races of the junior September series were completed. Close to 50 NYC juniors had entered the series…
Aoife Hopkins
Howth Yacht Club’s Aoife Hopkins has announced her retirement from Olympic campaigning. The ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) sailor and former U21 European Champion had been readying for the Paris 2024 qualifying campaign, following the disappointment of missing out on Ireland’s…
The Royal Yacht Squadron team is gearing up to run the event alongside the Cape 31 Class. With 21 teams on the start line for nine windward-leeward races, it’s shaping up to be an awesome three days
Four travelling Irish boats are lined up for the Cape 31 National Championship, which will kick off on Friday with the largest ever Cape 31 fleet to date! The Royal Yacht Squadron team is gearing up to run the event…
Sails up at Loch Tummel Sailing Club in central Scotland for RYA Scotland’s Late Summer Championships 2022
Loch Tummel Sailing Club hosted the RYA Scotland Late Summer Championships aimed at youth and junior pathway classes over the weekend of 24-25 of September. There was close competition in the Optimist, Topper, ILCA, 420, Feva, Techno and iQFOiL classes,…
Tom Gillard and Andy Thompson were the 2022 winners of the Fireball World Championships on Lough Derg. Read how they prepared for the event in the Q and A below
The GUL Fireball World Championship 2022 took place last month at Lough Derg Yacht Club. The event was a huge success, with 79 boats from eleven countries competing. While the Irish Nationals pre-event was distinctly windy, with gusts of over…
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 starts on Saturday, October 8th
A four-week Flying Fifteen Frostbite Winter Sailing Series 2022 will take place in the National Yacht Club starting on Saturday, October 8th.  Up to 30 of the 20-foot keelboats are racing on Dublin Bay, most NYC-based, so a strong entry…
National Yacht Club Head Coach Thomas Chaix
Thomas Chaix has been appointed Head Coach overseeing Sailing Development in the National Yacht Club, one of the country's most prominent clubs.   The new role has been created due to a comprehensive workshop regarding the club's needs and direct feedback…
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne is a haven of peace and quiet in busy commercial town, manufacturing centre and ferryport
East Antrim Boat Club is a haven of almost rural peace and quiet on the point of land with the remains of historic Olderfleet Castle at the south side of this commercial town. For Larne is a bustling manufacturing centre…
Another big entry is expected for November's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the advance notice of its popular 'Turkey Shoot' winter sailing series that starts on Sunday, 6th November. Now in its 22nd year, the AIB-sponsored seven-race series will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club…
Charlie Frize on his Corby 33 Banshee
The 2022 Vantage Health and Life RC35 Championships is a wrap! Another very close season with tight racing in a great variety of locations and conditions.  The season started with a great turnout of 10 boats at Kip Regatta, where one…
Iain Murray’s role will see him take charge of all aspects on the water of the 37th America’s Cup and all AC World Series Events in the lead-up to the regatta’s start in September 2024
In a double announcement by America’s Cup Events Limited (ACE) it is confirmed today that Iain Murray has been appointed as Independent Regatta Director for the 37th America’s Cup in Barcelona alongside Richard Slater who continues in the role as…
Greg Yarnall at the seashore
RYA Northern Ireland’s new chief operating officer Greg Yarnall took up the post earlier this month following his appointment in July. In a special Q&A with the regional governing body for boating, he tells a bit about himself, his professional…
Artist’s impression of the EF 24 Passenger ferry from Artemis Technologies
Leading maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new fully electric EF-24 Passenger vessel, targeting the global high-speed ferry market. And it’s set to make its debut in 2024 on a route between Belfast…
The 2022 Autumn League will start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday
The Autumn League will start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday, continuing until the month's end. Racing is for Spinnaker, WhiteSail and 1720 classes in Cork Harbour. The event is sponsored by AIB this year. The club says, "following Skipper…
RS Feva sailing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
At Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour on Sunday, RS Feva dinghies raced their club championships. There were six races, with five to count, allowing for one discard. Ten Fexa XLs raced. Ben and Charles Dwyer won the first…

How to sail, sailing clubs and sailing boats plus news on the wide range of sailing events on Irish waters forms the backbone of Afloat's sailing coverage.

We aim to encompass the widest range of activities undertaken on Irish lakes, rivers and coastal waters. This page describes those sailing activites in more detail and provides links and breakdowns of what you can expect from our sailing pages. We aim to bring jargon free reports separated in to popular categories to promote the sport of sailing in Ireland.

The packed 2013 sailing season sees the usual regular summer leagues and there are regular weekly race reports from Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Howth and Cork Harbour on Afloat.ie. This season and last also featured an array of top class events coming to these shores. Each year there is ICRA's Cruiser Nationals starts and every other year the Round Ireland Yacht Race starts and ends in Wicklow and all this action before July. Crosshaven's Cork Week kicks off on in early July every other year. in 2012 Ireland hosted some big international events too,  the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire and in August the Tall Ships Race sailed into Dublin on its final leg. In that year the Dragon Gold Cup set sail in Kinsale in too.

2013 is also packed with Kinsale hosting the IFDS diabled world sailing championships in Kinsale and the same port is also hosting the Sovereign's Cup. The action moves to the east coast in July with the staging of the country's biggest regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta from July 11.

Our coverage though is not restricted to the Republic of Ireland but encompasses Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Irish Sea area too. In this section you'll find information on the Irish Sailing Association and Irish sailors. There's sailing reports on regattas, racing, training, cruising, dinghies and keelboat classes, windsurfers, disabled sailing, sailing cruisers, Olympic sailing and Tall Ships sections plus youth sailing, match racing and team racing coverage too.

Sailing Club News

There is a network of over 70 sailing clubs in Ireland and we invite all clubs to submit details of their activities for inclusion in our daily website updates. There are dedicated sections given over to the big Irish clubs such as  the waterfront clubs in Dun Laoghaire; Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Saint George Yacht Club,  the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club. In Munster we regularly feature the work of Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.  Abroad Irish sailors compete in Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) racing in the UK and this club is covered too. Click here for Afloat's full list of sailing club information. We are keen to increase our coverage on the network of clubs from around the coast so if you would like to send us news and views of a local interest please let us have it by sending an email to [email protected]

Sailing Boats and Classes

Over 20 active dinghy and one design classes race in Irish waters and fleet sizes range from just a dozen or so right up to over 100 boats in the case of some of the biggest classes such as the Laser or Optimist dinghies for national and regional championships. Afloat has dedicated pages for each class: Dragons, Etchells, Fireball, Flying Fifteen, GP14, J24's, J80's, Laser, Sigma 33, RS Sailing, Star, Squibs, TopperMirror, Mermaids, National 18, Optimist, Puppeteers, SB3's, and Wayfarers. For more resources on Irish classes go to our dedicated sailing classes page.

The big boat scene represents up to 60% of the sail boat racing in these waters and Afloat carries updates from the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), the body responsible for administering cruiser racing in Ireland and the popular annual ICRA National Championships. In 2010 an Irish team won the RORC Commodore's Cup putting Irish cruiser racing at an all time high. Popular cruiser fleets in Ireland are raced right around the coast but naturally the biggest fleets are in the biggest sailing centres in Cork Harbour and Dublin Bay. Cruisers race from a modest 20 feet or so right up to 50'. Racing is typically divided in to Cruisers Zero, Cruisers One, Cruisers Two, Cruisers Three and Cruisers Four. A current trend over the past few seasons has been the introduction of a White Sail division that is attracting big fleets.

Traditionally sailing in northern Europe and Ireland used to occur only in some months but now thanks to the advent of a network of marinas around the coast (and some would say milder winters) there are a number of popular winter leagues running right over the Christmas and winter periods.

Sailing Events

Punching well above its weight Irish sailing has staged some of the world's top events including the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover, Tall Ships visits as well as dozens of class world and European Championships including the Laser Worlds, the Fireball Worlds in both Dun Laoghaire and Sligo.

Some of these events are no longer pure sailing regattas and have become major public maritime festivals some are the biggest of all public staged events. In the past few seasons Ireland has hosted events such as La Solitaire du Figaro and the ISAF Dublin Bay 2012 Youth Worlds.

There is a lively domestic racing scene for both inshore and offshore sailing. A national sailing calendar of summer fixtures is published annually and it includes old favorites such as Sovereign's Cup, Calves Week, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle, All Ireland Sailing Championships as well as new events with international appeal such as the Round Britain and Ireland Race and the Clipper Round the World Race, both of which have visited Ireland.

The bulk of the work on running events though is carried out by the network of sailing clubs around the coast and this is mostly a voluntary effort by people committed to the sport of sailing. For example Wicklow Sailing Club's Round Ireland yacht race run in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club has been operating for over 30 years. Similarly the international Cork Week regatta has attracted over 500 boats in past editions and has also been running for over 30 years.  In recent years Dublin Bay has revived its own regatta called Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and can claim to be the country's biggest event with over 550 boats entered in 2009.

On the international stage Afloat carries news of Irish and UK interest on Olympics 2012, Sydney to Hobart, Volvo Ocean Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race.

We're always aiming to build on our sailing content. We're keen to build on areas such as online guides on learning to sail in Irish sailing schools, navigation and sailing holidays. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

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