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Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta held from June 1-3 has won an International Environmental award
Sailors for the Sea, the international “Green Boating” support organisation, has awarded Howth Yacht Club’s very successful Wave Regatta 2018 – staged from June 1st to 3rd – their Gold Certificate in enthusiastic recognition of the special efforts made by…
Kinsale's Darragh O'Sullivan leads Johnny Durcan into a mark rounding by half a boat length at the Connacht Laser Championships
Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan (Standard), Howth Yacht Club's Jamie McMahon (Radial) and Lough Ree's James Delaney (4.7) were the three division winners of the Laser Connacht Championships held in Cork Harbour at the weekend. Although there were no Royal Cork…
Leaning into it during this afternoon’s Gothenburg In-Port Race
#VOR - Charlie Enright’s Vestas 11th Hour Racing showed great patience and sailed a clean race for a victory in the Gothenburg In-Port Race this afternoon (Sunday 17 June). But it was Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE team who rode a third-place…
Volvo Ocean Race Teams Ready For Close Action In Today’s Gothenburg In-Port Race
#VOR - With the Volvo Ocean Race making its fourth visit to Gothenburg, race fans will be treated to spectacular racing today (Sunday 17 June) on a course at the mouth of the Göta älv, the river that bisects the…
Rob McConnell's Fools Gold competing in Cowes this week a the IRC Europeans. The Waterford Harbour crew finished fourth overall
Ireland's sole entry in the IRC European Championships has finished a creditable fourth overall in Cowes today. Waterford Harbour's A35 yacht 'Fools Gold' skippered by Rob McConnell was a consistent performer in the 12-boat division three fleet, maintaining fourth or…
National 18 418 Shark II, skippered by Charles Dwyer was the winner of the Dwyer Trophy for National 18s. Scroll down for Gallery of images
Charles Dwyer's 'Shark II' was the winner of the National 18s Dwyer Cup sailed from Royal Cork Yacht Club at the weekend. Racing on the Whitegate side of Cork Harbour, second overall in the relatively small fleet was Ewen Barry's GBNB.…
Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point for generations of sailors
Today's Crosshaven Traditional Sail pursuit race attracted all types of plus keelboats for a harbour pursuit race, just part of this weekend's line up of attractions in Cork Harbour this weekend.  Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point…
Testing conditions for the Laser Connacht fleet off Cuskinny in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Munster sailors are in control of the 14-boat Standard Rig fleet after three races sailed on the first day of the Irish Laser Connacht Championships 2018 at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan leads the host club's Nick Walsh…
Windjammer (red spinnaker) was the DBSC Cruiser 2 IRC race winner
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Rockabill VI, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Bon Exemple, 3. Ruth Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Ruth, 2. White…
William Byrne (kneeling and closest to camera) of the National Yacht Club will be competing with the young team onboard J/V50 ‘Crazy Horse’ owned by Irish American, Kevin McLaughlin
The 120–strong fleet of boats will today set off on the biennial drag race from Newport to Bermuda. Light winds and strong Gulf Stream affects are the main topics of pre-race conversation as a slow route lies ahead for all…
The Irish Laser fleet returns to Cork Harbour this weekend for its 'Connacht' Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
65 Lasers from over 30 clubs around the country across three fleets – 4.7’s, Radial and Standard Rigs are heading for the Connacht Championships in Cork Harbour this weekend. Twelve Masters have signed up to hone their racing skills at…
Built by the owner-skipper himself to a design by American William Atkin, the 32ft non-stop-world-girdling Suhaili was in fine form off Falmouth yesterday with Robin Knox-Johnston on the helm
Fifty years to the day after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set out from Falmouth UK in his rugged 32ft yacht Suhaili to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, the British master mariner returned yesterday to lead…
Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of DBSC's Cruiser 0 IRC division
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill VI, 2. Wow, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Rockabill VI, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Juggerknot, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. White Mischief, 2.…
Emotion on the faces of the Leg 10 winning crew of Team Brunel
#VOR - Skipper Bouwe Bekking led his Team Brunel to a win in Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race over Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE squad, who claimed second place less than two minutes behind. Brunel crossed the finish line at…
“Lakers at Sea” is a fortnightly sailing course provided by the instructors of Bray Sailing Club to build further on last year’s partnership with the local Lakers club
Bray Sailing Club welcomed members of Lakers (a sport and recreation club for children and adults with an intellectual disability) back to the club this week to kick off the “Lakers at Sea” sailing programme. “Lakers at Sea” is a…
The 2020 Fireball World Championships will be staged at Howth Yacht Club. The last time the event sailed here was in 2011 in Sligo (above).
The 2020 Fireball World Championships have been awarded to Howth Yacht Club in Dublin. As David O'Brien in the Irish Times Sailing Column reveals here, the top-flight dinghy event will bring competitors from as far as Africa and Australia to…

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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