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Cakes to celebrate 40 years of the J24 Nationals at Lough Erne Yacht Club last night
In complete contrast to Day 1, the forecasted steady wind of 10-15 knots failed to materialise on Day 2 of the J24 Nationals at Lough Erne Yacht Club, writes Elaine O’Mahoney. Race 5 started on schedule yesterday (Saturday 24 August)…
Rounding a mark at the Irish Laser Nationals on Belfast Lough
The final day has arrived for the Irish Laser Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. After six of 11 scheduled races were completed on Day 2 yesterday (Saturday 24 August), sailors awoke to sunny skies but little wind…
White Mischief (Tim and Richard Goodbody) was the DBSC Cruiser 1 IRC winner
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) sent a fleet south on a 'passage' race for to Greystones in County Wicklow yesterday. Participating Cruiser Classes were one, three and five finished at Greystones in time for today's BJ Marine 'Taste of Greystones'…
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera won the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race into his own home port of Greystones
Greystones Sailing Club yacht Eleuthera (Frank Whelan) was the winner of Saturday's final Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series Race from Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay to Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow. Only eight of the 14 starters finished the 40-mile…
Laser sailors round a mark at the National Championships on Belfast Lough
Sailors have completed 6 of the scheduled 11 races at the end of Day two at the Irish Laser Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough.  Conditions have been tricky for sailors and Race Officer Sheila Lewis and her…
Sailing in the shadow of Mount Fuji
Sweltering late summer heat in Japan has prompted sailing officials to relax rules on the wearing of lifejackets during the recent Tokyo 2020 test events, as France 24 reports. Doctors recommended competitors in the Ready Steady Tokyo windsurfing final on…
J24s in breeze on Lough Erne - view drone footage below
While the official entry was thirty-one for the 2019 J24 Irish National Championships at Lough Erne Yacht Club, twenty-eight made it to the first start line including five under 25 teams writes Elaine O'Mahoney. The under 25 team from Royal…
As Good As It Gets – Ben Mulligan & Cormac Bradley DBSC winners
In the week when there was a “macro-committee” meeting of the organising team for the Subaru Ireland sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championship 2019, a slightly reduced fleet took part in the penultimate race of the Flying Fifteen 2019 DBSC midweek…
Wicklow's Marshall King is in action at the J/70 UK National Championship kicks off this UK Bank Holiday weekend
The J/70 UK National Championship kicks off this UK Bank Holiday weekend hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club where an Irish entry is a major contender writes Louay Habib. The event precedes the Darwin Escapes 2019 World Championship (29…
Pat Kelly's Storm has retained the RC35 Celtic Cup
The consistently well-sailed Storm from Howth Yacht Club has retained the RC35 Celtic Cup in 2019 writes Robin Young. The four-event championship was hard-fought between 14 boats in the competitive Scottish RC35 fleet and Storm were chased hard by the…
Pelican of London is in Cork Harbour for Tall Ship Training Awards
Lord Mayor John Sheehan, County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan, and Brendan Keating, CEO, Port of Cork today welcomed the Irish vessel Brian Boru and the Tall Ships Pelican of London and Maybe into the Port of Cork. The three ships having…
Centenary celebrations under way – the Treardur Bay Sailing Club crews at the National Yacht Club during VDLR19 in July
It’s exactly a hundred years to the day from the establishment of the thriving Treardur Bay Sailing Club at its rocky cove in west Anglesey in North Wales on August 23rd 1919 writes W M Nixon. Back then, the world…
Colin Byrne's XP 33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the DBSC Cruiser 1 race winner
There was a 115 boat turnout tonight for Thursday's DBSC race on Dublin Bay. Results are below. Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami Cruiser 1 IRC:…
Dun Laoghaire yacht Windjammer (IRL2597) is in contention for overall honours in the ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Series this Saturday
The final race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series ISORA series on Saturday will see an expected fleet of 18-20 boats race to Greystones Marina in County Wicklow on Saturday.  As Afloat reported earlier, this, the 14th race in the…
Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle finished 13 from 23 in the 49er class at the Olympic Test Event in Enoshima this week where there scoreline encouragingly showed three top five results
A strong finish by the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch in the Laser class was not enough to secure a medal race position at the Ready Steady Tokyo Event this week. A fourth top ten placing however in the final…
The RS400 UK and Irish dinghy National Championships will be held on Belfast Lough
The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club hosts the RS 400 UK and Irish National Championships on Belfast Lough this weekend. This is the first time this event has been hosted in Ireland waters, and also the first time that…

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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