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Dubliner Gregor McGuckin at the helm of his Golden Globe yacht under jury rig yesterday. McGuckin has since been evacuated from the yacht, some 1,900 miles off the coast of Australia and has been taken to the remote 'Amsterdam island' for medical assessment
Golden Globe race competitors Gregor McGuckin and Abhilash Tomy who abandoned their yachts yesterday are reported as "well" and have been taken by their international rescue team to a remote island in the Southern Indian Ocean for medical assessment. 'They will…
Irish Sailing’s Cork-Based Senior Instructor Course Rescheduled
Irish Sailing’s Cork-based course for senior instructors has been rescheduled for two weekends in Oysterhaven this November. The course will now run on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 and Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November, with the Friday session each…
Barry Hurley competing on Xpact in a previous edition of the Middle Sea Race
Cobh's Barry Hurley will be racing the Maltese Xp44, XpAct in the Middle Sea Race again this year, it's the 2009 Ostar champion's 15th edition of the race and he is racing with an international crew of Maltese, German, Irish, and Dutch…
Firefly dinghies will be used to decide the Junior All Ireland Sailing Title this weekend in Dun Laoghaire at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
The Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships will be held this weekend (29-30 September) at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay using Firefly dinghies. The Junior competitors include three female teams, lead by…
SB20 sportsboats, pictured here during September's staging of the European Championships on Dublin Bay, will be used in next week's All Ireland Sailing Champs on Lough Ree
There's just over one week to the Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships, taking place in Lough Ree Yacht Club in Co. Westmeath, 6-7th of October. The competitors represent sixteen of the thirty-nine Irish Sailing 'eligible' affiliated classes, but all…
Gregor McGuckin is safe and in the hands of the French Navy. His condition is reported as good with nothing more than 'bumps and bruises'
Team Ireland, the organisation behind Gregor McGuckin's Golden Globe entry has issued a statement to confirm Gregor McGuckin and fellow competitor Abhilash Tomy are now onboard the French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris. The vessel initially rescued Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy…
Making the Ilen concept child-friendly – young visitors to the Ilen Exhibition in the Hunt Museum in Limerick find that learning about the historic ketch can be fun
The eclectic new exhibition in the Hunt Museum in Limerick, which outlines the Shannonside city’s maritime connections, its traditional local boats and its links to the historic sail training ketch Ilen, has been proving popular with local schools and their…
McGuckin is not in distress but has asked for a controlled evacuation from his yacht
Day 4 of the rescue of injured Indian Golden Globe Race solo sailor Abhilash Tomy from his dismasted yacht Thuriya approximately 1,900 miles SW of Perth Western Australia writes Barry Pickthall. The French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris reached Tomy’s yacht…
French fisheries patrollers have boarded Tomy's stricken yacht Thuriya
Golden Globe Race solo sailor Abhilash Tomy has been rescued after his yacht dismasted in a violent Southern Ocean Storm on Friday (21 September). French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris reached Tomy’s yacht Thuriya at 05:30 UTC today (Monday 24 September)…
Racing to the Kish had extra significance today for a 38-boat fleet on Dublin Bay
Despite the stormy past week and uncertain forecasts, another special day's sailing on Dublin Bay was completed today with the DMYC Kish Race merged into the start of the Leinster 100 Commemoration  writes Neil Colin. The day saw Hot Cookie…
Wim Bleeker in winning mode
Unfortunately, the weather in Hellerup, near Copenhagen for the past two days has not been suitable for racing in small dinghies. However, event PRO Peter Stephensen Lubeck (DEN) was wise enough to predict this scenario, and doubled up the number…
Levante was the 31.7 winner in both One Design and ECHO divisions
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Juggerknot, 2. Something Else, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Juggerknot, 2. Something Else, 3.…
The seriously-injured Abilash Tomy’s dismasted ketch Thuriya in the Southern Indian ocean this morning. Although himself dismasted 90 miles away, Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin is trying to reach his fellow Golden Globe competitors under emergency rig and auxiliary engine
In rough post-storm conditions in the southern Indian Ocean, Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin is heroically attempting to reach seriously-injured fellow competitor Abilash Tomy of India in the dismasted Thuriya 90 miles away, despite McGuckin’s own boat Hanley Energy Endurance sustaining…
There will be no shortage of thrills 'n' spills at the Autumn League next week with a big fleet of 1720 sportsboats expected to qualify for some new fun RCYC awards
With just over one week to go to the 2018 Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series, things are heating up with good entries from all the south coast clubs including Kinsale Yacht Club, the newly founded Great Island SC, Monkstown…
'Code Red Alert' for Golden Globe Race Fleet in South Indian Ocean
Solo sailors in the 2018 Golden Globe Race have been hit by a vicious storm midway across the South Indian Ocean. The 70–knot winds and 14m seas have left India's Abhilash Tomy and Ireland's Gregor McGuckin dismasted, and twice knocked…
Gregor McGuckin in happier times shortly after the start in July
Irishman Gregor McGuckin’s yacht has just been dramatically rolled 360 degrees in the middle of the Indian Ocean during an extreme storm. The violent roll broke his main mast and will now force him out of the solo round the…

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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