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At the presentation to Dun Laoghaire RNLI of the Cruising Association of Ireland cheque for €1,000 collected at the recent CAI "Three Bridges Lifted” Rally in Dublin Port were (back row, left to right) Chris Watson, Ronan Adams, Jack Shanahan, Damien Payne and Oisin Corrigan of Dun Laoghaire lifeboat, and front row (left) Station Mechanic Kieran O’Connell (left) and (right) Duty Cox’n Adam O’Sullivan, with Commodore Vincent Lundy of the CAI, and Honorary Treasurer Bryan Downey
The Cruising Association of Ireland’s popular “Three Bridges Lifted” Rally to Dublin Port in September was a festive occasion in a weekend of exceptionally good weather, and a large fleet celebrated the camaraderie of seafaring and boats and cruising until…
Damian Foxall (left) with marine biologists Lucy Hunt and Niall McAllister
Two centuries after the “white continent” was recorded officially for the first time by an expedition led by Irishman Edward Bransfield, Kerry round-the-world offshore racer Damian Foxall plans to explore Antarctica by sail. Kerry-born Foxall will be accompanied on his…
East Link already up, Sam Beckett starting to swing…..it could only be in the heart of Dublin with the Cruising Association of Ireland getting together for their friendly invasion and the annual Three Bridges Opening
John Leahy, Honorary Secretary Cruising Association of Ireland, reports on this year’s "Three Bridges Liffey Cruise" The Cruising Association of Ireland’s “Three Bridges Liffey” cruise is an annual end of season mini social cruise which attracts a large number of…
Skellig Michael, with the Little Skellig and the coast of Kerry beyond. The patch of white water in the foreground indicates the location of The Washerwoman Rock, and it has been demonstrated that it is possible to sail – indeed, to race – between it and the Skellig itself.
It is ironic that the internationally-recognised abbreviated sail number identification on Irish racing boats should be IRL writes W M Nixon. For in global tech-speak, IRL is the acronym of “In Real Life”. If the rather intriguing way of existence…
'Dodo’s Delight' caught in the ice pack, Bylot Island in 2001
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has established a Challenge Grant to encourage ambitious cruising expeditions for environmental conservation or challenging oceangoing adventures and is now accepting applications for the 2020 season! The OCC Challenge Grant programme consists of two categories,…
Irish yachts Ilen and Killary Flyer in Nuuk, Greenland
When Irish mountaineer Frank Nugent hiked to the top of a Greenland ice cap last week, he was shocked to observe the extent of the thaw writes Lorna Siggins. Nugent, who has been to Greenland before, observed rapidly melting ice…
Irish Multihulls held another east coast raid
A few years ago, well actually it’s pushing on eight years now, four Hurricane 5.9 catamaran’s from Swords Sailing and Boat Club (SSBC) sailed from Howth Yacht Club to the Rockabill Lighthouse and back writes multihull sailor Stephen Broaders. I…
Galway - Lorient twinning cruise arrives at the French Port on Saturday
Irish flags are flying during last Saturday's final short hop across in Galway Sailing's Cruise to Lorient.  The photo taken from the citadel at the entrance to Lorient Harbour shows some of the 25-boat flotilla from the west of Ireland…
HMRC has issued its consultation document on red diesel for boaters
In 2018 the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the UK should not allow private pleasure craft to continue to use red diesel. HMRC has just issued its consultation document which outlines the proposed change to white…
A Galway yacht participating in the cruise to Lorient that will carry turf to the French Port
Three French lifeboat crew who died in a recent sea rescue will be remembered by a fleet of west of Ireland sailing craft setting sail from Galway for the Breton port of Lorient later this week writes Lorna Siggins. Bearing…
Fifteen thousand miles from Dublin in a magic year of cruising – George & Mary Coombes’ Lagoon 450s Realta Bheag moored off Bora Bora in mid-Pacific in French Polynesia
Dublin couple George and Mary Coombes have achieved the cruising dream writes W M Nixon. Having departed from an increasingly wet and windy Ireland in late July of last year, their Lagoon 450s catamaran Realta Bheag has now sailed more…
The up-graded 1993 steel-built Bruce Roberts-designed ketch Danu with which a noted Galway Bay sailing family have started a 14-month Atlantic Circuit Cruise
Midsummer’s Weekend, and Irish sailing pauses for breath in this most hectic of sailing seasons writes W M Nixon. There are other events going on during these next two days, but let’s hope the most relaxed and non-competitive tone is…
The Killary Flyer on a previous trip to Greenland in 2013
Adventurer Jamie Young has traversed the Atlantic solo not once but twice, as he couldn’t afford any other way home writes Lorna Siggins The Co Antrim-born founder of Killary Adventure Centre has also taken a kite buggy to Antarctica, a kayak…
Galway Harbour – waterfront heart of a significant Atlantic port
Lorient in Brittany was the first city to sign up as a twin to the proud citizens of Galway as far back as 1975. It was a statement of friendship and a commitment to exchange cultural experiences between the people…
RYANI Website ‘Knowledge Base’ Brings Together Key Resources For Cruising, Navigation & Environment
The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland has developed a hub on its website to bring together resources on cruising, navigation and the environment. The Knowledge Base comprises a vast range of easy-to-read information and links to guidance on many key…
Editorial desk with a difference……..on board the 64ft gaff cutter Annabel-J, powering along off the West Coast of Ireland. Annabel-J is owned by long distance voyager Andrew Wilkes and his wife Maire Breathnach of Dungarvan, who is currently Honorary Editor of the Irish Cruising Club Annual
When the Irish Cruising Club was established in Glengarriff at the head of Bantry Bay on Saturday 13th July 1929, the friendly gathering of the crews from a modest flotilla of five decidedly varied sailing yachts – mostly small craft…

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