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David Scott Cowper wins an OCC Lifetime Cruising Award for his navigation of the Hecla and Fury Straits, in which he, accompanied by his son aboard the specially designed aluminium motorboat Polar Bound, became the first to navigate this passage since its discovery in 1822. This was his third circumnavigation in Polar Bound.
Cruising
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has announced the recipients of awards that recognise achievements in blue water sailing over the past 18 months. The recipients of these awards were selected from among those nominated by OCC members. The Club’s premier award, the OCC…
Fishing nets caught around a propellor. Scroll down for vidoe
Cruising
The Cruising Association (CA) has just released a video highlighting the dangers of entanglement with lobster pots as part of its campaign for better marking of static fishing gear. Afloat.ie has previously highlighted the perils of unmarked pots. On March…
The Adventures of Rogue Trader with sailors Claire McCluskey and Nick Russel telling us about their journey to buying, restoring and registering a 56ft wooden ketch and then venture off sailing west in the ARC in the Autumn and returning the following year.
Cruising
The third Irish Sailing Cruising Conference 2018 returns to Dublin on 17 February 2018, at the Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown, just off the M50 in South County Dublin. The conference is a popular event on the sailing calendar for cruising…
Artist Pete Hogan says he seems to have become a virtual sailor, thanks to the internet
Cruising
How many times have you heard it said ‘Sailing is not a spectator sport’. Well, it is now, says Round–the-World Sailor Pete Hogan, all thanks to the internet. Below, Hogan, who built a 30' gaff rigged ketch, called Molly B, and…
The Royal Cork's marina in Crosshaven is a key element of the Cool Route strategy
Cruising
#CoolRoute - The growing superyacht market is a target audience of the new Cool Route initiative, which is pitching the string of coastal marinas between Ireland and Norway as a top-tier cruising destination. But is the project’s research up to snuff?…
Man of the West. Dave Whitehead on the shores of his adopted and beloved home of Galway Bay. Photo: Pierce Purcell
Cruising

David Whitehead 1942-2017

3rd December 2017
Irish sailing is mourning the loss of someone very special with the death of Dave Whitehead of Kinvara. In his close and strong family circle, throughout an international circle of friends, and among many more in the Galway Bay area,…
The Hanse 630 Nereida, (IRL 1556 and owned by Karl Fleming) has taken on the mantle of Irish hopes in the large-fleet ARC 2017 from Gran Canaria transatlantic to St Lucia
Cruising
Eamon Crosbie's Discovery 55 Pamela from Dun Laoghaire has headed back to start-point Gran Canaria in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2017 writes W M Nixon. According to the current tracker situation, Pamela is heading eastward after a week of…
Eamon Crosbie's Discovery 55, Pamela is off on a world cruise
Cruising
The only Irish registered yacht in this year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is Eamon Crosbie's Discovery 55, Pamela.  As Afloat.ie reported earlier Crosbie set off from Dun Laoghaire on the adventure with Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Brian Mathews on board. Mathews will…
Next stop the South Seas…….after Myra Reid and Paraic O’Maolriada had made the very sensible choice of an Amel Super Maramu 54, their dreams of a round the world voyage became reality
Cruising
Any cruising enthusiast or would-be cruising enthusiast who has ever dreamt of sailing away in their own boat to the balmy climate and sheltered islands of the Pacific and other warm and sunny destinations is welcome at the Royal Irish…
Scattery island in the Shannon Estuary
Cruising
Clare County Council has welcomed the inclusion of County Clare into the marketing programme for the Cool Route project which aims to grow numbers of private craft, super-yachts and passenger liners visiting the coastlines of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the…
(Top) The essence of summer sailing for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, which also celebrated the Bicentenary of the Harbour. The classic restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle (Chris Craig and David Espey) and the likewise restored 1897-vintage 37ft Myfanwy (Rob Mason) racing neck and neck towards the in-harbour finish. Photo: David O’Brien/Afloat.ie (Above) Another side of 2017’s sailing. 2016 All-Ireland Champion Helm Alex Barry of Monkstown Bay SC revelling in brisk conditions at the Royal Cork’s successful Dinghyfest 2017. Event organizer Nin O’Leary had put in such good work beforehand that he was able to take a day out to go to England and win the huge-fleet Round the Island Race. Photo: Robert Bateman
W M Nixon
While sailing is now a year-round interest, and for many a year-round activity too, the notion of a traditional season is natural for anyone who lives in Ireland. Admittedly, there are times when we seem to be experiencing the four…
Galway Bay Confirmed As Hosts Of 2018 ICRA Nationals
ICRA
#ICRA - The Irish Cruiser Racing Association has reaffirmed its decision to allocate the 2018 ICRA National Championships to the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) and Galway Bay Sailing Club. The event from 16-18 August 2018 will be…
What Are The Most Common Breakages For Ocean-Going Yachts?
Cruising
#ARC - Ripped sails and breakages caused by chafe were the most common repairs required by transatlantic cruisers in last year’s ARC rally. That’s according to a survey by Yachting World to detail the kinds of breakages experienced at sea…
 Celebrat​ions ove​r the Ro​und Brit​ain 2017​ finish ​line
Cruising
126 days after having set sail from Largs on the West coast of Scotland, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017 Voyage were welcomed back to their starting point today by an ecstatic host of friends, family and supporters…
River Shannon Cruising can be slow or fast–paced as we discovered in a three day adventure in Leitrim and North Roscommon
Inland Waterways
Exploring the Shannon by boat with a Carrickcraft three-day cruiser hire was not the first choice for David O'Brien and family's September weekend getaway. But North Roscommon gave a lot more than expected With the summer ebbing away, my family were…
Well steered, sir! A traditional Achill yawl negotiates the narrow passage through Achill’s seldom-opened bridge at the special opening on Sunday
Island News
The Michael Davitt Bridge that connects Achill Island to the mainland was officially opened by leading Irish land reformer Michael Davitt on 31st August 1887, making 2017 its 130th anniversary. Construction began on a replacement Michael Davitt Bridge in 1948,…
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