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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,…
Upriver under the bridge at Wexford – Drascombes can do it, but tall-rigged cruisers have to stay beyond on the seaward side
Cruising
The stately progress through Ireland of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the unique Drascombe range of small character boats continues this weekend, with the fleet cruising-in-company on Lough Derg writes W M Nixon Last weekend, they were sailing or outboarding…
Atlantic sailing – two of the Drascombe flotilla which visited the Aran Islands in July under comfortable rig in the big seas of Galway Bay
Cruising
The Drascombe Association have been celebrating their own 30th Anniversary, and the Golden Jubilee of the introduction of their distinctive range of characterful boats, with special enthusiasm in Ireland this summer writes W M Nixon. It happens to be a…
Lough Derg’s inshore lifeboat on callout to the grounded cruiser on Monday afternoon
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched on Monday afternoon (21 August) to assist six people after their 30ft cruiser ran aground behind the Corakeen Islands near Dromineer Bay. The lifeboat launched on request from Valentia Coast Guard with…
Vision of Connemara and Galway Bay cruising. Lunchtime stopover for Drascombes on passage from Kilkieran towards Roundstone
Galway Harbour
Irish sailors don’t need their attention mesmerized by the horses and people clattering around the Galway Races Week to be well aware that in sailing matters too, it’s not a question of whether or not the West’s awake writes W…
The volunteer lifeboat crew was first requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat shortly after 9am this morning
RNLI Lifeboats
Rosslare Harbour RNLI has responded to two call outs off the Wexford coast today. The volunteer lifeboat crew was first requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat shortly after 9am this morning following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to…
The combined Irish Cruising Club/Ocean Cruising Club muster in Ensenada de Barra last Tuesday, with Alex and Daria Blackwell’s much-travelled Bowman 57 ketch Aleria from Clew Bay at centre
Cruising
The sixty-boat twelve-day Irish Cruising Club Cruise-in-Company in northwest Spain comes to a conclusion in Bayona tonight after an impressive display of well-planned logistics by lead organiser Peter Haden and his team writes W M Nixon. This saw the many…
Belfast Lough was the destination for a 14–boat CAI Summer Cruise
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland held its summer cruise to Belfast Lough in early July 2017. Fourteen boats comprising over forty sailors of varying ages gathered in Bangor Marina, County Down and were welcomed there by David Meeke and Betty…
The ICC Galician Rally’s assembly harbour at Portosin, with most of the rally participants in the outer berths of the marina
Cruising
The Irish Cruising Club’s 2017 Rally in northwest Spain begins its stately progress southwards today from the fleet assembly point of Portosin writes W M Nixon With its organisation ably led by experienced Galician cruiser Peter Haden (whose home port…
The serious helmsman. Jack Roy and his daughter Jill racing their Squib class Kanaloa, no 130. One of the oldest boats racing in the Dublin Bay class, they worked together to restore her from a near-derelict condition
W M Nixon
The role of President of what is now Irish Sailing is central to our activities afloat. The diverse boating community that the President both serves and represents is affected by the variable socio–economic circumstances in which our sport - in…
Crosshaven in Cork Harbour is the home of Royal Cork Yacht Club, the marketers of a new cruising initiative: 'The Cool Route'. The concept is designed to encourage exploration of the route – or parts of it – between Cork and Tromso in Norway
Cruising
The Cool Route Project, funded by the EU’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and led by Cork Institute of Technology, commenced in June 2015. Since then, as Afloat.ie reported previously, project partners in Ireland Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands…
The classic yawl Verve in sweet silhouette on Dublin Bay
Volvo Regatta
With Frank Kowalski’s Safehaven team in Thunder Child in the midst of their challenge for the Round Rockall & Ireland Record, it’s timely to remember that one of the entries in the Classics Division racing for the Kingstown 200 Trophy…

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