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Busy people – Alex and Daria Blackwell of Clew Bay have won several awards over the years for their contributions to international cruising
Daria and Alex Blackwell of County Mayo have been a significant power couple in global voyaging for many years now, operating from their base at Port Aleria among the many islands of the inner reaches of Clew Bay, and voyaging…
A small yacht with sails furled in blue water with a green headland in the background
Now is your chance to secure a spot at this year’s RYA Northern Ireland Cruising Conference, which will take place on Saturday 28 January at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra, Co Down on Belfast Lough. The…
The ARC January 2023 fleet departs Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The majority of boats will take 18-21 days to make the 2,700 nautical mile Atlantic crossing
Gran Canaria bid farewell today to the ARC January fleet for the second edition of the 'new year rally' organised by World Cruising Club. Following the first edition in 2022, ARC January 2023 has seen 30 boats gathering to cross…
Although World ARC is a rally not a race, friendly competition was already evident as Salt (SWE) and Lover of the Light (USA) were over the course start line as the horn was blown
The World ARC 2023-24 fleet set off from Saint Lucia at 12 noon on Saturday, January 7, beginning their adventure of a lifetime following years of dreaming, thinking, planning and preparations. 19 yachts took the start from the 23-strong fleet…
Blue Water Medal winner Kenichi Hori with his boat, Suntory Mermaid III, in which he sailed alone from San Francisco to Chiba, Japan, in the spring of 2022
This week's announcement of the 2022 Cruising Club of America awards for adventurous use of the seas puts the spotlight on achievements ranging from ocean crossings by young and old, a rescue at sea, and a new award recognising sailing…
Kenichi Hori and Suntory Mermaid III at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Tiburon, Calif. before sailing from San Francisco to Chiba, Japan
Kenichi Horie, Japan’s best-known ocean sailor, has been named winner of the 2022 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for a lifetime of ocean-crossing achievement. His most recent voyage began in March, 2022, when he sailed…
The crew of Optimistic  relaxing in Cape Verde (from left to right)  Matt Ruiz, Anna Richmond, Elwyn Agnew, Michael Browne and Emily Agnew
Ballyronan Boat Club is a small club on the Northwestern shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland, the largest body of inland water in the British Isles, and it was from this small outfit that the Commodore, Elwyn Agnew and…
A small yacht with sails furled in blue water with a green headland in the background
RYA Northern Ireland is getting ready for its next Cruising Conference, which will be held at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Cultra, Co Down in the New Year. The conference takes place on Saturday 28 January and will…
An RYA-flagged boat with a small sailing yacht at sea
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has expressed its disappointment as the British Government’s rejection of its proposal to allow recreational boat owners, established in the UK and who lawfully purchased and kept their boat in the EU at the time…
The ARC fleet at Port Louis Marina, Grenada
The 10th edition of World Cruising Club’s popular ARC+ rally concluded last night with a spectacular prizegiving ceremony held for the 400+ crews from 91 boats taking part in the second 2022 ARC+ to finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port…
A leisurely cruise in a dinghy out of Enniskillen on Lough Erne
Afloat was ahead of its time in predicting the popularity of dinghy cruising in Ireland, says Stephen Foyle, who represents part of a new effort to share the cruising experience here. Citing a 2012 article — Is ‘Adventure Sailing’ a…
Canadian skipper Duncan Gladman and American owner Tom Kassberg along with four further crew, sailed the Marsaudon Composites designed performance catamaran 3,108NM across the Atlantic
November has seen some near-perfect trade wind conditions across the mid-Atlantic for the 37th edition of the ARC, which has meant a fast crossing for the fleet of 2022. So far, it has been a true ocean sleigh ride, a…
An artist’s impression of the new Xc 47 bluewater cruising yacht from X-Yachts
Earlier this month, a privileged view were treated to the latest on X-Yachts’ new Xc cruiser when the doors of its Haderslev HQ were opened for exclusive tours. Now the Danish yachting specialists have revealed to the world further details…
Artist’s impression of the Delphia 10 LoungeTop on the water in the light of dawn
The latest addition to Delphia’s ‘mindful cruising’ range — available in Ireland via MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire — is the Delphia 10 LoungeTop, which will have its worldwide launch in Berlin this week. Designed for relaxation in total comfort,…
138 of the 143-strong fleet took the start for the 2,700nm sail to Saint Lucia in the 37th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
It was an exciting start to the 37th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) today, Sunday, 20 November, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as a north-easterly swell gave the boats a rolling send-off. In total, 138 of…
The ARC 2022 Opening Ceremony in Las Palmas
Marking the final countdown to the start of ARC 2022 on Sunday, 20 November, a colourful Opening Ceremony parade was held today in Las Palmas Marina, celebrating the nations taking part in the 37th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. At 11:30,…