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Upriver under the bridge at Wexford – Drascombes can do it, but tall-rigged cruisers have to stay beyond on the seaward side
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
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…
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
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
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
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…
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
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…
Seol Sionna, the local heritage group responsible for newbuild turf boat, the five-tonne gaffer Sally O’Keeffe, are set to take part in the inaugural Shannon Estuary Cruise
#ShannonCruise - Cruisers in the West of Ireland are invited to join the inaugural Shannon Estuary Cruise next month. The seven-day cruise from 17-23 July is the brainchild of Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland Commodore Richard Glynn, a life-long Kilrush…
Howth, the venue for this weekend’s CAI Rally and AGM, while Howth YC is also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its “new” clubhouse. And bonus points for anyone who deduced this photo was taken mid-week. Almost the entire fishing fleet – which usually crowds the dock to the west at weekends – is out working at sea
The Cruising Association of Ireland is already well into a busy season in 2017, but it moves up a gear this weekend with the AGM at Howth presided over by Commodore Clifford Brown tomorrow (Saturday) at 1800hrs, and based around…
The Jedi crew in Kinsale last weekend, hoping decent breezes would fill in. Eventually, fair winds arrived
Go north for decent sailing breezes.....that’s the message being brought home by the Galway crew of the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi as they continue to benefit from much firmer mainly westerly winds over the north of the country…
Light breeze sailing for the INSS’s J/109 Jedi, currently off the Connacht coast on a round Ireland voyage to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis treatments at Galway University Hospital
The round Ireland voyage by a Galway crew with the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi has seen some good sailing, despite unseasonably light winds or even total calm over much of Ireland. However, on a venture sailing clockwise from…
Molly B on the river Liffey, Pete Hogan's self–built 30' gaff rigged ketch which he sailed solo round–the–world
Dublin Bay Glen Sailor Pete Hogan will give an illustrated talk tomorrow evening in Lough Derg Yacht Club, County Tipperary on ‘The Log of the Molly B’. Hogan sailed the self–built 30' gaff rigged ketch solo round–the–world, one of only a…
Capacity crowd – the gathering at last weekend’s ISA Cruising Conference in Cork, with Gail McAllister at the lectern and renowned chef Rachel Allen busy with her demonstration
The Irish Sailing Association Cruising Conference headed south this year with the original venue set at the historic Port of Cork meeting room. But when demand went beyond the capacity of the Port HQ, the venue was moved over the…
Cruising in Cork Harbour. A view of Drake's Pool near Crosshaven
Due to demand for this weekend's ISA Cruising Conference 2017 in Cork city, there has been a change of venue. The one day conference sponsored by Union Chandlery moves from the Port of Cork offices to the Clayton Hotel City…
Port of Cork hosts this year's ISA Cruising Conference
The Irish Sailing Association’s 2017 Cruising Conference takes place this year on Saturday, 18 February at the historic Port of Cork offices in Cork city. The conference is a chance for sailors to hear and discuss the latest knowledge and…
Storme Delaney from Sandycove in County Dublin completed the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on board Andrew Middleton's Beneteau First 47.7, EHO1
At least three Irish flagged boats as well as a number of international boats with Irish crew onboard have finished or are nearing the Caribbean finish of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers having crossed from Gran Canaria up to a…
Newry's Claire McCluskey and Nick Russell are on their way across the Atlantic in the ARC Rally
Following years and months of planning, two weeks of preparations and provisioning and final hours of farewells, the cruising yachts taking part in ARC 2016 made their way out of Muelle Deportivo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday morning…

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