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The Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championship takes place on 5th/6th June
The Women's Open Keelboat Championship (WOKC) will be returning to Hamble for its 12th edition in June 2021. After sadly having to cancel the 2020 edition of the event organiser say they can’t wait to see lots of boats on…
Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March
Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March. Organised by the much-respected Island Sailing Club, the Round the Island has always been one of the UK’s largest participation sporting events and regularly attracts…
UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency Targets Uncoded Race Yachts
The UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says it wants “to send a clear message” to owners and operators of commercially operated yachts that their vessels — including those engaged in racing — must be coded. The message comes after…
Racing with MarkSetBot technology will now be even easier with the company’s new RaceOS
The company behind the sailing’s first robotic marker is launching a new tool that promises to be a “game changer” for race management. RaceOS by MarkSetBot aims to simplify the process of running a sailing race by bringing “elite-level race…
Team Stars+Stripes (from left) Mike Menninger, Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, Eric Shampain and skipper Taylor Canfied, winners of the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship
Skipper Taylor Canfield and Team Stars+Stripes – Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, Mike Menninger and Eric Shampain – won the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship with a penalty-marred victory over Ian Williams’s Team…
Miss Scarlet, with Mia Connolly on crew, with the fleet in this past weekend’s PIC Coastal Classic in New Zealand
Homing in on her second anniversary Down Under, West Cork sailor Mia Connolly reports to Afloat.ie that she recently completed one of New Zealand’s biggest coastal races. Mia crews on trim as well as bow, mid-bow and pit for the…
The Waterford based A35 'Fools Gold' competing at the IRC/ORC Worlds in 2018
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is highlighting the transparency of its rating system in advance of this year's AGM that will be conducted online. Some Rating rule systems for yachts are often operated behind closed doors, with decisions and policies…
The Schull Harbour Fasnet winner on Echo division winner was the Quinlan family sailing Quinsea
The annual Schull Harbour Sailing Club Fastnet Race attracted 17 entries last Saturday. Starting from the harbour line in a 10-knot northerly breeze the fleet were able to carry their kites all the way to the rock in near-perfect sea…
Competitors go downwind in breeze at 2020 Mullagmore Regatta
County Sligo's Mullaghmore Sailing Club hosted its annual regatta last weekend, as Afloat previewed here, with careful consideration of health and safety in accordance with Irish Sailing’s ‘Return to Sailing’ guidance. While some of the normal onshore post-sailing activities had…
Laser dinghies prepare to launch at Bray Sailing Club
Following the recent easing of restrictions, and having had to cancel two early season regattas, Bray Sailing Club held a “Back to Sailing” dinghy regatta on 25th July. COVID-19 restrictions meant a number of changes to normal arrangements (no race…
Mullaghmore Regatta this Weekend Celebrates Great Irish Tradition
They’ve been holding annual regattas at breezy Mullaghmore on Sligo’s northwest coast for a very long time. Probably way beyond 1885, but that’s the oldest regatta poster they’ve managed to unearth. And though it’s just about possible to decipher it,…
Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club is the venue for the 2020 Welsh IRC event in August
After a great deal of work in conjunction with RYA Cymru Wales, and the Royal Dee Yacht Club, the IRC Welsh Championships will go ahead in a “stripped down” fashion but still provide challenging racing. As Afloat previously reported here,…
West Cork winner Excelsior
The first race of the West Cork sailing season took place on Saturday in murky conditions with intermittent foggy spells and light rain making it a tough return to sailing for the Schull harbour sailing fleet. The seven yachts had…
MarkSetBot in use during the SailGP even in Marseille last September
US Sailing has partnered with the company behind the sport’s first robotic marker to help get America’s sailing community back on the water. Afloat.ie previously reported on the MarkSetBot, an invention by US sailor Kevin Morin that essentially combines a…
The Women’s Open Keelboat Championship was founded in 2008 by a group of passionate female sailors who wanted to compete in challenging racing against other women
The Dubarry sponsored UK Women’s Open Keelboat Championship (WOKC) will be hosted on the 13th/14th June from the beautiful location of the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Ireland has previously been successful at the event with Howth Yacht Club helmswoman Laura…
Ronan Wallace (left) collects his prize at WHSC
The second Wexford Harbour Boat Club Christmas regatta took place on Sunday, 29th December 2019 with plenty of wind for the first race. There was another great turn out with sailors travelling from along the east coast with representatives from…

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