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Guilfoyle is top of the Ops
Crosshaven's Seafra Guilfoyle emerged as the convincing champion at the Mitsubishi Optimist Nationals over the weekend, leading a trio of Cork sailors onto the Opi podium. Guilfoyle, at just 13 years of age, counted only third place finishes or better, …
J80s Match Racing - what works
The last couple of match racing events in the SailFleet J80s have been sailed in some challenging conditions. It’s been noticeable how the teams have had to improve their boat handling dramatically to meet the challenge. Here are some notes…
Cork sailors lead three fleets
Two seconds and a first gave Cork sailor Seafra Guilfoyle the lead at halfway stage of the Mitsubish Optimist National Championships today. The Crosshaven teen, who still has two years left in the Optimist, discarded his jittery 26th from the…
Clipper sailors will fly Cork colours around the world
On Saturday August 8, 25 people from Ireland, UK, and Germany arrived in Cork in advance of the biggest challenge of their lives. They will sail onboard the Cork Clipper boat in the Clipper 09–10 Round the World Yacht Race…
Howth leader for Oppie Nats
Howth sailor Tara Flood leads the Mitsubishi Motors Optimist National Championships after a blustery day one, with three races sailed in an 18-knot southerly. The 243-boat fleet was split, with the main fleet racing in Dublin Bay and the regatta…
Dingle Departure a Cliff-hanger
The 52-boat Figaro fleet left Dingle on Sunday bound for Dieppe via the Fastnet, with a start under the cliffs in a strong south-westerly giving the fleet an early upwind workout. The fleet is now approaching Lands End, still surfing…
Fitzpatrick takes match title
Howth sailor Tom Fitzpatrick took the latest leg of the Match Racing Tour of Ireland this weekend, pipping home sailor John Sheehy in the final of the Helly Hansen Leinster Match Racing Open. The event, staged in Dun Laoghaire's  Royal…
Cian Byrne wins UK Optimist Junior Nationals
Royal Cork Optimist Sailor Cian Byrne did the business on the final day of the UK Optimist Junior Nationals in Largs yesterday writes Tom Crosbie. Cian's three third places on day 6 of the 12 race series were enough to…
Long, slow finish

Long, slow finish

14th August 2009 Racing
Typically the Rolex Fastnet Race is all but concluded by the Friday morning, five days after the start. But by this morning, only around one third of the fleet have reached the finish off Plymouth, for the Royal Ocean Racing…
Plymouth welcomes Fastnet after busy night
This morning (Thursday 13th August), the tally of arrivals on the Rolex Fastnet Race is up to 43 after a busy night with the leading boats in the Class 40 and Zero fleets arriving. Making possibly the best entrance last…
Heading Home

Heading Home

12th August 2009 Racing
A steady influx of boats has continued to stream into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth’s historic Barbican quarter today, the first finishers in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. At the end of the afternoon, 17 boats have arrived including eight IMOCA…
First arrivals

First arrivals

12th August 2009 Racing
Property developer Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard secured a second consecutive line honours victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race in the early hours of this morning. With the mixed conditions the 100ft super-maxi was considerably behind the course record she set…
100ft super-maxi first home in prestigious offshore race
On Wednesday 12th August at 01:09:36 BST ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line to take line honours in the Fastnet race for the second consecutive time. The 100ft super-maxi racing yacht, owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade,…
Clifden Regatta 2009 'great success'!
With 22 yachts racing in two classes, Clifden Boat Club's Annual Regatta was an excellent event this year. Overall winners were Clifden's own Hallmark in IRC and Optique, of Galway, in Echo. Full Overall results? Class 1 IRC, Class 1…
Reining in the Leopard
The ‘when will they arrive?’ lottery has begun this afternoon in sunny Sutton Harbour, the new arrival point for the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth. While a line honours victory for Mike Slade’s 100ft super-maxi ICAP Leopard might seem obvious,…
First Around the Fastnet Rock
At 00:26 GMT this morning Mike Slade’s 100ft supermaxi ICAP Leopard was the first boat in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race to round the Fastnet Rock off the coast of southwestern Ireland. In a 10-15 knot westerly breeze, Karl Kwok’s…

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