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Fireworks over Royal Cork Yacht Club celebrate the conclusion of Cork Week 2018
With the best score of any of the 120 boats over the past week, Rory Fekkes’ Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus Sailing Club) has been confirmed as the overall winner of Volvo Cork Week following an intense three-race final day. The Antrim boat…
2020 is the Royal Cork YC Tricentenary and1720 was when it first happened. The 1720 Sportsboats racing in towards Cork Harbour with the growing sea breeze are a timely reminder of this globally significant date in just two years’ time
If you set out to explain to a stranger to sailing everything that has been going on afloat and ashore at Volvo Cork Week 2018 (and we refer only to the official events), then you’d find yourself warbling away until…
Big waves and breezy conditions made for fast, close racing
Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' has moved up from 18th to 14th from a fleet of 49 after the first four races in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. The Sovereign's…
There's been a light air start to the The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships
Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' is lying 18th from a fleet of 49 after the first two offshore races in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. Full results are here. After…
Top Brass at Crosshaven – at today's Volvo Cork Week launch were (from left) Royal Cork CEO Gavin Deane, Commandant Barry Byrne, the defending champion of the Beaufort Cup for Defence Services personnel that runs as part of Cork Week with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD and Irish Naval Service Vice Admiral and the current Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellett
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney – who will also skipper a yacht in this week's regatta – has officially launched Volvo Cork Week 2018 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this afternoon. The biennial…
Greystones Sailing Club's Paddy Barnwell trimming on board Eleuthera, a class zero entry for Cork Week Regatta
Royal Cork Yacht Club's ability to attract a sizeable 'big boat' following for Volvo Cork Week is highlighted in today's Irish Times Sailing Column.  David O'Brien writes that the ten boat turnout assembled in Crosshaven for next week's regatta is…
Commandant Barry Byrne helms the J/109 Joker II around a sunlit Fastnet Rock on Sunday July 1st during the recent Volvo Round Ireland Race, with the sky beyond giving hints of the strong headwinds to be met off Ireland’s west coast. He will be racing round the Fastnet again next week in the same boat, defending the Beaufort Cup in Volvo Cork Week
Time was when “A Soldier’s Wind” was a slightly patronising term used to describe exceptionally favourable conditions for smooth voyaging in the great days of sail, with a beam reach in a good Force 4 being held up as the…
Jason Ker
World-renowned yacht designer Jason Ker, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University today. Founder of Ker Yacht Design, an industry-leading company based in Winchester, Jason has forged a formidable reputation for racing yachts,…
Sailing on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, race sponsor Ronan Enright, (third from left) a former Rear RCYC Admiral, was one of 26 boats competing. Scroll down for gallery
There were two separate starts in Royal Cork Yacht Club's July League sponsored by Ronan Enright Solicitors tonight on the club's course 96 in fine sailing conditions in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Sailing as crew on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, the…
Class One action at the weather mark of the inaugural Wave Regatta at Howth in June
15 years have passed since a small group of Cork and Dublin sailors met at the Granville Hotel in Waterford to establish the Irish Cruiser Racing Association. In the intervening years, ICRA has had great success co-ordinating Irish yacht racing…
Noel Grealish, Independent TD for Galway West with event Chairperson Martin Breen and members of the ICRA/WIORA organising committee on board J109 Joie De Vie, Galway's Class One challenger in this year’s ICRA National Championships
This week Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) members and friends gathered at Dock 1 Seafood Bar and restaurant in Galway Harbour for the official launch of the ICRA/WIORA 2018 which will be held in Galway Harbour from August 15th –…
Rob McConnell's Fools Gold competing in Cowes this week a the IRC Europeans. The Waterford Harbour crew finished fourth overall
Ireland's sole entry in the IRC European Championships has finished a creditable fourth overall in Cowes today. Waterford Harbour's A35 yacht 'Fools Gold' skippered by Rob McConnell was a consistent performer in the 12-boat division three fleet, maintaining fourth or…
Rob McConnell's A34 Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club is fifth in 12–boat Division three of the IRC European Championships in Cowes
Light winds and strong tides may have made for a difficult first half to the Royal Ocean Racing Club's combined IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup, but Hampshire Tourist Board conditions graced the Solent for day four of racing where…
The Waterford yacht Fools Gold now moves up to fourth overall in the 12–boat fleet
Waterford Harbour yacht Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell was the winner of the second race of the IRC European Championships in Cowes yesterday.  In IRC Three, Dane Michael Mollmann and his immaculately sailed X-37 Hansen put in a 3-1…
Rob McConnell's Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour is the only Irish competitor at the IRC Euros this week in Cowes
There was a tricky start to the IRC European Championships for Ireland's sole entry Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club but the Rob McConnell skippered entry is still very much in the hunt and lies fifth from 12 starters…
The 2019 D2D race will start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on June 12
The National Yacht Club has announced dates for its biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Race in 2019. The 2019 mini offshore race, that is also a fixture on the international RORC calendar, will start on Wednesday, 12th June off…

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