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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…
RCYC's June League first race was held in light airs. Scroll down for Photo Gallery
The first race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's June Thursday league, sponsored by Union Chandlery, was held last night in balmy light winds of six or seven knots writes Bob Bateman. The course was from a Committee boat start to…
Dave Cullen’s Checkmate burning along with sufficient power to eventually bring out the sun – and take the top title with Nin O’Leary in the ship’s complement
“Wave afloat, rave ashore? And all good? What more could you ask?” The new-style Wave Regatta at Howth over the June Bank Holiday weekend set itself so many ambitious targets that it takes a day or two to get it…
The new Cork Harbour Raving League is being run in association with Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, the Naval Yacht Squadron and Cove S.C.
A new era of inter-club racing starts tonight in Cork Harbour, writes Tom MacSweeney. The new Great Island Sailing Club, based in Cobh, is to start the Cork Harbour Combined June White Sail League. First Gun is set for 7…
Pat Kelly’s meticulously-prepared J/109 Storm is family-maintained.
Pat Kelly and his family and friends from Rush in the heart of Fingal certainly enjoy their sailing. But they work hard to ensure that their all-conquering J/109 Storm is in peak condition as the new programme starts, and they’ve…
The Kelly family's Storm returns to Howth for Wave Regatta following a successful Scottish campaign
With upwards of 150 boat competing, the inaugural Wave Regatta is set to become the largest gathering of racing yachts this year in Ireland. So who is likely to come out with the Howth Yacht Club spoils in each of…
Strong IRC fleets have been assembled for Howth's Wave Regatta tomorrow
Tomorrow's first races of Howth Yacht Club's inaugural Wave Regatta marks the return of the host club's J109 Storm to her home waters after the successful defence by the Kelly family of their Scottish Series title in Tarbert last Monday. It's…
Team Storm celebrate in Tarbert. Paddy Kelly, David Kelly (Jnr), Lauren O’Hare, Pat Kelly, Alan Ruigrok, Cian Hickey, David Kelly, Paul Kelly, Patrick Boardman (missing from photo- Paul O’Hare & Ronan Kelly)'Team Storm' had one simple quote to sum up there Scottish Series victory, " we're not here to win, we're here to take over."
David Kelly and the crew of yacht Storm from Howth Yacht Club and Rush Sailing Club have won the coveted overall Clyde Cruising Club's Scottish Series Trophy. Having won their class the previous year to come back and do so…
Royal Cork's Conor Phelan is an early entry into Galway's first ever staging of the ICRA Nationals in Galway.
Regatta Chairman Martin Breen reports strong interest for August's ICRA/WIORA 2018 event from all over Ireland and further afield. The ICRA Vice-Commodore (Richard Colwell) and Commodore (Simon McGibney) are confirmed entrants with Breen confirming new entrants 'on a daily basis'. See…
Asymmetric or Symmetric? Which Spinnaker Type to Use & How To Set It
Sailing Professional Mark Mansfield, who is a Racing Consultant with UK Sailmakers Ireland, goes through the different spinnaker sail options and how to set and control each of them. This is the latest in a series of information articles produced…
Andrew Alego's J109 'Juggerknot' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will race as RNLI Baltimore with Olympian Peter O'Leary on board for the 2018 Beaufort Cup
After the success of the inaugural Beaufort Cup for Military and Emergency teams in 2016, this year's entries are approaching 20 boats already, including no less than eight J109's for the Cork Week event. There's an excellent line up of…
Top performers adjust their standing rigging (shrouds and forestay) for every five knots of wind
In his first article in the ICRA /  UK Sailmakers Series, Racing Consultant Mark Mansfield wrote about tuning a fractionally rigged mast. His second article featured changing gears in different wind conditions while racing. In this final article, the four time Olympic helmsman…

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