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Howth Locals Shane Murphy, Daragh Sheridan and John Phelan on Two Men & Their Monkey won the event with a race to spare
Howth YC
The 2017 Spring Warmer series sponsored by Key Capital Private came to a conclusion at Howth Yacht Club on Saturday. The final day of the season opener provided the sailors with some champagne sailing conditions with 15–knots of breeze and glorious…
Michael Cotter’s handsome 78ft Reichel-Pugh designed Whisper comes roaring out of Dublin Bay, on her way to establishing the course record for the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race in 2009
W M Nixon
Time was when the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race was promoted as a handy way to position your little old cruiser in West Kerry to be nicely placed to make her way in gentle hops back to her home port…
2016 J/24 Southern Champions Kilcullen, presented with the Frank Heath Trophy by Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche. The Howth Yacht Club K25 crew are 'over age' this year so Kilcullen will be sailed under a new crew at this year's event
J24
This year the J/24 Southern Championships will return to Cork Harbour for the third consecutive year with the added incentive to participate as the ‘Southerns’ will run in conjunction with the ICRA Nationals at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This…
J109 Jedi competing in an ISORA offshore race. The boat is available to charter this season from the INSS
INSS
The Irish National Sailing School J109 yacht is available to charter for Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta and other Irish sailing events this season.  Jedi is a highly competitive J109 yacht and part of DBSC's ultra–competitive Class One fleet of 20…
Winning J109 skipper John Maybury (left) and Commandant Barry Byrne of the Irish Defence Forces who skippered Joker II to win the Beaufort Cup in Cork last July
ICRA
After a successful 2016 season and another in prospect later this month, the John Maybury's J109 crew from Joker II gathered at their home club in Dun Laoghaire to celebrate victory in the ICRA Nationals, the ICRA Boat of the…
Cruiser racing from the 2015 VDLR on Dublin Bay. The 2017 event begins on July 6 and expects to attract over 400 boats
Volvo Regatta
Ongoing technical issues with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website this week is giving sailors an extra opportunity to avail of a discounted early bird entry fee that was due to close today. Organisers issued an apology via social media this morning…
ICRA Champs launched – Event Chairman Paul Tingle, ISA President Jack Roy, ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Admiral John Roche
ICRA
A full programme of races for nine national titles at this year's ICRA National Championships was launched this week at the Royal Cork Yacht Club by Minister Simon Coveney.  Admiral John Roche and ICRA Chairman Simon McGibney were also present as…
 Rick Tomlinson captures a busy start at the 2016 IRC National Championship
RORC
The International Rating Certificate (IRC) global rating rule is used for hundreds of events in 40 countries. In UK waters IRC competition is fierce both for the National Championship, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and for regional championships…
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government; Susan Horgan, Rear Commodore Kinsale Yacht Club and David O'Sullivan, Vice Commodore, Kinsale Yacht Club pictured at the launch of The O’Leary Life & Pensions Sovereign’s Cup 2017 at the West Cork Club
Sovereign's Cup
Over 100 boats are expected to enjoy four days racing in the open waters of Kinsale Harbour when the Sovereign’s Cup 2017 takes place at Kinsale Yacht Club from 21st-24th June, 2017. The O’Leary Life & Pensions sponsored event was launched…
Jack Roy speaking at Saturday's AGM in Howth
ISA
London 2012 Olympic Race Officer Jack Roy from Dun Laoghaire succeeded David Lovegrove at Saturday's ISA agm at Howth Yacht Club. Roy, a past dinghy and one design champion, has campaigned 420s, 470s, Flying Fifteens, J24s, Dragons, J109s and Squibs.…
ISORA offshore racers will also compete under ECHO handicap this season. It is hoped the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes'
ISORA
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) will trial the Irish based “Progressive ECHO” rating in all its races this season. ISORA Chief Peter Ryan says the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes. Most…
The spirit of Dun Laoghaire. J/109s giving it all they’ve got on Dublin Bay. For 2017’s festive Dun Laoghaire Regatta event from July 6th to 9th, the J/109s have very sensibly decided to opt for participation in the open division, adding the interest of racing against boats of other types while being secure in the knowledge that their own stand-alone National One Design Championship (2016 edition pictured above) will be held later in the year. If their “most serious series” is thus planned to be at another place and another time, why not allow them to finish at least one VDLR race within Dun Laoghaire Harbour?
W M Nixon
For the summer of 2017 at least, it looks as though Dun Laoghaire Harbour is going to remain free of the threat of the installation of a new liner berth. W M Nixon reckons this provides a unique opportunity for…
Mike Evans's  Half–Tonner The Big Picture will be in action on home waters in Howth Yacht Clubs' Spring Warmer Series on Saturday, April 1
Howth YC
Howth Yacht Club's traditional Key Capital Private Spring Warmer Sailing Series at Howth Yacht Club will run over two consecutive Saturdays with four Windward /Leeward races, starting on Saturday, 1st April with cranes and storage all included in the regatta entry…
Checkmate XVIII – the old Emiliano Zapata, ex Dick Dastardly, ex French Beret, ex Concorde from 1985 is undergoing a refit in North Wales, launching early May
ICRA
Ireland will be the base for the Nigel Biggs Checkmate XVIII Half Ton campagin this season with a programme that includes the ICRA Nationals, Sovereigns Cup, Dun Laoghaire Regatta and the Half Ton Cup in Kinsale. In a previous Irish…
The 1720 sportsboats are holding their European Championships as part of the Sovereign's Cup
Sovereign's Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced O’Leary Life & Pensions as headline sponsors of its 2017 Sovereign’s Cup regatta. June's biennial event has a good number of spinnaker and white sail cruisers entered as well as 1720 sportsboats, a class that is holding its European…
The quality of the Class Two ICRA fleet must make it one of the most competitive
ICRA
Class Two is certainly heating up and expanding this year writes Dave Cullen, Skipper of championship winning half–tonner Checkmate XV. The quality of the fleet must make it one of the most competitive with boats ranging from €15k to €150k…

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