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Cartoon (Ken Lawless and Syb McCormack) were part of the winning Cruisers III team
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Following a light–air Cruisers Three East Coast Championships DBSC feeder race from Dun Laoghaire to Greystones on Saturday, the second two races of the 2017 Championship were held on Sunday in 20–knots of wind as part of the Greystones Harbour…
Cruisers two winner Checkmate from Howth Yacht Club
Greystones Harbour
It was a case of third time lucky for Sunday's Greystones Regatta in County Wicklow. Despite a limp forecast, the full two race programme was sailed today in ideal sailing conditions, banishing the curse of the last two editions that have been cut…
Waterford's Fools Gold crew celebrate another Welsh victory at Abersoch Keelboat Race Week
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Waterford Harbour Sailing Club's A35, Fools Gold, skippered by Rob McConnell returned to Wales at the weekend for another regatta campaign. Having won the IRC Welsh Nationals in August in Pwllheli, the Dunmore East boat has gone on to win…
Cruisers Three east coast Championships comprises DBSC and Greystones Regatta races this weekend
DBSC
The East Coast Championship for Cruisers Three takes place this weekend with an 'innovative mix of racing' using the DBSC Saturday feeder race from Dun Laoghaire to Greystones and combining this race with two races on Sunday as part of…
Phil Plumtree's Swuzzlebubble, the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classic Cup winner at Kinsale. This is the third win for Swuzzlebubble in three events, each with a different owner
Kinsale
Mark Mansfield, tactician on The Big Picture, fourth overall at August's Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classic Cup 2017, reviews progress in the Class and the Kinsale Yacht Club event. Having done the last two versions of this event I…
A feature of the Greystones event is that it is run both on IRC/Standard ECHO and current ECHO
Greystones Harbour
East Coast sailing fans are expecting a big weekend for the 'Taste of Greystones' Regatta this Sunday and, as the name suggests, Greystones Regatta in County Wicklow is about a night–out followed by a morning's racing. 'The night out is…
Hugo Boss doing what she does best – zooming offwind on the foils
W M Nixon
There have been several Irish offshore racing sailors who have been making national and world headlines for some years now, but in recent weeks and months the wave of new enthusiasm for the big ticket events has surged to fresh…
Graeme Noonan's Corby 26 Virgin Triangle from the host club will be competing in class two at the 'Taste of Greystones Regatta' on August 26th in County Wicklow
Greystones Harbour
140–boats are expected off the coast of County Wicklow for the two–race 'Taste of Greystones Trophy' later this month.  Greystones Sailing Club (GSC) will be keeping its fingers crossed for better winds than two years ago when the 2017 edition sets…
Consistent sailing for Nigel Biggs put the British team in the lead of the Half Ton Cup in Kinsale
Kinsale
Nigel Biggs on his newly-refurbished Checkmate XVIII leads the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club after a rain-soaked opening day but only two points separate first to fourth places. Although Phil Plumtree’s two-times past champion…
Waterford Harbour yacht Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell has had more success at the Welsh IRC Championships
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With light winds forecast for the final day, the fleet left the event pontoons to the two racing areas in glorious sunshine, a relief to shed the wet weather gear! IRC 1 and 2 sailed two windward/leeward races off shore…
Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club competing at Calves Week
Calves Week
Friday morning in Schull must have turned into a nightmare for Calves Week Race Officer Neill Prenderville, when he awoke to find the West Cork venue covered in fog and a forecast for further wind and rain. Competitors had previously…
The phantom boat proves to be very real indeed. The JND 39 Lann Ael 2 (Didier Gadoux) wasn’t showing on the Fastnet Race Tracker or the Entry List attached to it. Yet here she is, very much for real, making knots on her way past the Isles of Scilly and onwards towards Plymouth for the overall win
Fastnet
The harsh northwest to north wind that dominated the past three days of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 has softened its cough through Thursday. It’s settling in to be an Atlantic sou’west to west airflow, which eventually will bring rain…
A tired but elated crew on Nick and Suzi Jones' First 44.7 Lisa, skippered by RORC Commodore Michael Boyd
Fastnet
Overnight and into a magnificent West Country morning, boats have been streaming across the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line and into Plymouth Yacht Haven writes James Boyd. With this the leaders in the bigger classes have begun firming up along…
Paul O'Higgins' Dublin Bay based Rockabill, a JPK 10.80, competes in the first race of Calves Week. Scroll down for photo gallery
Calves Week
Calves Week 2017 Regatta kicked off today in West Cork and Bob Bateman captured the action for Afloat.ie in the photo gallery below. The opening day started out clear and bright with a light northerly wind, forcing OD Niall Prendeville…
In most classic offshore races, at some stage a Cookson 50 will seem to come out of nowhere and give bigger boats a fright. This is the American Cookson 50 Privateer, which was going like an express train as she closed towards Land’s End and a group of 60-footers at noon today. As evening draws on, she is still giving them a hard time.
Fastnet
The Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 fleet leader, the MOD 70 trimaran Concise 10 owned by Tony Lawson and skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, rounded the Fastnet Rock at 15.18hrs this afternoon in a nor’west breeze writes W M Nixon. But…
David Kenefick managed to get the mast back on board the Class 40 boat before heading into Weymouth
Fastnet
Royal Cork David Kenefick's Fastnet Race ambitions lie in ruins this evening after a dismasting on his class 40 entry.  It's a disappointing outcome because Kenefick was in the mix in the top five of the ultra competitive Class 40…

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