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Hung out to dry? On the contrary, this is just expiring with laughter aboard Joker II as John Maybury’s J/109 powers along to a couple of wins on Day One of the ICRA Nats at Crosshaven
ICRA
John Maybury’s J/109 Joker II (RIYC) put in a cracker of a start in the opening two races of the ICRA Nats at Royal Cork this afternoon with a couple of straight bullets in IRC 1 writes W M Nixon.…
South Coast cruiser-racer Slack Alice competing in big seas of Kinsale
Sovereign's Cup
The biennial O’Leary Life & Pensions Sovereigns Cup to be sailed at Kinsale on June 21st has extended today’s entry deadline until next week. Regatta organiser Mike Walsh has confirmed a 91–boat entry so far for the popular four–day south coast…
Artful Dodger from Kinsale Yacht Club is a competitor in today's ICRA championships.. Four major national titles will be decided this weekend in Cork Harbour
ICRA
Wind – and too much of it – is foremost on the minds of Royal Cork organisers this morning at the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) championships in Cork Harbour.  While the 60–boat championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club is likely…
Inis Mor in her glory days in the Gouy family’s ownership, on her way to overall victory in the Round Ireland race
ICRA
While everyone is very relieved and grateful that the crew of the Scottish-owned Ker 39 Inis Mor were saved after their boat sank at the Saltees at the weekend while on passage to Cork for the up-coming ICRA Nationals, there…
The Inis Mor crew took to the liferaft when the Ker 39 started sinking off the Saltee Islands. All crew were rescued by Coastguard Helicopter 117
ICRA
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney has expressed relief that everyone is safe after the weekend loss of Scottish competitor Inis Mor on its way to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. As Afloat.ie reported on Saturday, the Cruisers…
The victorious Storm crew from Rush Sailing Club celebrate on the Clyde includes Pat Kelly, David Kelly, Ronan Kelly, Paul Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Mark Ferguson, Sean Murphy, Marty O'Leary Alan Ruigrok and Kevin Sheridan
Sailor of the Month
Anyone who has ever raced against the J/109 Storm, campaigned by Pat Kelly and his close-knit family from Rush Sailing Club, quickly realises that they are up against something special in sailing. This is evident both with the Storm team…
The yacht Inis Mor sinking off the Wexford coast
ICRA
The yacht that sank off Wexford yesterday afternoon was the Scottish–owned Ker 39 Inis Mor. The top performer was en route to the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that begin at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour…
The area where the UK yacht sank this afternoon
RNLI Lifeboats
Three UK sailors, two men and a woman, were rescued off the Wexford coast this afternoon after their 39–foot yacht got into difficulty. The yacht sank quickly after a toilet fractured and it started taking on water in ten–foot swells off…
One of Howth YC’s club-owned J/80s coming through the sound inside Ireland’s Eye. The HYC-owned flotilla is well booked for the current season, and five fully-crewed Howth club-owned J/80s will be taking part in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July. Photo: Emmet Dalton
W M Nixon
Sailing is a vehicle sport. No matter how well we may succeed in spreading the cost of buying and running a boat through group ownership and other schemes, inevitably it has an inbuilt level of expenditure which other sports that…
Tim Goodbody's White Mischief is one of four Dublin J109s competing at the ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA
Class bands released for next week's ICRA National Championship (see below) reveal a smaller than usual fleet for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Championships but with three events in three weeks all trying to attract boats out of Dublin where…
Pat Kelly's J109 class RC35 winner, Storm. The Rush Sailing Club yacht from County Dublin was using an innovative symmetric spinnaker as opposed to the standard asymmetric typically used by the J109 class
Racing
North Dublin boats from Rush Sailing Club and Howth Yacht Club have won class titles at Scotland's biggest sailing event that concluded on Loch Fyne this evening. Pat Kelly's J109 Storm from Rush in North Dublin (who also sails at Howth)…
Silvers Marine Scottish Series racing yesterday at Tarbert
Racing
Four Irish boats are in the top six of the RC35 Class as the Scottish Series at Tarbert concludes today. Pat Kelly's J109 Stom from Rush Sailing Club is four points off the lead while Irish sisterships Chimaera (Andrew Craig) of…
Ken Lawless and Sybil McCormacks’ Cartoon from the Royal Irish YC will defend their ICRA Class 3 title next month in Cork Harbour
ICRA
All four major title-holders from last year’s Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) national championships will be in action in a fortnight when a fleet of over 60 boats from around Ireland will gather at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven…
J109 Storm, a former ICRA class one champion
ICRA
As this Friday's entry deadline looms for the ICRA National Championships on June 9, Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers say they will finalise racing divisions closer to the start of the event and will endeavour to make the splits as…
Stephen Tudor’s defending ISORA Champion, the J/109 Sgrech from Pwllheli, in her glorious home waters. Today she’s racing in the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire race, in which Progressive ECHO is being tested against IRC to see if more cruising-oriented boats can be encouraged into ISORA Racing
W M Nixon
After the accelerating build-up to Olympic Medal success throughout the summer of 2016, there was hope in some sections of the Irish sailing community that the mood of 2017 might be different in pace. Tokyo 2020 still seemed very far…
Tim Goodbody's White Mischief, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is one of four J109s entered so far for June's ICRA Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA
With a month to go to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Cruiser Racer body has published a 56–boat entry list to date that reveals a large entry from the host Cork Harbour Club. Royal Cork…

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