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Tectonic shift? Fingal islet of Rockabill nears the Fastnet Rock?? Leading the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race approaching the Fastnet Rock, the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI’s crew are ahead on the water and on handicap, but ace helm Mark Pettit (left) doesn’t at all approve of frivolity. However, photographer Will Byrne managed to get a smile out of (left to right) Ian O’Meara, Rees Kavanagh, Conor O’Higgins, Peter Wilson, Ian Heffernan and heavily disguised owner-skipper Paul O’Higgins
W M Nixon
The 275-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race overall win was still open to challenge until the leader on the water, Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, had cleared the Fastnet Rock. However, with every mile sailed thereafter, it looked…
Great racing in great conditions for the second day of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale today
Sovereign's Cup
The halfway stage of the O’Leary Life Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club was marked by perfect sailing conditions today with the 98-strong fleet revelling in the steadily building breeze that topped out with 25 knot gusts and brilliant sunshine…
A class two start on day two of the O'Leary Life Sovereigns Cup off Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery
Sovereign's Cup
There were ideal sailing conditions off Kinsale today for the second day of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup.  Medium to heavy winds and sunshine delivered another racing programme, mostly incident-free. A turnout of 98 boats from around Ireland and further…
In winning form, Rob McConnell's Fools Gold from WHSC is in the lead of Class One at the Sovereign's Cup
Sovereign's Cup
Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club won both races of the first day of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup in Division One, the largest fleet in the event with 18 entries, a result only matched elsewhere in…
Who will win the Sovereign's Cup 2017 – Check out our class predictions below
Sovereign's Cup
With about 100–boats entered for the first races of O'Leary Life & Pensions Sovereigns Cup this afternoon, there are plenty of good boats capable of winning in each class in Kinsale's biennial Grand Prix Regatta. Sticking its neck out, here…
Racing at the RORC IRC Nationals takes place over 23-25th June with a first warning signal each day at 1050
RORC
Racing gets under way this Friday on the Solent for the cream of the British keelboat fleet at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC Nationals writes James Boyd. The rating rule will create a level playing field between the 53…
A truly unique venue. The Aran Islands are the location for the staging of the four-day West of Ireland Offshore Racing Championship in July
WIORA
Cormac MacDonnacha describes himself as “one of the busiest men” in Galway this week as he strives to bring traditional boats and the modern GRP racing variety together in a major sailing event at a fledging club, writes Tom MacSweeney.…
Racing at KYC's Bertoletti Trophy Race last night in Kinsale. Scroll down for Bob Bateman's photo gallery
Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club's postponed Bertoletti Trophy Race – staged annually in memory of club steward Mario Bertoletti – was held last night, ideal timing for a last minute tune–up before Kinsale's big event of the the season, the O'Leary Life…
Rockabill VI makes her approach to the Dingle Finish. Scroll down for Tracker link
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has been piling up the pressure from the front on the chasing opposition in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 writes W M Nixon. She swept up to Skellig Michael at 8.8…
A beautiful sight for the sea-battered mariner. Hospitable Kinsale and its marina opens to view as you sail in past the forts
W M Nixon
The people of Ireland – sailors and farmers alike - are gasping for a bit of real summer. But with Met Eireann predicting that next week will be favourable for hay-making, there’s a dilemma for grassland farmers who like a…
On corrected time, Rockabill is ahead overall and second to George Sisk’s Farr 42 WOW (pictured above) for line honours
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
A Force 5 to 6 breeze from west’sou’west, blowing straight out of a rain-free sky along Ireland’s south coast, can make the Fastnet Rock, not to mention Dingle, seem a very long way away when you’re somewhere out at sea…
Paul O’Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (RIYC) has taken the lead on the water and IRC
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Although a fairly consistent southwest breeze gave the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race fleet a useful slant from Arklow southwards through the night, they’re currently rounding the Tuskar with the expectation of a dead beat most of the way to…
The track of Coastguard Helicopter  R117 to assist a Dublin Bay yachtsman who was washed overboard in 'rough sea conditions'
ICRA
An ICRA competitor is in hospital today after being washed overboard on the return voyage from the championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday. The Dublin Bay competitor ran into problems off the Waterford/Wexford coast last night. Yesterday's last day of…
2017 ICRA Prizewinners gathered at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
ICRA
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche presented the national champions with their trophies and prizes at the Cork Harbour Club this afternoon. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the prizegiving atmosphere at Crosshaven.  Read all Afloat's coverage…
Hat Trick –ICRA Class One winner is John Maybury's Joker 2 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
ICRA
An early end to a gale-lashed ICRA National Championships series at the Royal Cork Yacht Club didn't stand in the way of John Maybury's Joker 2 from successfully defending his Division 1 title and lifting the trophy for the third…
The third and final day of ICRA racing has been cancelled in Cork Harbour this morning
ICRA
2017 ICRA Champions will be crowned shortly at Royal Cork Yacht Club after a decision to cancel today's final races due to strong winds in Cork Harbour. Organisers ran a full schedule of races on Friday (day one report here)…

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