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Aeros at the leeward mark -  Stephen Oram (Aero 3288) and Paul Phelan (Aero 4230) take a direct route to the leeward mark, while ILCA 6 189319 (Glen Fisher) takes a more circuitous route at the DMYC Viking Marine-Sponsored Frostbites
Races 13 & 14 of the Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour saw a change of Race Officer, with DMYC Commodore Ian Cutliffe taking over the reins of race management from Cormac Bradley, who had the day off. A…
Roy McKay leads a group of ILCA 7s around the weather mark at the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
After an adverse weather-enforced hiatus of three Sundays without sailing, a reduced Frostbite fleet took to the waters of Dun Laoghaire Harbour to resume activity in the Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. While the forecast…
Dun Laoghaire's Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Dinghy Frostbite Series has been cancelled for a third week in a row due to strong winds on Dublin Bay. "Winds were forecast at 17/18 knots but gusting to 32 knots from a SSW direction",…
Dun Laoghaire's Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Dinghy Frostbite Series has been cancelled for a second week due to strong winds on Dublin Bay. "The Dublin Bay Buoy was showing 31 knots gusting 39 when we called it, and the forecast was…
Tight racing among the ILCA 6s at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbite Series
As this correspondent had the day off from Race Officer duties, ably replaced by Brendan Duffy (Ruffian 23s), this report is based on “word of mouth” accounts garnered from people who were on the water. As per the forecast, the…
Noel Butler in the RSAero broke away from his classmates as the first PY race progressed in the 2024 Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Series 2 of the Viking Marine sponsored Frostbites, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, was sailed under glorious conditions for January – 6-8 knots of a breeze that stayed pretty stable throughout the afternoon and air temperatures that peaked…
Summertime at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, with an International ILCA event under way and former Commodore Conor O'Regan's world-girdling Rival 38 Panima alongside
It is not unprecedented for leading clubs and one of the key class organisations within their ambit to share the MG Motor Sailing Club of the Year Award. It began with an added convention (the informal contest has been based…
The challenge in the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites Series PY class is to take a race from the dominant RS Aero group
With the days getting longer, the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club Viking Marine Sponsored Dinghy Frostbites Series resumes on Sunday, 7th, January, with 12 Sundays of racing in Series 2 until the end of March. Entries are open for any…
A tight weather mark rounding for Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (hidden) and Frank Miller & Caroul (14990), with Owen Sinnott & Grattan Donnelly (14865) ready to take advantage of any mistakes
Series 1 of the DMYC’s Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites concluded on Sunday in variable wind conditions that saw as much as 16 knots on the course at times, and boats stalled due to a lack of wind at other times. However,…
The Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC dinghy Frostbite Series at Dun Laoghaire has been cancelled due to westerly winds
Based on a weather forecast of westerly winds gusting to over 40 knots, DMYC has cancelled this afternoon's Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbite racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. It is the second cancellation of racing for the 50-boat fleet since the…
Mary Chambers (ILCA6s) receives her DMYC Frostbite Mug for Race 9 of the Series from organiser Neil Colin
Having enjoyed the biggest fleet of the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites on the last Sunday of November with 50+ entries, the first Sunday of December registered the smallest fleet of the series thus far with only forty boats on the…
Theo Lyttle, ILCA7 Frostbite Mug winner
For the fourth round of the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, there were no surprises with the strength of the wind. From early in the week, the projected windspeed was in single figures, and there was little…
The Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC dinghy Frostbite Series at the same venue has been cancelled due to westerly winds
Although Sunday morning's third race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot racing for cruiser-racers went ahead off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, this afternoon's Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC dinghy Frostbite Series at the same venue has been cancelled due to westerly winds in…
ILCA racing before Storm Debi at the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday afternoon (November 12th)
Last Sunday, the dominant weather feature in the week leading up to the opening Sunday of the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbites had been Storm Ciaran. For Sunday past, the weather forecast was dominated by the prospect of Storm Debi, which…
The start from Dun Laoghaire in 1888 of a Royal Alfred Yacht Club cross-channel race to Holyhead, where the finish would be co-ordinated by the Royal Mersey YC or the Royal Dee YC. This weekend sees two prize-givings in Dun Laoghaire with direct links to this 1888 event. The Royal Alfred YC is now merged into Dublin Bay SC, whose annual trophy distribution took place last night (Friday) in the National Maritime Museum. And tonight (Saturday) the Irish Sea Offshore Racing – formed in 1972 in a direct line of organisational descent from the early cross-channel inter-club co-operations shown above – will be holding its annual prize-giving dinner in the National YC in Dun Laoghaire
It’s prize-giving time down beside the Old Granite Pond. Last night (Friday), Commodore Eddie Totterdell presided over Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s annual re-distribution of their enormous cache of trophies in the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. And tonight (Saturday),…
Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (15167) are racing a fireball dinghy at the 2023 Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Despite the forecasts of the early part of the week, that Storm Ciaran was going to be the dominant weather system for the week, by the time the weekend arrived the numbers on XCWeather had dropped significantly and while Saturday,…

How to sail, sailing clubs and sailing boats plus news on the wide range of sailing events on Irish waters forms the backbone of Afloat's sailing coverage.

We aim to encompass the widest range of activities undertaken on Irish lakes, rivers and coastal waters. This page describes those sailing activites in more detail and provides links and breakdowns of what you can expect from our sailing pages. We aim to bring jargon free reports separated in to popular categories to promote the sport of sailing in Ireland.

The packed 2013 sailing season sees the usual regular summer leagues and there are regular weekly race reports from Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Howth and Cork Harbour on Afloat.ie. This season and last also featured an array of top class events coming to these shores. Each year there is ICRA's Cruiser Nationals starts and every other year the Round Ireland Yacht Race starts and ends in Wicklow and all this action before July. Crosshaven's Cork Week kicks off on in early July every other year. in 2012 Ireland hosted some big international events too,  the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire and in August the Tall Ships Race sailed into Dublin on its final leg. In that year the Dragon Gold Cup set sail in Kinsale in too.

2013 is also packed with Kinsale hosting the IFDS diabled world sailing championships in Kinsale and the same port is also hosting the Sovereign's Cup. The action moves to the east coast in July with the staging of the country's biggest regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta from July 11.

Our coverage though is not restricted to the Republic of Ireland but encompasses Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Irish Sea area too. In this section you'll find information on the Irish Sailing Association and Irish sailors. There's sailing reports on regattas, racing, training, cruising, dinghies and keelboat classes, windsurfers, disabled sailing, sailing cruisers, Olympic sailing and Tall Ships sections plus youth sailing, match racing and team racing coverage too.

Sailing Club News

There is a network of over 70 sailing clubs in Ireland and we invite all clubs to submit details of their activities for inclusion in our daily website updates. There are dedicated sections given over to the big Irish clubs such as  the waterfront clubs in Dun Laoghaire; Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Saint George Yacht Club,  the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club. In Munster we regularly feature the work of Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.  Abroad Irish sailors compete in Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) racing in the UK and this club is covered too. Click here for Afloat's full list of sailing club information. We are keen to increase our coverage on the network of clubs from around the coast so if you would like to send us news and views of a local interest please let us have it by sending an email to [email protected]

Sailing Boats and Classes

Over 20 active dinghy and one design classes race in Irish waters and fleet sizes range from just a dozen or so right up to over 100 boats in the case of some of the biggest classes such as the Laser or Optimist dinghies for national and regional championships. Afloat has dedicated pages for each class: Dragons, Etchells, Fireball, Flying Fifteen, GP14, J24's, J80's, Laser, Sigma 33, RS Sailing, Star, Squibs, TopperMirror, Mermaids, National 18, Optimist, Puppeteers, SB3's, and Wayfarers. For more resources on Irish classes go to our dedicated sailing classes page.

The big boat scene represents up to 60% of the sail boat racing in these waters and Afloat carries updates from the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), the body responsible for administering cruiser racing in Ireland and the popular annual ICRA National Championships. In 2010 an Irish team won the RORC Commodore's Cup putting Irish cruiser racing at an all time high. Popular cruiser fleets in Ireland are raced right around the coast but naturally the biggest fleets are in the biggest sailing centres in Cork Harbour and Dublin Bay. Cruisers race from a modest 20 feet or so right up to 50'. Racing is typically divided in to Cruisers Zero, Cruisers One, Cruisers Two, Cruisers Three and Cruisers Four. A current trend over the past few seasons has been the introduction of a White Sail division that is attracting big fleets.

Traditionally sailing in northern Europe and Ireland used to occur only in some months but now thanks to the advent of a network of marinas around the coast (and some would say milder winters) there are a number of popular winter leagues running right over the Christmas and winter periods.

Sailing Events

Punching well above its weight Irish sailing has staged some of the world's top events including the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover, Tall Ships visits as well as dozens of class world and European Championships including the Laser Worlds, the Fireball Worlds in both Dun Laoghaire and Sligo.

Some of these events are no longer pure sailing regattas and have become major public maritime festivals some are the biggest of all public staged events. In the past few seasons Ireland has hosted events such as La Solitaire du Figaro and the ISAF Dublin Bay 2012 Youth Worlds.

There is a lively domestic racing scene for both inshore and offshore sailing. A national sailing calendar of summer fixtures is published annually and it includes old favorites such as Sovereign's Cup, Calves Week, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle, All Ireland Sailing Championships as well as new events with international appeal such as the Round Britain and Ireland Race and the Clipper Round the World Race, both of which have visited Ireland.

The bulk of the work on running events though is carried out by the network of sailing clubs around the coast and this is mostly a voluntary effort by people committed to the sport of sailing. For example Wicklow Sailing Club's Round Ireland yacht race run in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club has been operating for over 30 years. Similarly the international Cork Week regatta has attracted over 500 boats in past editions and has also been running for over 30 years.  In recent years Dublin Bay has revived its own regatta called Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and can claim to be the country's biggest event with over 550 boats entered in 2009.

On the international stage Afloat carries news of Irish and UK interest on Olympics 2012, Sydney to Hobart, Volvo Ocean Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race.

We're always aiming to build on our sailing content. We're keen to build on areas such as online guides on learning to sail in Irish sailing schools, navigation and sailing holidays. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]