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Tight racing in the Fireballs – Frank Miller & Neil Cramer (14915/White spinnaker), lead away from Louise McKenna & Hermine O’Keeffe (15016/ blue spinnaker/partially hidden), Alastair Court & Gordon Syme (15167/blue spinnaker), Owen Sinnott & Grattan Donnelly (14865/Red spinnaker), Cariosa Power & Marie Barry (14854/red spinnaker) and Paul & Morris ter Horst (14790).
After a single race Sunday two weeks ago and no races a week ago, there was some pressure, possibly self-inflicted, to get racing this past Sunday in the Viking Marine, DMYC hosted Frostbites. As usual, the assessment of what might…
Miller/Cramer lead Court/Syme at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Fireballs are having a hot time of it at the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At the first outing on November 6th, competitors faced challenging conditions with extreme gusts in the high twenties coming from unexpected…
The late Ben Mulligan (right) in his Flying Fifteen 'Enfant de Marie' with Cormac Bradley

Ben Mulligan

22nd November 2022 Flying Fifteen
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones;” Mark Anthony’s speech on the death of Julius CaesarFrom Shakespeare’s play…
Big clouds over Dublin Bay - the keelboats raced on Sunday morning but gusty westerly winds forced the cancellation of the DMYC Frostbites on for dinghies at Dun Laoghaire on Sunday afternoon
An adverse weather forecast cancelled the third round of the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Dinghy Frostbites Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday afternoon.  The keelboats raced to Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay on Sunday morning in the third race of…
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Flying Fifteen fleet competed in 69 races sailed in the 2022 season
The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet held their AGM last night, chaired by the outgoing Captain, Jill Fleming and attended by seventeen members with representation from the three Dun Laoghaire clubs which have “Fifteens” on their decks, the National Yacht…
Noel Butler leads the PY fleet of the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbite racing
From mid-week, the prospects for the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbite racing this past Sunday were a source of discussion between Regatta Director Neil Colin and Race Officer Cormac Bradley as XCWeather was suggesting winds in the high teens with gusts…
Neil Colin and Margaret Casey were PY class winners of Race one of the Viking Marine Dinghy Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
On the Wednesday evening before the start of the 2022/23 Frostbites, sponsored by Viking Marine and hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, a cursory check of the forecast for the weekend suggested that the opening Sunday might not happen.…
The late Ben Mulligan, DMYC sailing secretary and Flying Fifteen sailor
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death of Dun Laoghaire sailor Ben Mulligan. A successful helmsman in many forms of yacht racing over a lifetime of sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, he was the skipper of the top Flying Fifteen 'Enfant…
DMYC Frostbite 2022- 95 entries is rapidly closing on the cap of 130 set by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour organisers
DMYC has announced that with ten days to the commencement of its annual winter Viking Marine sponsored Frostbite Series, the biggest mixed dinghy event in the country, it has received 95 entries, rapidly closing on the cap of 130 set…
The 2022/3 Viking Marine DMYC Frostbite Series format will follow the recent successful years, aiming to run at least two triangles or windward-leeward races in the harbour, starting at 2 pm
The DMYC has announced its annual Viking Marine Dun Laoghaire Harbour Frostbite Series next month and already reached 75 out of a capped potential of 130 entries. "The “real” sailing season is scheduled to commence on 6th November next, running through…
Outbound to the Kish light on Dublin Bay - Colm Duggan's Viking was the top Shipman 28 competitor in 12th place in the 56-boat for the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Chris Power Smith's well-proven J122, Aurelia, took the overall win in Sunday's fine turnout for the Leinster Boats sponsored annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club.  The Royal St.George offshore exponent ended up with a three-minute winning…
The Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue (number 4) is one of three competing in the 28km annual Kish Race
Barry Cunningham's new fast Cape 31 'Blast' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club will no doubt cut a dash in Sunday's Leinster Boats sponsored DMYC Kish Race on Dublin Bay.  With entries approaching 45 boats, organisers are hoping for good weather…
This year's DMYC Kish Race on Dublin Bay will incorporate the Cruiser 3 Championships.  Starting in the vicinity of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and racing to the Kish lighthouse and back, it is a distance of approximately 28 km. It is hoped that weather…
Paddy Boyd is the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Event Director
Ireland's biggest sailing regatta has appointed a new Event Director for its next edition. Highly regarded international sailor and administrator Paddy Boyd has taken over the running of the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The Dublin Bay sailor is tasked…
Ruffian 23 Irish championship winner Bandit
Defending champions Brian Cullen and Ann Kirwan's Bandit won the Irish Ruffian 23 National Championships by three points after seven races sailed off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday. Cullen and Kirwan rotate the helm position each championship, so Bandit defended…
Defending champions Brian Cullen and Ann Kirwan's Bandit lead the 2022 championships on Dublin Bay
Defending champions Brian Cullen and Ann Kirwan's Bandit lead the Irish Ruffian 23 National Championships by five points after five races sailed on Dublin Bay. The National Yacht Club entry leads former champion, Trevor Kirkpatrick at the helm of Northern…

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]

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