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The team who will be racing onboard the Open 60 Artemis Ocean Racing are currently waiting for an optimum weather window
Vendee Globe
Four young offshore sailors, including two from Northern Ireland, Mikey Ferguson and Andrew Baker, are on standby for an assault on the Length of Britain Challenge, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The current record held by British sailor Phil…
J109 Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox) is overall ISORA champion
ISORA
A solid season for Welsh offshore campaigners Peter Dunlop & Victoria Cox was crowned in the pitch dark of Dublin Bay last night when the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race runners–up became overall ISORA champions. The Irish Sea’s Wolf Head Trophy…
J109 Jedi (skippered by Kenny Rumball) crosses the offshore finish line of Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July. The Sailing School entry is the winner of the Viking Marine Coastal Series
ISORA
With the completion of ISORA's race 11, the Pwllheli night race, the two coastal series, held on both sides of the Irish Sea are now complete, and ISORA has announced the winners of the two coastal series writes Mark Thompson.…
The RORC Commodore has to be omni-present at the conclusion of the biennia Fastnet Race. Michael Boyd is seen here (left) with Overall 2017 Winner Didier Gaodoux of the JNA 39 Lann Ael 2 and his wife in Plymouth
Sailor of the Month
Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club is so successful in his multi-tasking as an impressive Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and a very competent and frequently-competing skipper in in its annual 12-race Mainseries Points Championship, that…
Making history. David & Sally MacFarlane sailing the 107-year-old Moosmie on their way to winning the first Water Wag race with a fleet of more than thirty boats, with Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s wonderful stonework looking its classic best
W M Nixon
The rapidly-developing partnership between solo offshore veteran Alex Thomson and proven star of fully-crewed boats Nin O’Leary of Cork has been the focus of much attention this week as they visit Cork and Dun Laoghaire. Thomson’s eye-catching IMOCA 60 Hugo…
The new design takes shape at the Boatyard in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Just over three months ago, the Volvo Ocean Race unveiled the new generation of boats for the next decade and beyond, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. In its answer to the big question ‘monohull or multihull?’, the VOR…
Nick & Suzi Jones' First 44.7 Lisa, skippered by RORC Commodore Michael Boyd
RORC
The RORC Cherbourg Race is the penultimate race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, between the record breaking entry for the Fastnet Race, and the highly acclaimed Middle Sea Race. The 75 nautical mile race from Cowes to Cherbourg is…
Hugo Boss Trialling in Cork Harbour this week
Tom MacSweeney
I got to helm Hugo Boss for a while on Tuesday off Cork Harbour. The tiller surprised me. I thought, with the size and length of this IMOCA 60 round-the-world ocean racer, I would be holding a heavy tiller, requiring…
Nin O'Leary's Vendee Globe entry Hugo Boss sailing off the Cork coast
Vendee Globe
The new offshore racing entity, 'Ireland Ocean Racing', that will put Royal Cork Yacht Club's Nicholas O'Leary (31) at the helm of the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss on the 2020 Vendée Globe start line is sailing off Cork Harbour. As…
Cruiser racers will round the Kish Bank Lighthouse on Sunday 24 September
Offshore
#KishRace - The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has announced details of its annual Kish Race for 2017. This year’s race in Dublin Bay to and from the Kish Bank Lighthouse offshore will be held on Sunday 24 September. As…
J109 Mojito is the overall leader of the ISORA points series. A 27-boat fleet will race to Greystones tomorrow
ISORA
A confirmed fleet of 27–boats in the ISORA day race from Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin tomorrow will most likely race south to Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow in light westerly winds. The race is the deciding race in the…
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…
Chris Power–Smith's  Aurelia was the ISORA night race winner
ISORA
What has been ideal night sailing conditions for this race in past seasons was certainly not ideal last Friday night, 18th August, for ISORA’s Night Race. Weather forecasts all agreed on what faced the fleet of 18–boats that came to…
oat Liverpool 2018 departs the Race Start for the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Albert Dock, Liverpool.
Clipper Race
The 40,000 nautical mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race started on the Irish Sea this afternoon. The race is the only event which trains non-professional sailors to complete a circumnavigation, and is one of the toughest endurance challenges on…
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…
Nin O’Leary will skipper Ireland Ocean Racing’s proposed Vendée Globe challenge in 2020
Vendee Globe
#ior2020 - Ireland’s opportunity to compete in global offshore sailing competitions received a boost yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) at the launch of Ireland Ocean Racing, a new initiative with aspirations to compete in the 2020 Vendée Globe. Team skipper Nin…

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