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The X-35 Sydbank (Torsten Bastiansen/Flensborg Yacht Club)
X-Yachts is sponsoring this year’s ORC World Championships, which will be held from 4-12 August in Kiel, Germany. Only one month after the opening of the registration portal, 70 yachts from 12 nations registered in January in the three divisions…
The Ocean Research Project happened upon the Swan 48, Wolfhound, some 800 miles off Bermuda many weeks after it was abandoned at sea
Video has recently surfaced online of ocean researchers’ encounter in the Atlantic with an abandoned Dun Laoghaire yacht — one that was the subject of headlines a decade ago. It’s nearly 10 years since Alan McGettigan and crew were rescued…
Work in progress. The Australian Reichel/Pugh 69 Moneypenny started life as a 65-footer, but charismatic owner Sean Langman and his shore and on-water crew – which now includes multiple Hobart Race winner Gordon Maguire – are constantly tuning and modifying in the countdown to the annual 628-mile Sydney-Hobart Race in nine days time (26th December), when she will start as one of the favourites in the 114-boat fleet
With a chest-clogging cold snap of soul-sapping frozen fogs likely to be replaced here this weekend by roof-lifting wet and windy gales, the very thought of sun-dappled Sydney Harbour and its sublime sailing will be a spirit-raiser for yotties throughout…
The 10-metre long (32 foot), powerful and modern, foil-assisted strictly One Design Figaro Beneteau 3 is the chosen class for the next three editions of the Tour Voile
The Tour Voile returns to its offshore roots in 2023 with the Figaro Beneteau 3 and an intense two-week fully crewed programme Tour Voile, the iconic multidisciplinary annual race around France, is to return to offshore One Design keelboats in…
First look - Sir Roger Casement
A Cork-based data company providing site investigation services to the offshore wind sector has welcomed moves to expedite the planning process for developments in Ireland. However, Green Rebel says there would be further opportunities for Ireland if the government learned…
Antoine Robin and Gildas Gautier, race managers, with Jean-Luc Denécheau, Pdt FFV, survey the new race route during the press conference to launch the Transat Jacques Vabre 2023 in Paris on 3 November
In October 2023, the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Le Havre before the famous two-handed tranatlantic race heads to Martinique, where the finish of the race known as the Route du Café will…
Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt made history at the Barcolana 54 in Trieste, Italy, becoming the first woman and the first American to win the world’s largest sailing race
In honour of her victory as the first woman and first American to win the world’s largest sailing race, the Barcolana 54, philanthropist Wendy Schmidt announced today she will support the educational outreach and conservation activities of the Marine Biodiversity…
Inshore heading offshore – ISORA 2022 Champion Mojito (Vicky Cox & Peter Dunlop, PSC) powering into clear air at the start of a Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race, with Round Ireland winner Cavatina (Ian Hickey, RCYC) close abeam
Is most “ocean racing” today really oceanic? Does “offshore racing” really involve going truly offshore? Are boats touted as being “cruiser-racers” ever really used for genuine cruising? And are sailing enthusiasts who like to think of themselves as being devoted…
Artist’s impression of the new Sun Fast 30 One Design yacht
Saying they are “bound by common values”, French boatbuilding institutions Jeanneau and Multiplast are joining forces to develop a new high-performance and accessible sailboat: the Sun Fast 30 One Design. It’s promised that the new design will offer “an intense…
US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing in the USA released the report requested by the Bermuda Race Organising Committee regarding the tragedy that occurred during the running of the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race. An expert US Sailing investigation…
With 37 boats set to take the La Route du Rhum start line, there are certainly more contenders for the podium than in any previous edition, and there is strength and depth all the way through the fleet.
There have never been so many IMOCA class entries in the La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe in the IMOCA class. With 37 boats set to take the start line, there are certainly more contenders for the podium than…
Malizia - Seaexplorer is lifted out for the first time in Lorient, France on Tuesday 19 July
Boris Herrmann’s offshore sailing team launched their new IMOCA race yacht as scheduled today, Tuesday 19 July in Lorient, Race some 18 months after design began. Designed by VPLP, Malizia - Seaexplorer was built at Multiplast in nearby Vannes over the…
Damien Wildes and Charlie Fleetwood with their paddleboards
An intrepid duo intend to cross the Irish Sea from Wales to Wicklow this weekend in an unusual fashion — paddling on their bellies. Damien Wildes and Charlie Fleetwood will assume the prone position on their stand-up paddleboards from Holyhead…
First look - Andrew Hall's Welsh J125 Jackknife is among the entries for the inaugural K2Q race on July 1 from Dun Laoghaire to Cork Harbour
Just as the 2022 Round Ireland Race concludes at the end of June, a new Irish biennial offshore racing fixture between Dublin and Cork has launched with a start in five days' time, and a 'novel set up' to provide…
Newport Bermuda Race logo
US Sailing will soon announce the appointment of a panel to investigate the fatal crew-overboard incident in the Newport Bermuda Race last weekend, race organisers have confirmed. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Colin Golder, captain of the 42-foot sloop Morgan…
logo of Newport Bermuda Race
The Captain of the yacht Morgan of Marietta has lost his life after going overboard in the 52nd Newport Bermuda Race. The crew of the yacht Morgan of Marietta, a 42-foot sloop, reported that its captain, Colin Golder of New Providence,…