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For the first time in sailing’s Olympic history, a Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat event will be on the programme at the Olympic Sailing Competition in 2024
As the Irish Olympic Sailing team embark on this week's Pre-Olympic regatta in Enoshima, Japan the fact that only one of four Irish campaigns have yet qualified will be occupying minds just a year out from Tokyo 2020. The prospect…
The MV Kommandor will be conducting survey operations
A seabed debris clearance, environmental baseline and habitat assessment site survey will take place in licence SEL 1/11 (Barryroe) from later this month. Barryroe is located in the North Celtic Sea, some 50 kilometres south of the Port of Cork.…
The crew of Malizia II have invited Greta Thunberg on a zero-carbon journey from Europe to the US this September
Young climate activist Greta Thunberg is taking to the high seas as she plans a zero-carbon journey from Europe to a UN climate summit in New York this September. As RTÉ News reports, the 16-year-old Swede intends to cross the…
The Fastnet Rock as it can be………
This weekend forty years ago, I was the chirpy co-skipper of the smallest boat in the Cruise-in-Company fleet as we closed in on Glengarriff in far West Cork for the Golden Jubilee party of the Irish Cruising Club in the…
Norbert Sedlacek's global challenge represents approximately 34,000 nautical miles and around 200 days at sea.
Former Vendée Globe skipper Norbert Sedlacek on his Open 60 is sailing south of Ireland today on his way to the North-West Passage on his journey around the world. Sedlacek's Open60AAL 'Innovation Yachts' officially crossed the starting line at 07:16:10…
Co-skippers Ari Huusela (left) and Mikey Ferguson on the former’s IMOCA 60 Ariel2
Bangor sailor Michael Ferguson (36), whose CV includes both dinghy and major offshore racing success, has been signed on to co-skipper the IMOCA 60 Ariel2 (formerly Dee Caffari’s Aviva) in the record 67-boat Transat Jacques Vabre fleet from Le Havre…
Conor Totterdell (RStGYC) at the start of the Chicago to Waukegan Race last month
The Royal Cork’s Volvo Ocean Race winner Justin Slattery is among the Irish interest involved in this year’s Chicago Yacht Cub Race to Mackinac, which got under way yesterday (Friday 12 July). Afloat.ie’s Sailor of the Month for June 2015…
Ocean Globe Race 2023: Is the Spirit of the Whitbread Back?
The spirit of the Whitbread Round the World Race is back with the announcement of the 2023 'OCEAN GLOBE RACE' (OGR), a retro event starting from a European port on September 10th 2023 celebrating the 50th anniversary of this major…
Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny in Dun Laoghaire ahead of tomorrow's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Former Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogerty arrived onto the dock in Dun Laoghaire from Les Sables de Olinges with “Raw”, a fresh out of the box, foiling Beneteau Figaro 3, Ireland’s first IRC foiling Figaro keelboat. Afloat…
Joan Mulloy gets to grips with her Beneteau Figaro 3 foiling yacht
Today’s Sunday Business Post will carry a special preview of the first leg of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro international race as the skippers set sail from Nantes for Kinsale. The West Cork stopover this coming week is…
OSTAR & TWOSTAR To Remain In Plymouth, RWYC Confirms
Plymouth’s Royal Western Yacht Club has confirmed that it will run its OSTAR and TWOSTAR transatlantic races in 2020 from Britain’s Ocean City as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960. “These races from Plymouth…
Class 40s racing in The Transat, which will now start in Brest for 2020 instead of Plymouth
The next edition of The Transat will now start in the French port city of Brest instead of Plymouth, race organisers have announced. Plymouth on the Devon coast was originally confirmed over a year ago as the start venue for…
Joan Mulloy shows off her new boat livery featuring the Grace O’Malley brand
Joan Mulloy is set to compete under the black sails of the Irish pirate queen — and fellow Mayo mariner — Grace O’Malley, the Figaro contender has announced. Following a months-long drive to secure sponsorship for her sophomore Solitaire bid,…
Mick Cotter’s SouthWind 94 Windfall is the largest boat entered for next month’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race run by the National YC, and he’ll be looking to topple the course record he established with the 78ft Whisper in 2009.
You’ll seldom if ever hear anyone who has actually done the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race dismissing it in an offhand way as some sort of Round Ireland Lite writes W M Nixon. It may only be 280…
Bernard Moitessier’s steel ketch Joshua. A One-Design class of ten new boats developed to this design is planned to provide the backbone of the fleet for the 2022 Golden Globe re-enactment.
For those of us who find historical re-enactments to be slightly spooky, following the twists and turns of the Golden Globe Golden Jubilee Race through the latter half of 2018 and into the early months of 2019 has been -…
Adelie success – Peter Hall (owner), Mairéád Ní Cheallacháin (skipper), and crew Louise Dwyer, Antonia O'Rourke, Nikki Dwyer and David Crosbie
Peter Hall's Adélie of the National Yacht Club sailed to another success in the Ruta de la Sal from Denia to Ibiza this Easter. There were very different conditions this year when the race started at 10 am on Thursday…

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