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A new ISORA Coastal Series planned for January from Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to to be rescheduled
Two of 2021's early-season cruiser-racer sailing fixtures on Dublin Bay are up in the air due to January's lockdown restrictions.  A new ISORA 'Early Season Series' originally planned for this month was to continue the offshore's body's successful 2020 coastal…
The biggest ever entry in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race arrives into Dingle Bay to set a new record in the 2019 race
Previous race entrants will be offered an early entry option into June's 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race before entry is opened to others boats to allow up to a maximum of 50 for the 280-miler.  The next edition of the…
The J/99 Juggerknot II racing in the revamped 2020 ISORA season
Peter Ryan, who was first elected to chair ISORA in 2007, will lead the Irish Sea offshore sailing body into the 2021 season following his reelection as chairman at November's virtual ISORA AGM hosted by Pwhelli Sailing Club. Ryan, of the…
The final 'James Eadie' race of the ISORA season with overall champion, the JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) in the foreground
Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) racers will agree the 2021 Race Schedule early next month but like most things to do with the 2020 offshore season it will be a little different so there is no surprise that this…
ISORA 2020 Winners - Rockabill VI skippered by Paul O'Higgins of the Royal Irish Yacht Club
A win in Saturday's ten-boat James Eadie final race of the 2020 ISORA IRC Series gave overall victory to Royal Irish Yacht Club crew Rockabill VI. The last coastal race win sealed the COVID-hit season after eight races sailed with…
Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series Champion -Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)
Today's last race of the four-race Viking Marine sponsored ISORA Coastal Series was the only one to have started with any breeze above ten knots, providing a suitable send-off for the 12-boat fleet finale. Overall leader Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)…
Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale (with article author Mark Mansfield pictured second from right) at the start of the Fastnet 450 Race
Mark Mansfield, Olympian and Professional sailor and a member of this year's Fastnet 450 Race organising committee reckons lessons learned in this COVID-hit 2020 sailing season means there can still be good compliant big boat racing even in these strange…
Rockabill VI (pink stripe on spinnaker) leads the overall points for the Irish ISORA prize prize in 2020
ISORA has cancelled its traditional end of season climax, the James Eadie Race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire set for 5th September. The decision comes as a result of the worsening COVID situation. Instead, ISORA will stage separate races on…
J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Despite all the setbacks of season, there is a busy climax for ISORA's 2020 offshore racers with two more races following quickly in the wake of last weekend's inaugural Fastnet 450 Race. The Royal St. George line honours winner, Aurelia,…
The start of ISORA's night race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. See video below
ISORA Champion Rockabill VI was the overall winner of Friday's 40-mile night race. Although short on entries, the seven boat fleet was made up of the leading contenders for this year's Irish ISORA overall prize. It was the defending champion,…
Tonight's ISORA night race is a 40-miler
It's not the biggest ISORA fleet but all seven boats in contention are on the starting list for tonight's race that could yet decide the Irish championship. Tonight's course will use 100% virtual marks – another first for ISORA. Race…
Royal Ulster IMX 38 Excession competing on Dublin Bay on Saturday
When John Harington's IMX 38 Excession made the Dun Laoghaire Harbour startline on Saturday morning, he became the first Northern Ireland yacht to compete in ISORA racing in many years,  The enthusiastic Royal Ulster Yacht Club crew from Bangor on…
With the NYC Committee Boat RIB bow just visible to the left of frame, Rockabill VI wins the start of the 70-mile ISORA Dublin offshore yesterday
For the second week running, a smaller class two boat has won one of ISORA’s long offshore races in tricky light winds off the Dublin coast. After a 15-hour marathon, the Grzegorz Kalinecki skippered First 310 More Mischief sailed into…
Chris and Patanne Smith's J122 Aurelia from the Royal St George Yacht Club
Saturday's ISORA long offshore race from Dun Laoghaire to Dun Laoghaire is expected to be 80 miles in length but with light winds forecast the expected 16-boat Dublin Bay fleet will not know the course until shortly before the 8…
ISORA has abandoned Wolf's Head Trophy racing for 2020
In a major change to ISORA's rebooted season, the offshore body is cancelling plans for any further attempt at cross channel racing this season. It is the latest blow for Irish Sea offshore sailing fans and follows the loss of…
Class two ISORA debutante, the Archambault A31 'A Plus' (Mick Flynn and Grant Kinsman) on her way to overall victory in the 50-mile ISORA offshore from Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for slideshow
Despite similar conditions as the three previous ISORA coastal races, Saturday's first offshore at nearly double the distance off Dun Laoghaire has produced substantially different results, with National Yacht Club Class two newcomer A Plus (Mick Flynn and Grant Kinsman)…

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