Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

isora maintopper

ISORA
Andrew 'Hammy' Baker on the tiller of Alan Hannon's JPK 1030 Coquine, the leader of the 2024 Musto ISORA Series
After nine races sailed, consistency pays for Belfast Lough debutante Coquine in the Musto Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association Series, where skipper Alan Hannon has a .3 lead at the top of the 34-boat fleet leaderboard. ISORA published the overall…
Frank Whelan's Greystones Harbour yacht Opal Elliott 57 claimed overall victory off Dun Laoghaire Harbour in ISORA's classic Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire race on Saturday
Blustery northwesterly winds swept Class Zero yachts onto all three podium places in Saturday's ISORA classic race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire via Rockabill on Saturday night. After ninety miles sailed across the Irish Sea, Frank Whelan's Greystones Harbour yacht Opal…
The canting keel Elliott 56, Opal, from Greystones Harbour will be the biggest yacht in a 15-boat fleet contesting Saturday's ISORA cross-channel race ten from Holyhead in Wales to Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Despite the absence of some top Dublin Bay performers, Saturday's ISORA race ten from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire will still provide a strong test in the last offshore fixture before the season highlight of the 700-mile Round Ireland Race in…
Our journey to Kinsale was well worthwhile.....SCORA Commodore Daragh Connolly (left) with Aurelia's winning owner-skipper Chris Power Smith (RStGYC) and race sponsor James Matthews of The Matthews Centre, together with ECHO winner Paul Tingle (RCYC) of Alpaca, Aurelia crewman Daniel Fitzgerald and (right) Dave Cullinane (Kinsale YC), front row are crewmen Zixi Dong and Jamie Tingle
While the first weekend of June suddenly brought summer, the last weekend of May seemed to be winter re-asserting itself on the Atlantic coasts, and merely to finish the shortened Kinsale YC Inistearaght Race(it rounded the Bull Rock off Kerry,…
The potent downwind performer J125 Jackknife was the ISORA Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire race winner
Strong and gusty southeasterly winds on the Irish Sea swept Andrew and Sam Hall's Welsh J125 Jackknife to victory by almost 20 minutes on corrected time in Saturday's 12-hour ISORA race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire. Despite an entry of 18, 11 boats…
The National Yacht Club J109 Ruth was skippered by Tom Shanahan with a youthful crew to win overall in the first ISORA Cross-Channel Race of 2024 from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli, a 90-miler that took over 21 hours to complete
The Shanahan family J109, Ruth, of the National Yacht Club, pulled off a late-race victory in Saturday's marathon ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwhelli in North Wales. The win is a significant result in one of the biggest ISORA…

The Simon Knowles skippered HYC boat is a double winner in ISORA's April coastal mini-series, winning both races in light to medium airs that look likely to be repeated in this weekend's race to Wales but the HYC campaign is not racing with ISORA this weekend. Photo: Afloat 
Several J-boat designs are among favourites for Saturday's first ISORA cross-channel race of the season from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli. Ten Welsh entries, including the new J122 Mojito, will swell the fleet to over 20 when they set sail from the Dun…
The former Tonnerre de Breskens 3 has spent the last number of years racing in the Meditteranean as Tonnerre de Glen but will be Dublin Bay based from June under new Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Pete Smyth
Noted Dublin Bay inshore and offshore sailor Pete Smyth of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has purchased the famous Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3 which will arrive in Dublin Bay three weeks before its first major event, the 2024…
Keeping her slipping along….Simon Knowles at the helm of Indian, named in honour of the classic motor-cycle brand
Most offshore sailors would be well pleased to have notched their season’s start with a win in April, but Howth’s Simon Knowles goes into May with two bullets already in the bag for the J/109 Indian in the first races…
Neck and neck from the ISORA start line - Winner J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) (left) battle it out with Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough-based JPK 1030 Coquine that finished second in the 28-mile Viking Marine coastal race. Both boats are in training for the 700-mile Round Ireland Race in under eight weeks' time
There was a second consecutive ISORA coastal race win for the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian crew skippered by Simon Knowles on Sunday after a light to medium air test in the longest race of the Viking Marine series so…
ISORA's Race 7 - the fourth Irish Coastal Race on Sunday, 28th April, will start at 11.00 and start all classes. The course shall be: Start at DL Outfall, Muglins (S) 53 16.52 N 06 04.58 W, Moulditch Buoy (P) 53 08.548 N 06 01.23 W, East Kish (P) 53 14.35 N 05 53.56 W and finish at DL between pier heads
National Yacht Club organisers have confirmed that the 15-boat ISORA fleet will race a 28-mile coastal race from Dun Laoghaire. As Afloat reported previously, the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) returns to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour line this…
ISORA cruiser racers depart Dun Laoghaire Harbour in last weekend's Viking Marine Coastal Series with Jonathan Stanley's J99 Mister Ollie (IRL 1799) to leeward of Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth (IRL 1383) on port and  Alan Hannon's Belfast Lough, JPK 10.30 Coquine (GBR 1030X) on starboard tack. More light winds are forecast for this weekend's fourth race which has attracted an entry of 15 boats
Having won last Sunday's race, the Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) returns to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour line this Sunday at 11 am for the fourth of five races in ISORA's Viking Marine Coastal Series. Forecasts…
Howth J109 Indian (Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles) on port tack clears Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the way to winning Sunday's 11-boat ISORA Viking Marine coastal race
Howth Yacht Club J109 Indian (Simon Knowles) was the winner of Sunday's 11-boat Viking Marine coastal race with ISORA JPK 1030 debutante Alan Hannon finishing second. A light wind start for the third ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race from Dun…
John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club will compete in Sunday's 24-mile ISORA Viking Marine coastal race off Dun Laoghaire where light winds are expected
Crews anticipate shortening Sunday's 24-mile course in ISORA's third Viking Marine coastal race due to a light wind forecast, keeping the duration to the promised four-hour time limit.  That will be in marked contrast to last Saturday's sail-busting weather that…
The J122 Aurelia with red kite (Chris Power Smith) and Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth streak away from the Dun Laoghaire start line bound for North Kish in the second Viking Marine ISORA coastal race of 2024
Following Saturday's dead heat for first place in ISORA's season coastal race opener, 14 boats have entered next Sunday's four-hour race.  Among the contestants are last week's Dun Laoghaire winners, the J122 Aurelia (Chris Power Smith) from the Royal St.…
Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club returned to the 2024 ISORA circuit with a joint win in the first Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series race of 2024 at Dun Laoghaire
The first Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series race of 2024 at Dun Laoghaire on Saturday produced a dead heat for first place on IRC rating, according to race organisers at the National Yacht Club. Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia from…