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The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
J109 Wakey Wakey won class one and overall in last weekend's pre-season ISORA race
The ISORA 2018 offshore sailing series starts this weekend on both sides of the Irish Sea with Racing on Saturday in Pwllheli and Race two in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday. The fixture is part of ISORA's 'Viking Marine Coastal Series'. Weather…
The Ron Holland-designed Club Shamrock Emircedes, a 30-footer which originated in Cork in the mid-1970s. Peter Ryan and his father-in-law Michael Horgan campaigned her actively for nearly two decades until she was finally sold in 2004. In their ownership she was a veteran of many ISORA annual programmes, in addition to the Round Ireland and Dun Laoghaire to Dingle races as well as regular participation in Dublin Bay
“Peter Ryan of ISORA”. That’s all you have to say to anyone who knows anything of the Byzantine workings of the sailing scene in and around Ireland, and they’ll immediately know not only know exactly who you mean, but will…
Skipper Brendan Coghlan with his new spinnaker and the sponsors graphic applied by North Sails Ireland
Brendan Coghlan's new Dublin Bay based Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 took to the water recently for her maiden voyage. North Sails Ireland's Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Nigel Young and were afloat with Brendan's team, testing the full inventory of sails that…
Howth J109 Storm is a 2017 Scottish Series winner, a regatta that is part of the GBR IRC Championships programme
Sailors in the UK are enjoying spring racing and looking forward to the summer season, including the varied selection of International Rating Certificate (IRC) Championships that includes sailing events in the Irish Sea that attract interest from the Irish Cruiser…
An aerial shot showing the entrance, channel and basin at Pwllheli Marina. Work on clearing the entrance of silt using land-based machinery will start on 9th April
Important dredging work at Hafan Pwllheli marina in North Wales has been scheduled for 2018. The plan to dredge the harbour entrance and the main channel to maintain its design depth has already been agreed. Work on clearing the entrance…
Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
Paul Kavanagh’s veteran Swan 44 Pomeroy Swan sailed with success for Ireland on the RORC circuit during 2017, but the only time she was seen in Irish waters was when she rounded the rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. This year, she’ll be seen in more detail in the Volvo Round Ireland Race
With just over 13 weeks to go to the start of the 2018 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht race, 37 boats have already taken advantage of the Early Bird entry rates writes W M Nixon. But the Early…
Kuba Szymanski's Beneteau First 40.7, Polished Manx II
A regular ISORA competitor will take on the marathon Round Britain and Ireland Race double handed class starting on Sunday 12th August, a feat that follows in the wake of Liam Coyne's National Yacht Club First 36.7 Lulu Belle that took double–handed honours…
Kenny Rumball (above) will chat about his dinghy sailing and youth racing which was where he learned his skills
As part of the Irish National Sailing School 40th Birthday Celebrations the country's leading sailing school is hosting a series of free talks and events starting tonight when School Principal Kenneth Rumball will share tales about his background and the…
Damage at Holyhead after Storm Emma. Holyhead Sailing club is making alternative plans to host this year's ISORA fleet
Holyhead Sailing Club (HSC) is working on contingency plans to host the ISORA fleet following the devastation to the North Wales Marina during Storm Emma.  it is unlikely the damage will be repaired in time for the ISORA events planned…
The new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 on display at Dun Laoghaire Marina
The ISORA fleet's newest arrival, a brand new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 named Yoyo, made its debut at Dun Laoghaire Marina this weekend and although only partially commissioned by MGM Boats at this point, the Daniel Andrieu design looks more than ready…
Starting young. Thumbs up from Billy Coyne (aged 12) aboard Lula Belle at the start of the breezy Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race 2017
It’s highly likely that a trial Olympic offshore racing event will be run in tandem with the 2020 Sailing Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020, and one proposal which seems to have traction is that a boat similar to the Figaro…
The sad scene at Holyhead Marina in North Wales this morning
Force 12 winds that battered Holyhead Marina, Anglesey have left the marina 'in bits' and boats berthed in the North Wales facility are reported as 'lost'. The sad scene became apparent at first light this morning. It is understood yachts in…
Conor Fogerty – Sailor of the Year 2017, and now Sailor of the Month (Offshore) for February 2018
Less than a fortnight after he’d been declared the Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing/Volvo Sailor of the Year 2017 in Dublin, Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club was back on the podium in Antigua, having been declared runaway winner of Class 3 in the…
A new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 is commissioned at MGM Boats this week
Just as the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 success story that is BAM! celebrates yet another victory in the West Indies this weekend, a sister-ship is being unveiled in Dun Laoghaire Harbour by Irish Jeanneau dealers MGM Boats.  The new Dublin Bay…

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