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Erwan le Draoulec (20) has this morning won the Production Class in the Mini-Transat 2017
With Production Class winner Erwan Le Draoulec finished early this morning in the Mini-Transat 2017 with a very clear lead, Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan’s many supporters at home and abroad maintain a slim hope that he might yet scrape…
Hugo Boss at Tower Bridge, London
British sailing team, Alex Thomson Racing, that visited Irish shores this Summer today announced that their long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership with the team for a further four years, in a deal that will take them through…
Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox and the crew of the J109 Mojito, overall ISORA champions
240 ISORA competitors and guests attended the 2017 awards ceremony and dinner at the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire last Saturday writes Mark Thompson. ISORA chairman Peter Ryan kept the evening on track, with awards of both the perpetual…
“A man who really enjoyed his sailing” – the late Paddy Kirwan at the helm of his Club Shamrock Boomerang, which he owned and campaigned for 19 years. Photo courtesy Ann Kirwan

Paddy Kirwan 1929-2017

14th November 2017 ISA
Officially he was Captain Patrick Kirwan, a retired Senior Pilot with Aer Lingus. But for his many friends and shipmates in sailing at home and abroad, he was always Paddy Kirwan, whose death at the age of 88 has taken…
The Beneteau Figaro 3 is a likely canddate as a one design for World Sailing's first Short Handed World Championships
World Sailing will hold a short–handed Offshore Sailing World Championship following approval from the Council at its annual conference in Mexico last week. The new Offshore Worlds will be held in One Design boats to help promote and raise the profile…
Overall ISORA Champion Mojito
ISORA has reviewed a buoyant 2017 offshore sailing season in a just published online yearbook. The Irish Sea yacht racing body has compiled its race reports into one handy publication – with plenty of Afloat.ie photos – that sets out the record season of activity on…
Enda in New Zealand gets ready to launch – 'Originally, I was going to acquire the Souffe eu Nord Mast and their boat was to be written off. However, in the end, it made sense for me to work with them to fix their boat and sell my hull'
Ireland's 2017 Vendee Globe competitor Enda O’Coineen reveals a 'marriage' of two former Vendee Globe campaigns; his own with the French IMOCA 60, Le Souffe du Nord.  The Galway Bay solo sailor also confirms – from his boatyard base in New…
Multi 50 Arkema
Alex Pella, the world-record breaking sailor, said today (Wednesday) that the Transat Jacques Vabre offshore 2017 will mark the emergence of a new future for multihulls. With all eyes on just how fast the latest 30-metre Ultime to launch is…
 Double victory: Lisa, First 44.7, Nick & Suzi Jones (skippered by Michael Boyd for all races except De Guingand Bowl) has retained their 2016 title; once again securing the 2017 RORC Season's Points Championship for IRC overall as well as being announced the RORC Yacht of the Year
Over 500 boats took part in the 2017 RORC Season's Points Championship, with teams flying the flags of 30 different nations from Canada to Russia and Chile to New Zealand. Well over 4,000 sailors took part, and whilst the majority…
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba were picked up by the US Navy last Wednesday many thousands of miles off their purported course
#Offshore - Doubts have been cast over the predicament of two female sailors rescued in the Pacific last week after investigators called into question some parts of their story. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba were…
Turn The Tide on Plastic sails into port in Lisbon in last place among the seven-yacht fleet
#VOR - Leg 1 winners Vestas 11th Hour Racing weren’t the only Volvo Ocean Race team to have an excruciating finish experience en route to Lisbon yesterday (Saturday 28 October). When MAPFRE was within 1.5 miles of the line, they…
One of the two dogs rescued along with their owners from a small sailing yacht that had been adrift for months in the western Pacific
#Offshore - Two women have been rescued in the Pacific Ocean after a dream voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti turned into a months-long nightmare, as RTÉ News reports. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set out five months ago on their…
The Xp-44 XP-ACT, with a strong Irish representation on board, finally gets to free sheets at Favignana after a hard sail off Sicily’s northwest coast
If you had to be in a 35-footer as the remaining fleet in the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017 negotiated those foul gale-and-backwash conditions off the huge cliffs of northwest Sicily earlier this week, then the JPK10.80 would have been…
Nick Jones & Barry Hurley (right). Nick Jones 44.7 Lisa won last year's RORC Season's Points Championship, and unofficially has retained the title
The first Maltese boat home in the Middle Sea Race was Josef Schultheis and Timmy Camilleri’s Xp-ACT with Ireland's Cork Harbour Sailor Barry Hurley on board, completing the offshore race after just over three and a half days a sea…
The nightfall leader: after a well-called race, Eric de Turkheim’s new NMYD 54 Teasing Machine III is well finished in Valetta, and currently heading the Rolex Middle Sea Race leaderboard. Kurt Arrigo
There has been a touch of déjà vu for Round Ireland Race aficionados in watching the unfolding results of the current Rolex Middle Sea Race writes W M Nixon. As the middle part of the very depleted offshore fleet approached…
Nin O’Leary (left) and Alex Thomson (right) with their Hugo Boss shipmates Jack Trigger and Will Jackson in Valetta this morning after making a very good job of a tricky and often rugged Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017
George David’s Rambler 88 has taken line honours for the owner’s third time in the 608-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race currently finishing in Valetta writes W M Nixon. But Nin O’Leary and Alex Thomson in the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss…

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