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The stressed face of the lone skipper. This is Tom Dolan at the briefing in Pornichet before his first major single-handed race in 2015, in which he would sail a borrowed and far-from-new Pogo 650 Mark 2. Two days before the start, he had discovered a fractured spreader bracket on the mast. To fix it, he had to take down the mast, drive to La Rochelle for a replacement bracket, fit it, and then re-step the mast on the night before the race. That final stage was completed with the help of ten fellow-skippers, typical of the camaraderie of the Mini 650 class
W M Nixon
The world of sailing has so many sectors of interest that it’s challenging keeping track of the general picture. But even when you’ve achieved that basic level of comprehension, you then discover that each sector has so many sub-sectors that…
Bow Pamela Lee (left) onboard TP52 Conviction at Antigua Week
Offshore
Greystones Sailing Club and Lough Derg Yacht Club member Pamela Lee is racing on TP52 'Conviction' as Bow at Antigua Race Week. Conviction leads class RSA3 with four wins from five races so far. Lee has been racing as a bowman…
Team AkzoNobel’s new-build Volvo Ocean 65 is prepped for refitting at The Boatyard in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Team AkzoNobel’s brand new Volvo Ocean 65 has made the 2,000km journey from Persico Marine in Italy to The Boatyard in Lisbon. Staff at the state-of-the-art facility, which began work on the rest of the fleet last October,…
From 25th August to 7th September, the 1,000 nautical mile race course follows the Nord Stream pipeline from Kiel to Saint Petersburg
Offshore
This summer, a new format for the Nord Stream Race brings together some of the most high-achieving yacht clubs from the National Sailing Leagues: Starting on 25th August, the Baltic Sea’s best clubs to emerge from the 2016 season of…
Yachts from around the world will converge on Cowes for the start of the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race in August
Fastnet
August's Rolex Fastnet Race remains on track for a record-sized fleet. Currently 390 boats are entered: 338 competing for the main IRC handicap prize; the remainder racing for their own trophies in the Class40, IMOCA 60, Volvo Ocean 65 and…
J109 Juggerknot (Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club) port tacks a 23–boat line shy fleet in the first ISORA race of the season off Dun Laoghaire
ISORA
Royal Irish's Andrew Alego made an impressive ISORA debut yesterday in a tricky light wind race from Dun Laoghaire to Wicklow. The new–to–the Bay, J109 Juggerknot port–tacked a 24–boat fleet in very light airs off the Dun Laoghaire startline. In yet…
The 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race will be commemorated with a Parade of Sail in Falmouth Harbour on June 14, 2018
Solo Sailing
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on Saturday June 30, 2018. The Race marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world Race back in 1968/9.…
An offshore race starts on Dublin Bay. Offshore body ISORA has changed its 'No Pro' rule for the 2017 season
ISORA
An ISORA move to deal with professional sailors racing in its expanding 2017 fleet has been amended just in time for the first race of the season tomorrow.   Following instructions received at the AGM in December and in keeping…
ISORA will race to Wicklow Sailing Club this Saturday
ISORA
2017 ISORA offshore racing on the Irish Sea starts this weekend with two coastal races - one in Ireland and one in Wales and with a bumper fleet of 35+ boats expected on the two start lines. The Dun Laoghaire…
Pierre Chedeville will be a strong contender in the production class
Solo Sailing
After a disappointing first race of the year last weekend, as Afloat.ie previewed here, Ireland’s Tom Dolan hopes to improve on his performance in the first single–handed race of the Mini 650 circuit. In offshore racing, 'once the wind has…
Peter Hall's Adelie crew celebrate Salt Race success in Spain
ISORA
After a very successful tenth ISORA season last year, offshore campaigner Peter Hall from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire decided to relocate his Beneteau First 34.7 and try his hand in warmer climes! Adélie went south last autumn and…
Jedi and her crew in Kinsale yesterday as they prepare to sail on round Ireland with a new breeze
INSS
After a winter which included training with Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire, Galway’s Mossie O’Reilly and Paddy Shryane are well into a clockwise Easter circumnavigation of Ireland to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis writes W M Nixon. Spurred…
The Ruffian 23 class is one of 20 classes racing from Dun Laoghaire this Summer
ISORA
The annual 'lift–in' of yachts at the four waterfront yacht clubs at Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend means one thing: there is just two weeks until the first races of the summer sailing season on Dublin Bay.  Up to 300…
Michael Cotter’s handsome 78ft Reichel-Pugh designed Whisper comes roaring out of Dublin Bay, on her way to establishing the course record for the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race in 2009
W M Nixon
Time was when the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race was promoted as a handy way to position your little old cruiser in West Kerry to be nicely placed to make her way in gentle hops back to her home port…
The crew of Southbound take on the challenging conditions of the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The 2017 race begins on June 14
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
The National Yacht Club looks set to gain Royal Ocean Racing Club recognition for its mini–offshore Dun Laoghaire Dingle race as David O'Brien reports in the Irish Times Sailing Column this morning.  The Dun Laoghaire Dingle application is well timed…
Self taught Dolan will race with Breton, Francois Jambou, his sailing school colleague from Concarneau in this first race
Solo Sailing
Sole Irish Mini Transat sailor Thomas Dolan of County Meath starts his solo–sailing season tomorrow in a double–handed Lorient Bretagne Sud Mini race.  Racing will get underway officially on Saturday 8 April at 11am, with the start of the 150 nautical…

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