Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Irish Offshore Sailing News. Training Courses, Lessons, & Race Results
Zhik is onboard with VOR's Team AkzoNobel
CH Marine Chandlery
Innovative specialist sailing apparel manufacturer Zhik has been selected by team AkzoNobel as its official technical clothing partner for the upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The crew will race across four oceans and encounter some of the most…
The Shanahan family boat 'Ruth' from the National Yacht Club will defend their 2015 title in June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race (D2D) race organisers at the National Yacht Club have published five compelling reasons why June's race measures up to be the 'perfect family friendly offshore race'. The club is keen to build on the ethos…
Cruiser racing from the 2015 VDLR on Dublin Bay. The 2017 event begins on July 6 and expects to attract over 400 boats
Volvo Regatta
Ongoing technical issues with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website this week is giving sailors an extra opportunity to avail of a discounted early bird entry fee that was due to close today. Organisers issued an apology via social media this morning…
A screen-grab which shows that Phaedo 3 sailed to the eastward of the Great Foze Rock (as permitted under WSSR Rules) when sailing south past the Blasket Islands at 26.4 knots at 10:05:50 UTC on 4th August 2016 during her anti-clockwise record-breaking circuit of Ireland.
News Update
A rocky Irish islet in the Atlantic, a steep little place where former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey and his family and friends once partied, faced being ceded to Portugal last autumn following close examination of current Round Ireland record footage. Afloat.ie…
ISORA offshore racers will also compete under ECHO handicap this season. It is hoped the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes'
ISORA
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) will trial the Irish based “Progressive ECHO” rating in all its races this season. ISORA Chief Peter Ryan says the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes. Most…
The island of Sulu in the southern Philippines is the stronghold of kidnap-for-ransom terror group Abu Sayyaf
Offshore
#Piracy - The body of a German sailor held hostage by militants in the Philippines late last year has been found, as RTÉ News reports. Seventy-year-old Jurgen Kantner was murdered last week by terror group Abu Sayyaf after their ransom…
The superyacht Danneskjold is so large nobody is too sure of her absolute overall length, but with three Irish in her crew she was overall leader in the Caribbean 600 for some hours this morning
RORC
Maybe it’s because the weather has been unseasonably like home at times out in the Caribbean, but the Irish sailors spread through the RORC fleet have been in the racing frame through a wet cold front from the nor’west. For…
Phaedo^3 with County Kerry's Damian Foxall (second from right) onboard took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean C600.
RORC
After an epic battle with their MOD70 sister ship Maserati, Phaedo^3 with County Kerry's Damian Foxall onboard took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600. The Round Ireland speed record holder Lloyd Thornburg and his crew of Brian Thompson,…
RORC Caribbean 600, and it’s Wonderstart!!!! Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente on port tack putting it over on Proteus, winner of the 2016 race, as the Ian Moore-navigated USA 45 calculates calling the cliffs to perfection as the gun goes
RORC
Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for October 2016, ace navigator Ian Moore originally from Carrickfergus, is once again calling the shots aboard Hap Fauth’s Maxi 72 Bella Mente. And they’re leading the fleet in the RORC Caribbean 600 by nearly…
Derry sailor Sean McCarter competing onboard Maverick yesterday
RORC
Sean McCarter, the Derry Clipper World race sailor who is part of the Infniti 46 Maverick crew has retired from the RORC Caribbean 600 following an injury to a crewman this morning.  A statement from the boat an hour ago said: "Maverick diverted to Nevis…
Record RORC Caribbean 600 Fleet Ready for Action (Video)
RORC
A record fleet of 80 yachts will be competing in the 9th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starting from Antigua this morning. This year's race will see the most spectacular line-up of high performance boats and crews racing from…
How about this for the Editorial Office? The 55ft steel cutter Annabelle J is cruised extensively by incoming Irish Cruising Club Annual Honorary Editor Maire Breathnach of Dungarvan and her husband Andrew Wilkes
W M Nixon
Cruising is the side of sailing which sometimes finds it difficult to make its voice heard. Its essence is in the quiet enjoyment of seafaring and the peace of secluded anchorages. Unlike the absolute clarity of racing results, which create…
Solo Sailor Tom Dolan from County Meath is in the 84–boat fleet
Offshore
Solo Sailor Tom Dolan from County Meath has booked his place in October's Mini–Transat Race from La Rochelle to Martinique. The sole Irish entry was in Dublin last night to talk about his exploits at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.…
Andrew Baker & James Espey Race In Sailing Arabia – The Tour
Offshore
#SailingArabia - Strangford Lough solo sailor Andrew Baker is following his role in Enda O’Coineen’s Vendée Globe campaign with a new job as skipper of the Averda Sailing Team in the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour 2017. ‘Hammy’ replaces…
The start of the Transat Jacques Vabre will be November 5th
Offshore
The 13th edition of the offshore Transat Jacques Vabre will kick off on Saturday, October 28, 2017, around the Bassin Paul Vatine (marina) in Le Havre, for a week of festivities that will mark the 500th anniversary of this maritime…
Handicap cruiser-racing on Dublin Bay. The IRC rating for cruiser racers will get its first world championships in 2018 it has been announced
Offshore
The Offshore World Championship 2018, a World Sailing sanctioned event, will take place in the Hague, specifically from the port of Scheveningen, in July 2018. An innovative solution will be used for the first time to unite the two largest…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
nyc sidebutton flag

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

chmarine sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating