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The brand new Mach 40 'Corum' is going Round Ireland
Ireland's varied sailing waters are proving a popular testing ground for the international Class 40 fleet and a burgeoning Irish Mini class too. Further evidence of this is in next Saturday's Round Ireland Race fleet where a top French double-handed…
First in class and first boat under 50ft to arrive and 10th over the line, Sean McCarter was a crew man on the British foiler Maverick
Donegal’s Sean McCarter was a member of the crew aboard British yacht Maverick, an Infinity 46R DSS, which won the Open Division of the Newport Bermuda Race. The race featured a number of Irish crew as Afloat.ie reported previously but…
GGR skippers congregate in Les Sables d'Olonne. Back row left to right: Loic Lepage (FRA) Uku Randmaa (EST), Tapio Lehtinen (FIN) Don McIntyre - Race Founder, Abhilash Tomy (Ind) LSDO sport) Are Wiig (NOR) Jean Paul Dubreuil (Vice President LSDO) Agglomeration Yannick Moreau (President LSDO Agglomeration; Mark Sinclair (AUS) Ertan Beskardes (GBR) Mark Slats (NED) Igor Zarertsjiy (RUS) Susie Goodall (GBR)  Front row: Philippe Peche (FRA), Kevin Farebrother (AUS) Gregor McGuckin (IRE) Antoine Cousot (FRA) Jane Zhou (GGR organiser) Istvan Kopar (USA) Nabil Amra (PAL) Celine Trommenschlager (GGR organiser).  Photos: Christophe Favreau
Dubliner Greg McGuckin, who will set sail around the world on July 1 has finished ninth in his Golden Globe fleet of 27 in the race to the round the world French startline. The Golden Globe Race village in Les Sables…
William Byrne (kneeling and closest to camera) of the National Yacht Club will be competing with the young team onboard J/V50 ‘Crazy Horse’ owned by Irish American, Kevin McLaughlin
The 120–strong fleet of boats will today set off on the biennial drag race from Newport to Bermuda. Light winds and strong Gulf Stream affects are the main topics of pre-race conversation as a slow route lies ahead for all…
Conor Fogerty’s internationally-successful Sunfast 3600 Bam! is entered for the two-handed division in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in August
Ireland’s current “Sailor of the Year” Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has a mind-bogglingly busy programme to fulfil during 2018 writes WM Nixon. But the intrepid class winner of the 2017 OSTAR is well able for it. He has…
Phil Sharp’s Imerys - seen here competing in the recent Normandy Channel Race - is a class favourite in this year’s RB&I
#RB&I - A record 10 Class40s have entered the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and more are expected to take up the tough 1,800 nautical mile non-stop race this August. Starting and finishing from Cowes on the Isle of…
The 2019 D2D race will start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on June 12
The National Yacht Club has announced dates for its biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Race in 2019. The 2019 mini offshore race, that is also a fixture on the international RORC calendar, will start on Wednesday, 12th June off…
The man and his boat. Gregor McGuckin with his Biscay 36 Hanley Energy Endurance this week in a sun-soaked Dun Laoghaire, where the harsh realities of the Great Southern Ocean seemed very remote
There is a monumental singularity of achievement in Robin Knox-Johnston’s non-stop solo voyage around the world in the 32ft Suhaili fifty years ago. While there may have been others taking on the Golden Globe Challenge set by The Sunday Times…
Tom Dolan Wins Sailor of the Month (International) for May
Ireland’s Tom Dolan found he was in a different world entirely when he moved up from racing a Minitransat to competing in the legendary Figaro Class. Here, the competition is so hot that being first rookie in any race is…
Strong IRC fleets have been assembled for Howth's Wave Regatta tomorrow
Tomorrow's first races of Howth Yacht Club's inaugural Wave Regatta marks the return of the host club's J109 Storm to her home waters after the successful defence by the Kelly family of their Scottish Series title in Tarbert last Monday. It's…
Class 40 yachts are approaching the Wexford coast this morning
Leaders in an international fleet of two–handed Class 40 racing yachts are approaching the Irish coast this morning to round the Tuskar Rock off Wexford before sailing along the south coast to the Fastnet Rock. It's part of a course spanning…
The start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 in an offshore breeze, with the fleet tending to bunch towards the Guardship at the outer end of the line. It has been suggested that in similar conditions, it might be useful to give the line a slight bias in favour of the inner end of the line, bringing the fleet close in off the Wicklow pierhead
For most of the Irish sailors who have committed to this year’s 20th staging of the biennial 704-mile Volvo Round Ireland Race on 30th June, it will be the central focus, the core pillar of their 2018 programme. And even…
Paul Egan's Platinum Blonde, a First 35 Carbon, from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is one of 54 entries for this year's Volvo Round Ireland Race from Wicklow
A wide field of international entries from the United States, Finland, Norway, France as well as Irish and British crews are amongst the 54 entries to date for the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 that was launched this evening. Additional…
Irene III flies the ensign of the Royal Irish YC, most of the crew including the owner, Louis Goor (second from right), are from Wicklow
Louis Goor's Royal Irish Yacht Club Oyster 575 Irene III finished the 935–mile Antigua Bermuda race on Monday morning after just under five days at sea writes Louay Habib The Irish team in the race are mostly from County Wicklow. …
Paul O'Higgins Rockabill II approaches the ISORA finish line at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday. See drone video below.
There will be many in the 23–boat offshore race fleet that would prefer to forget the long drawn out finish of ISORA's Race three on Saturday. The 14-5 hour Dun Laoghaire to Dun Laoghaire race (full report here) came to…
J122 Aurelia was victorious in Race Three of ISORA's Dun Laoghaire to Dun Laoghaire Race
The Dun Laoghaire to Dun Laoghaire race three in the ISORA Offshore Series 2018 featured 'Champagne Sailing' for “Aurelia” writes ISORA's Peter Ryan. The first offshore race of the ISORA Offshore Championship 2018 took place on the 12th May with a starting…

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