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ISORA racers, including the INSS sailing school entry J109 Jedi (centre), at the start of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, part of last year's ISORA calendar
2017 was the best season for Irish Sea offshore racing (ISORA) in many years with 68 boats taking part in the 15-race series writes ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan. In 2016, 54 boats took part. To put these numbers in context, in…
The 1931-built Dorade at Tasman Island, navigated by Adrienne Cahalane to second in Class 4 in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race
Few international sporting events gives a stronger sense of the cohesive nature of the Irish diaspora than the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Race writes W M Nixon. For there were certainly sailors of Irish descent in the first race of…
Francois Gabart and his MACIF, sailing with North Sails 3Di, took the outright solo around-the-world record last month
#NorthSails - North Sails Ireland is looking back on a record-breaking year in 2017 for the global sailmaker's offshore clients, all of whom were using its 3Di performance sails. Last January, Armel Le Cleác’h sailed Banque Populaire VIII around the world…
View from the rail of Jedi as the winning sailing school yacht rounds the Famous rock in this year's Fastnet Race. Scroll down for the video
The Irish National Sailing School (INSS) on Dublin Bay have published a video showing their highlights from August's 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race on board the Dun Laoghaire School's J109 Jedi. Skippered by Kenneth Rumball, Jedi (now for sale on…
The moment of truth. With less than ten miles to the finish on the Hobart waterfront and the wind almost gone, Wild Oats (foreground) gets ahead of LDV Comanche, and stays ahead.
If sailing has a more exquisite form of torture than the final miles of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, then we don’t really want to know about it writes W M Nixon. Having experienced proper offshore sailing southward since clearing…
A few hours of sailing like this soon put LDV Comanche clear into the lead on the water in the Sydney-Hobart Race
They say that winning a sailing race is a matter of making fewer mistakes than anyone else, and then knowing when to go for it writes W M Nixon. Fourteen hours into the contest, and the annual 628 mile Rolex…
Hailing from County Meath, Irish Australian skipper Jim Cooney at the helm of his 100–foot Supermaxi to leeward to Black Jack at the start of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race
Irish sailors (as previewed by here) are in the mix today as grey skies could not diminish Sydney’s enthusiasm for the start of its seminal ocean race. Crowds flocked to the foreshore and the Heads, while an assortment of…
Joan Mulloy at the helm of her Figaro Solo – she found a high level of support in her home town of Westport on Wednesday
Westport’s rising sailing star Joan Mulloy visited her home town of on Wednesday December 20th with legendary sailing veteran Enda O’Coineen, and delivered a fascinating talk at the invitation of Mayo Sailing Club reports’s Clew Bay Correspondent. Seeking sponsorship,…
Family afloat – Douglas, James, Jim and Julia Cooney dockside in Sydney. James and Julia are sailing with Jim to Hobart on Comanche but Douglas is under age for the race
Ireland has a direct connection to the fastest and most modern super–maxi yacht in the world, thanks to its new owner Jim Cooney, a fourth generation Australian of County Meath descent.  Cooney, who hails from the town of Ballivor in…
The 2016 race saw several records broken with George David in Rambler 88 (above) taking both 1st place in IRC and monohull Line Honours
If it’s an even-numbered year, it’s a Round Ireland Race Year! Things are warming up in Wicklow Sailing Club, the 2017 Mitsubishi Irish Sailing Club of the Year, where preparations for the 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race are well under…
Enda O'Coineen on the bow of Kilcullen Voyager
“I’m that bad nobody would come with me….” That’s what Enda O Coineen told me when he confirmed that he will be completing his round-the-world voyage which he started as part of the Vendee Globe Race, alone to complete the…
During the round the world, Francois Gabart left a lasting impression on everyone by beating the reference times one by one on his way.
Francois Gabart, who left Ouessant on 4 November 10:05 (UTC+1), crossed the finishing line of his solo round the world, located between Lizard Point and Ouessant, at 02:45 (French time, UTC+1) this 17 December. For his first attempt, the MACIF…
Beneteau Announces Special Price For Class Members For New Figaro 3 Foiling Yacht
#Figaro - Following this summer’s first images of its new foiling one-design, Beneteau has announced the pricing for the Figaro 3. And the French marque says it has kept its promise of an affordable boat, with a special price of…
The haven under the hill. Howth will be pulling out all the stops to make its new Wave Regatta from June 1st to 4th 2018 a user-friendly success
A successful new development in the national sailing programme will inevitably be something of a revolution. Yet if those managing the event handle it in the right way, the changeover can take place without people thinking that anything really revolutionary…
Victory: Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine take the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Trophy
Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine is the overall winner of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race. Whilst many of the record 23–yacht fleet are still racing, none of them can better Teasing Machine's corrected time under IRC. Teasing…
SCORA Commodore – Kieran O'Connell
After a few negative years, resulting in some despondency about the future of cruiser racing, the annual meeting of SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, had a more positive atmosphere, with a good attendance of skippers, boat owners and…

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