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Foxall & Kenefick Perform in Persian Gulf
#tourofarabia – Cork and Kerry offshore sailors continue a strong performance in the Persian Gulf this week with Damian Foxall's Oman sail/EFG crew outwitting Crosshaven's David Kenefick sailing on Team Averda to lead the Tour of Arabia. 'Brutal conditions' were reported…
Irish Offshore Sailors Damian Foxall & David Kenefick to Race Tour Of Arabia
#offshore – A record number of teams – including Ireland's Damian Foxall and David Kenefick–  will line up at the start of the annual EFG Sailing Arabia – the Tour (SATT) on February 15. Cork based Kenefck will be a driver/…
Robot Sailing Team Preps For Canada-to-Dingle Transatlantic Challenge
#Robots - Engineering students in Vancouver are hard at work prepping their challenger for the title of first boat to cross the Atlantic completely unmanned. As reported on last October, the robotic sailboat team at the University of British…
Sailor Who Sought Shelter In Aran Islands Completes His Voyage
#Offshore - Last October, a Canadian solo yachtsman made the news when he was taken in by the residents of Inis Mór in the Aran Islands after a tumultuous Atlantic Ocean crossing. And now The Irish Times reports that Erkan…
How To Stay Connected On Your Boat Offshore
#Offshore - Mobile connectivity is better than ever, but can still be a challenge offshore, with cellular reception on most networks limited to a few miles off the coast at best. Any further than that, and expensive satellite set-ups are…
Alex Thomson Explains Dismasting Incident That Took Hugo Boss Out Of Barcelona World Race
#BarcelonaWorldRace - "One of the most painful experiences of my sporting life" is how Alex Thomson describes the dismasting incident on the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss that took him and Alex Pepe out of the Barcelona World Race. As previously…
Barcelona World Race Leader 'Hugo Boss' Dismasted Off Brazil
#barcelonaworldrace – 14 days into the race and 2 race records broken, Alex & Pepe were making brilliant progress in the Barcelona World race until HUGO BOSS lost their rig yesterday evening at 21.02 GMT, 370 nautical miles off the coast…
Hugo Boss Lead in Barcelona World Race
#bwr_2014 – In the Barcelona World Race British entry Hugo Boss have consolidated over the course of last night, gybing back from their position in the east of the pack, to line up in the front of their rivals with…
Sir Robin Knox-Johnson Claims Third In Route Du Rhum
#RouteDuRhum - Sir Robin Knox-Johnson has surprised even himself by claiming a podium place in the Route du Rhum transatlantic offshore solo sailing challenge. The 75-year-old sailing legend completed the more than 3,500-mile course from St Malo in Brittany to…
Route Du Rhum Has Dramatic First Night With 15 Incidents in Transatlantic Race
#routedurhum – It has been a dramatic night with 15 incidents across the classes, including a collision between an Ultime trimaran and a cargo ship, the air rescue of a sailor after his boat lost its keel and overturned, and a…
Solar Sail Yacht Sets Off With Route Du Rhum Fleet Tomorrow
#SolarSail - Ahead of the start of this year's Route du Rhum offshore race, UK Sailmakers gave a special preview of their state-of-the-art solar mainsail that will get its first proper sea trial on board the IMOCA 50 yacht Martinique Challenge.…
Howth Sailors Battle The Elements In 2014 Middle Sea Race
#MiddleSeaRace - As previously reported on, Irish-crewed boats made the podium in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race that came to a close last week. But they didn't mark the only Irish involvement in the gruelling offshore challenge. Howth…
Northwest Passage Sailor Safe & Sound After Reaching Aran Islands
#Offshore - RTÉ News reports that the Canadian yachtsman slowed in his crossing of the Atlantic by last week's storm conditions has made landfall at the Aran Islands. As previously reported on, 67-year-old Erkan Gursoy had been looking forward…
Irish Sailors In The Frame in Malta's Middle Sea Race
#middlesearace – Two Irish crewed boats took podium positions in October's Middle Sea Race that concluded this morning. Racing as part of a Maltese crew Irish offshore sailors Kenny Rumball, Andy Boyle, Philip Connor and Barry Hurley are provisionally second…
Northwest Passage Sailor Looking Forward To Pint In Dingle
#Offshore - Canadian sailor Erkan Gursoy, who recently navigated the Northwest Passage solo, says he's looking forward to a pint once he reaches Irish waters, as RTÉ News reports. The 67-year-old boat builder from Vancouver is currently some 500km off…
Irish Offshore Sailors On Otra Vez Take Overall Lead in Middle Sea Race
#middlesearace – At Stromboli in the Meditteranean Sea this morning, two Irish sailors part of the crew on the Maltese yacht Otra Vez are first in IRC in the 600–mile Rolex Middle Sea Race. Gatt Floridia's Maltese J/122, Otra Vez was…

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