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Tom Dolan – holding third with less than thirty miles to the finish of Stage 1 of Transgascogne 2017
Solo Sailing
Tom Dolan’s Pogo 3 IRL 910 lies third in class this morning as the leaders go into the final thirty miles of the Les Sables D’Olonne to Aviles first stage of the Transgascogne 2017 writes W M Nixon Front runner Erwin…
With the wind on his starboard quarter, Tom Dolan is storming along for Aviles
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan has had a magic second afternoon in the first stage of the Transgascogne 2017 race from Les Sables d’Olonne to Aviles in northwest Spain. With the wind now round in the northeast, the Meathman has been revelling…
Tom Dolan’s IRL 910 making a good start at Douarnenez in the mini-Fastnet in which he placed third, with his mainsail carrying the Smurfit Kappa logo for the first time
W M Nixon
The great solo sailing challenges of world sailing are acquiring added stature as sailing is enmeshed in ever-more-advanced technologies. With fully-crewed vessels, interest in the people involved as individuals seems to decline in an inverse ratio to the rising graph…
Royal Cork Yachts among the fishing boats at Ballycotton
Royal Cork YC
Rounding Ballycotton Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon was satisfying, after a long beat from Crosshaven in the restored Royal Cork Ballycotton Race. Over the 15-mile course which took about three hours a Northerly breeze veered through to an Easterly whisper and then -…
Rambler 88 continued its dominating form at the Isle of Wight this past weekend
RORC
#Rambler88 - Last weekend’s RORC Channel Race has clearly demonstrated two things writes W M Nixon. Firstly, the way that George David’s hugely impressive Rambler 88 won the Volvo Round Ireland race 2016 every which way was no flash in the…
Stephen Tudor's Sgrech from Pwllheli was a winner in the Lyver Race
ISORA
The Lyver Race, after the postponement from the 30th June, took place on Friday 21st July writes Peter Ryan, Chairman of ISORA. The race is also an ISORA, RORC and a qualifier for the Fastnet Race. While 32 boats had entered…
Ballycotton RNLI tows a stricken yacht back to Cork in one of the lifeboat station’s longest ever callouts
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday morning (Saturday 22 July) following a request from Falmouth coastguard, who reported the activation of an emergency beacon some 60 miles off the Cork coast. The three-person crew of a 40ft…
First to round Fastnet Rock is the goal for the world’s biggest offshore fleet
Fastnet
#FastnetRace - What does it take to win the Rolex Fastnet Race? That’s the question Yachting World posed to four former podium finishers in what’s arguably the world’s greatest offshore challenge. For 2015 winner Gery Trentesaux, the key is keeping the…
Spindrift 2 can reach speeds of nearly 50–knots
News Update
The massive French trimaran Maxi Spindrift 2 is en route to Dun Laoghaire from France to attempt to beat Phaedo's Round Ireland Speed Sailing Record set in a time of 36 hours and 52 minutes in August last year. The…
Howth Yacht Club's Flashback – attention to detail helped them win offshore at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
Taking on the dominance of the Dun Laoghaire J109 offshore fleet on its home waters and winning is no mean feat. Winning skipper Paddy Gregory of the Beneteau First 34.7 Flashback (owned by Don Breen and David Hogg) recalls last week's…
Photograph of the Cheeki Rafiki’s upturned hull taken by crew of USS Oscar Austin on 23 May 2014
Offshore
#CheekiRafiki - The director of the yachting company that operated the Cheeki Rafiki has been convicted of failing to ensure the vessel’s safety when it was lost in the Atlantic three years ago. James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and…
Kenny Rumball's INSS entry Jedi is one of ten Irish entries in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes
Fastnet
A potent line–up of Irish offshore performers will be lining up for the record breaking Fastnet Race entry – the world's largest offshore race that starts in less than three weeks time. The 605nm race was full in under five…
Simon Johnson Racing Full-Hearted With RC44 Team Aqua
Offshore
#Offshore - New footage from Team Aqua’s RC44 shows their Irish pitman Simon Johnson in the heart of the action. And the video takes that literally — as it tracks his heart rate topping out at 181bpm after a leeward…
George David's Rambler 88 is no stranger to Irish waters - though the Maxi's latest escapades were in the English Channel
Offshore
#Rambler88 - George David’s Rambler 88 has won the King Edward VII Cup in this year’s Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race. The American Maxi took line honours in the 151-nautical-mile offshore race and was also declared overall winner IRC time correction of…
Solo sailor – NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne (left) salutes NYC member and Mini Transat entrant Tom Dolan in Dun Laoghaire
Solo Sailing
With 80–days to go to the 2017 Mini Transat Race, solo sailor Tom Dolan was in Dun Laoghaire at his club, the National Yacht Club, to coach some friends out in the bay in an evening of fresh winds. Tom…
The INSS celebrate another podium position at the Royal St. George last night. The Dun Laoghaire Sailing School was second overall in the VDLR offshore class, the biggest class at Ireland's biggest sailing event
INSS
Skipper Kenny Rumball and the INSS crew celebrated a fine second overall in a fleet of 32–boats, the biggest division of the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The J109 crew on Jedi were only five points off the top spot,…

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