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Asymmetric sails have become much more popular in recent years. This article describes the options on going fast downwind
In recent years, asymmetric sails have become much more popular. If you have a boat with a sprit you will likely have 100% asymmetric downwind sails. If you have a boat with a pole, it is likely you will (or…
Paul Kavanagh’s veteran Swan 44 Pomeroy Swan sailed with success for Ireland on the RORC circuit during 2017, but the only time she was seen in Irish waters was when she rounded the rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. This year, she’ll be seen in more detail in the Volvo Round Ireland Race
With just over 13 weeks to go to the start of the 2018 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht race, 37 boats have already taken advantage of the Early Bird entry rates writes W M Nixon. But the Early…
Kuba Szymanski's Beneteau First 40.7, Polished Manx II
A regular ISORA competitor will take on the marathon Round Britain and Ireland Race double handed class starting on Sunday 12th August, a feat that follows in the wake of Liam Coyne's National Yacht Club First 36.7 Lulu Belle that took double–handed honours…
The Transat will start in Britain's Ocean City, Plymouth, on 10th May 2020
Britain's Ocean City, Plymouth, has won the bid to host the start of the next edition of The Transat in 2020, the first and oldest single-handed transatlantic race in history. The iconic and historic port on the Devon coast, which…
Ladies who attended various Sail Cork courses at the RCYC evening for the Cork Harbour Sailing School
Cork Harbour's 'Women on the Water' were out in force for the SailCork annual dinner in the Royal Cork Yacht Club in early March. The Cork Harbour Sailing School presents its students who attend winter navigation courses with their certificates…
Tom Dolan with Irish Sailing President Jack Roy in La Rochelle before the start of the Mini-Transat 2017.
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan has revealed further details of plans to compete in the hotly-contested Figaro class in 2018 – a move that takes him one step closer to his ultimate goal of the Vendee Globe. Dolan will join…
Irish solo sailor Joan Mulloy competed in the Figaro Maître CoQ race this weekend
Mayo solo sailor Joan Mulloy successfully completed her first race in the highly competitive Figaro II fleet in France this morning. The Solo Maître CoQ was the first major race of Joan’s 2018 season and the first time her ‘Taste…
Enda O'Coineen crosses the equator in time for St. Patrick's Day
In his latest update from the Atlantic Ocean, Solo sailor Enda O'Coineen tells how he took a call from President Higgins as he crossed the Equator on his long voyage back home from New Zealand The President of Ireland's Office…
Enda O’Coineen will cross the equator off the coast of Brazil on Friday morning
After 50 days alone at sea Enda O’Coineen will cross the equator off the coast of Brazil on Friday morning. Crossing the equator is a hugely symbolic event for any sailor and this particular crossing marks Enda entering the final…
Kenny Rumball (above) will chat about his dinghy sailing and youth racing which was where he learned his skills
As part of the Irish National Sailing School 40th Birthday Celebrations the country's leading sailing school is hosting a series of free talks and events starting tonight when School Principal Kenneth Rumball will share tales about his background and the…
The new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 on display at Dun Laoghaire Marina
The ISORA fleet's newest arrival, a brand new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 named Yoyo, made its debut at Dun Laoghaire Marina this weekend and although only partially commissioned by MGM Boats at this point, the Daniel Andrieu design looks more than ready…
Starting young. Thumbs up from Billy Coyne (aged 12) aboard Lula Belle at the start of the breezy Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race 2017
It’s highly likely that a trial Olympic offshore racing event will be run in tandem with the 2020 Sailing Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020, and one proposal which seems to have traction is that a boat similar to the Figaro…
Race Organiser Theo Phelan of Wicklow SC (left) and RORC Commodore Michael Boyd after the latter had finished the hugely-successful Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 as the highest-placed Irish skipper
It’s the end of an era. Theo Phelan of Wicklow, who has been intimately involved with the organsation of the biennial Round Ireland Race since 2008, has stood down from his demanding and time-consuming position after ten years in roles…
Conor Fogerty – Sailor of the Year 2017, and now Sailor of the Month (Offshore) for February 2018
Less than a fortnight after he’d been declared the Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing/Volvo Sailor of the Year 2017 in Dublin, Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club was back on the podium in Antigua, having been declared runaway winner of Class 3 in the…
For the C600 this year, Fogerty took delivery of a North Sails 3Di offshore mainsail for BAM!
Last week's RORC Caribbean class winner Conor Fogerty, skipper of the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 BAM!, has given a thumbs up to his new sail wardrobe from North Sails Ireland. The race was very windy with Fogerty, the Irish Sailor of the…
A new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 is commissioned at MGM Boats this week
Just as the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 success story that is BAM! celebrates yet another victory in the West Indies this weekend, a sister-ship is being unveiled in Dun Laoghaire Harbour by Irish Jeanneau dealers MGM Boats.  The new Dublin Bay…

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