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Four Irish On World's Largest Carbon Yacht for Caribbean 600
#CARIBBEAN 600 – A plan to secure line honours at the Caribbean 600 race on the world's largest carbon composite sailing yacht includes four Irish sailors on the 29–man crew. The Royal Ocean Racing Club race route circumnavigates 11 Carribbean…
World Speed Record for Thompson
#julesvernetrophy – As the only British crew member on-board, Brian Thompson, today clocked up two major records as the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire V, crossed the Jules Verne Trophy finish line near Brest, France this evening. Thompson is part of…
Gordon Maguire Lifts Sydney-Hobart Trophy
#SYDNEYHOBART – Dublin Sailor Gordon Maguire won the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, a high point in his career as a leading international professional sailor based in Australia writes W M Nixon in the Irish Independent. Twenty years ago, the young Howth…
Lucky 14 Bags Ainsworth's Sydney-Hobart Title
#SYDNEY-HOBART – With the wind fading for the smaller yachts so this morning (local time) Stephen Ainsworth's Loki was announced the handicap winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At a presentation on board their white four year…
Line Honours Decided, Who Will Be Sydney-Hobart's Overall Winner?
#SYDNEYHOBART – With the line honours podium decided in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, focus now shifts to the handicap race under IRC for the Tattersall's Cup. The closest finish in the last 29 years of the Rolex Sydney…
Yachts Prepare to Chase Sydney-Hobart Race Record
#OFFSHORE – Over its sixty-seven year history, the race record at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has only been broken ten times, an average of once every six and a half years. Given that the current fastest elapsed time…
New Challenge for Foxall's World Race Partner
In 2001, Jean-Pierre Dick set himself the challenge of taking part in the Vendée Globe. This "personal big bang", as he calls it, led the skipper and vet to become a success story in monohull offshore racing, with four major…
Mathews and Kenefick Onboard Germany's 'AOC Rockall' for Middle Sea Race
Although there are no Irish boats at least two Irish crew are participating in Saturday's record breaking Rolex Middle Sea Race from Malta. Dun Laoghaire navigator Brian Mathews, who narrowly misseed out on an international victory in the Dragon fleet…
Royal Navy Office for Offshore Yachtswoman Caffari
In recognition of her service to the sea and Britain's maritime heritage, record-breaking British yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE has been appointed by the Royal Navy as an Honorary Commander. Caffari, who set her third world record earlier this year by…
Irish Offshore Sailing Makes Success of Debut Season
Irish Offshore Sailing, a new yacht training centre based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin is now launching its autumn winter calendar, having had a very busy first season, despite the current economic climate. The school is an RYA and ISA…
Golding announces Bruno Dubois as co-skipper for Transat Jacques Vabre
Mike Golding has joined forces with Belgo-Canadian Bruno Dubois to co-skipper in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre, the first race of his Gamesa sponsored campaign leading towards the 2012 Vendée Globe. Dubois, who also partnered Mike in the 2007 Transat…
Not your Average Summer Holiday
Most people are content to board a plane or jump in the car to go somewhere nice on holiday. But for three Orkney Islanders only a jet ski will do. Colin Gregg, Dugy Ward and Gary Forber have just completed…
October's Middle Sea Race Looks for Entries
The 32nd edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is just under three months away. Entries for the 606-nautical mile classic are beginning to stack up, and the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is contemplating another bumper crop of international…
The Royal Yacht Squadron Launches Biscay Race
The Royal Yacht Squadron is delighted to announce the inaugural Biscay Race that forms part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS) in which competitors are required to take part in three races, including the Transatlantic Race (TR 2011), to…
Roland Jourdain To Visit Dublin With New MOD70
Renowned yachtsman Roland Jourdain will be visiting Ireland next month to show off his new vessel ahead of the Fastnet Race. A veteran of 60-foot monohulls, Jourdain will be in Dun Laoghaire from 4-5 August to test his new…
A Fleet of Over 30 Boats Expected for the 10th Transat Jacques Vabre
Raced every two years by duos – crews of two – across the Atlantic retracing a route traditionally taken by the coffee trade, the formula for the Transat Jacques Vabre has proven a durable and popular ever since the first…

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