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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…
After twelve years in his role as Honorary Secretary of WIORA, Thomas Whelan from the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland, stepped down at the AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the 2017 West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) took place at the Dromoland Inn in Co. Clare earlier this week. Among the items discussed on the night was the combined 2018 WIORA ICRA Championships which…
Finbarr O'Regan's Artful Dodger (red spinnaker) is a SCORA winner at tonight's agm and prizegiving in RCYC. Scroll down for full list of prizewinners
Connor Phelan's Jump juice will be among the winners saluted tonight at the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) agm and prizegiving that will be held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club at 7.45pm writes Bob Bateman. Cruiser–racer fortunes are…
CQS Crew: Skipper Ludde Ingvall; Co-Skipper Kenneth Thelen; Logan Andresen; Martyn Baker; Philip Barnard; Hans-Christoph Brumberg; Charles Egerton-Warburton; Robin Elsey; James Espey; Liam Gardner; Paul Heyrman; David Kenefick; Rokas Milevicius; James Oxenham; Malcolm Paine and James Tomlinson.
Ludde Ingvall's Australian Maxi CQS finished the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race on Wednesday 6th December taking Monohull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 11 days 00 hrs 03 mins 08 secs. CQS committed to a southerly route for the…
Paul O’Higgins (second left) with the crew of Rockabill VI in Dingle after winning the race from Dun Laoghaire
Paul O’Higgins (RIYC) is November’s Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Offshore)” for the sporting way he campaigns his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI. He knew when to make it serious to win the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, but equally…
Back on track after 40 knot knock-down in the RORC Transatlantic Race - Ludde Ingvall's Australia Maxi CQS
Irish sailors David Kenefick and James Espey on board Ludde Ingvall's CQS suffered a setback in the RORC Transatlantic Race; the westbound leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. "We got caught in a bad squall of probably 40 knots which…
Removal of the Greenings Clipper Yacht – the photo shows the operation to cut up the forward section of the hull
It’s been less than one month since the Clipper Race Yacht Greenings ran aground on the opening day of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race. Whilst the rest of the fleet has now completed the race into Fremantle, Western…
Main photo: Nin O'Leary with inset from top: Gregor McGuckin, Joan Mulloy and Enda O’Coineen
There's a rare chance for some of Ireland's most adventurous sailors to be in the same place at the same time tomorrow when Enda O’Coineen, Joan Mulloy, Nin O’Leary and Gregor McGuckin will be on board Nin O'Leary's Round the World…
Washed up on Brandon Bay – Michele Zambelli's Class 950 OSTAR entry Illumina 12 has been washed up on a County Kerry beach
After being abandoned mid–Atlantic during the short-handed OSTAR race in June, Michele Zambelli's Class 950 entry Illumina 12 has turned up on a beach in County Kerry this week. The Italian Ostar skipper triggered his EPIRB after encountering keel problems, two…
Third day at sea in the RORC Transatlantic Race to Grenada - photo from on board Friedrich Boehnert's Xp-50 Lunatix
As dawn broke on the third day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the northerly route across the Atlantic looks to be the favourite for many of the 23 teams taking part in the race. Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna…
Ludde Ingvall’s extremely individual 98ft CQS aboard which Ireland’s 2013 “Sailor of the Year” David Kenefick of Cork will be racing the RORC Transatlantic
With three major yet very different marathon sailing events crossing the Atlantic this month, it’s clear that the once decidedly quirky and often eccentric devotees of offshore and ocean racing are becoming mainstream. This is further reinforced by the confirmation…
Offshore showcase event – a 300 mile offshore course starting close to the Olympic Marina in Tokyo Bay and finishing in Enoshima just west of Tokyo will be held in 2020
Some decisions and the sentiment expressed at World Sailing’s 2017 Conference recently suggest that the door might be opening for offshore sailing to become an Olympic sailing event. Submission 108 presented by the World Sailing Board, and passed by the…

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