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The Transat Jacques Vabre 2019 fleet that will race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on October 20
Sunday is a day of rest in France, but not universally at the Transat Jaques Vabre offshore race, where Banque du Léman finally arrived at lunchtime to complete the starting line-up and crowds thronged, despite a spot of autumnal freshness.…
Bryon Ehrhart’s Maxi 72 Lucky has set a new record in the ninth biennial Hong Kong-Vietnam Race with a strong Irish presence on board
American Bryon Ehrhart’s impressive Maxi 72 Lucky has added a new gong to her distinguished trophy list by taking line honours and establishing a new course record in the biennial Hong Kong to Vietnam Offshore Race, aided in no small…
Imoca 4myPlanet skippers Alexia Barrier (right) and Joan Mulloy posing during pre-start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019, duo sailing race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on October 19, 2019 in Le Havre, France
The progress of equality in sailing can often resemble the turning of an oil tanker rather than a carbon fibre offshore racing boat, but there are some new grounds for optimism at sea. The race village of the 14th edition…
The veteran IMOCA 60 4myplanet which Mayo’s Joan Mulloy will be co-skippering with Alexia Barrier in next weekend’s 12,000 mile Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Bahia in Brazil
Solo sailor Joan Mulloy of Mayo has teamed up as co-skipper with France’s Alexia Barrier on the latter’s veteran IMOCA 60 4Myplanet to become the only all-female crew in the 30-strong IMOCA 60 Class in the 12,000 mile Transat Jacques…
Finland's Tapio Lehtinen who has signed up to compete in both the 2022 Golden Globe Race and the 2023 Ocean Globe Race
Hundreds of sailors and many yacht clubs have become excited at the prospect of becoming involved, and commitments to enter now outweigh available places with sailors from France, Finland and the UK dominating the list. These include Whitbread veterans like…
One-design VO65s and Maxi yachts have expressed their goal to take line honours and a tilt at the race record
The sixth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is set to feature a huge variety of yachts racing across the Atlantic Ocean with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. One-design VO65s and Maxi yachts have expressed their goal to take line…
Transat AG2R La Mondiale Courts Mixed Crews For 2020 Race
Two decades after the first victory by a mixed duo, the iconic Transat AG2R La Mondiale is making a serious pitch for mixed two-handed crews to take part in next year's outing. Entry will now be free for mixed crews,…
Pat Lawless is signed up for the second edition of the Golden Globe Race in 2022
Independent analysis on media coverage during the 2018 Golden Globe Race says the event attracted worldwide coverage worth as much as US$185 million. Les Sables d’Olonne, which will be the host start and finish port again in 2022, gained two…
Grace O’Malley in fighting form – would anyone have invited her in for dinner when His Lordship was away?
When the great sea warrior queen Granuaile of Mayo voyaged from Clew Bay to parlay with the then all-powerful Queen Elizabeth I in London, there was even more to it than was hinted at by Clew Bay Figaro sailor Joan…
Malizia II – having been well ahead of Hurricane Dorian, a crew injury has now delayed her near the storm’s track at St Pierre off southeast Newfoundland
This week’s attempt by the Monaco-based Malizia II to set up a Transatlantic west-east record time for a fully-crewed IMOCA 60 with two Irish – Shane Diviney and Brian Carlin – in the crew of five, has been knocked off…
The Open 60 Malizia II, climate activist Greta Thunberg’s preferred means of travel to reach New York, will have two Irish in the crew of five for the up-coming Transatlantic record attempt on the return voyage
The IMOCA 60 Malizia II is one busy boat these days writes W M Nixon. She hit the global headlines by conveying climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic to New York in a carbon-neutral way courtesy of skipper Pierre…
For the first time in sailing’s Olympic history, a Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat event will be on the programme at the Olympic Sailing Competition in 2024
As the Irish Olympic Sailing team embark on this week's Pre-Olympic regatta in Enoshima, Japan the fact that only one of four Irish campaigns have yet qualified will be occupying minds just a year out from Tokyo 2020. The prospect…
The MV Kommandor will be conducting survey operations
A seabed debris clearance, environmental baseline and habitat assessment site survey will take place in licence SEL 1/11 (Barryroe) from later this month. Barryroe is located in the North Celtic Sea, some 50 kilometres south of the Port of Cork.…
The crew of Malizia II have invited Greta Thunberg on a zero-carbon journey from Europe to the US this September
Young climate activist Greta Thunberg is taking to the high seas as she plans a zero-carbon journey from Europe to a UN climate summit in New York this September. As RTÉ News reports, the 16-year-old Swede intends to cross the…
The Fastnet Rock as it can be………
This weekend forty years ago, I was the chirpy co-skipper of the smallest boat in the Cruise-in-Company fleet as we closed in on Glengarriff in far West Cork for the Golden Jubilee party of the Irish Cruising Club in the…
Norbert Sedlacek's global challenge represents approximately 34,000 nautical miles and around 200 days at sea.
Former Vendée Globe skipper Norbert Sedlacek on his Open 60 is sailing south of Ireland today on his way to the North-West Passage on his journey around the world. Sedlacek's Open60AAL 'Innovation Yachts' officially crossed the starting line at 07:16:10…

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