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Conor Doyle's XP50 Freya from Kinsale Yacht Club is entered into the 2021 Rolex Malta Middle Sea Race this October
With 50 days to the start of the 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is preparing itself for a stellar fleet and there is Irish offshore sailing interest in the lineup too with Kinsale's XP50…
If you want some colour in Dublin Bay, bring your own……Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice from Cork, fresh out of A&E @ The Noonan Clinic, provided a bright spot yesterday on a grey day in a grey bay.
Let's hear it for coloured sails. On a grey day on a grey bay, every last spinnaker or asymmetric or gennaker or whatever with a splash of colour was more than welcome yesterday morning (Friday) to help bring the grimly…
Professional solo sailor Joan Mulloy
Joan Mulloy, a professional solo sailor from Ireland, has joined Team UMIAQ, a group of female athletes, filmmakers, scientists and technologists sailing from Iceland to Greenland to conduct research, drive awareness and start a new conversation around climate change. The…
The Freya crew from Kinsale competing in the Palermo to Monte Carlo Race
Conor Doyle’s XP50 ‘Freya’ from Kinsale Yacht Club starts in Saturday's 450-mile Palermo to Montecarlo Race as the sole Irish entry in the Italian classic. An international fleet of 56 boats will race in the fixture organised by the Circolo…
Ad Fichou - Innovéo Bihannic was sailed by Yael Poupon and Victor Le Pape to victory in the Fastnet Race Figaro class
This year the Rolex Fastnet Race featured on the Classe Figaro calendar. Unfortunately, the proximity of it to the mid-August start of La Solitaire du Figaro, the class’ premier event and the effective World Championship of solo offshore racing, meant…
What’s left of the 29m Sanlorenzo yacht Reine d’Azur is towed away after the fire was brought under control
Video footage shows what’s left of a luxury motor yacht after it was destroyed by fire off the south of France. As Marine Industry News reports, the 29m Sanlorenzo yacht Reine d’Azur had been on a charter trip off the…
Rumball and Lee competed in the gruelling Tour De Bretagne a La Voile
The Irish Offshore Sailing team RL Sailing, sponsored by Hanley Energy, recently completed the gruelling Tour De Bretagne a La Voile. The famous race was spread across several stages over nine days, with a combination of inshore and offshore racing…
Peter Coad of Dunmore East with his Pocock 37 Blackjack has given an exemplary display of self-reliace when dismasted near the Fastnet Rock
Once upon a time, it was a tradition of offshore sailing - whether racing or cruising - that self-reliance in all circumstances was the golden thread running through your every venture at sea. You’ll note we say “ventures”. The traditional…
The Marina Militare Nastro Rosa is a month-long celebration of the sport held in eight stages at eight of the most stunning Italian locations with famed sailing histories
World Sailing and the European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF) have confirmed that the 2021 Hempel Offshore World Championship and the EUROSAF Mixed Offshore European Championship will be held alongside the 2021 Marina Militare Nastro Rosa regatta in Italy. In addition to…
IRC Zero is historically the class which produces the most IRC overall winners - including David & Peter Askew's Wizard in 2019. Sadly they won't be returning to defend their title
IRC Zero represents the glamour end of the keelboat fleet in the Rolex Fastnet Race. It’s likely that we’ll see line honours go to one of the maxis in the class, perhaps George David’s 88ft defending line honour champion Rambler…
The Tour de Bretagne à la Voile is the next race for Offshore Sailing Duo Kenny Rumball & Pamela Lee
RL Sailing, the shorthanded, offshore sailing team made up of joint skippers Kenneth Rumball and Pamela Lee have signed up a new sponsor for their next race in the 2021 competition calendar – the Tour de Bretagne à la Voile…
Jérémie Beyou and Chris Pratt on board Charal
Almost six months after they competed in the world’s most brutal race — the singlehanded non-stop lap of the planet that is the Vendée Globe — many of the IMOCA fleet will be returning to the race course for the…
While Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (RIYC) – the defending champion in next week's NYC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race – is clearly fond of a good breeze of wind, her experienced crew have shown they can stay ahead in lighter airs
Way back whenever, as each wave of COVID seemed to sweep over its predecessor with a power worthy of Aileens herself, the incurable optimists among Ireland's sailors continued to hope that by some miracle we'd have reached a stage on…
The five leaders in the 12th CIC Normandy Channel Race rounded Fastnet Rock at dawn this morning
Irish waters are the centre of attention for French offshore sailing fans today as the 12th CIC Normandy Channel Race races around the Fastnet Rock. The five leaders in the 12th CIC Normandy Channel Race rounded Fastnet at dawn this…
The 29m Aragon yacht (ex: Windfall ) was built in 2012 by Southern Wind and under Royal St. George skipper Mick Cotter set the 2019 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race record.She races next week at Sardinia's Loro Piana Regatta
Dublin Bay, Howth and Cork Harbour crews will race the latest 29-metre Aragon in Sardinia next week at the prestigious Italian superyacht Loro Piana Regatta. Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Cian Guilfoyle fresh from last week's RC 44 Cup as Afloat reported here,…
ITA-16373 Le Pelican sank near Ventotene after colliding with a tug boat.
There was high drama at the Regata dei Tre Golfi, part of the Rolex Capri Sailing Week in Italy when one of the competitors collided with a tug boat and sank during an overnight passage race. A record fleet of over…

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