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Rolex Fastnet Race fleet in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour
Organisers of the Rolex Fastnet Race have citied “infrastructre” issues in their decision to move the finish of the 2021 and 2023 races from Plymouth to Cherbourg. And in a press conference announcing the move this afternoon (Tuesday 26 November), the…
A major announcement about the biennial Fastnet Race is expected at lunch time
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is heralding big changes to its world's largest offshore race, the Rolex Fastnet Race at lunchtime today. The offshore club has invited members of the press to a Briefing concerning the world's largest offshore race, at its…
Mikey Ferguson (left) and Ari Hussela with the wrecked mainsail
Bangor, Northern Ireland sailor Mikey Ferguson and Finnish airline pilot Ari Hussela finished the famous 4350-mile coffee route ocean race, the Transat Jacques Vabre offshore race, from Le Havre to Salvador da Bahia in Brazil, on 15th November. But not…
A Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat event is set to debut at the Olympic sailing competition in 2024
“The tide is turning” on the prospect of offshore sailing at the Olympics, says Seahorse Magazine as it proposes how the new keelboat category could make the sport more accessible than ever. Last year’s introduction of the Mixed Two Person…
After 14 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds of sailing, 11th Hour Racing, led by co-skippers Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidégorry, finished in 5th place Sunday to finish the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre into Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
After 14 days at sea and with the IMOCA podium decided, PRB and Charal are fighting for 2nd and 3rd place in the Imoca category of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019. It's a race with continuing Irish interest as two…
 The Mauritius Route record is the first act in the new campaign of ocean records for IDEC
The skipper of the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran shattered the Mauritius offshore Route record between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius) at 0726hrs local time (0326hrs UTC) on Friday 8th November). Francis Joyon smashed the reference time he set in…
The start of the 2018 Round Ireland Race from Wicklow
As Afloat's WMN Nixon reported at the weekend, Wicklow Sailing Club has confirmed that SSE Renewables will be the new title sponsor for the 704-mile Round Ireland Race that gets underway on Saturday 20th June 2020. The biennial race is…
Alex Thomson attempts to save the keel on Hugo Boss that was later cut loose. See video below
The now keelless IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss that has retired from the Transat Jacques Vabre Offshore Race after striking an underwater object is heading for the Cape Verde Islands. Ross Daniel, the Technical Director of Alex Thomson Racing said: “Alex…
Screaming start for the trimarans at the start of the Brest Atlantiques Race
The Brest Atlantiques offshore race officially started today, Tuesday 5th November, at 11 am, in front of the Chaussée de Sein in Brest, western France. The four trimarans of the Ultim 32/23 class set off at more than 30 knots…
Thomson on the deck of the keel less Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss said today (Monday) that after exhausting all the options, they had decided to cut the keel off their 60ft monohull after damage forced them to withdraw from the 14th edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre Normandie Le Havre…
The keel of Hugo Boss (above) is attached only by the hydraulic ram after the 60-footer hit something in the water whilst travelling at around 25 knots this morning
Transat Jacques Vabre competitors Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald are working on the safest place to navigate their damaged 60ft monohull, Hugo Boss, after announcing their withdrawal from the 14th edition of the offshore race. As Afloat reported earlier, the…
Alex Thomson (right) and Neal McDonald onboard Hugo Boss
British skippers Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald (Hugo Boss) are out of the Transat Jacques Vabre Race after hitting an object at sea this morning just a week into the offshore race. The much-fancied British entry that has strong ties…
Enda O’Coineen sailing the boat on which he completed his Vendée Globe route
From Enda O’Coineen, in business and adventure, we can learn much. The man sails on a sea of obsession in life — guided only by the goals he sets himself. He became the first ever Irish entry to qualify for…
At the start both IMOCA and Class40 fleets were tightly bunched, but line honours appeared to go to Bureau Vallée II (IMOCA) and Aïna Enfance and Avenir, the Class40 favourite
At lunchtime Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre starting horn was sounded and the 118 skippers in their 59 multi-coloured offshore boats weaved across the start line in front of Cape de la Hève, beating into 12-14 knots of north-easterly…
Spectators watch the Middle Sea Race fleet depart Valetta Harbour
While there were no Irish entries in the Middle Sea Race in this fortieth edition that concluded on Friday there was a smattering of a half a dozen or more Irish offshore crew across the 100-boat fleet, achieving some notable…
Joan Mulloy (left) & Alexia Barrier on board for the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday
A look at the only Female duo made up of the international pairing of French woman, Alexia Barrier and Irish sailor, Joan Mulloy (4myplanet). The only all-female offshore pairing in this Transat Jacques Vabre, which starts this Sunday, intends to…

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