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Nick Jones & Barry Hurley (right). Nick Jones 44.7 Lisa won last year's RORC Season's Points Championship, and unofficially has retained the title
The first Maltese boat home in the Middle Sea Race was Josef Schultheis and Timmy Camilleri’s Xp-ACT with Ireland's Cork Harbour Sailor Barry Hurley on board, completing the offshore race after just over three and a half days a sea…
The nightfall leader: after a well-called race, Eric de Turkheim’s new NMYD 54 Teasing Machine III is well finished in Valetta, and currently heading the Rolex Middle Sea Race leaderboard. Kurt Arrigo
There has been a touch of déjà vu for Round Ireland Race aficionados in watching the unfolding results of the current Rolex Middle Sea Race writes W M Nixon. As the middle part of the very depleted offshore fleet approached…
Nin O’Leary (left) and Alex Thomson (right) with their Hugo Boss shipmates Jack Trigger and Will Jackson in Valetta this morning after making a very good job of a tricky and often rugged Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017
George David’s Rambler 88 has taken line honours for the owner’s third time in the 608-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race currently finishing in Valetta writes W M Nixon. But Nin O’Leary and Alex Thomson in the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss…
George David’s Rambler 88 arrives at Stromboli – she was soon virtually becalmed for hours, but now has all the wind she needs
Everyone going into the 608-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race knows they will experience a challenging course with weather which can be anything and everything from extended calms to surprisingly vicious gales, and the 2017 edition is no exception writes W…
The superbly-prepared Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino off Hong Kong’s spectacular waterfront for the start of the race to Vietnam.
Having Saturday’s Rolex Middle Sea Race start from Malta without the presence of 2016 winner Mascalzone Latino, the Cookson 50 owned by Vincenzo Onorato and navigated by Ian Moore, is a bit like staging Hamlet without the Prince writes W…
Light winds are expected for the first part of the race but a significant northwesterly is arriving by the third day of the Middle Sea Race
Barry Hurley will compete in his fourteenth Rolex Middle Sea offshore Race in a row tomorrow sailing XpAct, a Maltese Xp44. He is one of a handful of Irish crews competing in the 39th race that forecasters say is going…
Ian Moore in the navstation on Ireland’s Green Dragon in 2008 in the Volvo Ocean Race
Ian Moore, originally of Carrickfergus, and Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” in October 2016 after navigating the Italian Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino to overall victory in the Rolex Middle Sea Race last year, is not defending his Middle Sea title…
Artemis at full blast offwind. In daylight, this sort of sailing was still possible despite failed wind instruments, but at night they’d to throttle back.
Mikey Ferguson from the Royal Ulster YC on Belfast Lough and Andrew Baker from the Quoile YC on Strangford Lough have played a key role in establishing a new mono-hull record for the 620-mile course from Land’s End in southwest…
Cruiser racers will round the Kish Bank Lighthouse on Sunday 24 September
#KishRace - The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has announced details of its annual Kish Race for 2017. This year’s race in Dublin Bay to and from the Kish Bank Lighthouse offshore will be held on Sunday 24 September. As…
Photograph of the Cheeki Rafiki’s upturned hull taken by crew of USS Oscar Austin on 23 May 2014
#CheekiRafiki - The director of the yachting company that operated the Cheeki Rafiki has been convicted of failing to ensure the vessel’s safety when it was lost in the Atlantic three years ago. James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and…
Simon Johnson Racing Full-Hearted With RC44 Team Aqua
#Offshore - New footage from Team Aqua’s RC44 shows their Irish pitman Simon Johnson in the heart of the action. And the video takes that literally — as it tracks his heart rate topping out at 181bpm after a leeward…
George David's Rambler 88 is no stranger to Irish waters - though the Maxi's latest escapades were in the English Channel
#Rambler88 - George David’s Rambler 88 has won the King Edward VII Cup in this year’s Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race. The American Maxi took line honours in the 151-nautical-mile offshore race and was also declared overall winner IRC time correction of…
Lloyd Thornburg set a Transpacific Course World Record in 3 Days 16 Hours 52 Minutes and 03 seconds. See the video below.
The past few years we have had a good share of success with at least one wrong turn in our racing programme. When Brian Thompson and I were planning the PHAEDO3 program we had a wish list of races and…
Many whale species can be found in the waters of the mid Atlantic during the summer months - prompting vigilance for offshore yacht crews
#Offshore - Offshore yachts beware this summer after three British sailors had a lucky escape when their yacht collided with a whale and sank in the mid Atlantic. According to Independent.ie, the trio from the Destiny of Scarborough were picked…
A competitor in the Class 40 Normandy Channel Race at the Fastnet Rock off the Cork coast
It’s been a studious, laborious night for the 20 competitors still out on the offshore race track in the Normandy Channel Race. The SW’ly wind is right on the nose as they continue to battle towards Fastnet Rock after rounding…
Hawaii celebrations – crew on board for the record–breaking run were: Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson, Fletcher Kennedy, Justin Slattery, Pete Cumming, Henry Bomby and David Swete
County Cork's Justin Slattery onboard Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 swept past Diamond Head Lighthouse buoy at 4:32:18am local time in Hawaii today, to shave an hour off the previous record Transpacific record. The total elapsed time was 3 days, 16 hours…

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