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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,…
Tom Dolan had intended to sail his Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa from Brittany to Dublin Bay for a two-week charity stint
Due to poor weather interfering with his planned sail to Ireland from Brittany, and concerns with Hurricane Lorenzo later this week, Figaro veteran Tom Dolan has unfortunately had to cancel his scheduled visit to and sailings in Dublin Bay in early October. Dolan…
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…
Tom Dolan is sailing his Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa from Brittany to Dublin Bay for a two-week charity stint
Update 30 September: Due to poor weather interfering with his planned sail to Ireland from Brittany, and concerns with Hurricane Lorenzo later this week, Tom Dolan has had to cancel his scheduled visit to and sailings in Dublin Bay in…
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…
Co-skippers Ari Huusela (left) and Mikey Ferguson on the former’s IMOCA 60 Ariel2
Bangor sailor Michael Ferguson (36), whose CV includes both dinghy and major offshore racing success, has been signed on to co-skipper the IMOCA 60 Ariel2 (formerly Dee Caffari’s Aviva) in the record 67-boat Transat Jacques Vabre fleet from Le Havre…
Conor Totterdell (RStGYC) at the start of the Chicago to Waukegan Race last month
The Royal Cork’s Volvo Ocean Race winner Justin Slattery is among the Irish interest involved in this year’s Chicago Yacht Cub Race to Mackinac, which got under way yesterday (Friday 12 July). Afloat.ie’s Sailor of the Month for June 2015…
Ocean Globe Race 2023: Is the Spirit of the Whitbread Back?
The spirit of the Whitbread Round the World Race is back with the announcement of the 2023 'OCEAN GLOBE RACE' (OGR), a retro event starting from a European port on September 10th 2023 celebrating the 50th anniversary of this major…
Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny in Dun Laoghaire ahead of tomorrow's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race
Former Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogerty arrived onto the dock in Dun Laoghaire from Les Sables de Olinges with “Raw”, a fresh out of the box, foiling Beneteau Figaro 3, Ireland’s first IRC foiling Figaro keelboat. Afloat…

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