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Last year's Dun Laoghaire Regatta had up to 20 entries including nine from the home waters and ten visitors from Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, the Isle of Man and local boats from Arklow and Waterford. A similar number are expected for this year's Class & Irish Championships at the Royal St.George Yacht Club in June
Sigma
The Sigma 33 class is 39–years–old this year and this June the Royal St. George Yacht Club will host the Class and Irish Championship, the first occasion the Dun Laoghaire Club has held these combined events. Download the notice of…
The 420 Munster Championships gold fleet winners on the podium in Schull: 1st Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher, Malahide Yacht Club  2nd Grace O’Beirne and Kathy Kelly, Royal St. George Yacht Club  3rd Michael O’Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll, Kinsale Yacht Club
420
For many of the 420 sailors travelling to Schull in West Cork at the start of the school half term the week ahead surely had an ominous look as they passed through heavy snow showers on the M8 at Cashel.…
Aoife Hopkins at the announcement of her partnership with Mercedes-Benz, with chief executive Stephen Byrne and commercial vehicles sales manager Fergus Conheady
Tokyo 2020
#Tokyo2020 - Mercedes-Benz has extended its involvement in sailing with its support of Howth Yacht Club’s Aoife Hopkins as she prepares her challenge to qualify for Ireland’s team at the forthcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The arrangement sees Mercedes-Benz…
A RIB attempts a rescue of an Optimist Team Dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Brian last year. A person on the pier holds a lifebuoy. Two capsized Optimists are just visible in the top right of the picture. An independent report into the incident is published today
ISA
#Optimist - An independent report into an incident involving Irish Sailing’s junior Optimist squad last year, during which almost half the dinghy fleet sustained significant damage, has criticised the organisation’s coaching systems. Scroll down the page to download the full…
 The modern International Star fleet continues to give superb racing
Star
Usually when a boat fills a very special niche in the world sailing scene, the standard response is that if it didn’t exist, then somebody would just have to invent it writes W M Nixon. But in the case of…
The GP14 class  is providing grants for junior boats travelling to the world championships in Cornwall this July
GP14
Five of the seven Irish GP14 fixtures this season will be on the east coast ranging from Donaghdee and Newtownards in the North to the inland venue of Blessington in County Wicklow.  The season starts on April 14th with the…
While the bulk of the SB20 fleet are due back on the water in April, the INSS's Kenny Rumball has been racing his SB20 (above) all winter at both the DBSC Turkey Shoot and Spring Chicken Series
SB20
SB20 Irish sailors will be back on the waterfront next month when the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosts the class dinner. Not only will new year exploits in Tasmania be a hot topic of conversation but there will also be…
Peter and Robert O'Leary sailing their new Star boat Dafnie were clear winners of the American Mid Winters in Miami
Star
Cork Harbour brothers Peter and Robert O'Leary have stunned the international Star Keelboat fleet by winning the 'Walker Cup' as part of the Star American mid-winters championships in Miami in their new boat 'Dafnie', beating the famous America's Cup helmsman…
(From left) Regatta organiser Charles Dwyer (and fouth overall) with Darragh O'Sullivan with the Yard of Ale trophy. Chris Bateman second overall and first Junior and Ronan Kenneally first Master and third Overall at the Monkstown Bay Laser League prizegiving
Laser
A westerly wind of ten knots brought Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Laser League to a conclusion on Saturday writes Bob Bateman. Kinsale's Darragh O'Sullivan, who did not contest the final races of the series, was very much in evidence at the…
The Laser class has a new sponsor for its Munster Championships in Baltimore
Laser
Craftinsure Ltd will be supporting the 2018 Laser Munster Championships taking place over the Easter Weekend at Baltimore, Co. Cork. The Laser partnership builds upon close links already well established with IODAI and the Optimist Class in Ireland by the…
The 1720 Optique has taken an early lead in DBSC's Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. Results are downloadable below
DBSC
Two 1720s are being chased by an SB20 for the overall lead aftter the first race of the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay on Sunday.   1720 Optique leads sistership Wolfe with Kenny Rumball's SB20 in third…
The Waterfront Award for a significant contribution to the sport went to the long serving Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Donal O' Sullivan.
RStGYC
The Royal St. George Yacht Club saluted its top performers at its Dun Laoghaire Harbour clubhouse on Saturday. The Black Tie gala dinner recognised some outstanding sailing exploits from youth to offshore as well as cruising and team racing achievements in…
Luke Turvey (left) in action in Torrevieja last weekend
Optimist
#Optimist - Howth YC/National YC sailor Luke Turvey secured third place in the Under 13s fleet in Spain’s Torrevieja Trophy last weekend (26-28 January). Turvey, who travelled as part of Irish Sailing’s 16-strong Optimist squad, topped the Irish contingent by…
The Monkstown Laser League fleet jostle for position at the start of one of yesterday's three races in Cork Harbour
Laser
Another three race wins at the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser League in Cork Harbour on Saturday means Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan has it all sewn up before the final race and he'll claim the traditional 'Yard of Ale' first…
The Hanse 351 Hanse Off is one of 36-boats for tomorrow's first race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
DBSC
Keelboats ranging in size from 20–foot keelboats such as Flying Fifteens right up to 35–foot J109s are back on the water tomorrow (Sunday, 4th February) on Dublin Bay for the DBSC Rathfarnham Ford Spring Chicken Series, a forerunner to the…
 The largest J109 fleet is in Dun Laoghaire with 13 boats
J109
Last October there were 15 boats at the Irish J109 National Championships, a very impressive turnout for a 35–foot Cruiser Racer. What's more 109s have won ISORA overall in the last three seasons and filled the first four places last…

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