In one of the busiest racing weekends of the Irish sailing
calendar a vintage Quarter tonner sailed by six friends lifted the top prize in Dun Laoghaire
. We report on Supernova's success
. In a weekend of extremes for the biennial 'big one' we have reports, photos and video from Day one
. Plus how one VDLR competitor skipped the ferry and sailed over,
from Wales in a dinghy. We have the DBSC likely first series winners
too. On Friday, John Twomey and his crew qualified in Weymouth
for next year's Paralympic Games. Yesterday in Croatia Sophie Murphy took a race win at the ISAF Youth Worlds
for Ireland. From a lead at the halfway stage Peter McCann ended up eighth at the Oppy
worlds in Portugal.We have less serious Optimist action from Crosshaven too.
In offshore news, the Transatlantic Race 2011 Nears a Finish, and RORC yachts that headed West did best in the St Malo from Cowes race. Ireland's entry in the Tall Ships race, Celtic Mist, is safely in Scotland. WIORA starts this week in Clifden, thirty boats are expected.
Two top Cork performers are in Cowes for this week's Quarter Ton Cup.
In other boating news, rower Siobhan McCrohan won bronze at the World Rowing Champs in Lucerne, Kiteboarding debuted in Dun Laoghaire. There were Medals for Irish Kayakers at Athens Special Olympics.
And finally after a Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander is set for hero's welcome this week as she becomes the first woman from Northern Ireland to circumnavigate the island of Ireland.
All on our home page this morning, thanks for your interest in Irish Sailing and Boating.