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One hundred and seventeen years of sailing, and still going strong. The Dublin Bay Water Wags set the style at Glandore with their design of 1900, although the class itself dates back even further, to 1887
Historic Boats
If variety is the spice of life, then the 25th Anniversary Glandore Classics Regatta is currently staging the most vibrant and flavoursome boat show on the Irish coast writes W M Nixon. Admittedly the mid-week routine, which will lead on…
There was a sole Irish entry from the Royal St George Yacht Club at the UK SB20 Nationals on the Solent
SB20
The SB20 UK Nationals were hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble-le-Rice from 21st – 23rd July. The racecourse in the Solent used for the event is the same racecourse expected to be used for the upcoming SB20…
Euro Champ – Aoife Hopkins of Howth Yacht Club
Laser
With a first overall for Aoife Hopkins of Howth, a second overall for Aisling Keller of Lough Derg, and a seventh overall for Sally Bell from Belfast Lough, Ireland has made pretty much of a clean sweep of the Laser…
Aoife Hopkins has continued on top form at the Laser Radial Women’s Under 21 Euros at Douarnenez today.
Laser
Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller have strengthened Ireland’s dominance of the U21 Women’s Laser Radial Europeans at Douarnenez in Brittany today writes W M Nixon. With one race still to sail in the ten-race series, Hopkins has taken two more…
Merveilleux! Aoife Hopkins showing how it should be done in the big stuff at Douarnenez. Photo Aoife Hopkins Sailing/Gauthier Thomas
Laser
Ireland’s Aoife Hopkins of Howth and Aisling Keller of Lough Derg hold the lead going into today’s final racing in the Laser U21 European Championship at Dournenez in Western Brittany writes W M Nixon. The French race officers are hoping to…
Howth's Aoife Hopkins is two points clear of the women's fleet heading into the final series
Laser
#Laser - Aoife Hopkins took the lead at the U21 Laser Radial Women’s Euros in Douarnenez yesterday (Thursday 20 July). As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Olympic triallist from Howth Yacht Club had been just a single point off the…
Mark Mansfield (left) onboard J109 Joker II, the Dun Laoghaire Yacht of the Week winner
Etchells
Cork sailor Mark Mansfield has just finished the Tattinger Regatta on the Isle of Wight as tactician on John Smart's J109 Jukebox where the team won the J109 Class and the overall regatta with straight wins. Mansfield, a distinguished Olympic…
Darragh Mc Cormack from Foynes Yacht Club with crew Johnny Dillon and Noel Mc Cormack, overall winners at this year’s Skerries Regatta.
Mermaid
Last weekend saw the annual Skerries Regatta take place over Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th of July. With an ambitious six races planned (3 per day), an impressive fleet of 18 Mermaids took to the water, completing 5…
Waiting for the wind in Douarnenez, France at the Laser Radial Under–21 Women Euros
Laser
Just like their junior Laser counterparts at the 4.7 Worlds in Belgium this week, Irish girls are off to a flying start at the Laser Radial Under–21 Women European Championships in Douarnenez, France. Ireland holds the top three places after…
The Irish Optimist team stand at attention in Thailand
Optimist
After a fine display of Team Racing by the Irish Optimist Team in Thailand, Ireland had a spectacular win over France to finish ninth overall in the Team Racing World Championships 2017. Things were looking good for Team Ireland when…
Some of the Ireland youth sailors who competed at the European Youth Laser Championship 2017  (back row from left) Conor Quinn, Tara Coveney, Ewan MacMahon, Nell Staunton (front row from left) Jamie MacMahon, Loghlen Rickard, Johnny Durcan and Sally Bell
Laser
The next wave of Irish Laser Olympic prospects were out in force at the Radial Youth Sailing European Championships from 6th–13th July in Gdynia Poland. Conditions were light for most of the event with strong winds on the last day. In the…
RS Feva championship racing on Dublin Bay
RS Sailing
Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, the Crane Hire Ltd RS Feva 2017 Nationals took place this weekend with 56 sailors lined up for the first race on Friday afternoon. There was a full range of weather conditions…
Winning helm – Noel Butler (centre) with Neil Cramer (Fireball Class Chairman & Skerries SC Treasurer) and Skerries SC Commodore Kieran Brannagan
Fireball
A variety of headlines could be given to this regatta report: “A regatta of two halves”, “Consistency pays”, “Minimal mistakes pays dividends”, Fireballs survive Mother Nature”, “Happy return to Skerries” “17 tired bodies enjoy Fireball sailing at its best”. The…
Lough Ree’s inshore lifeboat approaches the upturned Fireball and its two sailors
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI was called to assist two sailors when their 17ft Fireball dinghy was holed and began to sink on Lough Ree on Saturday evening (15 July). The crew of Lough Ree lifeboat The Eric Rowse were…
 Mermaids line up for a start at the 2012 National Championships hosted by Skerries Sailing Cl
Mermaid
Skerries Sailing Club looks back on its strong historical roots with the Dublin Bay Mermaid class in preparation for hosting this year’s National Championship writes Susan Roundtree This year’s Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship is being hosted by Skerries Sailing…
Martin Byrne's Jaguar team were winners of the UK Dragon South Coasts and fifth overall in the Edinburgh Cup
Dragon
Martin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing Team were fifth in the final race of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Cowes today. Together with a first place scored yesterday this lifted the sole Irish entry to fifth place overall. 'Given that our target…

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