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The weather gods conspired against sailors on the final day of the 2019 Optimist Nationals At Howth YC. The senior fleet were sent out first this morning on their own in a strong breeze, to race and to test the…
The International Optimist Dinghy Worlds at Howth in 1981, when the 130-strong fleet from 26 nations covered the sea so tightly that Lambay was almost invisible
When Howth Yacht Club hosted the 1981 Optimist Worlds, it was while the harbour was in the midst of a major redevelopment project writes W M Nixon. Yet young sailors from 26 nations provided a fleet of 130 boats, and…
Howth 17s revelling in a good westerly breeze – the new 2019 ‘National’ Champion Deilginis is on the extreme right, overall runner-up Leila is third from left, and third-placed Oonagh (yellow hull) is third from right
The classic Howth Seventeens have not survived and thrived since 1898 through having a narrow perception of themselves writes W M Nixon. When they decided some years ago to add an annual two-day championship to their already busy 60-race season…
Howth Yacht Club Marina
Plans are being developed for next year’s celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of organised racing in Howth and the establishment of one of Howth Yacht Club’s founding clubs, namely Howth Sailing Club, in 1895. The club says it will…
Howth Yacht Club Hosting Marina Party This Saturday
Howth Yacht Club is calling on boat owners to be ‘mini-hosts’ as part of the special marina party this coming Saturday 27 July. The club promises “a great night” that kicks off with fireworks at 10pm and continues with guest…
The Fireball fleet at Howth Yacht Club with Race Officer David Lovegrove (centre in blue shirt)
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (NYC) have retained their Fireball National Champions title after nine races at Howth Yacht Club. The pair scored seven first places discarding a third and a fourth to take the title in style in a…
X302 Dux (Caroline Gore-Grimes HYC) is the 2B winner on IRC
The Half Tonners are so blatantly in a league of their own in IRC 2 that a Division B has been formed within the class, and here the X302 Dux (Caroline Gore-Grimes HYC) finished Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with a…
Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII
The Half Tonners in IRC 2 rival the J/109s in IRC1 in their cut-throat competition at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, and for the final contest it was Jonny Swan (HYC) with Harmony who found his mojo to sail a dream…
The O’Leary family’s “cruiserfied” 1720 Antix Beag from Crosshaven
In the hotly contested Division 2 (A) of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Michael and Darren Wright continue their strong form on the Dublin Bay Race track by leading the 20-boat fleet in their Andrieu Half Tonner, Mata. The Class Two ICRA…
Dux in winning form at the ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay
In some of the more compact cruiser-racers, the owner-skipper’s preferred role is as crew boss, and this is the approach of HYC Honorary Sailing Secretary Caroline Gore-Grimes on her family’s well-tested X 302 DUX. It’s an arrangement which worked a…
Michael Wright's Mata took the win in the IRC Half Ton Cup Division of the Sovereign's Cup
In an intense battle of the Half Tonners, Michael Wright's Mata briefly overtook Class Two overall leader Nigel Biggs's Checkmate XVIII in the closing races of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale today. As Afloat predicated here, Half Tonners dominated the 19-boat IRC Two…
Howth Yacht Club's 'Outrajeous' (Richard Colwell and Johnny Murphy) leads the fleet downwind to overall victory in Class One of the Sovereign's Cup
Despite a disqualification (DSQ) in the penultimate race of the five-race series last night, Richard Colwell and John Murphy's new J109 campaign from Howth Yacht Club held the lead in Class One of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup to take overall victory…
Summer celebration. The re-born Howth 17 Anita – originally built in 1900 – begins her second life afloat for a day this week in Douarnenez in Brittany
After Storm Emma wrought extensive destruction through the seven Howth Seventeens stored in their much-damaged shed on Howth’s East Pier at the beginning of March 2018, it was feared that several of the boats – which since 1898 have been…
Laura Dillon sailing in Ireland
Howth Yacht Club’s Laura Dillon is among six women profiled by the Royal Ocean Racing Club ahead of their participation in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race. While crew lists for August’s race are not yet finalised, at present just over 10% of those…
RIP To Howth Yacht Club Stalwart John Leonard
Howth Yacht Club has paid tribute to long-time member John Leonard, who died last week. Leonard sailed at HYC from the early 1980s to 2010, competing for two decades in the Cruiser III class with his Beneteau First 2, Birgitz,…
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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