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Paddy Gregory's Flashback took the Offshore lead at Dun Laoghaire Regatta this afternoon
Volvo Regatta
A sea breeze brought changes to the leader board in several classes in the penultimate day of Ireland's biggest sailing regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay today. One contender for tomorrow's (Sunday) top prize of the 'Volvo…
The photo that says a thousand words. Periwinkle and Myfanwy approach Dun Laoghaire harbour towards the finish of the first race on the Kingstown 200 series. To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Kingstown Harbour, this year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 includes a significant fleet of Classic and Traditional vessels, racing for the Kingstown 200 Trophy. And the fleet is varied in the extreme.  Towards the end of their first race on Thursday - which concluded with an in-harbour finish close off the National YC where the classics are berthed - the leader on the water as expected was the superbly-restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle (David Espey & Chris Craig), an Alfred Mylne design of late 1930s vintage.  But the final leg to the harbour mouth was a long reach in a pleasant sou’easter from the middle of Dublin Bay, and the Welsh visitor Myfanwy, a 36ft cutter designed by Alexander Richardson of Liverpool in 1897 (he also designed John Jameson’s legendary Irex in 1884) was going like a train. Owner Rob Mason recently restored her himself from virtual dereliction. He has given her a fine suit of sails to match her generous spread of canvas, and with a keen crew, Myfanwy was very much a contender, though Periwinkle did stave her off at the very end.  However, it has given us what could well be the photo that symbolises the Kingstown 200 within Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 200. The splendid granite East Pier now looks as though it is a natural part of the environment – you could well imagine it in place when Dublin Bay itself was formed. The crisp, clean and generously-sized tricolour flying proudly tells us there has been a change of management, but one that increasingly respects all that we have inherited from the past. And coming in past the pierhead are two handsome yachts which speak eloquently of our rich sailing history and heritage, as the Dublin Bay 24s were a major and very successful class in the bay from 1947 to 2004, while Myfanwy is a direct link back to a period when John Jameson of Dublin Bay with his mighty Irex was the most successful yacht owner of his era. Photo: David O’Brien/Afloat.ie
W M Nixon
The difference between an un-sailable calm and a light breeze which is just good enough to provide decent racing is enormous when you’re trying to get a very large regatta off to a successful start. So although the fleet racing…
Not hangin' around – The SB20 Sea Biscuit (Marty Cuppage) is racing for Southern Championship honours as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
It was business as usual for John Maybury's J109 Joker II in this afternoon's opening races of the 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The triple class one ICRA national champion has moved to the top of the leaderboard in Ireland's…
Traditional Water Wags Number 41 Mollie (Claudine Murphy) and Number 45 Mariposa, (Cathy MacAleavey) sail past the assembled Classic boat fleet at the Carlisle Pier adjacent to the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
National YC
It could be over 50 years since a cotton topsail has been seen from the National Yacht Club and this afternoon as the classic fleet arrived "Peggy Bawn", a GL Watson 36–ft Cutter, built in 1894, hoisted her cotton suit…
62 sailing nations – including Ireland – with 280 sailors will compete in Thailand
Optimist
Thailand has been selected to host the Optimist World Championship 2017, and the event has now confirmed the participation of a total of 62 sailing nations – including Ireland – with 280 sailors, a record-breaking landmark for this world stage…
NYC Aims For World Record Pontoon Splash This Weekend
National YC
#NYC - The National Yacht Club is hosting a world record attempt Pontoon 50 Splash as part of its Junior Section Golden Jubilee celebrations this weekend. All NYC members aged “from five to 105” are invited to join in the…
At home in boats and sailing. The late Cas Smullen (right) in relaxed mode on main-boom control duties aboard a Dublin Bay 24 sailing fast offshore
National YC
With his death at the age of 87, the loss of Cas Smullen deprives Irish sailing of a total enthusiast whose dedication to our sport was central to his entire existence. Such was his exuberant enjoyment of sailing that one…
A Cruisers One start during the 2015 Regatta. 290 races will be held in VDLR 2017 starting on July 6
Volvo Regatta
With its focus on quality over quantity, next week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has grown over 12 years into one of Ireland’s premiere sporting events, let alone sailing – and is now competing with the best in Europe. If you…
Welsh Yacht Mojito leads the ISORA series but this Friday's Lyver race from Liverpool carries extra points
ISORA
The Commodore of the Royal Dee Yacht Club, Alastair Soane, has announced that “Jack Ryan Whiskey” is to sponsor the Royal Dee Yacht Club Irish Sea Offshore Championship that starts with the “Lyver Race” from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire this…
Topper Racing
Topper
East Antrim Boat Club's Rory Williamson was the winner of a 33–boat Topper Southern Championships at the National Yacht Club last weekend. Williamson had a two point margin over Royal Cork Yacht Club's Jonathan O’Shaughnessy in second. Third was O’Shaughnessy's club–mate Conor Horgan.…
Family Day For NYC Junior Section’s Golden Jubilee Next Month
National YC
#NYC - A family flotilla to Dalkey Island will kick off a day of celebrations to mark 50 years of the National Yacht Club’s Junior Section on Sunday 2 July. Club boats will be available for use by the families of members,…
Prospect (Chris Johnston) was third in today's DBSC race on Dublin Bay
DBSC
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 17 JUNE 2017 BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 3. Thirty Something (Kavanagh\Gaffney\Lubliner) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson),…
Rockabill VI’s crew celebrate their D2D line honours in Dingle this evening. The winning Royal Irish YC crew were (back row) Peter Wilson, Paul O'Higgins, Conor O'Higgins, Rees Kavanagh, Ian O'Meara, Mark Pettit (front row) William Byrne and Ian Heffernan
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
#D2D - In Dingle of a warm summer Friday’s evening, the night has barely started at 9pm, writes W M Nixon. So the multi-talented crew of Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI were in plenty of time for a leisurely winner…
D2D Race organiser Adam Winkelmann of the National Yacht Club is ready and waiting for tonight's finishers
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
It's been a helluva race with a record turnout – and a record dropout – since Wednesday evening's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle start. Now, after an epic 48 hours ago, the National Yacht Club organisers have relocated to the County…
Rockabill VI makes her approach to the Dingle Finish. Scroll down for Tracker link
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has been piling up the pressure from the front on the chasing opposition in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 writes W M Nixon. She swept up to Skellig Michael at 8.8…
Rockabill VI (top) should round the Fastnet Rock by 11 am and Mojito (above) around 12.30 pm
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
As the 2017 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race enters its closing stages, Afloat.ie sticks its neck out and predicts how the race will pan out later today. Tide may yet play a big part in this race that looks set…

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