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Corum, a French entry in the 2018 Round Ireland race. Wicklow Sailing Club has announced dates for the 2020 race this month
Wicklow Sailing Club has written to competitors and supporters alike to fix the date of the 2020 Round Ireland race as Saturday, June 20 2020. Ireland's classic 700-mile offshore race has been buoyed up by some bumper fleets over the…
The 2019 Fastnet Race will start on Saturday 3rd August 2019
The 2019 edition of the Fastnet Race will start on Saturday 3rd August 2019, which is two weeks earlier than the original published date. Unusually, the race will now run the week before Cowes Week, whose dates remain unchanged, starting on…
Campaign sponsor Aidan McManus (left) of the King Sitric restaurant in Howth with Simon Knowles (centre) and Conor Fogerty relaxing in their home port with a pint in the King Sitric prior to departure for the Cowes start of the Round Britain and Ireland Race on Sunday
The 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race  has a record entry of Two-Handed and Class 40 teams and Ireland is in the mix with the potent Howth Yacht Club duo Conor Fogerty and Simon Knowles in the much-fancied Jeanneau…
Irish J109 champions Storm are heading to Cardigan Bay
Entries are still invited for the IRC Welsh National Championships in Pwllheli from 17th-19th August 2018, just a few days after the ICRA Nationals in Galway. This flagship event is being hosted by Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy…
Rob McConnell's Fools Gold competing in Cowes this week a the IRC Europeans. The Waterford Harbour crew finished fourth overall
Ireland's sole entry in the IRC European Championships has finished a creditable fourth overall in Cowes today. Waterford Harbour's A35 yacht 'Fools Gold' skippered by Rob McConnell was a consistent performer in the 12-boat division three fleet, maintaining fourth or…
Rob McConnell's A34 Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club is fifth in 12–boat Division three of the IRC European Championships in Cowes
Light winds and strong tides may have made for a difficult first half to the Royal Ocean Racing Club's combined IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup, but Hampshire Tourist Board conditions graced the Solent for day four of racing where…
Fools Gold (white spinnaker with yellow band) as a bunch of competitors struggle for clear air at the IRC Europeans on the Solent
A third light, tricky day with strong tides at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC Europeans and Commodores' Cup saw a lengthy round the cans course in the central Solent just completed before the wind shut down. After a wait,…
Conor Fogerty’s internationally-successful Sunfast 3600 Bam! is entered for the two-handed division in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in August
Ireland’s current “Sailor of the Year” Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has a mind-bogglingly busy programme to fulfil during 2018 writes WM Nixon. But the intrepid class winner of the 2017 OSTAR is well able for it. He has…
The Waterford yacht Fools Gold now moves up to fourth overall in the 12–boat fleet
Waterford Harbour yacht Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell was the winner of the second race of the IRC European Championships in Cowes yesterday.  In IRC Three, Dane Michael Mollmann and his immaculately sailed X-37 Hansen put in a 3-1…
Rob McConnell's Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour is the only Irish competitor at the IRC Euros this week in Cowes
There was a tricky start to the IRC European Championships for Ireland's sole entry Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club but the Rob McConnell skippered entry is still very much in the hunt and lies fifth from 12 starters…
The 2019 D2D race will start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour on June 12
The National Yacht Club has announced dates for its biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle (D2D) Race in 2019. The 2019 mini offshore race, that is also a fixture on the international RORC calendar, will start on Wednesday, 12th June off…
The start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 in an offshore breeze, with the fleet tending to bunch towards the Guardship at the outer end of the line. It has been suggested that in similar conditions, it might be useful to give the line a slight bias in favour of the inner end of the line, bringing the fleet close in off the Wicklow pierhead
For most of the Irish sailors who have committed to this year’s 20th staging of the biennial 704-mile Volvo Round Ireland Race on 30th June, it will be the central focus, the core pillar of their 2018 programme. And even…
A crowded start line for the 2016 Round Ireland Race from Wicklow, part of the RORC Points Championships
The 2018 Royal Ocean Racing Club Season's Points Championship continues with the first of the domestic offshore races, the Cervantes Trophy, which starts on May 5th followed by the North Sea Race, which starts on May 11th. In excess of…
Fools Gold will contest the IRC Euros in the Solent in June and the IRC/ORC Offshore Worlds in The Hague in July
Sovereign's Cup winner Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will contest the first IRC European Championship ever to be held on the Solent in mid-June. The Irish boat will be hoping for a repeat of the…
Sitting on the rail aboard Slack Alice in Kinsale's Spring Series
There has been controversy and disagreement in cruiser racing about crews ‘hiking out’ through lifelines on deck to get more upper body weight extended to help boat balance and performance … Rule changes have now come to “sitting on the…
Howth J109 Storm is a 2017 Scottish Series winner, a regatta that is part of the GBR IRC Championships programme
Sailors in the UK are enjoying spring racing and looking forward to the summer season, including the varied selection of International Rating Certificate (IRC) Championships that includes sailing events in the Irish Sea that attract interest from the Irish Cruiser…

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