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With a crew of friends and family very much in mind, Conor Fogerty's Silver Shamrock competes in the first ISORA race off Dalkey, County Dublin
The latest addition to Howth’s vintage fleet, Conor Fogerty’s ‘new’ boat is something of an old favourite and one that should be very familiar to Afloat.ie readers. Silver Shamrock, the Ron Holland-designed and Cork-built Half Tonner that took its class…
Laser sailor Finn Lynch will be hoping for another gold fleet finish in Hyeres, France next Week
The prospect of the ever–looming Olympic qualifier this August in Aarhus will weigh heavy on the minds of Ireland’s Olympic sailors  Finn Lynch and Ryan Seaton who compete in the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres next week. Lynch in the Laser,…
National Yacht Club Meeting For New Members Next Friday
#NYC - The National Yacht Cub will host a meeting for new and prospective members next Friday 27 April from 8pm in the main dining room. The evening will be an opportunity to learn about the club’s various activities, meet…
The Transat AG2R La Mondiale will see Dolan (left) race 3,800 miles from Concarneau in Brittany, France, to St Barts in the West Indies alongside teammate and former Mini 6.50 rival Tanguy Bouroullec.
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan is to face the might of the Atlantic for the second time in less than six months as he takes to the start line of the Transat AG2R La Mondiale.  Dolan, 30, will face his…
Flying Fifteen duo Ian Matthews and Keith Poole (left) competing on Dublin Bay
Sailors at the Dublin Bay Flying Fifteen pre–season reception at the National Yacht Club this evening will be briefed of the 2018 season on the Bay but will also hear news of the qualification rules for the world championships on…
Mike Evans' Half Tonner Big Picture, using North 3DL sails, in action in Howth at a breezy start to the Key Capital Spring Warmer Series
North Sails Ireland sailmakers Shane Hughes and Maurice "Prof" O'Connell were afloat in the coaching RIB at the first day of the Key Capital sponsored Spring Warmer Series in HYC on April 14th. Also in Howth was NS colleague Nigel…
Irish Boys Youth Laser Radial Champion Jack Fahy survived a black flag in Pwllheli to book his Youth Worlds place this Summer
The single–handed winners of the Easter domestic Laser trials held on Dublin Bay as part of the youth pathway championships are set to take their place at the Youth Sailing Worlds in the USA after making the required international standard.…
Centenary Season. Twenty years ago in April 1998, Ian Malcolm’s Howth 17 Aura celebrates her Centenary by returning to her birthplace of Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough with its famous 12th Century Norman castle
These days, we’ve become accustomed to the historic Howth 17s of 1898-vintage – the world’s oldest keelboat class still sailing as originally designed – putting in admired appearances at classic boat festivals at home and abroad writes W M Nixon.…
The Oyster 625, Ruth II, anchored off Sandycove Point on Dublin Bay on Saturday
A 'blessing of the boat' ceremony for Dublin yachtsman Liam Shanahan's new Oyster 625 Ruth II took place this afternoon at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.   Family and friends gathered onboard the new Rob Humphries design that recently arrived in…
The Ron Holland-designed Club Shamrock Emircedes, a 30-footer which originated in Cork in the mid-1970s. Peter Ryan and his father-in-law Michael Horgan campaigned her actively for nearly two decades until she was finally sold in 2004. In their ownership she was a veteran of many ISORA annual programmes, in addition to the Round Ireland and Dun Laoghaire to Dingle races as well as regular participation in Dublin Bay
“Peter Ryan of ISORA”. That’s all you have to say to anyone who knows anything of the Byzantine workings of the sailing scene in and around Ireland, and they’ll immediately know not only know exactly who you mean, but will…
In the build up to the Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay in 2019, the DBSC class has a racing fleet of 29 boats
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has saluted its largest one design keelboat and dinghy fleets on the eve of the 2018 season.  Boat entries everywhere are a perennial problem for organisers but that's not the case for either the Water Wag or…
Used every Tuesday and Saturday the current DBSC hut was built by DMYC member Denis Nolan who also constructed the flag hoist. Due to Winter storms the hut base has been washed away from the back of the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire
Dun Laoghaire Harbour did not emerge unscathed from the winter storms and neither did the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) starting hut on the back of the town's West Pier. The concrete walled plinth which has been supporting the West Pier Hut since…
Skipper Brendan Coghlan with his new spinnaker and the sponsors graphic applied by North Sails Ireland
Brendan Coghlan's new Dublin Bay based Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 took to the water recently for her maiden voyage. North Sails Ireland's Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Nigel Young and were afloat with Brendan's team, testing the full inventory of sails that…
The new championships logo
The National Yacht Club has launched a website and is ramping up preparations for its staging of the 2019  Flying Fifteen World Championships at Dun Laoghaire. As Afloat.ie previously reported here, the 2019 Championships will run from 2nd -13th September on…
The 12 foot class have decided to compete at CORK 300 in the year 2020 at Royal Cork Yacht Club as a demonstration fleet in the Currabinny River
A huge group of over thirty 12 Foot Dinghy enthusiasts turned up at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on 6th April for the 94th AGM of the ‘Irish International 12 foot Dinghy Class’ or ‘Cumann Báid Dhá Chosa Déag…
Just four weeks after they’d had a highly competitive Team Championship in dinghies at Kilrush, Ireland’s universities found themselves in competition again in J/80s sportsboats at Howth to select the national representatives for the Student Yachting Worlds in France
Howth Yacht Club’s useful flotilla of J/80s provided all the right sail-handling and sportsboat challenges for the university teams competing at the weekend for the right to represent Ireland in the Student Yachting Worlds in France in the Autumn writes…
J24 prizes were presented by HYC Commodore Joe McPeake (second from right) and J24 President Brian McDowell (right) to Gold Fleet Winners, Hard on Port
As Afloat.ie previewed here, the first event of the 2018 J24 season took place this weekend with the J24 Eastern Championships at Howth Yacht Club. Pre–weekend forecasts looked ominous for any racing at all with less than 5kts forecast all…
Royal Cork's Chris Bateman (157561) works the right hand side of the course in the final race of the Laser Radial division of the Volvo Youth Sailing Nationals on Dublin Bay. Royal Cork sailors performed well at the event, scroll down for more.
The answer was written in the weekend's weather forecast: whoever could master the vagaries of Dublin Bay's light winds could count on victory at this year's Irish Sailing Youth National Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. After three days of racing,…
Topper dinghies reach a weather mark in the first day of racing for the class at the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships
After a fickle day three of the Volvo Youth National Sailing Championships, dinghy class leaders clung to the top of their respective scoresheets but only just. Organisers were also breathing a sigh of relief after completing the minimum race requirements…
The Great Granite Pond as this weekend’s youth sailing venue. If we see Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a natural feature of Dublin Bay, rather than as some enormous artificial construct from which income should be extracted through every possible source, then its continued existence as a National Heritage site and relatively uncommercialised recreational amenity for the general good might make more sense
With 190 sailors from 25 clubs nationwide, the first ever Northern Ireland–hosted Youth Pathway Nationals 2017 at Ballyholme last year had a debut which was little short of sensational. The momentum has been maintained into 2018 for a real talent-spotting…

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