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“A man who really enjoyed his sailing” – the late Paddy Kirwan at the helm of his Club Shamrock Boomerang, which he owned and campaigned for 19 years. Photo courtesy Ann Kirwan

Paddy Kirwan 1929-2017

14th November 2017 ISA
Officially he was Captain Patrick Kirwan, a retired Senior Pilot with Aer Lingus. But for his many friends and shipmates in sailing at home and abroad, he was always Paddy Kirwan, whose death at the age of 88 has taken…
Big breeze for the Toppers at Royal Cork. Scroll down for photo gallery
Royal Cork's annual Topper and Laser dinghy Frostbite League commenced on November 9 in chilly but bright conditions with fifty five dinghies competing. After seven races sailed, Joe O'Sullivan leads the Topper 4.2 fleet, Jonathan O'Shaughnessy leads a 23–boat 5.3 fleet. Conor Horgan…
More breeze for race two of the Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay. Scroll down for photo gallery below
In a second week of strong winds and exhilarating sailing, leading J109 yachts competing in the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot recorded speeds of 15–knots today. After a short upwind leg and a gybe at the outfall mark off…
Majestic – The Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo skippered by Denis Murphy led the fleet. Scroll down for photo gallery
There was another super race in the O'Leary Insurances sponsored Winter Sailing League at Royal Cork Yacht Club today writes Bob Bateman. Sunny (most of the time) with wind 20 to 25 knots from north north west was a scenario where…
Next stop the South Seas…….after Myra Reid and Paraic O’Maolriada had made the very sensible choice of an Amel Super Maramu 54, their dreams of a round the world voyage became reality
Any cruising enthusiast or would-be cruising enthusiast who has ever dreamt of sailing away in their own boat to the balmy climate and sheltered islands of the Pacific and other warm and sunny destinations is welcome at the Royal Irish…
Richard Goodbody's White Mischief (pink spinnaker) leads J109 sistership Joker II (Richard Maybury) at the gybe mark of last week's opening Turkey Shoot Race on Dublin Bay
After taking the three top prizes in last year's Rathfarnham Ford Turkey Shoot Series, only the presence of Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 in second, breaks up four J109s in the top five of this year's DBSC 46–boat fleet after the first…
Overall ISORA Champion Mojito
ISORA has reviewed a buoyant 2017 offshore sailing season in a just published online yearbook. The Irish Sea yacht racing body has compiled its race reports into one handy publication – with plenty of photos – that sets out the record season of activity on…
Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) both of the Royal Irish Yacht Club completes her gybe at the outfall mark on Dublin Bay in today's first race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot. Scroll down for photo gallery below.
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's popular Turkey Shoot Series got off to a breezy start on Dublin Bay this morning for an all–star cast of sailing cruisers that includes last year's winner, the triple ICRA Champion Joker II (John Maybury) and…
12 Flying Fifteens are ccontesting the NYC Frostbites on Dublin Bay
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series supported by Mitsubishi recommenced after the Bank Holiday break with a new format designed to thrill and shake up the overall series, it didn’t disappoint! Dubbed Super Saturday there were six back to back races…
1720 sportsboats broke through to take the lead in today's first race of the RCYC O'Leary Insurance Winter League. Scroll down for photo gallery
Royal Cork Yacht Club had a great turnout for the opening race of its O'Leary Insurances Winter League for sailing cruisers in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman. Race officers Clem and Wendy Mc Elligott got the 32 boats – up 50%…
Six Championship dates for the Laser class have been released for 2018. The Irish Laser Master Nationals will be held at the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire next May
The Irish Laser calendar has been confirmed for 2018 as follows:  Munster Championships 31st March/1st April - Baltimore Sailing Club, Cork Ulster Championships 28th/29th April- Ballyholme Yacht Club Irish Laser Master Nationals 19th/20th May - Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun…
Laser, Optimist. Pico and RS dinghies enjoy some great breeze for summer club racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club
As the debate rumbles on as to how we can engage more young people in the sport of sailing, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has witnessed 'tremendous growth' in junior dinghy sailing activity across every level over the last eighteen…
Prof O'Connell's view on board Jump on their way to victory in the 2017 RCYC League
There was an interesting anniversary on Sunday at Royal Cork Yacht Club for Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell, the sailing professional, aboard Conor Phelan's all winning class one entry, Jump Juice. The Ker 37 won the CH Marine Autumn League with nine race…
420 sailors gathered at the National Yacht Club for October's Autumn training weekend
The Open 420 Training weekend hosted by the National Yacht Club over the weekend provided the sailors with the maximum range of sailing conditions possible for 420 sailing, from 3-30 knots. Saturday started with winds of 15–knots and gusts up…
Conor Phelan (left) lifts the Rose Trophy for his overall win of IRC One at Royal Cork's CH Marine Chandlery Autumn League Prizegiving. Also pictured is  CH Marine's Martin O'Donovan (centre) and RCYC Rear Admiral Keelboats Kieran O'Connell, Scroll down for Photo Gallery
Last night's Royal Cork Yacht Club prizegiving for the ten–race CH Marine Autumn League Series was officiated by RCYC Rear Admiral Keelboats Kieran O'Connell with Martin O'Donovan of CH Marine in attendance. Scroll down the page for a gallery of prizewinners…
Nine race wins from ten starts easily sealed victory for Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice in IRC One at the CH Marine Autumn League. Scroll down the page for Photo Gallery below
The best was kept til last and the closing races of the CH Marine Autumn League today in Cork Harbour featured some fine sailing conditions writes Bob Bateman. Winds were force four from the north/north west on a beautiful Autumn day at Crosshaven.…
(Top) The essence of summer sailing for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, which also celebrated the Bicentenary of the Harbour. The classic restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle (Chris Craig and David Espey) and the likewise restored 1897-vintage 37ft Myfanwy (Rob Mason) racing neck and neck towards the in-harbour finish. Photo: David O’Brien/ (Above) Another side of 2017’s sailing. 2016 All-Ireland Champion Helm Alex Barry of Monkstown Bay SC revelling in brisk conditions at the Royal Cork’s successful Dinghyfest 2017. Event organizer Nin O’Leary had put in such good work beforehand that he was able to take a day out to go to England and win the huge-fleet Round the Island Race. Photo: Robert Bateman
While sailing is now a year-round interest, and for many a year-round activity too, the notion of a traditional season is natural for anyone who lives in Ireland. Admittedly, there are times when we seem to be experiencing the four…
Nin O’Leary (left) and Alex Thomson (right) with their Hugo Boss shipmates Jack Trigger and Will Jackson in Valetta this morning after making a very good job of a tricky and often rugged Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017
George David’s Rambler 88 has taken line honours for the owner’s third time in the 608-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race currently finishing in Valetta writes W M Nixon. But Nin O’Leary and Alex Thomson in the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss…
Laser dinghies compete in Royal St. George's Final Fling event inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
‘The Final Fling is Flung’ commented one competitor as he painfully dragged his boat up the slipway in Dun Laoghaire. Strong north-easterly’s greeted the fleet on Sunday afternoon. With a healthy entry of 22 boats, from four different dinghy fleets…
Ronan Beirne (left) with John Leech of LDYC (centre) and David Mulvin, winners of the Flying Fifteen Western Championships on Lough Derg
The National Yacht Club's David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne lifted the Flying Fifteen Western Championships after four races sailed on Lough Derg yesterday as part of the Lough Derg Yacht Club's Freshwater Keelboat Regatta writes our special correspondent. The annual…

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