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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…
Jamie McMahon of Howth Yacht Club leads the Radials after two races sailed
There were some predictable names at the top of the three competing fleets after the opening day of the Irish Sailing Volvo Youth Pathway National Sailing Championships on Dublin Bay. Jamie McMahon of Howth Yacht Club leads the Laser Radials,…
Race ready. Howth YC’s flotilla of J/80s will be in action this weekend to select the Irish crew for the Student Yachting Worlds 2018
It will be J Boats every which way at Howth this weekend with events of national standing for both the J/24s and Howth YC’s training flotilla of J/80s writes W M Nixon. Once again the J/80s are being utilised to…
A total of 8 races are scheduled in the Laser 4.7 rig on Dublin Bay
The Volvo Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships start tomorrow at the Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. As previously reported by Afloat.ie, this is Ireland’s biggest youth sailing regatta…
Inspirational sailor – Enda O Coineen
“Inspirational” is the word that has leapt out of every set of reports and comments about Enda O’Coineen’s achievement in getting the IMOCA 60 Souffle du Nord/Team Ireland to Les Sables-d’Olonne on Sunday. Although his lone voyage from New Zealand…
Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, is berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina having arrived on her maiden sail from Ipswich
The National Yacht Club recently welcomed Liam Shanahan Jnr's new yacht, Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, into her home port of Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. The Irish Sailor of the Year 2015, an ISORA Champion, delivered the Rob Humphrey's…
In cruiser racing out of RCYC, just two classes will sail under spinnakers
The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour has decided on a change in the format of racing for the coming season which will reduce the number of starts and re-define the sailing classes. In cruiser racing out…
Baltimore Sailing Club played host again this Easter to the first Provincial event on the Irish Laser calendar
Howth Yacht Club's Ewan McMahon won the four race CH Marine Laser Munster Championships in convinging style with three race wins in his 37–boat fleet. Dublin sailors also made a clean sweep of a 19–boat Radial fleet with Royal St.…
David Kenefick finished 11th in a windy then light Moth Worlds in Bermuda
Just two points off the top ten overall, Royal Cork Yacht Club's David Kenefick has posted Ireland's best Moth World Championships result to date, an 11th overall in Bermuda.  Dubliner Rory Fitzpatrick was 29th in the 41–boat fleet having suffered both…
James Chalmer's J/35 Bengal Magic is RORC's IRC Two Easter Challenge champion
It was a windless Easter Sunday for the third and final day of the RORC Easter Challenge that saw Ireland's only entry record a creditable fifth overall on the Solent. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, former Cork Corinthian Quarter Ton Cup Champion Jason…
Liam Glynn from Ballyholme is expecting a tough test in Palma this week
Irish Olympic Laser campaigners Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club and Liam Glynn of Ballyholme Yacht Club will face a fleet of 183 and all three Rio medallists when they start racing at a bumper 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar in…
Enda O'Coineen completes his circumnavigation and receives an amazing welcome into Les Sables d'Olonne, France today
At 13:57 today off the west coast of France Irishman Enda O’Coineen passed through the finishing line of the Vendee Globe course to mark the end of his solo sailing lap of the planet, with just one stop. On 6…
Cork's Jason Losty sailing Altair tacks (IRL3670) on the approach to a weather mark on the Solent yesterday during the RORC Easter Challenge
Former Cork Corinthian Quarter Ton Cup Champion Jason Losty is lying fifth overall at this weekend's RORC Easter Challenge on the Solent sailing his First 36.7 Altair in the 12–boat IRC Twodivision after six races sailed. Losty is six points off third…
The repaired IMOCA Souffle du Nord re-appears on Auckland Harbour with an extended name, but the humming bird continues to fly
Lone sailor Enda O Coineen will soon – barring any cruel last-minute setbacks - complete his current personal Odyssey to finish his very individualistic version of the Vendee Globe Round the World course writes W M Nixon. He’s slightly ahead…
RCYC sailor David Kenefick, who was Ireland's top performer at last year's World Championships on Lake Garda, is just two points off tenth overall after six races sailed
Royal Cork foiling helmsman David Kenefick is knocking on the door of the top ten overall at the Bacardi Moth World Championship this week after an exhilarating three days of strong winds in Bermuda. 11th place Kenefick, who was Ireland's top…
Paul Kavanagh’s veteran Swan 44 Pomeroy Swan sailed with success for Ireland on the RORC circuit during 2017, but the only time she was seen in Irish waters was when she rounded the rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. This year, she’ll be seen in more detail in the Volvo Round Ireland Race
With just over 13 weeks to go to the start of the 2018 edition of the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht race, 37 boats have already taken advantage of the Early Bird entry rates writes W M Nixon. But the Early…

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