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Stepping out – Roddy Cooper’s 122-years-old Howth 17 Leila looking her best for her first race of the delayed 2020 season on Tuesday
There were by no means full fleet affairs, but the 2020 racing season has definitely got underway at Howth where the One Designs raced in a good breeze on Tuesday evening, while last night (Wednesday) the cruisers found themselves battling…
The DBSC Laser 4.7 fleet race past Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
Tuesday evening Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) dinghy racing got off to a great start in Dun Laoghaire Harbour tonight with a bumper Laser fleet competing. As Laser Class Captain Gavan Murphy predicted on Afloat a fortnight ago, there was a…
Young Royal Cork members at the launch of Cork300 last year
The Admiral’s Chace this Saturday 4 July marks the return to organised activities at the Royal Cork Yacht Club as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed this week. And in celebration of Cork300, will take a more traditional approach to racing, with Royal…
The Fingal Cruiser Series is back this coming weekend
Saturday 4 July marks the start of the 2020 Fingal Cruiser Challenge with a mini coastal race starting from Howth pier, with the gun at 10am. Howth Yacht Club intends to start all boats off together and the fleet will…
The NYC Dining Room as it was before new 2m social distancing measure
Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs are preparing for their long-awaited reopening to members this week after the latest relaxing of coronavirus restrictions. The National Yacht Club will throw open its doors to members from tomorrow, Tuesday 30 June, with revised…
Gotcha! The 1898-built Cork Harbour OD Jap is discovered hidden away at Truro in the uppermost reaches of Falmouth Estuary in Cornwall in August 1994, cleverly disguised as an attractive little cruiser. Jap has now returned as a restored classic to Cork Harbour. Photo: W M Nixon
It is a truth not universally acknowledged that the steady pint-drinking communities of Cork city and south Munster contributed substantially to the resourcing of the newly-formed Ulster Volunteer Force’s uprising against the proposed introduction of Home Rule for Ireland in…
Just the two of us….Howth’s Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander was for cruiser-racers only in 2019 (as seen here), but for this year's on Saturday July 18th, other classes will be accommodated, and visiting boats will be very welcome.
If you’re having trouble deciphering what you can do and can’t do as Lockdown lifts, well, welcome aboard. But at least Howth Yacht Club have realised that their annual Aqua Two-Handed Challenge may simplify things for locals and visitors alike,…
DBSC has drafted a plan to commence racing two weeks earlier on the 7th of July for keelboat and cruiser classes
Dublin Bay Sailing Club sees a potential start for keelboat and cruiser classes on July 7th, two weeks earlier than it had originally planned. In a note to members, Commodore Johnathan Nicholson tells members that "following the announcement last Friday…
CANCELLED Women At The Helm Regatta Confirmed For End Of August
This event has now been cancelled over continued concerns surrounding Covid-19. For more see HERE. The National Yacht Club has confirmed that its planned hosting of the Irish Sailing Women at the Helm National Regatta will go ahead as scheduled…
Tom Higgins has received a prestigious Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarship from UCD
Irish Sailing has congratulated its Academy athlete Tom Higgins, who has received one of the prestigious Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarships from UCD. Nearly 400 school-leavers applied for the 15 Ad Astra Scholarship programme places. The programme looks for “exceptional,…
Back on home waters, the Cork Harbour One Design Jap
The vintage and immaculately restored Cork Harbour One Design 'Jap' was back on home waters today, at the marina at Royal Cork Yacht Club in celebration of Cork300. Prior to launching the historic 1895-built boat was trailed to Crosshaven and…
SB20 sportsboats will race as part of DBSC's 2020 revised race programme downloadable below
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued a revised schedule for its much anticipated 2020 season. Commodore Jonathan Nicholson says his committee has considered many factors in putting the programme together and reports as follows: Dinghy Racing Dinghy racing commences in…
Johanna Murphy of Cobh, Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is also a Committee Member of of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association
Some offshore racing enthusiasts may have been hoping that the historic re-enactment of the “Kingstown to Queenstown" Race of 1860 – the first proper offshore event in Irish and British waters – might still have been staged in some very…
Dinghies on the water at Wicklow Sailing Club this past Saturday
Roll on sailing in 2020, says Wicklow Sailing Club as it welcomed a number of very happy sailors out on the water this past Saturday 13 June with the recent further relaxing of coronavirus restrictions. In its latest newsletter, the…
Royal St George’s Online Talk This Thursday Explores History Of Waterfront Club
Royal St George Yacht Club members are invited to join Peter Pearson as he takes a journey back in time with an engaging talk about the history of the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront club. Peter is a native of Dun Laoghaire…
A J109 yacht rounds DBSC Race mark on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Club (DBSC) has laid some of its race marks on Dublin Bay in anticipation of the Summer Series getting underway next month. As Afloat previously reported, DBSC aims to race from July 20th. Outer guard marks…
Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead at the clubhouse in Crosshaven this past Monday 8 June
Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Colin Morehead has recorded a special video message for club members upon the wider return to sailing in phase two of Ireland’s roadmap to recovery from coronavirus. Giving thanks to members or their patience and…
Blue Flag for Royal Cork Yacht Club - (L-R) Gavin Deane, General Manager, Dave Coveney, Marina & Facilities Supervisor and Mark Ring, Marina & Racing Manager
Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has retained its An Taisce Blue Flag, one of ten Irish marinas to fly the environmental award flag in 2020/2021. As Afloat reported previously, another County Cork marina at Kinsale Yacht Club was…
Where the spirit of sailing lives on, after 300 years and more. Yet only fifty years ago, there were no marinas at all in Crosshaven
Time was when fifty years seemed a long time in the life of any sports organisation, and indeed in life itself. Golden Jubilees were a big deal, to be celebrated with much fanfare. In fact, even 25 years of organisational…
Quest trainees are facing a schedule shake-up this summer
Howth Yacht Club has made clear its current provisions for members under phase two of the roadmap to recovery which began this past Monday 8 June. Boat owners and members can now access the hard and marina to work on…

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