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The “superb racing” of Howth’s six weekend End-of-Summer Series is on hold for three weeks
Howth Yacht Cub announced this evening that under the Level 3 Restrictions, HYC is suspending Club Racing and Training for the next three weeks, when the situation will be re-assessed. The Club’s six weekend End-of-Summer Series – due to run…
Mac Lir, one of DBSC's Race Management vessels -club racing has been suspended with immediate effect due to new level 3 restrictions
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has 'suspended' its AIB DBSC 2020 Summer Sailing Series in light of this evening's latest government Level 3 restrictions that impact sailing activity. As the Level 3 partial shutdown is expected to extend beyond the last…
Dave Quinn crossing the final finish line to take the title at last year’s Irish Laser Masters in Howth
Update Friday 18 September: The Irish Laser Masters have been cancelled on the eve of the event after Dublin was moved into Level 3 of coronavirus restrictions. Afloat.ie has more on the story HERE. The Royal St George Yacht Club…
Happy Anniversary! Neville and Jean Maguire quietly celebrate 69 years of marriage on board their motor-cruiser in Howth Marina. Photo: Judith Malcolm
Congratulations have been pouring in for sailing legends Neville and Jean Maguire of Howth, who celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary in yesterday’s balmy weather aboard their Seaward 23 motor-cruiser Two Much in Howth Marina. These days, they’re best-known internationally as…
Gail Varian and Gavin Johnson in 'Albany' who are the 2020 champions
The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire hosted the 2020 Irish 12 Foot Dinghy Championships on 13th September with two alternative rigs permissible, the International 12 Foot Dinghy rig with a single sail and the Dublin Bay Sailing…
Susan Glenny and Conor Fogerty raced at the Eurosaf Mixed Offshore event in Italy
France has claimed the inaugural European Mixed Offshore Title in Italy in which Ireland's Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny made their debut in the L30 keelboat but unfortunately did not finish the one race event.  Fogerty says he is still…
Indian summer hunt in the opening race of Howth's six weekend End-of-Summer Series – Simon Knowles' J/109 Indian in hot pursuit of the Classic Half Tonners Mata (left, Wright Brothers & Rick De Neve), King One (David Kelly), and on right The Big Picture (Michael & Richard Evans)
The Irish sailing community's response to the pandemic-induced prohibition on open events has seen some inspiring out-of-the-box thinking where there are significant local fleets. So although Howth Yacht Club has weathered two major setbacks in 2020 in being unable to…
Ruffles was third in the Ruffian 23 race
132 boats across 20 classes turned out for Saturday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race.  In the big cruiser division, the First 40 Prima Forte was the IRC Zero winner from  XP 44 WOW and the Beneteau 44.7 Lively Lady.  IRC…
Last year’s lift-out on the NYC platform
Dun Laoghaire sailors are advised that lift-out day on the National Yacht Club platform is scheduled for Saturday 24 October, weather permitting. Platform space for winter storage is limited and, for essential planning purposes, applications for keelboats should be returned…
Flying Fifteens racing on Dublin Bay at last weekend’s NYC 150th Anniversary Race Day
The National Yacht Club hosts the Flying Fifteen East Coast Championship in Dublin Bay next weekend, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. The Notice of Race is available to read or download, and the online entry form can be found HERE.…
The Goodbody family of Dun Laoghaire have been remarkably successful in making the best of 2020's shortened season. On Thursday evening their J/109 White Mischief emerged as overall winner of Cruisers 1 in the DBSC Thursday Series under both IRC and ECHO, and they also were champion J/109. Meanwhile in August, Richard Goodbody and his 16-year-old son Max crewed aboard Chris & Patanne Power-Smith's J/122 Aurelia to take line honours and third overall in the Fastnet 450
Even Dublin Bay Sailing Club, with all its remarkable expertise and sheer firepower, has been unable to slow Planet Earth in its daily rotation, let alone alter the steady changing of our little solar satellite's endlessly shifting tilt as it…
Eight Under 25 teams will battle it out in the club's fleet of four Elliott Six-Metre sportsboats
The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set to run the first of their 'Covid Friendly' match racing events this weekend. Eight Under 25 teams will battle it out in the club's fleet of four Elliott Six-Metre sportsboats. As…
Rockabill VI was the winner of tonight's DBSC final Thursday Race in the Cruisers IRC Zero division
An excellent fleet of 114 Dublin Bay Sailing Club boats turned out for the final Thursday of the Covid-extended mid-week racing on Dublin Bay in a light to moderate SW'ly. Results are below DBSC Results for 10/09/2020 Cruiser 0 IRC:…
Ian Mathews and Keith Poole's 'The Gruffalo'
Ian Mathews and Keith Poole's 'The Gruffalo' was the winner of last night's Flying Fifteen Race, the final DBSC Tuesday of 2020. Second was The Flyer and third was Perfect Ten.  Full results are below: DBSC Results for 08/09/2020 Cruiser…
A fair tide with a soldier's wind for Lambay – Roddy Cooper's Leila (built Carrickfergus 1898) and Anita (D.O'Connell & M. Karasahin, built Kingstown 1900 and re-built France 2019) at the start of the Howth 17's Lambay Race
The Olympic sailing dream is of competition on a sterile racing area with weak to non-existent tides, well clear of any special wind effects that a nearby coastline and an island or two might provide, while of course using a…
RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead on board the Cork Harbour One Design, Jap
Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Colin Morehead was aboard Royal Cork's Jap for some pre-race preparations before next Saturday's big race from Cobh to Blackrock.  'She's So light, so responsive, an absolute joy to sail' was the verdict from the…
J80s contesting National honours on Dublin Bay
Howth's Patrick O' Neill and the crew of Mojo were crowned J80 Irish National Champions at the Royal St. George Yacht Club this afternoon after a closely fought seven-race series on Dublin Bay.  14 boats competed from four different Dublin…
The National Yacht Club's own Gringo (Tony Fox) was the Class One IRC Race One winner in today's 150th anniversary Regatta of the club.
Today's National Yacht Club 150th anniversary regatta saw a large fleet of 152 dinghies and keelboats complete a full programme of races for NYC Sesquicentennial medals.  Raced in moderate to fresh North Westerly breezes, up to three races were sailed in…
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council Caothaoirleach Una Power with Dun Laoghaire Harbour Yacht Club Commodore's celebrating National YC 150th Race Day
National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy yesterday presented a special flag to each of four neighbouring Clubs as a mark of Solidarity and to thank them for helping his Club hold a Raceday to celebrate the Club's 150th anniversary. Commodore…
Always in the cut and thrust of it, even after 114 years. Vincent Delany’s veteran Water Wag Pansy (no 3) is well able to mix it with much newer boats, and last night (Wednesday) she became the first medal-winner in the National YC’s 150th Anniversary Regatta
The 1906-built Dublin Bay Water Wag Pansy has been in the ownership of the Delany family since 1939. But while she has won many trophies, the absence of medals as prizes in local One Design racing has meant that winning…

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