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Irish Optimist Champion 2020 Johnny Flynn of Howth with his prizes at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for a prizegiving slideshow
Howth Yacht Club teen Johnny Flynn overtook local ace and regatta leader Ben O'Shaughnessy to clinch the AIB sponsored Optimist Nationals by a single point at Royal Cork Yacht Club today.  After four days of racing on the Curlane Bank and…
Theo Lyttle was a double race winner in Saturday's DBSC racing
With just a week to go to the Laser national championships in Cork Harbour, Royal St George's Theo Lyttle was in top form in Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Laser standard class today winning both races in the last warm-up before the…
The 79-main boat fleet sailed again on day three of the championships on the Harbour's Curlane Bank in light winds. Scroll down for slideshow
After seven races sailed in light and tricky conditions in Cork Harbour, local Optimist dinghy ace Ben O'Shaughnessy of Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the AIB sponsored National Championships overall.  The 79-main boat fleet sailed again on day three…
The start of ISORA's night race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. See video below
ISORA Champion Rockabill VI was the overall winner of Friday's 40-mile night race. Although short on entries, the seven boat fleet was made up of the leading contenders for this year's Irish ISORA overall prize. It was the defending champion,…
Cork bound - A round trip for eXcession of about 840 miles
John Harrington will carry the flag again for Royal Ulster Yacht Club, as he is off again south in the IMX38 eXcession! In a racing schedule arranged with military precision, John and a football team sized crew will tackle the…
The Royal Irish First 40 Prima Forte was the IRC winner in tonight's DBSC IRC Zero race
Dublin Bay recent arrival Prima Forte was the winner of tonight's DBSC Cruisers Zero IRC race beating the First 40.7 Tsunami. Third was the XP44, George Sisk's WOW. A 107-strong fleet across all classes enjoyed a light North Westerly Force…
SB20 winners at the RSTGYC - Bád Jimmy Dowling, Royal St George Commodore Peter Bowring, Jerry Dowling and Stefan Hyde
The SB20 class were overwhelmed by an enthusiastic response from Techworks Marine to sponsor this first event of the season, for which the class are very appreciative, and the marine data company were represented on the water by CEO, Charlotte…
Laser dinghy sailing in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to stage next week's Laser dinghy National Championships, one of the flagship events of its tricentenary celebrations in Cork Harbour. With the postponement of Phase 4 COVID 19…
Notice Of Race & Entry Form For Next Month’s Dun Laoghaire Regatta Now Online
The Notice of Race and entry form are now available for next month’s Dun Laoghaire Regatta, celebrating the National Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary. This special event, an initiative of all five Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs, will take place over the…
The National Yacht Club's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie, with multi-dinghy champion Noel Butler on the tiller, is the latest entry into the Fastnet 450 on August 22nd
John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club is the latest entry into Ireland's newest offshore sailing race. With 12 days to go to the start of the inaugural Fastnet 450 Race from Dublin to Cork via…
A gybe rounding at the lee mark could be doubly difficult with the Howth 17s insistence that their spinnakers are one-sided, but Shane O’Doherty and his team on the 2020 Champion Pauline have got it to perfection despite being hounded by light-air flyer Rita (No 1, John Curley and Marcus Lynch,) and defending champion Deilginis (No 11)
The Howth 17 Nationals 2020 saw five good races sailed – a pier starter on Friday evening, and four committee boat open water races on Saturday – with the sunny nor’east wind holding up enough for the four open water…
Stolen National Yacht Club J80 is Rescued on Dublin Bay
A J80 keelboat stolen from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the centre of a Dublin Bay rescue story last week that made headlines in The Irish Daily Star!  A thief took the yacht and outboard engine…
Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera
Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Cruiser 1 IRC winner in Saturday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race. 108 boats across all classes turned out to race in a light North Easterly breeze. Second to…
Peter Richardson's Dubious from the Royal St. George Yacht Club
107 DBSC keelboats took on a fresh southerly wind on Dublin Bay this evening for the club's Thursday night race. Cruisers Zero, won by Paul O'Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, had a 100% turnout.…
Sailors taking part in last year’s Women at the Helm regatta
It is with great reluctance that Irish Sailing have decided, along with hosts the National Yacht Club, to cancel the Women at the Helm regatta that had been set to take place later this month, writes Gail McAllister. Despite the…
Kinsale's Fastnet Race winner Nieulargo has signed up for the Dublin to Cork race on August 22nd
The winner of last weekend's Kinsale Fastnet Race is among the first entries for SCORA’s new Dublin Bay to Cork Harbour race. Denis and Annamarie Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo that showed a clean pair of heels to the 11-boat…
If we were to title this photo “Traditional west of Ireland gaff rigger sails past Macdara’s Island off the shores of Connemara”, even in Ireland quite a few people would buy it as the truth. But the rugged little gannet-laden island of Ireland’s Eye off Howth really does looks as if it belongs somewhere in the far west of County Galway. And the thought that they still sail boats of this antique appearance in such a setting within ten miles of the centre of a modern capital city is also clearly absurd….Yet this is the Howth 17 Sheila ( Dave Mulligan) in Howth Sound in training for this weekend’s National Championship, and it’s all happening on the Irish Sea within ten miles of Dublin city centre
The Howth 17s have been racing in their “little piece of Connemara that’s somehow in Leinster” for 122 years. And when some years ago they decided to make their annual championship into something special, they re-titled it the Howth 17…
Competitors in a previous Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim
The 90th edition of the annual Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim is scheduled for the morning of Sunday 16 August. The National Yacht Club’s notice requests that all harbour users keep clear of the swimmers on the day — this includes…
Dinghy Racers Can Get Into Keelboats With Royal St George’s 1720 Clinic This Week
This week the Royal St George Yacht Club is running its 1720 Sportsboat clinic starting tomorrow, Tuesday 4 August. The four-day clinic will run from 9am-12pm each morning until Friday and is geared at introducing the excitement of big boat…
A close finish for DBSC SB20s today after three rounds of the course
122 DBSC boats turned out for an afternoon's racing in moderate Westerly winds on Dublin Bay today. In the first race of the SB20 sportsboats, Carpe Diem (Colin Galavan) took the gun followed by So Blue. Ted was third. Paul…

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