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Pierce Purcell has been helping fellow-sailors and beginners ever since he started sailing himself
When Pierce Purcell of Clarenbridge in Galway officially retired from the marine business on the 31st January, it by no means ended his association with boats, the sea and sailing. For his entire life has been devoted to helping others…
The Gonzaga College team, inaugural winners of the Shanahan Team Racing Cup
With his captaining of the successful Gonzaga College team in the inaugural Shanahan Cup raced at the Irish National Sailing School on January 16th, noted junior sailor Jack Fahy is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for January 2019. Competing…
Darryl Hughes – restorer and skipper of the classic ketch Maybird
Darryl Hughes is so completely identified with his classic 43ft 1937 Tyrrell-built ketch Maybird (whose superb restoration he project-managed himself) that, as Maybird shares her home port between Crosshaven in Cork and Poolbeg in Dublin, both places can claim this…
Fintan Cairns – his determination to get out in Dublin Bay on November mornings and set attractive courses provided inspirational sailing leadership
Fintan Cairns of Dun Laoghaire is disarmingly modest about his many achievements in cruiser-racing organisation, based as they are on his extensive experience as an active sailor, his own innovations, and his readiness to acknowledge when he has taken an…
Donal O’Sullivan – his extensive contribution to Dublin Bay SC includes compiling the Club’s history for its Centenary in 1984
Donal O’Sullivan’s retirement after 27 years as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club provides the opportunity for honours from all sides for someone whose contribution to the continuing vitality of one of the world’s largest yacht racing organisations is…
Class of 18 – A special year of Irish sailing achievements will be celebrated at the RDS in February. To read each sailors achievement click on their names in the poll on the right hand side  of the screen
Who gets your vote as Afloat Sailor of the Year 2018? The past year, in the view of Winkie Nixon, has produced some 'extra-special sailors', and over the past 12 months we have picked out 26 individual sailors and pairings who have excelled in…
Mojito co-skippers Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop receiving the Wolf’s Head Trophy from Peter Ryan of ISORA at the annual awards ceremony in the National YC in November
The annual November awards ceremony of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association is a highlight of sailing’s social calendar, a convivial gathering of friendly rivalry from both sides of the Irish Sea. But though 2018’s was staged with the usual…
Oisin van Gelderen performing in the Luderitz Speed Canal. As it’s on the edge of the desert, the air is exceptionally dry, and though anemometers may be recording winds of Force 9, they don’t exert the same destructive pressure as a dense-aired Force 9 in Ireland’s damp climate
Oisin van Gelderen is the Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing “Sailor of the Month” for November after twice breaking the Irish sailing speed record at the three week Luderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge in Namibia. The veteran National Windsurfing Champion from Loughshinny in…
The new All-Ireland Champion – Peter Kennedy’s emergence as the “Best of the Best” in October’s title series on Lough Ree is yet another star in the Kennedy family of Strangford Lough’s sailing crown
The new All-Ireland Champion Helm, Peter Kennedy of Strangford Lough, is the Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing “Sailor of the Month” for October after his victory in the breezy and hard-fought 71st Annual Championship, sailed this year in SB20s on Lough Ree. Kennedy…
Ocean hero – Greg McGuckin arrives into Perth today, having been brought from the mid-ocean Amsterdam Island aboard HMAS Ballarat
Being dismasted during a shattering 360 degree roll in the tumultuous Southern Indian Ocean in the roughest part of the Golden Jubilee Golden Globe Race would have created an extreme survival situation for most sailors. But after it happened to…
2018 All-Ireland Junior Champion Atlee Kohl (Royal Cork YC) with his crew Jonathan O’Shaughnessy
The classic 12ft Firefly dinghy may have been the single-handed boat in the1948 Olympics when the Gold Medallist was Danish legend Paul Elvstrom. But as an enduring class in Ireland, they’re ideal for team racing and junior championships requiring a…
In the groove – everything went the Gold Medal way for Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove at the 49er Under 23 Worlds to make them Sailors of the Month (Olympic) in September
The Olympic 49er skiff is one of sailing’s greatest challenges, but Robert Dickson (21) of Howth and Sean Waddilove (20) of Skerries have determinedly battled their way up the class’s international performance ladder. Their total dedication was rewarded in September…
 Mark Lyttle in Dublin Bay after becoming Laser Grand Masters World Champion, racing his eighth Laser dinghy
Mark Lyttle, Olympic Sailor at Atlanta in 1996 when he won a race in the Laser’s first outing in its very effective career as an Olympic boat in addition to its myriad other duties worldwide, has continued his love affair…
August Sailors of the Month: Ross Kearney (Royal North of Ireland YC), Darragh McCormack of Foynes YC and the National Yacht Club's Hugh O'Connor of the Topper class
While the Afloat.ie 'Sailor of the Month' awards have been in being since 1996, the idiosyncrasies of the calendar can occasionally make selecting the monthly awardees a complex business. When September began on Saturday, September 1st, on that day we…
The Irish Topper fleet in full cry at the Worlds at Ballyholme in 2016. Unfortunately the 2018 staging of the Worlds in China was frustrated by light winds, but Hugh O;Connor of the National YC still managed to place second overall
SAILOR OF THE MONTH (Junior): HUGH O’CONNOR (National YC). Young Hugh O’Connor (15) of Dun Laoghaire is currently No 1 in the International Topper Class in Ireland, and he fulfilled his role at the August 2018 Topper Worlds in China…
Darragh McCormack, his brother Mark and Johnny Dillon on their way to winning the Mermaid Nationals at their home port of Foynes
Talented all-round sailor Darragh McCormack of Foynes (he’s a noted J/24 sailor) still has the classic 1932 vintage 17ft Mermaids as his first love, and in a thrilling National Championship at Foynes from August 1st to 5th with a fleet…

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