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 Team spirit: the winning UCD Firsts, skippered by Daniel Raymond, after their success at Killaloe
It may seem like another world now, but the energetically-organised Irish Inter-varsities team racers managed to get in their 2020 Championship early in March before the Covid-19 clampdown closed in. The venue was University of Limerick’s watersports facility at Killaloe…
Jack and Rosemary Roy heading for port after fulfilling one of their many voluntary Race Officer assignments
When Jack Roy of Dun Laoghaire (though originally from Greystones) retired from the Presidency of Irish Sailing on March 21st, it marked the conclusion of a hugely successful three years in the top post in Irish sailing. They were three…
Cathy O’Neill and Daragh Nagle on Chantey V
The worldwide spread of the Irish Cruising Club membership was in evidence at the AGM in Dun Laoghaire at the end of February when Daragh Nagle was awarded the supreme trophy, the Faulkner Cup. Originally of Portmarnock but now cruising…
Michael Boyd has added a class win in the RORC Caribbean 600 o his impressive sailing CV
Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club may have first leapt to prominence in offshore racing with his overall victory in the 1996 Round Ireland Race in the J/35 Big Ears. But his enthusiasm remains undimmed with achievements including…
Leading his club to two years of success: 2018-2019 RCYC Admiral Pat Farnan with Atlee Kohl RCYC, All-Ireland Junior Champion 2018. Photo Bob Bateman
Captain Pat Farnan’s retirement as Admiral of the Royal Cork YC on January 20th - after a two-year tour of duty in this top role - marked the completion of another chapter in an outstanding maritime career that took him…
Rocco Wright (Silver), Alessandro Cortes (Gold) and Lisa Vucceti (bronze and First Girl) on the podium after the Euromarina Optimist Trophy series in Alicante.
Rocco Wright (13) of Howth Yacht Club is Sailor of the Month (Junior) for January after twice taking silver in major Optimist regattas in both the southern and northern hemispheres. Early in the month in Sail Melbourne 2020 in Australia…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) with Cormac Mac Donncha at Kilronan in the Aran Islands in 2017 at the first staging there of the WIORA Championship, another Mac Donncha innovation.
At year’s end, the Sailors of the Month adjudicators survey the overall scene in search of an outstanding and innovative event which has added to the variety of the Irish sailing programme. In 2019 this role was well filled by…
Darren Wright (left) with the crew of Mata and the Irish Half Ton Trophy in Kinsale with co-owners Michael Wright (right) and Rick De Neve (second right)
Darren Wright of Howth rounded out an exceptional year of achievement in 2019 with a courageous bareboat charter campaign in the especially challenging 75th Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. Nearer home, his year had already seen success with the Classic Half Tonner…
Four times Hobart race winner Gordon Maguire is now Australian, but maintains close links with family and friends in Ireland and worldwide.
With his fourth overall win provided by the big-fleet 75th Rolex Sydney-Hobart race, Gordon Maguire was officially described at the prize-giving in Hobart as one of the world’s greatest offshore racers. This latest victory is only one of the peaks…
Vote for your sailor of the Year in the poll on the right hand side of the Afloat website
Who gets your vote as Afloat Sailor of the Year 2019? The past year, in the view of Afloat's Winkie Nixon, has produced the 'crème de la crème' of the sport in Ireland, and Afloat has picked out 30 individual sailors…
Despite the lucky sail number, the magic 50 knots eluded Ireland’s fastest sailor Oisin van Gelderen by one third of a knot during his November 2019 campaign
The annual November visits of Skerries windsurfer Oisin van Gelderen to the Luderitz Speed Canal in the Namibian desert in southern Africa continue to fascinate Irish sailors as he battles to achieve a sustained speed above 50 knots. He has…
RStGYC Commodore Peter Bowring (centre) with the winning Baltimore SC team including captain Mark Hassett (second right)
The 71st annual National Team Racing Championship hosted by Royal St George YC in the mid-November weekend attracted 16 squads from all over Ireland, and it was one of the furthest-travelled teams - Baltimore Sailing Club - which went home…
Aisling Keller of Lough Derg in action in Japan
November is stock-taking time in a pre-Olympic year with the international championship programme about to get under way in the Southern Hemisphere, and the review of Irish Olympic hopefuls during the 2019 season shows that it was Aisling Keller of…
Going for it – Rocco Wright revelling in good sailing in the Optimist North Americans in October, in which he placed 2nd overall.
Optimist ace Rocco Wright of Howth found it was tough at the top when the 185-strong 11-nation fleet gathered at his home port for the Irish Open Nationals in August. After he’d won the first race, he was a marked…
Double success. Michael O’Connor (right) is Sailor of the Month (Senior) for October after helming to victory in Flying Fifteens in the All-Ireland Championship at the NYC, while his crew for the championship, David Taylor (left) is October Sailor of the Month (Special Award) as he also crewed for Ben Duncan when he won the title in 2013 in ISA J/80s.
Michael O’Connor of Royal St George YC is “Sailor of the Month (Senior)” for October after emerging as the 73rd All-Ireland Champion Helm after a ding-dong two-day final raced in Flying Fifteens from the National Yacht Club on October 5th…
The Ilen under full traditional sail in Greenland – the success of her 2019 voyage to the Arctic gave real meaning to the eleven-year restoration project. Photo: Gary MacMahon
The long story of the re-birth of the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien trading ketch Ilen of Limerick was acquiring an almost wraith-like aspect until in 2019 – the restoration job completed – she undertook the very tangible 5000 miles Salmons…

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