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Crosshaven brothers Peter (left) and Rob O'Leary on their way to Walker Cup victory in Miami
The International Star Class is both historic and completely up-to-the-minute, and competition in it is razor-sharp. In getting a clear series win in their debut majors – the Walker Cup - in this very special class in early February in…
Sailor of the Month Maire Breathnach at Cape Horn during the cruise round South America
The award during February of the Irish Cruising Club’s premier trophy - the Faulkner Cup - to Maire Breathnach of Dungarvan was another highlight in a remarkable cruising career. The trophy was for the voyage she made with her husband…
Conor Fogerty – Sailor of the Year 2017, and now Sailor of the Month (Offshore) for February 2018
Less than a fortnight after he’d been declared the Sailing/Volvo Sailor of the Year 2017 in Dublin, Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club was back on the podium in Antigua, having been declared runaway winner of Class 3 in the…
Conor Fogerty receiving the Volvo Irish Sailor of the Year Award for 2017 at the RDS tonight
#SailorOfTheYear - Conor Fogerty has been named Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year for 2017 for his astonishing performance in the Single-Handed East-West Transatlantic Race last summer during what was a particularly strong year for Irish offshore sailing. June’s Offshore…
The Sailor of the Year Award will be presented tonight at the RDS
Tonight at the RDS in Dublin, over 400 people will gather for the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards to celebrate some maginificent achievements from 2017. As previewed this morning in the Irish Times, offshore sailing achievements look set to be a…
Gary MacMahon of Limerick: for twenty years, his developing vision for the future of the Irish 1926-built 56ft trading ketch Ilen has evolved into a successful and expanding programme for maritime education of all kinds.
In the depths of this winter, traditional boat enthusiasts worldwide were thinking of Oldcourt in West Cork, where the traditional ketch Ilen, having completed her basic restoration, had to be moved in difficult and cramped conditions out of her building…
The Irish Sailor of the Year top prize will be awarded on February 9th in Dublin
Voting is now closed in the Sailor of the Year award, and the adjudicators are working towards a final decision which will be announced as the climax of the Volvo Sailing Awards ceremony in the RDS in Dublin on…
The 2016 Sailor of the Year was Rio medalist Annalise Murphy
With a readers poll already showing trends in the Sailor of the Year Award stakes, the ceremony itself is less than a month away.  The past year, in the view of Winkie Nixon, has produced some 'extra-special sailors', and over the…
The exemplary rescue by Lough Swilly-trained skipper Conall Morrison (35) in the Clipper 70 Class in the early stages of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race has been rewarded with a full two hour redress by the International Jury
The exemplary rescue by Lough Swilly-trained skipper Conall Morrison (35) in the Clipper 70 Class in the early stages of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race has been rewarded with a full two hour redress by the International Jury for the time…
Jim Cooney (left) came through thick and thin to see his super-maxi LDV Comanche rewarded with line honours. Gordon Maguire – it has been his third Sydney-Hobart overall win – and maybe the toughest of all.
The runaway success of Irish-Australian sailors in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race 2017 ended the year on an unprecedented high. Gordon Maguire of Howth may already have had two overall wins under his very experienced belt, but his third with the…
Tokyo Olympics 2020 hopeful Finn Lynch saved it until December to turn in one of his best performances in 2017
Finn Lynch (21) of the National Yacht Club (NYC) is the “Sailor of the Month” (Olympic) on the strength of his Silver in the Lasers in the Gran Canaria Olympic Week in mid-December, sailing nine races in light to…
Class of 17 – An extra special year of Irish sailing achievements will be celebrated at the RDS in February
Who gets your vote as Afloat Sailor of the Year 2017? 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 28 individual sailors and pairings who have excelled in…
The leader - Liam Manning captained the victorious UCC team in November’s Intervarsities in Baltimore
With the year drawing to a close, it looked as though Liam Manning of Schull would be seen as 2017’s ultimate bridesmaid, as he was crew for Fionn Lyden’s All-Ireland Sailing victory in October. But the dark days of November…
Paul O’Higgins (second left) with the crew of Rockabill VI in Dingle after winning the race from Dun Laoghaire
Paul O’Higgins (RIYC) is November’s “Sailor of the Month (Offshore)” for the sporting way he campaigns his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI. He knew when to make it serious to win the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, but equally…
Junior all Ireland winners on the podium. Sailor of the month Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll with second placed Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Harry Durcan and Loghlen Rickard and Nathan Van Steenberge third
If you accept that West Cork begins at Kinsale, then West Cork has made a clean sweep of Irish Sailing’s All-Ireland Titles for 2017. Before Fionn Lyden of Baltimore put his stamp on the Seniors’ historic silver salver at Mullingar…
Damian Foxall
The “Sailor of the Month” process in October is normally self-selecting, as the Senior and Junior awards go to the new Irish Sailing All-Ireland Champions. But when Fionn Lyden of Baltimore demonstrated at Mullingar in 2017’s Championship of Champions…

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