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Serious business. Tom Dolan in the process of restructuring his sailing on Smurfit Kappa after good speed but erratic tactics provided frustration in the Figaro Solitaire 2019, a situation he and his support team successfully rectified for 2020's race
When Meathman Tom Dolan heads off for a solo or double-handed campaign with the Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa from his French base at Concarneau, the Irish sailing community is with him all the way. But as the truncated 2020 season…
Ben Graf on helm and Alexander Farrell on wire as they shape their champion International 420 for a start
Teenage skipper Ben Graf of the 250-year-old Lough Ree YC is September's Junior "Sailor of the Month" on the strength of a remarkably varied lineup of successes which reached a new level during the late season. Having won the 420…
Team spirit – 2019 Sailor of the Year Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has retained the ISORA Championship in 2020
One of the many "little miracles" which kept Irish sailing alive and active during the continually-changing official restrictions in the summer of 2020 was the flexible and effective administration of the Irish side of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association's…
Winning form – Rob O'Leary on his way to victory in the 1720 Munsters in Cork Harbour last weekend
The O'Leary family of Crosshaven and Baltimore have a fine reputation for top-level competitive sailing allied with ready enthusiasm for volunteering in services to our sport, and Rob, the youngest O'Leary brother is following this tradition. Having served successfully as…
(left) Colin Morehead, Admiral of the Royal Cork YC in its Tricentenary, has shown remarkable patience and exceptional leadership in guiding his club into every form of sailing permissible in a severely restricted year and (right) Commodore at work…NYC Commodore Martin McCarthy took a hands-on approach to the club's annual lift-in at the end of April. This weekend, he hosts the NYC 150th Anniversary Regatta on Saturday
It is unusual to have two leading figures sharing the "Sailor of the Month (Services to Sailing)" award. And it surely unique when one is Admiral of the world's oldest yacht club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, in its Tricentenary…
With her immaculate teak deck, the Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo is seen as a "comfortable performance cruiser". But with the Murphy spirit in the ascendant, that performance is formidable
There are many boats in Ireland that are in the happy position of being regarded as one of the family, yet few fulfil that role so completely as Denis and Annamarie Murphy of Crosshaven's beloved Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo. Aboard…
Kieran Dorgan, Commodore of the busy Cove Sailing Club
While other clubs have found it a big enough challenge simply resuming sailing in a regulation-compliant way, the 101-year-old Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has also been bringing its new marina on stream, and in addition to resuming club…
Getting started. The Quinlan-Owens family sport the shades in hopeful anticipation as they depart a largely sunless Ireland in June 2019 on the Atlantic Circuit cruise
The Sailor of the Month contest has been running for nearly a quarter of a century now, but this may well be the first time the award has gone to a single seagoing family. Vera Quinlan, her husband Peter Owens,…
Solo star – Garry Crothers
When Garry Crothers (64) of Lough Swilly YC brought his Ovni 435 Kind of Blue into her berth in Foyle Marina in the heart of the City of Derry this (Saturday) afternoon at 1520 hrs, it marked the completion of…
Dr John Killeen of Galway on his re-appointment for a second five-year term as Chairman of the national Marine Institute
John Killeen of Galway’s services to sailing and the broader maritime world expanded still further in June, when he became Chairman of the RNLI Council for Ireland. This is in addition to his major role as Chairman of the Marine…
Oceanic sailing experience personified – Alex and Daria Blackwell have been providing advice and assistance from their base on the shores of Clew Bay for long-distance voyagers caught in COVID-19 regulations
Daria and Alex Blackwell of Mayo Sailing Club are highly-experienced ocean voyagers, and they’re Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore respectively of the Ocean Cruising Club, the global body which currently has hundreds of members’ boats currently on long cruises. During…
 Ian Byrne, Commodore of Howth Yacht Club, has provided a practical lead and guidance in the gradual resumption of sailing
With the complex COVID-19 regulations, many sailors with boats to fit out and get into commission had difficulty in assessing just what they could and couldn’t do. But Ian Byrne, Commodore of Howth Yacht Club, made it his business to…
Mark Mills – his creative output from Wicklow spans the world
In a time of inevitable national introspection, the design work of Mark Mills is a breath of global fresh sea air, taking us out of ourselves. Already in 2020, his design work has been recognised with the MDO Montecarlo Trophy…
An exhausted but still keen Claire Morgan with one of the many PPE gowns turned out in a massive work programme at UK Sailmakers in Crosshaven
When the story of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland finally comes to be written, there’ll be many individuals - both voluntary and professional - who will be recognised as having contributed way beyond the call of duty in helping to…
 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…

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