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Sailor of the Month
Lorcan Tighe has already contributed more to Irish sailing than many people twice his age
Lorcan Tighe of Dun Laoghaire makes such a broadly-based contribution to Irish sailing as a sailor, an instructor and a race officer, that you’d assume he was somebody with many years of experience under his belt. But he’s only 17…
Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop (with spectacles) in the midst of Mojito’s crew in the National YC after winning the ISORA Championship 2017
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association’s increasingly busy annual programme is notable for the way several leading crews take in recruits from both sides of St George’s Channel, and September’s Sailors of the Month (Offshore) reflect this. Vicky Cox…
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook were the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions and pick up Afloat's Sailor of the Month Award
Michael O’Connor of Royal St George YC is the “Sailor of the Month (Inshore)” after celebrating September with the Corinthian Division overall win in the SB20 Worlds on the Solent early in the month and then, in an intense…
Simon Hoffman and Johnny Durcan together as the latter recovered in Long Beach Hospital
In the 21 years since the “Sailor of the Month” awards were first introduced, we had always dutifully waited until the end of the month before allocating the plaudits, even when it had been clear for days or even…
The RORC Commodore has to be omni-present at the conclusion of the biennia Fastnet Race. Michael Boyd is seen here (left) with Overall 2017 Winner Didier Gaodoux of the JNA 39 Lann Ael 2 and his wife in Plymouth
Michael Boyd of the Royal Irish Yacht Club is so successful in his multi-tasking as an impressive Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and a very competent and frequently-competing skipper in in its annual 12-race Mainseries Points Championship, that…
Fionn Lyden was “Sailor of the Month” for the first time in March 2015 for his special contribution the victory of University College Cork in the Intervarsity Team Racing Nationals
Fionn Lyden of Baltimore Sailing Club, who initially drew attention as an immediate star of university sailing in his first year at College in Cork in 2015, may only have become active in the demanding Olympic Finn Class in December.…
Simon Hoffman and Johnny Durcan (right) together as the latter recovers in Long Beach Hospital
In the 21 years since the “Sailor of the Month” awards were first introduced, we have always dutifully waited until the end of the month before allocating the plaudits, even when it has been clear for days or even…
The breezy weather of late July 2017 captured in one image – Aoife Hopkins flying on her way to winning the Euro Women’s Under 21 Laser Championship at Douarnenez.
When that definitive image of young Aoife Hopkins leppin’ her Laser with rocket power out of a breaking wave at the European Women’s Laser Radials Under 21 Championship 2017 (July 17th to 24th) at Douarnenez in Brittany went viral, we…
Keeping her wind clear and keeping bigger boat well astern – the JPK 10.80 Yes! skippered by Nin O’Leary shows how it’s done while rounding the Needles in the Round the Island race 2017
When the JPK 10.80 Yes! crossed the finish line at Cowes in the huge-fleet Round the Island Race 2017 on Saturday July 1st, it provided Irish sailing with something very special to savour. Skippered by Crosshaven’s Nicholas ‘Nin’ O’Leary, Yes!…
Rockall and Ireland record setter Thunder Child in pre-challenge testing off the Cork coast
The very special powerboats of SafeHaven Marine in East Cork have multiple uses, but high speed potential in a wide variety of sea conditions is invariably top of a list of very demanding priorities among the highly-regarded company’s prestigious customers.…
Joker 2 looking very inch the champion (and for the third time at that) in the ICRA Nats at Cork
Although the Irish Cruiser Racing Association caters for boats with offshore potential, the annual ICRA Nationals are fought with all the intensity of a major inshore series, and the pressure of several races a day keeps up the heat. The…
Atlantic hero. Conor Fogerty back in his home club of Howth YC last week, still getting used to being winner of the Gipsy Moth Trophy in the OSTAR 2017
The OSTAR – the premier Single-Handed Transatlantic Race, following the time-honoured course from Plymouth in England to Newport, Rhode Island – inevitably goes on for so long that even the most dedicated followers can sometimes allow a day or two…
The victorious Storm crew from Rush Sailing Club celebrate on the Clyde includes Pat Kelly, David Kelly, Ronan Kelly, Paul Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Mark Ferguson, Sean Murphy, Marty O'Leary Alan Ruigrok and Kevin Sheridan
Anyone who has ever raced against the J/109 Storm, campaigned by Pat Kelly and his close-knit family from Rush Sailing Club, quickly realises that they are up against something special in sailing. This is evident both with the Storm team…
When the wind came in with sufficient vigour to give his tall frame its natural advantage, Ewan McMahon took full control of the racing at Ballyholme
It was the biggest ISA Youth Sailing Pathway Nationals yet seen, and the 2017 Championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club – 190 boats, 208 sailors – lived up to and beyond expectations in a variety of sailing conditions between 20th and…
Saskia Tidey (left) and Charlotte Dobson on their way to bronze at the 2017 World Cup Series in Hyères, France
Saskia Tidey’s enthusiasm for racing the 49erFX to Olympic level is such that after she’d exhausted every possibility of finding a sailing partner towards Tokyo 2020 within Ireland, she had to cast the net towards the UK, and linked up…
Tom Dolan (right) on the podium in France after his third place in the Pornichet of the French Solo Offshore Championship. He is pictured with Valentin Gautier and Pierre Chedeville
Tom Dolan from County Meath may still seem to some to be the new boy on the block for Irish participation in the small boat solo sailing scene centred around France. But he has clocked up quite a few miles…

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