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Ryan Seaton & Matt McGvern of Belfast Lough on their way to Gold at Palma in April
As the 2016 Olympic Sailing campaign builds up to its climax in Rio in August, Afloat.ie has agreed that until the Olympiad is over, our Sailor of the Month contenders will automatically be considered under two basic categories: Olympics and…
After Saturday’s race (seen here), RORC Admiral Andy McIrvine’s First 40 La Reponse (42N) – with America’s Cup crewmen on board – looked to have it in the bag from Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice (2007). But in the final race sailed in extreme conditions, Jump Juice roared into the win and the overall lead.
April has come upon us with so many podium positions suddenly taken by Irish sailors in major events that you could have been forgiven for thinking that our usual April 1st specials had been allowed to run on for a…
Alan Rountree of Wicklow, seen in the Azores in the summer of 2015 during his Faulkner Cup-winning cruise from Ireland. His voyage home single-handed experienced three days of severe storm.
At February 19th’s AGM of the Irish Cruising Club, Alan Rountree of Wicklow was awarded two trophies of great distinction independently of each other. The ICC’s East Coast group nominated him for the Donegan Memorial Cup, which is for an…
She enjoys a good breeze in the sun. Conor Fogerty of Howth with his new Sunfast 3600 BAM. He felt he had to sail across the Atlantic to find the conditions which really suited his boat in the open spaces and generous breezes of the Caribbean, and his win in IRC 3 in the RORC Caribbean 600 proved the point with style
When Conor Fogerty’s beamy new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Bam first appeared on Howth Marina, most observers wanted to like her. After the grey years of the recession, BAM was like a breath of fresh air, a wonderful free-wheeling yet mainstream…
This afternoon marks two decades since Afloat Magazine inaugurated the Sailor of the Month awards, with their peak achievement of the Sailor of the Year accolade – the latest of which will be presented at the Irish Sailing Association (ISA)…
In Irish sailing, January is far and away the longest month. Publishing schedules for the printed Afloat Annual mean that December’s Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” has to be announced on December 15th. So as though January weren’t quite long…
2016 will mark twenty years since Afloat inaugurated the “Sailor of the Month” awards, with their peak achievement of the “Sailor of the Year” accolade. This means we have now honoured nearly 300 sports sailors of every kind, of many…
Veteran Royal Irish YC sailor Tim Goodbody is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for November for his enormous contribution to Irish and international sailing over many decades, both as an active participants, as a race organiser, and as an…
Malahide father-and-son crew of Dermot (63) and Paddy (31) Cronin are the Afloat.ie Sailors of the Month for October after their clearcut win by almost two hours in the IRC Double-Handed Division in the 606-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race. Sailing…
Dave Gorman and Chris Doorly of the National Yacht Club are our “Sailors of the Month” for September on the basis of a great half hour or so of sailing in Dublin Bay on the morning of Sunday 13th September.…
Three Afloat.ie Sailor Of The Month Awards For August
#som – August of 2015 may well be already remembered for its decidedly mixed weather, but as ever it was sailing's busiest month, with Irish crews achieving success inshore and offshore, and at home and abroad. We congratulate all those who…
Racing & Cruising Endeavours Recognised By Afloat Sailor of the Month Awards
GEORGE SISK IS AFLOAT'S RACING SAILOR OF THE MONTH FOR JULY George Sisk of Dun Laoghaire (pictured top) is the Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month (Racing)" for July 2015. By July 9th, an exceptional record had already been logged by his…
Sailor of the Month (International Award) Justin Slattery
#vor – The clear win by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 was achieved by solid consistency in the classic "good series" style favoured by regular champion sailors. Except that, instead of being a pleasant five…
Liam Shanahan is Sailor of the Month for June
#sailorofthemonth – The comprehensive overall victory in the 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race by Liam Shanahan in his family's J/109 Ruth was the highlight of a busy month of Irish sailing in June, with Ruth emerging as winner in…
Sidney Gavignet Wins Afloat.ie International Award
#som – When a Round Ireland record has stood for nearly 22 years, clearly it is something very special, and the 44–hour time set by Steve Fossett's 60ft trimaran Lakota in 1993 has withstood several challenges, including three by top…
Rob McConnell is Sailor of the Month for May
#som – May 2015 has been a good month for Dunmore East, with the confirmation that the long-awaited dredging of this pretty fishing/sailing port – a €6 million contract – will swing into action in June, and then from far-off…

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