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The Irish Sailor of the Year top prize will be awarded on February 9th in Dublin
Voting is now closed in the Afloat.ie 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 Afloat.ie “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 Afloat.ie “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 Afloat.ie “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…
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 Afloat.ie 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 Afloat.ie “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 Afloat.ie “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.…

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