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Sailor of the Month
Commandant Barry Byrne of the Defence Forces
July 2018 will go down in Irish sailing history as one of the busiest months ever experienced, including as it did the Volvo Round Ireland Race and Volvo Cork Week. In this exceptionally busy period, Commandant Barry Byrne of the…
A skilled helmsman himself, Dave Cullen (right) is noted for his ability to provide impressive standards in boat management programmes
Howth’s Dave Cullen is “Sailor of the Month” for June after a stellar series of performances with his classic Half Tonner Checkmate XV. He emerged as clear overall champion in Howth’s successful Wave Regatta at the beginning of the month,…
Pat Kelly’s meticulously-prepared J/109 Storm is family-maintained.
Pat Kelly and his family and friends from Rush in the heart of Fingal certainly enjoy their sailing. But they work hard to ensure that their all-conquering J/109 Storm is in peak condition as the new programme starts, and they’ve…
Justin Lucas of Royal Cork and Tralee Bay Sailing Clubs
A stellar international performance in the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in The Netherlands, and an overall victory in the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway Nationals in Dublin Bay in the Optimist, makes Justin Lucas of Tralee Bay SC and Royal Cork…
194 sailors and supporters descended on the Shannon Estuary sailing mecca at Kilrush in County Clare
The annual Irish University Sailing Association Intervarsity Team Racing Championship is the first major event to signal the new season, and 2018’s – at Kilrush on the weekend of March 9th to 11th – was vintage stuff. There were 28…
Inspirational sailor – Enda O Coineen
“Inspirational” is the word that has leapt out of every set of reports and comments about Enda O’Coineen’s achievement in getting the IMOCA 60 Souffle du Nord/Team Ireland to Les Sables-d’Olonne on Sunday. Although his lone voyage from New Zealand…
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 Afloat.ie/Irish 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…
The Afloat.ie 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 Afloat.ie 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 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…

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