Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

afloat sailing header

Latest Sailing Stories
Martin Byrne (right) helming the 1720 prior to falling overboard in today's race four of the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
Today's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay had a man overboard incident where a sailor was successfully rescued from the water by a competing boat. Here, Martin Byrne, a former Edinburgh Cup Dragon Champion, tells how…
RIYC Weather conference (from left) Daryl Hughes, organiser of the event, Professor Ray Bates( adjunct Professor of Meteorology U.C.D.) Dr Conor Sweeney ( IMS and U.C.D.), Evelyn Cusack , Met Eireann, Declan Murphy( President IMS), Captain Colm Newport( Dublin Port Company) and Pat Shannon ( Vice Commodore RIYC)
The day-long Weather and Sailing Conference at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire today is the first of its kind to be held in Ireland. Attracting a large audience, the line-up of speakers at the yacht club draws on highly-qualified…
Dublin debut - This moderately sized racer-cruiser is a reinvention of a classic design
The new Grand Soleil 34 'Justtina' that is cutting a dash as it debuts on Irish waters at the DBSC Turkey Shoot marks a return to sailing for her skipper John Treanor who forged a love for yacht racing on his…
The big Rs fleet at RNIYC
Sun 18th Nov was the third day of Belfast Lough's RS400 Frostie Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in what has become the biggest doublehanded fleet in the country winter racing with 22 boats on the water and…
The Beneteau 43.7 Black Velvet (Leslie Parnell) to weather of the X35 D-Tox (Paddy McSwiney) in the third race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot
The fourth race of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series will see a discard applied to the overall results. Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's racing on Dublin Bay are downloadable below. After an epic third race, the 75-boat fleet is…
Philip (left) with DBSC Commodore Chris Moore (centre) and Richard Lovergrove with the Waterhouse Shield for the best DBSC cruiser-racer performance. The Lovegrove haul of DBSC prizes continued after a successful season in their Sigma 33, Rupert. See below.
As Afloat.ie reported previously, last Friday's DBSC prizegiving was a gala affair at the Royal St.George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the country's biggest yacht racing club.  As well as six premier awards for best performances, DBSC Commodore Chris…
Nathan Van Steenberge (left) and Rian McDonnell Geraghty at the UK 29er Inland Champs
Coach Thomas Chaix travelled with two Irish 29er pairs to Grafham Waters in the UK over the weekend to compete at the Inland Championships. The two pairs competed in the 42 boat fleet. Eight races were sailed in 8 to…
The dark-hulled J122 Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) is on 57 points and second overall in a record breaking 75-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot fleet
The Beneteau 31.7 National Champion Camira from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Citroen South Dublin sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series after three races sailed. The Dublin Bay regular skippered by Peter Beamish leads by two points overall from the dark-hulled…
Denis Murphy (right) and Ann Marie Murphy of Nieulargo are presented with the RCYC Boat of the Year award by RCYC Vice Admiral Colin Morehead
Last Friday night the Royal Cork Yacht Club end of year prize giving for the keelboats was held, a great crowd turned up to the evening, the format for this prize giving changed a few years ago, away from a…
Racing at Cork Week 2018
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Mission Blue Foundation Volvo Cork Week 2018 has been awarded Gold Certification by the International ‘Sailors for the Sea’ Clean Regatta programme with the event sustainability partners MaREI Centre…
Action from the Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted  IDRA /ITRA 70th Anniversary Team Racing National Championships
The weather provided perfect conditions for the IDRA /ITRA 70th Anniversary Team Racing National Championships hosted by the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire this past weekend. Sixteen teams did battle and each was provided with 14 contests over…
Flying Fifteen winners Alan Green (left) and Chris Doorly (second from right) wer winners of the Flying Fifteen Frostbites at the National Yacht Club
In near perfect conditions for the month of November, fifteen Flying Fifteens turned out at the weekend on what was dubbed 'Super Saturday' with six races for the conclusion of the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series hosted by the NYC.…
 Ready to roll – the Naomhoga Chorcai flotilla assemble in Tinnahinch Lock at Graiguenamanagh
The keen November sailors of Crosshaven, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Bangor weren’t the only ones to get a bonus afloat from the weekend’s almost freakish sunshine before the first real hints of winter arrived today writes W M Nixon. The…
PY Race three winner, Frank Miller
With the Irish Universities having a 70th team racing event in Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the weekend, with 71 races completed on Saturday and various training initiatives taking place inside (and outside) the harbour, Race Officer Neil Colin (Fireball) was…
SMA moored in Crookhaven in January 2016, after the boat was recovered against what Marcus Hutchinson says were "pretty tough odds"
Paul Meilhat’s IMOCA victory in the Route du Rhum over the weekend is all the sweeter as he achieved it in the same boat he’d feared lost on an earlier transatlantic crossing almost three years ago. The French yachtsman had…
Racing from the third race of the Howth Laser League
Week 3 of the Howth Yacht Club Laser Frostbites served up yet another perfect Autumn morning. Easterlies always add to the excitement in Howth with big waves rolling into the Sound from the Irish Sea. Numbers were down slightly this…

How to sail, sailing clubs and sailing boats plus news on the wide range of sailing events on Irish waters forms the backbone of Afloat's sailing coverage.

We aim to encompass the widest range of activities undertaken on Irish lakes, rivers and coastal waters. This page describes those sailing activites in more detail and provides links and breakdowns of what you can expect from our sailing pages. We aim to bring jargon free reports separated in to popular categories to promote the sport of sailing in Ireland.

The packed 2013 sailing season sees the usual regular summer leagues and there are regular weekly race reports from Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Howth and Cork Harbour on Afloat.ie. This season and last also featured an array of top class events coming to these shores. Each year there is ICRA's Cruiser Nationals starts and every other year the Round Ireland Yacht Race starts and ends in Wicklow and all this action before July. Crosshaven's Cork Week kicks off on in early July every other year. in 2012 Ireland hosted some big international events too,  the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire and in August the Tall Ships Race sailed into Dublin on its final leg. In that year the Dragon Gold Cup set sail in Kinsale in too.

2013 is also packed with Kinsale hosting the IFDS diabled world sailing championships in Kinsale and the same port is also hosting the Sovereign's Cup. The action moves to the east coast in July with the staging of the country's biggest regatta, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta from July 11.

Our coverage though is not restricted to the Republic of Ireland but encompasses Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Irish Sea area too. In this section you'll find information on the Irish Sailing Association and Irish sailors. There's sailing reports on regattas, racing, training, cruising, dinghies and keelboat classes, windsurfers, disabled sailing, sailing cruisers, Olympic sailing and Tall Ships sections plus youth sailing, match racing and team racing coverage too.

Sailing Club News

There is a network of over 70 sailing clubs in Ireland and we invite all clubs to submit details of their activities for inclusion in our daily website updates. There are dedicated sections given over to the big Irish clubs such as  the waterfront clubs in Dun Laoghaire; Dublin Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Saint George Yacht Club,  the Royal Irish Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club. In Munster we regularly feature the work of Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.  Abroad Irish sailors compete in Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) racing in the UK and this club is covered too. Click here for Afloat's full list of sailing club information. We are keen to increase our coverage on the network of clubs from around the coast so if you would like to send us news and views of a local interest please let us have it by sending an email to [email protected]

Sailing Boats and Classes

Over 20 active dinghy and one design classes race in Irish waters and fleet sizes range from just a dozen or so right up to over 100 boats in the case of some of the biggest classes such as the Laser or Optimist dinghies for national and regional championships. Afloat has dedicated pages for each class: Dragons, Etchells, Fireball, Flying Fifteen, GP14, J24's, J80's, Laser, Sigma 33, RS Sailing, Star, Squibs, TopperMirror, Mermaids, National 18, Optimist, Puppeteers, SB3's, and Wayfarers. For more resources on Irish classes go to our dedicated sailing classes page.

The big boat scene represents up to 60% of the sail boat racing in these waters and Afloat carries updates from the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA), the body responsible for administering cruiser racing in Ireland and the popular annual ICRA National Championships. In 2010 an Irish team won the RORC Commodore's Cup putting Irish cruiser racing at an all time high. Popular cruiser fleets in Ireland are raced right around the coast but naturally the biggest fleets are in the biggest sailing centres in Cork Harbour and Dublin Bay. Cruisers race from a modest 20 feet or so right up to 50'. Racing is typically divided in to Cruisers Zero, Cruisers One, Cruisers Two, Cruisers Three and Cruisers Four. A current trend over the past few seasons has been the introduction of a White Sail division that is attracting big fleets.

Traditionally sailing in northern Europe and Ireland used to occur only in some months but now thanks to the advent of a network of marinas around the coast (and some would say milder winters) there are a number of popular winter leagues running right over the Christmas and winter periods.

Sailing Events

Punching well above its weight Irish sailing has staged some of the world's top events including the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover, Tall Ships visits as well as dozens of class world and European Championships including the Laser Worlds, the Fireball Worlds in both Dun Laoghaire and Sligo.

Some of these events are no longer pure sailing regattas and have become major public maritime festivals some are the biggest of all public staged events. In the past few seasons Ireland has hosted events such as La Solitaire du Figaro and the ISAF Dublin Bay 2012 Youth Worlds.

There is a lively domestic racing scene for both inshore and offshore sailing. A national sailing calendar of summer fixtures is published annually and it includes old favorites such as Sovereign's Cup, Calves Week, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle, All Ireland Sailing Championships as well as new events with international appeal such as the Round Britain and Ireland Race and the Clipper Round the World Race, both of which have visited Ireland.

The bulk of the work on running events though is carried out by the network of sailing clubs around the coast and this is mostly a voluntary effort by people committed to the sport of sailing. For example Wicklow Sailing Club's Round Ireland yacht race run in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club has been operating for over 30 years. Similarly the international Cork Week regatta has attracted over 500 boats in past editions and has also been running for over 30 years.  In recent years Dublin Bay has revived its own regatta called Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and can claim to be the country's biggest event with over 550 boats entered in 2009.

On the international stage Afloat carries news of Irish and UK interest on Olympics 2012, Sydney to Hobart, Volvo Ocean Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race.

We're always aiming to build on our sailing content. We're keen to build on areas such as online guides on learning to sail in Irish sailing schools, navigation and sailing holidays. If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

Who is Your Sailor of the Year 2018?
Total Votes:
First Vote:
Last Vote:

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating