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Cork Week race organisers are collaborating with MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Programme
Volvo Cork Week, taking place in Crosshaven, County Cork, July 16th – 21st, has announced its collaboration with An Tasice's Clean Coasts programme and the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy at University College Cork as they join the…
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD and Irish Sailing President Jack Roy congratulate the SB20 Sin Bin Crew at yesterday's Cork Week official opening ceremony
Michael O'Connor's Sin Bin crew were winners of the SB20 Southern Championships that kicked off Cork Week in Crosshaven yesterday and dominated by Dun Laoghaire entries. After six races sailed in a seven-boat fleet, the Royal St. George YC entry was…
Fiona and Nicola Ferguson (bow number 61) of the National Yacht Club competing at the Junior European Championships earlier in the year
  With the 420 Junior European Team just back from Sesimbra in Portugal it is straight into the Connaught Regional Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club to be followed shortly thereafter by the 420 Nationals at Howth Yacht Club. The…
Top Brass at Crosshaven – at today's Volvo Cork Week launch were (from left) Royal Cork CEO Gavin Deane, Commandant Barry Byrne, the defending champion of the Beaufort Cup for Defence Services personnel that runs as part of Cork Week with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD and Irish Naval Service Vice Admiral and the current Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellett
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney – who will also skipper a yacht in this week's regatta – has officially launched Volvo Cork Week 2018 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this afternoon. The biennial…
After nearly two hours of racing in up to 20–knots of wind, Gwilli Two (above) won by less than one foot off Greystones
Dermot Clarke and Patrick Maguire's Sigma 33 Gwilli Two of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was the winner of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Cruiser 2 Coastal Race to Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow yesterday by the narrowest of margins.   After…
The First 285 'Pamafe' (G. Costello) was the winner of the DBSC Cruiser 3 ECHO race
Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. Something Else, 3. Gringo Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Jump The Gun, 2. Powder Monkey, 3=. Gringo & Something Else Cruiser 1 J109: 1. Something Else, 2. Chimaera, 3. Jalapeno 31.7 One Design: 1.…
The J109 Ruth skippered by Ben Shanahan
The National Yacht Club's J109 Ruth skippered by Ben Shanahan was the winner of this morning's 16-boat Exposure Lights sponsored ISORA night race. The race was the ninth in the popular Viking Marine Coastal Series. The fleet sailed a 33–mile…
David Kenefick is lying third overall at the Moth UK Championships
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Dave Kenefick lies an impressive third overall – and a single point off second place – at the 40–boat UK Moth National Championships.  Counting a string of top ten results in a fleet packed with top British…
Full House In Derry-Londonderry As Liverpool 2018 Completes Clipper Race Arrivals
#ClipperRace - The full Clipper Race fleet has arrived in Derry-Londonderry, with the crews now ready to enjoy an action-packed fortnight and the award-winning Foyle Maritime Festival. After what has been a thrilling race full of tactical, close racing, incredible…
Jonny Swann's Half Tonner Harmony from Howth Yacht Club competing in this year's Royal Irish Yacht Club Regatta
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) 2018 Saturday programme will proceed as scheduled now that the Waterfront Club Regatta season has concluded on Dublin Bay. DBSC will have the usual combination of Hut and committee boat starts for its Saturday racing. …
Greystones Sailing Club's Paddy Barnwell trimming on board Eleuthera, a class zero entry for Cork Week Regatta
Royal Cork Yacht Club's ability to attract a sizeable 'big boat' following for Volvo Cork Week is highlighted in today's Irish Times Sailing Column.  David O'Brien writes that the ten boat turnout assembled in Crosshaven for next week's regatta is…
Volvo Cork Week runs, this year, from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July
Over the 40 years of its history, Volvo Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world-class sailing experience, flavoured with the key ingredients of friendly competition, varied sailing and excellent entertainment. Cork County Council Chief Executive, Mr Tim Lucey…
Commandant Barry Byrne helms the J/109 Joker II around a sunlit Fastnet Rock on Sunday July 1st during the recent Volvo Round Ireland Race, with the sky beyond giving hints of the strong headwinds to be met off Ireland’s west coast. He will be racing round the Fastnet again next week in the same boat, defending the Beaufort Cup in Volvo Cork Week
Time was when “A Soldier’s Wind” was a slightly patronising term used to describe exceptionally favourable conditions for smooth voyaging in the great days of sail, with a beam reach in a good Force 4 being held up as the…
Jonathan Nicholson's Red Rhum from the Royal St. George Yacht Club was second in DBSC Cruiser 2 IRC
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Tsunami, 2. Lively Lady, 3. D-Tox Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Tsunami, 2. Lively Lady, 3. D-Tox Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Jigamaree Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Jalapeno, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jigamaree…
Conor Fogerty at the helm of his Sunfast 3600 which he will sail Round Britain and Ireland in August with Simon Knowles
There's just one month to go for Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogerty racing his Sunfast 3600 Bam double-handed in the 2018 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, a record 37 teams have taken up the challenge of one…
Vincent Farrell's Tsunami (a First 40.7) is a starter in Friday's ISORA night race
It is appropriate that Exposure Lights, specialists in marine lighting is sponsoring the two ISORA night races in the Viking Marine Coastal Series writes Peter Ryan. The first is tomorrow evening with a start and finish in Dun Laoghaire. The second…

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]

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