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The moment Irish Laser sailor Finn Lynch crosses the line to take his first ever World Championship race win. Scroll to 33 seconds on the video below to see more of the Irish win in Aarhus
On the penultimate day of Gold fleet racing for Irish sailors competing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Denmark, elation for a race win by Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club in the Laser event was later matched…
Dorothy Matthews took first place in Kinsale Regatta just before heading to Longcheer, Shenzen, China for the Topper World Championship
It’s great to see young sailors enthusiastic about the sport. Watching Topper dinghy sailors training for their big challenge, with determination and focus, is encouraging. The sport has a future if it can hold onto young sailors. This weekend young…
The Dublin Bay B211 fleet were racing on Tuesday evening
Cruiser 3 Tuesday: 1. Maranda, 2. Saki, 3. Pamafe Combined Cruisers Tuesday: 1. Elandra, 2. Hot Cookie, 3. Jalapeno Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Ruff Diamond, 3. Diane II B211: 1. Yikes, 2. Ventuno, 3. Beeswing B211: 1. Yikes, 2. Beeswing,…
Solo Sailor Joan Mulloy's 'Women in Leadership' Event Ahead of Figaro Race
Solo sailor Joan Mulloy, who will be Ireland's first female entry into the Solitaire du Figaro race, the premier solo sailing race series in France, at the end of this month has started a crowdfunding campaign to support her pioneering professional…
The Baily Headland at the north side of Dublin Bay is often in the midst of rough water, but in high summer with the vintage Howth 17s having their annual race round to Clontarf Regatta, it's in a benign mood. This is Joanna Cawley and Holly O'Doherty aboard Pauline in a race which was won by Isobel (Conor & Brian Turvey)
Howth Yacht Club will find itself in double focus this coming weekend, with the Club's historic 1898-founded Howth 17s staging their Annual Championship off the peninsula port, while down in the Solent on Sunday 12th August, leading HYC member Conor…
The GBR team of Alex Colquitt/Rebecca Coles show off their impressive speed at the Howth Championships
420 week concluded today at Howth Yacht Club with the third day of racing in the 2018 420 Open and National Championships. And what a week it was, it kicked off with a three-day training module followed by a second…
Ryan Seaton and Séafra Guilfoyle delivered a strong performance in their only race of the day
Sailing’s oldest enemy played havoc in what was supposed to be the busiest day of the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 so far on Monday. After a week of ideal conditions, light and changeable winds made for difficult race management decisions…
KBC Bank is the new title sponsor of Howth Yacht Club’s Autumn League
#HYC - Howth Yacht Club’s annual Autumn League gets a whole new makeover for 2018 with a new sponsor, plenty of weekly prizes and promotions, and a full entertainment programme. Racing in the KBC Autumn League 2018 begins on Saturday…
David Gorman (right) & Chris Doorly (left) of the NYC are presented with the Facet Trophy by Pat Shannon
What has now become an established event in the DBSC Flying Fifteen calendar the Facet Jewellers Trophy presented and donated by Pat Shanahan of Facet Jewellers took place over the weekend with a 17– strong fleet and was won by David…
A race start at the 420 Nationals at Howth Yacht Club
As Day 2 of the 420 Nationals at Howth Yacht Club dawned to a dull grey sky and little wind the prospect of a first gun at 10:25 looked slim. But by 9:30 as the race committee boat headed out…
Declan Tiernan's Brigid was second at the Heir Island Championships
There is a new World Champion following the running of the Crosbie Cup / Heir Island Sloop World Championships in Baltimore Harbour in West Cork at the weekend. David Townend having achieved four race wins and two seconds secured the…
World U21 Bronze medallist Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club was unlucky to miss the cut for Gold fleet in the mens Laser fleet
Two Dublin Laser sailors are into the gold fleet of their respective fleets at the World Championships at Aarhus, Denmark but Finn Lynch and Aoife Hopkins will both will need to up their game if Olympic nation qualification is to be achieved next week.…
Mermaid National Champions 188 – Innocence helmed by Darragh McCormack and crew Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon
The 2018 Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship came to a close today following four great days of racing at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary. With 22 boats competing in what proved to be an extremely competitive fleet, Race…
12 1720s competed at the Baltimore Cup
Twelve 1720s sportsboats were afloat for racing on Saturday afternoon at Baltimore Regatta in West Cork. PRO Colette O'Flynn and her team got three races away in light, shifty breezes with the Hegarty's on efolioaccounts.com taking two wins and Atara raced…
White Sail Cruisers competing on Dublin Bay
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Hot Cookie Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Hot Cookie Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Something Else, 3. Jalapeno Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Raptor, 2. Something…
Cloudy skies and a modest six-knot sea breeze greeted crews at the start of the first 420 race at HYC
Today was day one of the 420 Nationals forming part of 420 week at Howth Yacht Club. With the two different training modules split over four days now behind the sailors, day one of racing was predicted to be light…

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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