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Jeanie Johnston seen undergoing repairs, notably at the stern and aft-mast while berthed at her current berth along Dublin's Custom House Quay.
Tall Ships
#tallships - The Dublin Inquirer poses the question is the Jeanie Johnston worth its cost?  It is since 2015 that Dublin City Council inherited the Jeanie Johnston from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) and that has seen the council…
The pair of cargoship steamers S.S. Hare (top) and S.S. Adela (bottom) that were attacked in separate incidents by German submarine U-Boats a century ago that led to the combined loss of 36 crew. A joint commemorative public plaques unveiling ceremony for descendants of the victims takes place this Saturday, 30 Sept (13.00hrs) at Custom House Quay, Dublin.
Dublin Port
#WWIcargoshipsCeremony - To mark the centenary of the sinking of two merchant cargo steamships in the Irish Sea and loss of life, an unveiling of plaques are to take place this Saturday in Dublin, writes Jehan Ashmore.    Family descendents…
Irish at Laser Master Worlds: Niall Peelo (sailing for GBR), Paul Keane, Kevin Currier, Nick Walsh, Denis O'Sullivan, Ed Rice, Theo Lyttle and Sean Craig
Laser
Royal St. George's Sean Craig leads Irish hopes at the Laser Masters World Championships. The Dublin Radial competitor lies sixth in his 37–boat division after three races sailed in Split, Croatia. The Irish team are competing in three divisions. Results are…
Annalise Murphy (The National Yachts Club's Olympic Silver Medalist) with (from left) Ronan Beirne (Commodore National Yacht Club), Niall Meagher (Event Chairman) and Chris Doorly (Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland President) at the recent announcement of the up and coming Flying Fifteen World Championships to be hosted by the National Yacht Club in September 2019
Flying Fifteen
The 2019 Flying Fifteen World Championships will be hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire it has been announced. The event will run from 2nd -13th September on the waters of Dublin Bay. 85 boats will compete with entries…
DBSC racers will have two races this Saturday – with some special prizes –  to mark the end of the Summer season
DBSC
Dublin Bay Sailing Club is gearing up for Saturday's End of Season Race Day. Two races will mark the conclusion of the 2017 Summer season and racing will start approximately one hour earlier than usual.  The following SI amendments been put in place: …
The VOR fleet at the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi
Volvo Ocean Race
Following discussions with key Volvo Ocean Race stakeholders it has been determined that 'additional planning time' is required to implement the recently announced changes to the race schedule. As a result, the proposed 2019-20 race in new boats will not…
Versatile veterans. Shipman 28s are found in many ports, and they selected Howth as the venue for their 2017 championship. Closely leading the fleet off Ireland’s Eye is eventual overall winner Jo Slim (John Clarke, Royal St George YC) with the nearest challenge coming from Invader (Gerry Glynn, Dun Laoghaire MYC), which went on to place second overall.
Racing
The Shipman 28 is a classically-styled veteran of the Irish marine industry of the 1970s and 1980s, when she was built in considerable number in Limerick by Fastnet Marine writes W M Nixon. But there’s still plenty of life in…
With a 12.2 m2 fully battened mainsail, racks and a trapeze, the boat continues to be one of a few classes which is unapologetic in defying the cliché of being ‘easy to sail, but hard to sail well’
RS Sailing
Irish RS600 sailors might be forgiven for feeling somewhat like Defoe’s Crusoe, alienated from the rejuvenated fleets in the UK and adrift amongst the dominant Irish dinghy classes. Of the ten or so boats now on the island, a number…
A 49er sailing in Tralee Bay
Tokyo 2020
Tralee Bay in County Kerry was the perfect arena for a high–paced weekend of sailing. Led by the Tralee Bay Maritime Centre with the support of Tralee Bay Sailing Club, 49er Olympic hopefuls gave an incredible ballet of spinnakers over…
Artemis at full blast offwind. In daylight, this sort of sailing was still possible despite failed wind instruments, but at night they’d to throttle back.
Offshore
Mikey Ferguson from the Royal Ulster YC on Belfast Lough and Andrew Baker from the Quoile YC on Strangford Lough have played a key role in establishing a new mono-hull record for the 620-mile course from Land’s End in southwest…
RCYC General Manager Gavin Deane was also helming a National 18 dinghy in the end of season crews race at Crosshaven
National 18
Last Friday evening saw the last races of the National 18 season that consisted of two races in front of Royal Cork Yacht Club and with buoys at the rear of the RCYC marina for an unusual course configuration on the Owenabue…
A Spring tide helped carry the fleet into the harbour at 3pm for the end of the Naval Race
Cork Harbour
Kieran & Liz O'Brien's MG335 Magnet was the IRC all–in winner of Cork Harbour's Naval Race on Sunday. White Sails IRC was Pat Barrett/Roy Hanan's Plumbat writes Bob Bateman. As well as a race in itself this year's 15-boat Naval Race formed one of…
Tony Fox's A35 Gringo from the National Yacht Club is today's DBSC Cruisers One winner
DBSC
CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al), 3. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) CRUISERS 1 - 1. Gringo (Tony Fox), 2. White Mischief (Tim Goodbody), 3. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al RUFFIAN 23 - 1.…
 Celebrat​ions ove​r the Ro​und Brit​ain 2017​ finish ​line
Cruising
126 days after having set sail from Largs on the West coast of Scotland, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017 Voyage were welcomed back to their starting point today by an ecstatic host of friends, family and supporters…
Sunday’s start will be at 11.55 a.m., as had been fixed for Saturday.
Cork Harbour
The Annual Naval Race, a major sailing event in Cork Harbour, due to be sailed tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed until Sunday due to forecast bad weather conditions tomorrow writes Tom MacSweeney. Sunday’s start will be at 11.55 a.m., as…
That winning feeling….the crew of the Irish National Sailing School’s J/109 Jedi in Plymouth after winning Class 3B in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 are (left to right, back row): Deirdre Foley, Lorcan Tighe, Fearghus McCormack, George Tottenham, Kylie McMillan and Kenneth Rumball. Front row: Conor Kinsella and Keith Kiernan
W M Nixon
With 312 entries in the IRC divisions alone, and numbers pushing towards the 400 mark when all classes are included, the record-breaking Fastnet Race 2017 was surely on the edge of becoming an unwieldy beast as it got under way…

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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