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Great conditions on Dublin Bay for the 29er national championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Following a very successful 29er event at the Lough Ree Double Ree Championships, the newly established 29er fleet had three days in which to prepare for their next event, the inaugural Deutsche Leasing IRL 29er Nationals at Royal St George…
Royal Irish Ladies Make A Day Of It On Dublin Bay
#RIYC - The women of the Royal Irish Yacht Club filled four 1720s for two great races on Dublin Bay as part of the club’s Ladies Race last Friday 27 July. Conditions were challenging with gusts of up to 25…
Squib Easterns Champions Colm Dunne and Fiona Ward with Gary Cullen of Provident CRM and HYC Rear Commodore Paddy Judge
#Squib - Every kind of weather was experienced by the National Squib fleet in Howth at the 50th anniversary of the East Coast of Ireland Championships sponsored by Provident CRM. In Race One on Saturday 28 July, in a shifting…
Gregor McGuckin’s Hanley Energy Endurance (left) at the start of the Golden Globe Race on 1st July at les Sables d’Olonne. Currently leading the ketch-rigged boats, he is expected to cross the equator today
In Ireland throughout July, interest in sailing has been almost completely absorbed by a multiplicity of events in which major happenings such as the Volvo Round Ireland race, Cork Week and the Beaufort Cup have been only the peaks of…
Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan at this past weekend’s UK-Mirror Nationals in the Lake District
#Mirror - Eoghan Duffy of Lough Ree Yacht Club and crew Cathal Langan of Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club/Sutton Dinghy Club are on a mission to make their mark at the Mirror Worlds in Australia this winter. Their preparation included…
An enthusiastic welcome for HotelPlanner.com in Liverpool
#ClipperRace - Derry-Londonderry-born Clipper Race skipper Conall Morrison and round-the-world crew member Roseann McGlinchey have arrived in Liverpool, completing their epic 11-month, 40,000-nautical-mile circumnavigation of the globe. A week after starting the 13th and final race, the Clipper Race fleet arrived…
Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) moves up to second overall after a win in windy Race 11
The 11th race in the ISORA Offshore Series took place on the 28th July with an 08.00 start from Dun Laoghaire writes Peter Ryan. 20 boats were due on the start line for the race but poor weather forecasts and…
The Beneteau 31 Levante was third in today's scratch one design race
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Wow, 2. Tsunami Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Dear Prudence, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Dear Prudence, 2. White Mischief, 3. Something Else Cruiser 1…
Wendy Tuck is all smiles during the Derry-Londonderry stopover just days before her victory was confirmed in Liverpool
#ClipperRace - History has been made as Australian sailor Wendy Tuck becomes the first woman to ever win a round-the-world yacht race after clinching the overall victory in the 2017-18 edition of the Clipper Race yesterday (Friday 27 July). And in…
Indulgence racing at last year's Calves Week Regatta
With over 60 confirmed entries at present, the 2018 Calves Week organised by Schull Harbour Sailing Club from August 7th- 10th, is again shaping up to provide competitive and exciting racing for the annual West Cork festival of sailing writes…
May 7th, 1915. The sailing fishing boat Wanderer from the Isle of Man is first on the scene after the Transatlantic liner Lusitania is torpedoed ten miles off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German submarine as an act of war. The first survivors have already been hauled on board Wanderer, while others struggle towards their rescuer in the water or on lifeboats
In the midst of high summer, with life slowed by the all-pervading heat, it is almost impossible to contemplate the sheer horror of total conflict as experienced in the industrialised attacks of the Great War of 1914-18 writes W M…
Liverpool 2018 was second into its home city this morning
#ClipperRace - Qingdao claimed victory in Race 13 of the 2017-18 Clipper Race when they crossed the line at Liverpool this morning (Friday 27 July) at 10:04:04 UTC (11.04am local time). The Chinese team’s second win of the current circumnavigation…
Action at the leeward mark, Shark Eleven leads from Second Wife
The National 18s were out in force on the wide Blackwater estuary during the week of 15th to 20th July. Winds were in the south and were reinforced by sea breezes to a steady force 3 to 5. Add plenty…
Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia is the ISORA overall leader after ten races sailed
The Royal St. George Yacht Club J122 Aurelia, skippered by Chris Power Smith, will defend its overall lead in the 11th race of the 2018 ISORA Championships on Saturday. Power Smith will be chased by Welsh defending champions Mojito (Vicky Cox and Peter…
The DBSC Cruiser 1 IRC winner White Mischief, Tim and Richard Goodbody from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Tsunami, 2. Lively Lady Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Tsunami, 2. Lively Lady, 3. YoYo Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Something Else, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Jump The Gun, 2. Something Else,…
The International Monotype land yacht Class “Standart” pictured on Bettystown Beach, Co. Meath during the 52nd European Sandyacht Championship held there in Sept 2017
The Federation Internationale de Sand et Land Yachting (FISLY) that is lead by Irish President Alan Watson has been granted Observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF). Founded in 1962, FISLY becomes the 10th International Federation (IF)…

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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