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Olympics 2012
Today's final race at the Star World Championship in Sweden has been cancelled due to lack of wind. Two Irish boats are competing in the event at Varberg. The race will be held tomorrow at 12hrs, using one of the…
ICAP Leopard set to tackle light winds in Rolex Fastnet Race
Racing
This Sunday ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, will set sail in the prestigious Rolex Fastnet race. This biennial race is famous for fierce conditions, however forecasters are predicting a…
HMS Bounty, an authentic square rigged vessel is for sale
Asgard II
A rare opportunity to own a prize possession-the legendary HMS Bounty is available. She was built by MGM Studios for the classic Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando. When the movie was completed MGM was going to salvage the…
Dillon grabs Mermaid on penultimate day
Racing
Paddy Dillon, sailing No. 131 Wild Wind (formerly Paula) is now certain to win the Mermaid Trophy. With a first, three seconds and a third in the first five races, Paddy and his crew Johnny Dillon and Rory Grimes don’t…
Light winds for DBSC Thursday
DBSC
The DBSC Thursday sailing (6th August 209) experienced very light winds and flooding tide, where sailors hugged the coast in Scotsmans Bay. However, patience is a virtue and there were plenty of results to bring home – see over. DUBLIN…
OC trackers for Fastnet entrants
Racing
A record entry of 300 boats will each carry an OC Tracker for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 9th August. The Fastnet Race is a 608 nautical mile offshore classic which sees boats ranging…
No clear leader as yet in Figaro
Figaro
The Figaro fleet is expected to arrive in St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie tonight, and the finish line won’t come a moment too soon for the 52 skippers. This second leg has been one long drag race since the fleet escaped the…
Olympics 2012
Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks move up to 17th after finishing the fifth race of the Star worlds in Sweden in 13th place this afternoon. Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody are in 22nd overall after a disappointing drop from second…
'Cinnamon Girl' to miss Fastnet
Racing
Royal Cork's Cian McCarthy will not start in this weekend's Fastnet race because his brand new Class 40 yacht 'Cinnamon Girl ' is still to hit the water. The solo sailor is focused instead on October 18th, the date for…
Calves Week: Unseasonal weather continues
Calves Week
The continuation of the unseasonal weather conditions forced the postponement of the Friday night Crosshaven–Schull raceas part of Calves Week , which eventually started at 8pm on Saturday morning, with a slight improvement in conditions. Eight boats came to the…
Encouraging overall Irish result from 420 Worlds
Racing
James O’Callaghan, High Performance Director of the ISA reported Wednesday evening (5th August) from Lake Garda, where he was supervising and helping with the loading of equipment following the conclusion of the 420 World Championships which was attended by a…
Appeal for assistance in restoration of Asgard I
Asgard II
The historic first Asgard which was involved in the gun-running to the Irish Volunteers at Howth in 1914 is to be restored after a long controversy, reported Tom MacSweeney on the RTÉ News on Sunday, the 2nd of August. Raghnall…
Howth Wednesdays have Flashback
Howth YC
Wednesday Series saw Breen and company in the Beneteau 34.7 Flashback continue their run of successes in Class 1 IRC and HPH, while Superhero (Banahan/Byrne) and Impetuous (Noonan/Chambers) took firsts in Class 2 IRC and HPH respectively. Toughnut was first…
Olympics 2012
After four races in the Star Worlds in Sweden Irish crews are placed 18th and 24th overall. In a reversal of fortunes for Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody the Eastern European champions crashed out of the top ten after two…
Weather shuffles the Figaro pack
Figaro
Since yesterday’s light airs start at Coruna, the returning north-westerly breeze has comprehensively shuffled the pack, as the 52-boat fleet heads back across the Bay of Biscay on its way to the second leg finish at St. Gilles Croix de…
Tall Ships gathering renews 'Raise Asgard' campaign
Asgard II
The Tall Ships head for Belfast next week but the fleet will be missing the pride of Ireland, Asgard II. The Brigantine still lies at the bottom of the sea off France. The Government has the insurance money (3.2 million…

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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