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'No rule broken' - Michael Boyd's J121 Darkwood was protested for allegedly sailing in a Traffic Separation Scheme TSS but a Round Ireland Protest Committee found boats are permitted to enter the south-going lane of a TSS under race rules.
Two protests lodged over competing boats allegedly sailing in Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS), an area in the sea where navigation of ships is highly regulated, in this week's Round Ireland Race were dismissed or deemed invalid following hearings. As Afloat…
The D'Arcy McLernon duo in VX One, the high-performance keelboat leading Class 3 IRC
Today – Day 3 of Bangor Town Regatta turned out to be one of those High Stool Days WM Nixon wrote about in Afloat’s Sailing on Saturdays. For the same unseasonably windy weather which has put paid to several sailing…
Chapter 8: Rowing Boats cover
In response to Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) recommendations, Marine Notice No 42 of 2022 from the Department of Transport draws attention to the safety advice and recommendations in Chapter 8 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation…
Cork Week 2022 Musto Collection at CH Marine banner
Musto’s range of Volvo Cork Week 2022 branded marine clothing is now available for pre-order from CH Marine. The exclusive collection has an expected release date of this coming Thursday 30 June — in plenty of time for the Cork Harbour…
Michael O'Donnell’s UK based J/121 Darkwood
The class bands and fleets are now finalised for the ICRA Nationals which take place as part of Volvo Cork Week this year. With the fleet split across Classes 0,1,2,3 along with Non Spinnaker and Coastal, ICRA trophies and more…
Saturday's much anticipated Drumshanbo Gin Royal Irish Yacht Club regatta racing at Dun Laoghaire has been cancelled due to strong winds. Race officers went to sea to check the conditions and reported strong southerly winds gusting to 33 knots on…
The J24 sinking at WIORA regatta on the Shannon Estuary at Kilrush. The three mark boats on the water were quickly on the scene to take the crew of the yacht on board the safety boat and quickly brought them ashore all in good spirits. Efforts was made to recover the boat but unfortunately, the boat later sank; all relevant authorities were informed, according to an event spokesperson
There has been a dramatic start to the WIORA Championships at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary with one boat sinking and the second day of racing cancelled due to strong winds. This year has a bumper numbers of entries for the…
A long way from the Swiss lakes…..SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race Line Honours Winner Kuka3 (Franco Niggeler, Switzerland) is a Cookson 50, a classic Bruce Farr design which has been at the forefront of the top offshore races for twenty years
We can only be wishing this morning that the traditional-type low pressure areas which march across the Atlantic from New England towards Old Ireland could take aboard some of the strict Sabbatarianism of the regions they’re passing through in their…
The Bangor Town Regatta Class Two start on Day two
What a difference a day makes! There’s a eucalyptus tree near my house and if it’s all moving there’s a good chance the fleet is thrashing about Belfast Lough half a mile away. It was pretty active today. Flukey breezes…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat off Roches Point
Courtmacsherry RNLI was alerted by Valentia Coast Guard on Wednesday afternoon (22 June) to two people onboard a 42ft yacht with mechanical problems 25 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. Shortly after 3.30pm the all-weather lifeboat…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI on Inis Mór were called on to assist a local woman in need of medical attention on Wednesday evening, 22 June. The woman was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat by the volunteer crew shortly after 6.15pm and the…
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US Sailing will soon announce the appointment of a panel to investigate the fatal crew-overboard incident in the Newport Bermuda Race last weekend, race organisers have confirmed. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Colin Golder, captain of the 42-foot sloop Morgan…
The fleet set out in classic Kinsale weather with 20 knots and waves. The championships were both decided on the water in the final race at the Bandon Co-op Squib National Championships. After the many black flags of yesterday, the…
Youghal RNLI crew on their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat
Youghal RNLI went to the aid of a sailor in difficulty 400 yards off Mangan’s Bay on Thursday afternon (23 June) after their boat suffered engine failure. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat…
The final night of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Friday, June League for white sails was cancelled tonight. The decision was taken due to prevailing weather conditions in Cork Harbour. It is the second time the Friday racing has had to…
Dunmore East RNLI’s Shannon class all-weather lifeboat
An all-weather Shannon class lifeboat for Dunmore East RNLI is to be officially named William and Agnes Wray during a ceremony at Dunmore East Lighthouse at 2pm this Sunday 26 June.  The lifeboat, which went on service in September last year, is named…
On arrival at the National Yacht Club on Thursday evening, the prospects for sailing didn’t look that good. The forecast had been for a handful of knots and the boats trying to finish the Round Ireland race were limping down…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club has postponed its 'At Home' which had been scheduled to take place in Cork Harbour on Saturday. The club says this is due to the forecast of adverse weather predictions. A new date of Saturday, September…
The sixth-century monastic site is an internationally important habitat for seabirds
Birdwatch Ireland has expressed concern about the potential impacts of safety measures being taken on Skellig Michael, following last week’s rockfall which led to the temporary closure of the UNESCO world heritage site. The independent bird conservation organisation said it…
False Bay in County Galway
The European Commission is proposing to set legally binding nature restoration targets on both sea and land. The Nature Restoration Law will apply to every EU member state and will complement existing laws and targets. The proposal has been welcomed…

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