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Dave and James Dwyer's Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble leading in the first race of the 2022 Royal Cork Yacht Club AIB Autumn League in Cork Harbour
Dave and James Dwyer's famous Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble leads the IRC Two Spinnaker division after the first two races of Royal Cork Yacht Club's AIB Autumn League. Lying second in the 11-boat fleet is Conor Phelan's Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge. The Desmond/Ivers/Keane…
'Nacho' (Harry Pritchard, Ronan Kenneally, and William O'Brien) was the Friday evening winner of the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club
A strong 15-boat out for the National 18s at Royal Cork Yacht Club for the River Race on Friday evening, September 30, saw Nacho (hull number 427 but sail number 41) win a tight battle on the Owenabue. Sailed by Harry…
The Merel G Offshore Supply Ship in Cork Harbour
The Merel G Offshore Supply Ship is currently operating out of Cork Harbour and is understood to be involved in lifting the last of the county's gas platforms.  The vessel is customised for offshore oil and gas stand-by capabilities. Built…
The mixed dinghy Monkstown Bay Sailing Club 'At Home' 2022 Regatta was run on Saturday, September 17th in Cork Harbour
55 dinghies competed across the fleets at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club 'At Home' 2022 regatta in Cork Harbour on Saturday. As regular Afloat readers will know, the event was postponed from earlier in the season when strong winds cancelled the…
Theo Carney was the overall winner of the inaugural Cove Sailing Club Optimist Regatta and received his trophy from Commodore Niall Hawes left. Also pictured are Carl Jackson and the Optimist Class's Gary Mills Optimist Class
Cove Sailing Club's foray into Optimist junior sailing in 2021 bore fruit last weekend when the Cork Harbour club hosted its inaugural Optimist dinghy Regatta. Building on CSC participation at the IODAI Munster Championships earlier this year at Royal Cork and a…
Cove Sailing Commodore Niall Hawes (second from right) presents the Titanic trophy to the winning skipper Sean Hanley (right) and the crew of his HB 31 Luas.
Sean Hanley's HB 31 Luas were the winners of the Titanic Trophy cruiser race on Friday evening, the opening race of Cobh's Peoples Regatta weekend in Cork Harbour. In light winds, Hanley's Royal Cork crew won the drifting white sails race…
Dan O'Grady's Cape 31 Aja from Howth competing in Calves Week 2022
The weather gods were partially kind to Schull on Friday with a fickle north westerly wind of 4 to 15 knots and intermittent sunshine on the final day of Calves Week 2022. Once again, all seven fleets had an in-harbour start…
Ritchie and Mike Evans sailing J/99 Snapshot from Howth Yacht Club are top of the Class One IRC leaderboard after two races sailed at Calves Week in West Cork
The notorious variable northerly wind in Schull Harbour, West Cork, created a problem for Calves Week OD Alan Crosbie, who cleverly devised a short cross harbour starting beat before sending the various fleets on an interesting inter-island three-hour course around…
A great day's sailing for the first race of Calves Week 2022 for a race around the Fastnet Rock in West Cork. Scroll down for a photo gallery of racing action
After a miserable 48 hours of fog and rain, the weather gods finally cast a benevolent eye on Schull on Wednesday. Calves Week competitors were greeted with a clear blue sky and steady 15 knots of westerly wind. Race Officer Alan Crosbie started all seven fleets in the inner…
Competitors in Calves Week, Schull in West Cork were greeted with damp grey conditions on Tuesday morning and the sight of the dreaded AP flag flying from the event centre as OD Alan Crosbie contemplated on how to deal with…
The Liam Allister Cup - A special trophy has been presented to Calves Week class 3 this year by Cove Sailing Club
The sailing instructions for next week's Calves Week in West Cork have been published on the dedicated competitors' WhatsApp group, Calves Week Notice Board” which acts as the official notice board for the event. The entry for the regatta was previewed…
Denis Murphy and Anna Marie Fegan at Sunday's Sea Sunday celebration at the Holy Trinity Chruch in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club Vice Admiral Anna Marie Fegan was the visiting speaker at Sunday's Sea Sunday celebration at the Holy Trinity Chruch in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. The joint parishes and community service celebrated the work of the mission…
Mike McCarthy's Royal Cork Dehler 40, Jolastan
The West Cork festival of yacht racing kicks off on Saturday, July 30th, when SCORA will start an offshore race from Kinsale to Baltimore at 8 am. This race replaces the traditional overnight one from Crosshaven, which had suffered from…
The 2022 Beaufort Cup gets underway in Cork Harbour in light airs. The International Inter-Service Sailing Regatta is hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club and supported by the Irish Defence Forces.
The first race of Cork Week 2022 got underway this morning (Monday, July 11) in light airs and slack water from the Naval base at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour. Royal Cork Race Officer Clem McElligott positioned at the base's Signal…
Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Kieran O'Connell addresses guests at Cork Week's official opening that includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD (left) and An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD
Volvo Cork Week kicked off with a fun-filled Family Day on Sunday that was preceded by an official opening by Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Kieran O'Connell and Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD. The…
Almost 200 boats have arrived at Crosshaven to race at Volvo Cork Week 20220 from Monday, July 11
After a four-year hiatus, it took a long time coming, but now the fleet has arrived, and there is great excitement in Cork Harbour for Monday's first races of Cork Week 2022 Regatta for a fleet of almost 200 boats.…
Shindig skipper Tony Kingston,(left) Artful Dodjer skipper Finbarr O'Regan (centre) and Cinnamon Girl skipper Cian McCarthy were applauded by Kinsale Yacht Club for their 2022 Round Ireland Race achievements in June
Kinsale Yacht Club's long tradition with the Round Ireland Yacht Race was celebrated again at the weekend when the West Cork Club marked the achievement of their three boats in the 21st race.  June saw one of the longest and…
The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat was christened the Christine and Raymond Fielding at the Union Hall Pier by crew Chris Collins (Helmsman), Darren Collins, Riona Casey and Hugh McNulty
Volunteers at Union Hall RNLI in West Cork held a special ceremony and service of dedication on Saturday (25 June) for their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Christine and Raymond Fielding. A crowd gathered on Keelbeg Pier for a special ceremony and service…
First look - Royal Cork mixed dinghy racing in the annual Coolmore Race in Cork Harbour
Run by the Royal Cork Yacht Club for its junior and youth sailors, Sunday's fun Coolmore race for dinghies started off Coolmore House near Rabbit Island in Cork Harbour and finished in front of the RCYC clubhouse at high tide.…
Sam Hunt (left) and Cian McCarthy are presented with the inaugural KYC Inishtearaght Race trophy from sponsor James Matthews (centre)
Overall IRC and ECHO honours in Kinsale Yacht Club's inaugural Matthews Centre sponsored Inishtearaght Race went to double-handed duo Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt of the host club. McCarthy and Hunt sailing the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl finished with a corrected…
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