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Louay Habib

Louay Habib

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Louay Habib is a Maritime Journalist & Broadcaster based in Hamble, United Kingdom

Ante Razmilovic’s Swedish Blue (GBR 1438) is the 2022 International Etchells World Champion with crew Brian Hammersley and Dubliner Noel Drennan
The new Etchells World Champions are Ante Razmilovic’s Swedish Blue, with the Irish-born Australian Noel Drennan a member of the three-man crew. Three races were completed on the final day, with results still provisional. The five-day racing was organised by…
42 Etchells for the Worlds
The glitterati of the sailing world has gathered in Cowes for the 2022 Etchells Worlds hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. At least ten past Etchells World Champions will be competing. No racing will take place on Monday 19th September…
The inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 Series takes place between 14-24th February 2023
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announces the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600 Series, which will be based in Antigua from 14th to 24th February 2023. The series will include three days of racing followed by the main event, the 14th…
Record Entry for the RORC Cherbourg Race
The world’s largest offshore racing series concludes next weekend with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Cherbourg Race, starting from Cowes on Friday, 2nd September at 1800 BST. 81 teams are entered for the dash across The English Channel, the…
Skippers Briefing for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race ahead of Sunday's start
The Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race starts today, Sunday 7th August. All 30 teams attended the Skippers Briefing held at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. RORC CEO Jeremy Wilton welcomed all competitors to the race: “This is the fifth…
Tschuss won the first race of Cowes Week 2022, a four-hour duration, by just ten seconds after IRC time correction from Ian Atkin's GP42 Dark 'N' Stormy. Guy Gillon & Christian Hamilton's GP42 Khumbu was third, just 26 seconds from winning the race. Tchuss's crew includes Ireland's Johnny Mordaunt, Nicholas O’Leary, Tom McWilliam and Simon Johnson
Warm weather, combined with winds gusting above 25 knots, provided lashings of excitement, thrills, spills and adrenaline for competitors across all fleets at Cowes Week Sunday. Long downwind legs for many classes ensured competitors came ashore with big grins. In…
American Ker 40+ Tschuss skippered by Christian Zugel with Irish crew will contest a seven boat IRC Zero Cowes Week
Cowes Week 2022 beckons (30 July – 05 August), and some of Ireland's top yacht race crews are among the IRC Zero Class, composed entirely of GP Zero boats, at the world-famous regatta. US-based German skipper Christian Zugel, a member of…
Start of the 2022 RORC Channel Race
The top five boats in the RORC Channel Race after IRC time correction on Friday, July 23rd were from five different classes. The overall winner was in IRC Class Zero with Nicklas Zennström’s CF-520 Rán also taking Line Honours. Second…
Daniel Murphy’s Whisper from Kinsale YC
A blaze of Dragons raced at Cork Week with entries from Kinsale YC, Royal St. George YC, Royal Irish YC, and Glandore Harbour YC. Races were held on the Windward Leeward Course off Roches Point. Cameron Good’s Little Fella from…
Ross McDonald and his winning 1720 crew celebrate European class victory at the Cork Week prizegiving at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for a gallery of all prizewinners below
Volvo Cork Week Regatta came to a close in Crosshaven on Friday evening. 192 boats took part in the biggest Week for many years, which incorporated the ICRA National Championships. As Afloat reported this week, racing was held on five…
James Chalmers and his Knight Build team racing Happy Daize
17 high-performance racer-cruisers had eight races on a mixture of longer round the cans courses and shorter technical windward leeward racetracks during Cork Week 2022 for ICRA National Championships honours. On Day two, the British J/112 Happy Daize was not…
The Crosshaven RNLI won the 2022 Beaufort Cup on Annemarie Fegan and Denis Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo
The third edition of the Beaufort Cup attracted teams from Ireland, UK and the United States for the Service Sailing Regatta with the winning crew taking home the Beaufort Cup. The schedule kicked off with a 120nm race around the…
John Maybury's Joker II crew from the Royal Irish Yacht Club had five wins from nine races to become IRC Two Division Cork Week champion by a big margin of 12 points
16 teams had windward leeward and round the cans courses over the five days at Cork Week. John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 with a team from the Royal Irish YC, is the ICRA class champion. Joker 2 scored four race wins…
Seven wins from nine races gives Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT the IRC Three Cork Week 2022 title by 11 points in the 19 boat fleet
21 teams enjoyed nine races on windward-leeward and round the cans courses at Cork Week. Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes scored seven race wins out of ten to rocket to the class title. Marcus Ryan’s…
Overall 1720 Europeans Champions Rope Dock/Atara Aoife English, Paddy Good, Killian Collins Robbie English, and (right) Ross McDonald of Royal Cork YC/Howth YC title=
43 1720 Sportsboats raced at the biggest meeting for the one-design class for many years at Cork Week. The racing was as intense as the partying at the RCYC Clubhouse. Veteran 1720 sailors joined forces with younger crews for close racing…
Anthony O'Leary’s Cape 31 Antix
Anthony O'Leary's Antix crew scored a first and a second in the final two races, which gave the RCYC ace the inaugural title on his home waters.  Six pocket-rocket Cape 31s designed by Wicklow’s Mark Mills, contested the first Cape…
Anthony O'Leary’s Cape 31 Antix
Three windward leeward races were run for the Cape 31 Class competing for the Irish National Championship at Cork Week on Thursday. Anthony O'Leary’s Antix from the Royal Cork YC still leads the championship after scoring a 1-2-4 today. After…
Overall 1720 leader Ross McDonald at the helm of Atara title=
Rope Dock Atara, with Ross McDonald on the helm representing Royal Cork YC & Howth YC, scored a 4-1-1 today (Thursday) to all but secure the 1720 European Championship title at Cork Week.  After three days of light and complex…
The Key Yachting J99 entry Jam from the Royal Southern YC competing in Cork Week IRC Two
Cork Week Class IRC Two leader, John Maybury’s J/109 Joker 2 from the Royal Irish YC, scored a seventh in the first race of the day but came fighting back with a win and a second place to all but…
The US Marines racing First 40.7 Escapado is in third place
Racing for the Beaufort Cup at Cork Week will conclude on Friday with the winning services team awarded the trophy and €10,000 for their chosen charity. After three days of light and complex racing, a sea breeze kicked in on…
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