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The 2021 ARC fleet in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ ARC, and 2021 proved again why sailing the same route at the same time of year can produce so many different experiences. The ingredients of the ARC, the boats and nationalities, ambitions…
Artist’s composite of UK and EU flags
In a reprieve for many UK-based private boat owners, the British Government intends to waive the three-year condition on Returned Goods Relief, as Yachting Monthly reports. Pending changes to legislation will mean that vessels that have been based in the…
There were family-style celebrations for the ARC ocean crossing community in Grenada on Friday
For the sailors of ARC+ 2021, last Friday's prizegiving ceremony in St. George's, Grenada marked the end of their Atlantic cruising adventure that began in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the eastern side of the Atlantic six weeks ago. The…
Conor Haughey (right) skipper on board Hibernian, a Moody 54DS with some of his crew, an Irish entry in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers that has arrived first in the cruiser division at Grenada in the Caribbean
Conor Haughey of Malahide’s handsome Moody 54DS Hibernian swept into the finish of the ARC 2021 in Grenada this morning to chalk up a notable international success for Ireland. Hibernian - which sailed the longer ARC + course to take…
ARC+ first arrival - Piment Rouge. (FRA)
Grenada has welcomed the first arrival of ARC+ 2021 as Pierre De Saint-Vincent’s Outremer 51 Piment Rouge (FRA) claimed line honours in the second leg of the cruising rally from Mindelo, Cape Verde. As Afloat reported yesterday, Malahide's Conor Haughey's…
Conor Haughey’s Hibernian is proving to be a swift sloop on the open ocean
Conor Haughey of Malahide’s handsome silver-liveried Moody 54DS Hibernian is having a very good Transatlantic race with the ARC+ division of 70 boats, which has taken in the transoceanic hop in two stages with a stop in the Cape Verdes.…
Agecanonix, an X-Yachts X4³, was sailing with a three-man, all-French crew as part of the ARC IRC Racing Division
The circumstances surrounding the death of a crew member on ARC yacht Agecanonix at the weekend are not yet known, according to rally organisers the World Cruising Club. Late on Friday 26 November, a Mayday call was made from Agecanonix…
Liam Shanahan's Oyster 625 Ruth II (fourth from right) from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire pictured prior to her departure on the ARC at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Two Irish yachts were among a big fleet departing Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to start the 36th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) yesterday. Cruisers, racers, and multihulls; sleek ocean racing machines alongside comfortable family cruisers; superyachts with professional crews,…
Conor Haughey (right) skipper on board Hibernian, a Moody 54DS with some of his crew, an Irish entry in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers that departed Las Palmas de Gran Canaria bound for Mindelo Marina in Cape Verde on the first leg of the trip to Grenada in the Caribbean
ARC+ 2021, World Cruising Club’s two-stage transatlantic rally to Grenada, set sail today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 70 boats spirited away by the tradewinds bound for Mindelo Marina in Cape Verde for the first leg. Years of…
This is not a Set Proposal for the next James Bond movie…On the contrary, the Stad Ship Tunnel in Norway is for real, and construction starts next year.
Alex Blackwell of Clew Bay is always buzzing with ideas, and his latest notion is that the destination for a future Cruise-in-Company by some seagoing club or other (he's involved in several) should be the pioneering Ship Tunnel that the…
Disappointed in Teneriffe - Peter Lawless is making repairs to Waxwing in the Canary Islands
Disappointment is always hard to take, but Peter Lawless is determined, even though he has, this time, failed in his ambition to become the first Irishman to sail around the world non-stop. The Kerry solo sailor left Kilrush Marina in…
File image of a fuel pump
As reported earlier this year on, the ban on the use of red diesel to propel private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland has come into effect. As of 1 October 2021, following an extension from this past summer, private pleasure…
Pierce Purcell Jnr of Galway Maritime (left) presents owner/skipper Mark Wllson from the successful Sigma 33 Scorpio with the King of Lambs Trophy in Galway Maritime’s premises in Galway City
So much happened so quickly in Galway Bay SC’s 46-boat Lambs Week cruise to the Aran islands and Connemara (as reported in that it took a day or two for a more formal presentation to take place with the…
God's Own Country, as seen from a satellite above Connemara and Galway Bay. While the three Aran Islands provide some shelter from the Atlantic, this is still a challenging area in which to organise a cruise-in-company and a couple of offshore races for a fleet of 46 boats
With an impressive and eclectic fleet of 46 boats from West Coast ports which ranged from Clew Bay to the north to Kilrush in the Shannon Estuary to the south - in addition to the many harbours and anchorages within…
The orca or killer whale may look a bit like a friendly giant dolphin, but the evidence is that even the much-feared great white shark will give them a wide berth
Portuguese-based cruising enthusiast John Duggan of Cascais and originally Malahide has been monitoring the continuing situation with orca attacks on the rudders of cruising boats off the Iberian coast, and has posted this update today: "Anyone with a boat in…
Lambs Week features sailing around the Aran Islands with stopovers in Rossaveal, Kilronan and Roundstone.
Galway Bay Sailing Club is expecting 50 boats or more to participate in the club's August's Lambs Week event that features sailing around the Aran Islands with stopovers in Rossaveal, Kilronan and Roundstone. The event runs from August 19th to…

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