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County Kerry marine biologist Lucy Hunt
There is no greater community to understand the changes in the oceans and what needs to be done to protect them than sailors. From those like myself, a leisure sailor, to fishermen, to marine scientists, to the professional seafarers, greater…
Women at the helm competitors
Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Instructor Ciara Moore joined colleagues onboard the RS21 for the recent Irish Sailing Women At Helm Regatta. The team was led by Irish National Marine Services RS Sailing Rep Heather Wright and sailed on…
The late Ida Kiernan - her trailblazing in sailing started long before the Millennium year. She is pictured above at the 2017 National Yacht Club Commodore's Dinner
Ida Kiernan's election as Commodore of the National Yacht Club on the 25 March 2000 marked a firm shattering of the glass ceiling that limited the role of women in sailing. Only in the late 1970s were women admitted to…
Laura Dillon is one of Ireland's most accomplished sailors in many disciplines
Laura Dillon of Howth is one of Ireland's most accomplished sailors under so many headings that it seems almost superfluous to point out that during August, she was at the sharp and of success in both Cowes Week and at…
Aoife Hopkins and Laura Dillon after their success at the National YC
In a weekend in which Eve McMahon of Howth added a major Silver Medal to her year's store of internationally-achieved significant metalware, you'd think that was enough to be going on with. But the formidable female skippers of the peninsula…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour-based Viking Marine supported current and former staff members Antonia and Mary in their weekend entry in the National Yacht Club's Women At The Helm regatta on the J97, Windjammer. The Windjammer crew competed in the Cruiser 1…
Water Wag women at the Helm Regatta - This group photo shows all the competing Water Wag women sailors plus women on the DBSC committee boat, taken in the National Yacht Club after Wednesday night racing. Pictured also back left is DBSC MacLir Committee Boat driver Ian Meldon who joined the photo! 
A strong turnout of Water Wags on Wednesday night in Dun Laoghaire Harbour counted for the National Yacht Club's Women at the Helm regatta as well as regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) points.  19 Wag dinghies entered 'WATH', all helmed…
Aoife Hopkins
The Women at the Helm regatta returns to the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday 24 August and this weekend 27-28 August for its third edition. And among the nearly 200 experienced women sailors expected to take part…
The busy National YC in Dun Laoghaire will be the focus for Women's Sailing this weekend
With Ireland's diverse selection of women sailors achieving an extensive range of success locally, nationally and internationally during 2022, interest in getting involved is running at a high level across the population generally, and this Friday evening (August 26th), the…
Maiden sailed into New York on Wednesday, 1 June and was met by a flotilla of boats at the iconic Statue of Liberty
Iconic vintage yacht Maiden sailed into New York on Wednesday, 1 June and was met by a flotilla of boats at the iconic Statue of Liberty at around 1700hrs and escorted in to One 15 Brooklyn Marina. In New York…
Kinsale Yacht Club Regional Race Officer Michele Kennelly
A presentation and workshop on race management will be given by Kinsale Yacht Club Regional Race Officer Michele Kennelly at Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour on Thursday (June 2nd) as part of the Club's ongoing Women on the Water…
There are currently over 200 female match racing sailors on the World Sailing global ranking
The World Match Racing Tour is pleased to announce the launch of the first Women’s World Match Racing Tour, a global professional series designed to promote and grow female participation in sailing and match racing around the world. The inaugural…
Pictured (l-r) are Athlete Lauren McDowell, Lady Mary Peters and Bethany Carroll, Marketing Executive at Hughes Insurance
The first Northern Ireland athlete selected for Mary Peters Trust funding is Belfast-based sailor, Lauren McDowell, who has received a £500 bursary. Each of the ten athletes will be selected by Lady Mary and her Trust to receive a £500 bursary…
Saoirse Reynolds rounds the Kish Light on Dublin Bay at the helm of Aurelia during the 2021 ISORA Series
The National Yacht Club’s Saoirse Reynolds has continued her winning streak in the UK over the Easter Holidays by scoring first place in the inaugural race of the season run by SORC (Solo Offshore Racing Club) for single and double-handed…
Dee Caffari and Shirley Robertson team up on the new Sun Fast 3300 RockIT for the RORC's non-stop 1,805nm race: Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race
For the 2022 Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, a record 15 teams are planning to take on the marathon IRC Two-Handed. Short-handed racing with the RORC has been booming in recent years with 84 teams competing in the 2021…
The new An Post booklet features Irish female sporting icons Sonia O’Sullivan, Katie Taylor, Kellie Harrington, Rachael Blackmore, Ellen Keane and the Irish Women’s hockey team 
Afloat was quick to point out to An Post there were some notable absences from last month's tribute to Irish female sporting heroes in its set of six National Stamps (Irish Women in Sport). The Irish Post Office paid tribute to achievements in…

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