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Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher at the start of the 2021 D2D Race start from Dun Laoghaire. The boat was back out on the water in January 2022 in two handed set up for some training with sistership Hot Cookie
Wednesday morning saw some early 2022 season double-handed two boat tuning for a pair of Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 keelboats on Dublin Bay. ISORA campaigners Searcher (Pete Smyth) and John O'Gorman's Hot Cookie enjoyed 10-15 knots north-westerlies for a fast reach…
Keel failure - World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations will require keel inspection for Category 3 Offshore Races in 2022
Changes to the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) coming into effect on January 1 2022, will mean an additional requirement for yachts taking part in races of Category 0 to Category 3. In 2022, Irish fixtures such as June's…
Richard Tudor at Pwllheli Sailing Club
A Welsh sailor with a longtime connection to offshore racing in the Irish Sea has been recognised by his home club with a lifetime contribution award. Richard Tudor was presented with the accolade recently at a special function hosted by…
Never happier than when afloat – Neville Maguire aged 93 heading seawards from Howth in his final boat, the Seaward 23 Two Much
Neville Maguire (1927-2021) was a devotedly local sailor whose racing was at world standard. Yet any civilised sailing enthusiast would wish to be as he was, for although Neville’s racing was important, it was only part of a lifelong love…
File image of yacht racing in Cobh
As noted recently on Afloat.ie, the historic Kingstown to Queenstown Race will return in 2022 in a modern-day format — reviving the tradition of a race first run in 1860. Hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, National Yacht Club…
ISORA Irish Champion 2021 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) negotiates Dalkey Sound in light winds during a coastal race in July
Following its AGM, ISORA aims to run the full traditional offshore series including the Wolf’s Head overall trophy in what will be its 50th season.  There are great plans for the 2022 season. We have proposed a separate Coastal Series…
ISORA's Wolf Head Trophy
Significant changes to the ISORA 2022 fixtures schedule (downloadable here) on the Irish Sea will be discussed online at this year's Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) Annual General Meeting. The offshore body promotes offshore racing on both side of the channel, principally…
There will be two ISORA Coastal Series, one on each side of the Irish Sea
Some significant changes to the ISORA 2022 fixtures schedule (downloadable below) on the Irish Sea are highlighted by ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan ahead of this year's online AGM.  The Offshore will be a stand-alone series for ISORA's overall Wolf’s Head…
A Jac de Ridder-designed High Tension 36 to the One Ton Rule. The late Johnny Morris took line honours in the first Round Ireland Race in 1980, racing sister-ship Force Tension

John Morris 1933-2021

9th November 2021 ISORA
At first light on Saturday 5th July 1980 off Wicklow, Johnny Morris of Pwllheli - who has died aged 88 - secured himself a permanent place in the story of offshore racing. In command of Force Tension, a One Tonner…
Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI was ISORA's James Eadie race winner from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday
Top Irish offshore yacht Rockabill VI was first in line honours, first in IRC overall and class in the seven-boat James Eadie long offshore (76-miles) from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire yesterday.  Race 15 was the final race of the Musto ISORA Offshore Series…
Irish ISORA coastal champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) is competing in Saturday's final long offshore race of the 2021 season
Out of an entry list of 13 boats, seven will take part in the last offshore of the Musto ISORA Offshore Series on Saturday.  The 'Long Offshore' will start from Pwllheli in North Wales at 10 am and sail a…
RORC racing from the RYS Line
The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season’s Points Championship concludes this weekend in the UK with the Castle Rock Race, the grand finale for the RORC season. The eleventh and final race for 2021 will decide the class winners for the…
Conor Doyle's XP50 Freya from Kinsale Yacht Club is entered into the 2021 Rolex Malta Middle Sea Race this October
With 50 days to the start of the 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is preparing itself for a stellar fleet and there is Irish offshore sailing interest in the lineup too with Kinsale's XP50…
Second overall was Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher that won in IRC 2
Provisional results give Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI the overall win in ISORA's Race No. 12. The Royal Irish JPK 10.80 was the line honours winner in the slated 35-mile coastal day race that started and finished Dun Laoghaire Harbour.   It was a light…
Howth Yacht Club's J109 Indian chases line honours winner, the larger J125 Jackknife shortly after the start of the Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli, 80 miler on Saturday.
First in IRC One and first in IRC overall, Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox sailing the J109 Mojito were the winners of the seven-boat ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on Saturday.  Andrew Hall's Jackknife took line honours in…
Grant Kinsman's Archambault 31 A Plus from the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire is racing to Pwllheli
ISORA will stage its first cross-channel race in nearly two years on Saturday morning for a 75-mile offshore race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Pwllheli. Despite teething problems with COVID passports, new customs procedures, a clash with deliveries to Calves Week…
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