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Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC) won Gold and took the U17 29er Female World Title in Spain
Lucia Cullen of Dun Laoghaire and Alana Twomey of Cork - both 16 - have combined to form one of Ireland's most successful 29er teams to such good effect that during August at El Bais in Spain, they became the…
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…
Hannes Louet-Feisser completed the first Round Ireland Windfoiler Circuit, supported by a shore team but usually completely in his own afloat
There have been some remarkable round Ireland circuits in extra-small and often unusual craft over the years, but a new standard has been set in 2022 by Hannes Louet-Feisser of Carlingford Lough, who completed the challenge – usually unaccompanied afloat…
The tops. Fiachra McDonnell with Tralee Bay SC Commodore Anthony Clifford at the conclusion of a successful ILCA/Laser Nationals 2022
The most numerous and widespread dinghy class in Ireland is the ever-young ILCA/Laser. Yet even though a large fleet turned up for their Nationals in August at Tralee Bay, the fact that several sub-divisions took part with the class’s different…
Designed and built by Maurice O’Keeffe in Schull in 1902, the restored Lady Min has been collecting silverware for Simon O’Keeffe throughout the summer
It’s a mixed blessing being the curator-owner of a boat designed and built by a direct ancestor in your home-port town 120 years ago. But Simon O’Keeffe of Schull has turned a challenge into a triumph by commissioning classic boat-builder…
Serious business. Patrick Boardman’s Classic Half Tonner King One (Rush SC) closing in on victory in August’s RORC Half Ton Cup 2022 in the Solent
They’re renowned for growing good things in the fertile hidden lands of Fingal up around the Rogerstown Estuary, and the local Rush SC is right on message with an expanding stream of talent in all branches of sailing. In 2022,…
Top Lone Sailor in the Lone Star State – Eve McMahon on her way to a convincing Gold Medal victory in Texas
July 2022 will be remembered as the ultra-crowded month in which sailing in Ireland really did leap back to pre-pandemic levels, something that has been reflected in it recording an unprecedented number of Afloat.ie “Sailors of the Month” in six…
Staying cool. Rocco Wright on his way to Gold in The Netherlands
It seems like only yesterday that Rocco Wright (15) of Howth was a World star in the unmistakably junior Optimists. Yet in what seems like less than a year, he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with…
The crew of the 1720 Rope Dock Atara (Aoife English & Ross McDonald) celebrate class success at Volvo Cork Week’s conclusion afloat, unaware that it was going to be enhanced by the “Boat of the Regatta” award that evening
Volvo Cork Week 2022 was July’s regatta highlight, and with the Royal Cork YC’s Tricentenary cancelled in 2020, the Tri-Centenary +Two had much to celebrate, not least the remarkable revival of the 30-year-old 1720 Sportsboat Class, which in 2022 is…
Chris Moore continued an unprecedented record of serving sailing administration by guiding Dublin Bay SC through the pandemic
As we emerge from the pandemic and gradually become accustomed to unfettered sailing, it is right and proper that we should salute those who guided our sport through the various regulations and restriction of the last two years and more.…
At the heart of it – John Maybury in the midst of crew and Flag Officers at Volvo Cork Week with one of the many trophies won by ICRA Nats 2022 Champion Joker II
The complexities of Volvo Cork Week 2022 may have obscured some of the important National Championships taking place within it and its many classes. But aboard the more serious boats, the “hidden target” was the ICRA Nationals 2022, and the…
The Master of the Lakes - Shannon OD Champion Frank Guy
For most of their hundred years, the unique 18-foot Shannon One Designs have kept themselves to themselves in their secret world of Ireland’s great lakes. But in July 2022, they went unprecedently public with their Centenary celebrated in two special…
May’s Sailors of the Month from Kinsale – Sam Hunt (left) and Cian McCarthy (right) with the prize and Inishtearaght Race sponsor James Matthews of Matthews of Cork
Ireland's most westerly Atlantic outcrop, the Blasket Islands, are so imbued with mythology and an almost supernatural ruggedness that no-one had previously thought of using the group’s lighthouse island, Inishtearaght, as the turning point for a 240-mile offshore race. But…
The transition from junior to senior sailing is difficult at the best of times, and the Irish “Sailor of the Year 2021” Eve McMahon of Howth has found that the arbitrary dictates of personal birth dates means that she has…
Hal Sisk aboard his restored 1894-built G L Watson cutter Peggy Bawn in Dublin Bay in 2005
When Hal Sisk of Dun Laoghaire was awarded the International “Classic Boater Of The Year” Award in London on April 12th, the brief outline of his major achievements in preserving maritime heritage may have high-lighted his current project - with…
Taking up where he left off – Harry Durcan was SoM March 2019 for skippering the winning CIT team in the IUSA Keelboat Nats
A rose is still a rose by any other name, but though Cork Institute of Technology is now Munster Technological University, its team keelboat sailing skipper is still Harry Durcan of Crosshaven. And at the weekend he showed he’d lost…

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