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The course announced for the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race off Dun Laoghaire has been shortened to north Kish and back, passing the Dublin ISORA virtual mark on the relevant side
The absence of a gale warning and a forecasted flat sea state means tomorrow's second ISORA Coastal Race from Dun Laoghaire will go ahead in gusty southwesterly winds, albeit over a shortened course. A straw poll of skippers was in…
J109 Ruth (The Shanahan family) is expected to be among the starters of the second ISORA Viking Marine Irish Coastal Race off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Saturday morning
ISORA cruiser-racers are looking for a 'weather window' to get their 2024 season underway this Saturday morning (13th April). The second race of the Viking Marine Irish coastal series is due to start at 11 am off Dun Laoghaire, but…
The Italian Class40 Alla Grande Pirelli in the 2023 Normandy Channel Race, which took in turning marks at the Tuskar and Fastnet Rocks. The first of the Class40 fleet – the French boat Unicorn – confirmed entry this week in the 2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow on June 22nd
This weekend is expected to see the Entry List for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race on June 22nd going through the 40 mark, with a good selection of boats already providing a healthy mix of internationally-renowned craft lining up…
With the first Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race cancelled on Saturday due to strog winds, all eyes are now on the second. race scheduled for next Saturday, April 13th at 11am
Due to Saturday's extreme weather forecast, ISORA's first coastal race is postponed until a date to be agreed upon amongst those skippers who entered the race. As Afloat previously reported, ISORA boss Peter Ryan issued the Sailing Instructions (downloadable below)…
Simon Knowles' J109 Indian is confirmed for Saturday's first ISORA coastal race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
ISORA's first Dublin Bay Coastal race of the season is in doubt due to this Saturday's forecasted strong southerly winds. A new JPK design is set to challenge reigning ISORA champion Rockabill VI in the Viking Marine-sponsored race to and…
Paul O'Higgins' championship-winning JPK10.80 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is confirmed for the first ISORA Coastal Series Race from Dun Laoghaire on April 6th
Paul O'Higgins' championship-winning JPK10.80 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club will be challenged by a smaller JPK 10.30 when the 2024 ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Series gets underway next Saturday morning at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Coquine, a brand new…
The ISORA Irish coastal series starts on April 6th from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with four races on the following weekends
Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA)  Chairman Peter Ryan is urging crews to enter for next month's first race of the Viking Marine Irish Coastal Series 2024 so class rating splits can be evenly prepared. "Now that rugby is over,…
Jonathan Anderson's Scottish J122E yacht 'El Gran Senor', pictured leading the Sovereign's Cup Coastal Division in the first race off Kinsale in 2023. The boat, which now has new owners, Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox, will be renamed 'Mojito' and will take part in the 2024 ISORA races, the IRC Welsh Championships, Cork Week, the J Cup, IRC Europeans, and the ICRA Nationals before returning to Wales for the Pwllheli Challenge at the end of September
The potent J122E cruiser-racer Scottish 'El Gran Senor' from the Clyde Cruising Club will be renamed under new ownership when she embarks on her 2024 summer season, which includes next month's ISORA 2024 Offshore Series on the Irish Sea, Cork…
The final 2024 ISORA calendar (v 9 above) is structured to avoid as many clashes as possible while facilitating boats doing other events
Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) has signed off on a 'final' race schedule for 2024  As regular Afloat readers know, the association was quick off the blocks at its agm when it published a draft schedule for its 2024 fixtures last…
Andrew and Sam Hall's 'Pata Negra' competing at the 2023 Volvo Cork Week Regatta. The Lombard 46 lost her port rudder in the RORC Transatlantic Race and is making its way to harbour with 900 miles to sail
ISORA campaigners Andrew and Sam Hall retired from the RORC Transatlantic Race after his yacht Pata Negra lost a rudder with 900 miles to go in the 3,000-mile race. According to Liverpool Yacht Club crew reports on social media, the…
ISORA's Richard Tudor of Pwllheli
The death of an inspirational figure in sailing, ISORA's Richard Tudor of Pwllheli, has been remembered this week by his North Wales club in a special website tribute to the sailor who was a top sailor across a wide spectrum…
Finola Flanagan with ISORA’s Wolf’s Head champion’s trophy with her husband Paul O’Higgins (centre) and his crew of shipmates and friends who race the successful Rockabill VI
While sailing in Ireland has its conspicuously attention-getting aspects, the real backbone of the sport continues to be the active club sailor who can quietly keep a usefully large crew panel together in order to have the right mix of…
The late Richard Tudor, for many years, was one of the guiding forces behind the development of sailing at Pwllheli in North Wales and in offshore racing in the Irish Sea

Richard Tudor RIP

1st January 2024 ISORA
His many sailing friends on both sides of the Irish Sea have been saddened to learn of the death of Richard Tudor of Pwllheli, an inspirational figure in sailing and across a wide spectrum of interests in boats. He was…
The J/122 El Ocaso – class winner in Antigua Week 2023 – has been chartered by Howth’s Simon Knowles for the RORC Caribbean 600 2024 in February
Howth Yacht Club J/109 skipper Simon Knowles – the inshore and offshore campaigner of Indian in Irish waters – and noted Pwllheli father-and-son offshore team of Andrew and Sam Hall, will be ensuring that the Irish Sea is well represented with…
ISORA Champions 2023 Rockabill VI are congratulated (from left) Philip Connor, Conor O'Higgins, Paul Gough, James Gunn, Ian O'Meara and John Kelly. Front: Finola Flanagan, Paul O'Higgins and Kieran Tarbett Rockabill's' crew panel includes the following (not pictured) Anna Walshe, Mark Pettitt, Oisin Collins, Rees Kavanagh, Adam Leddy, Harry Beausang, Graham Curran and Bill Nolan
ISORA applauded its 2023 overall champion Paul O'Higgins and his Royal Irish Rockabill VI crew at the association's annual sell-out black-tie dinner at the National Yacht Club on Saturday, November 11th. The winning JPK 10.80 crew and many other prizewinners…
ISORA 2023 champion Rockabill VI off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The 2024 ISORA calendar includes a July race from Dun Laoghaire to Cork
ISORA has published a draft schedule for its 2024 fixtures that starts on May 6th with an early coastal series on both sides of the Irish Sea. The first cross-channel race is May 11th with a Dun Laoghaire - Pwllheli…