18th August

First milestone crossed in Golden Globe Race

On July 31, Gregor McGuckin crossed the symbolic line of the equator in undramatic fashion. His chosen route, west of the fleet as they head towards South Africa, is paying dividends and sees Hanley Energy Endurance currently in 7th place in a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

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Aug 1: Hanley Energy Endurance lying 7th

The race route is east-about, starting and finishing in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France. Eighteen sailors from 13 countries crossed the starting line on July 1 in a 30,000-mile, 8-9-month race that will take the fleet southwards down the Atlantic, through the Indian and Pacific oceans, around Cape Horn and northwards through the Atlantic back to France.

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Non-stop around the globe with just a sextant to guide him

When Gregor McGuckin slipped his lines from the pontoon at Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club and sailed quietly through Dalkey Sound, bound for Les Sables D’Olonne on France’s Atlantic coast, his hope was not to see dry land again after July 1 — for about nine months. The young Dubliner faces a challenge of huge proportions, both physical and mental: a solo, non-stop voyage around the planet in the Vendee Golden Globe Race.

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 Gregor has a 'glass half-full attitude' not only thanks to Glendalough Distillery who presented him with a small barrel of 7-year-old single malt whiskey that is bolted to the foredeck, but in his approach to what lies ahead. With just fourteen days solo sailing experience in his wake, his mental preparation has been to ensure the boat is completely ready “and that helps my confidence,” he said.

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Irish seafood sets sail on Solitaire du Figaro race

Ireland's seafood development agency is backing the first female sailor from these shores, Joan Mulloy, in the Solitaire du Figaro race in late August.   

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Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive with Joan Mulloy, Ireland's first female entry in the Solitaire due Figaro race

Explaining the rationale of the sponshorship, Jim O'Toole, BIM chief executive, said the agency's gastronomy seafod trail "ties Irish seafood production into Ireland's tourism."

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Solo Irish sailor races towards notorious Cape Horn

Veteran sailor Enda O'Coineen is expected to round the notorious Cape Horn within the next twently-four hours in his endeavour to complete his solo lap of the globe. 

O'Coineen set out from Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6, 2016, in the Vendee Globe world circumnavigation. On New Year's Day 2017 however, his attempt came to dramatic end when he was demasted 180 miles south of New Zealand.

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Determined to complete the course, O'Coineen teamed up with another Vendee competitor who has retired from the race, to create the 'Le Souffle du Nord Kilcullen Team Ireland'.

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Regatta returns major economic benefit for Dún Laoghaire

Over 470 boats and 2,500 sailors gathered in the east coast town of Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, for the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.

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Cruising classes, traditional and classic vessels, tacked across the race courses during the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta . Photo Gillian Mills 

Seven race courses, 290 races and almost 4,000 results were staged over four days of mostly light sea breezes at Ireland’s biggest sailing event.

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