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Navigation Courses - evening classes begin Wed Oct 19

The autumn is on the way! The season afloat will come to an end soon  – the days are getting shorter and the evenings darker!  On Wed 19 October we begin our winter series of navigation courses...just like we have done for the last 30+ years.  But......what is a navigation course? It is much more than just navigation - we look at –weather, tides, safety afloat, buoys and lights, rules, charts and chartwork, electronic navigation, pilotage and  passage planning.

Eddie English will present the Day Skipper Course for beginners and improvers on Wed evenings and the advanced Yachtmaster Course on Thursdays at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven - all are welcome. Click below for more details -

Navigation Courses at SailCork

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SailCork Sunshine Sailing Croatia -  October 2016

Escape the gloomy Irish weather and come and enjoy sailing in luxury aboard a 51' yacht in sunny Croatia. See the historic seaport of Dubrovnik and sail the Adriatic and explore the Dalmatian Islands. Feel the warmth of 24 degrees and enjoy swimming, sailing and sunning yourself! Skipper Eddie English will progress your ability afloat and bring you on the voyage of a lifetime! Come aboard......join the fun now!Dubrovnik

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SailCork Caribbean Adventure 2016

I have been lucky enough to enjoy sailings on most of the world's oceans and one of my favourite places for a sailing adventure has to be the Caribbean. Whilst cruising there and competing in some amazing regattas I knew that this was the perfect destination for the Irish sailor! Azure blue seas, warm salt spray, great sailing breezes, golden beaches, friendly locals, cool beer, exotic food .........Nirvana!

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Haulbowline Island - A Short History

Haulbowline Island and the Irish Naval Service

Haulbowline IslandThe island of Haulbowline in Cork Harbour lies just across the water from the town of Cobh.  Fortifications were built here in the early 1600's but in 1707 the Earl of Inchiquin of Rostellan, William o' Brien, took a lease on the island. His grandfather, Murrough O' Brien,  the first Earl of Inchiquin  had introduced sailing to Ireland during the 1660's at Rostellan - sailing the waters near East Ferry. It is likely that all the O' Briens sailed on these lovely waters now frequented by the dinghies and other boats from SailCork.

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The Cork Harbour One Designs

The Cork Harbour One Designs

 The Cork Harbour One Designs were designed by the famous Scottish yacht designer William Fife. The boats were 30 feet long and built of yellow pine on oak and Initially 6 boats were built at the “Gridiron” in Carrigaloe Cobh in 1896 (Querida, Elsie, Little Devil (Cygnet), Maureen, Minx and Bunyip (Sibyl). They had great racing in their first year so three more were built for 1897 - two were built in Passage West (Imp and Coleen) and another at Carrigaloe (Jap). The tenth and last boat was built at the Fisheries School in Baltimore in 1924 (Betty). Click link to see full story!

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Sunshine Cruise in Croatia in October with SailCork

Sunshine Cruise in Croatia in October with SailCork

This cold wild weather has me thinking about sunshine sailing -  an escape to warmer climes! The SailCork Caribbean Cruise begins on Jan 21 - it has been booked out for quite a while now and there are a few dissappointed sailors...........you need to book early for our cruises! So with that in mind we are letting you know that booking is open for our October Sunshine Cruise in Croatia.........already we have a number of bookings.....so here is a repeat of a blog from a few years ago extrolling the virtues of Croatia ... do have a look!! 

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Navigation Courses…a lot more than just navigation!

 On Wed 22 October we begin our winter series of navigation courses...just like we have done for the last 30 years.  But......what is a navigation course? It is much more than just navigation - There are many things we need to learn about –weather, tides, safety afloat, buoys and lights, rules, charts and chartwork, electronic navigation, pilotage and of course putting all the information together to form a passage plan. These are the elements of a navigation course and it is the perfect platform to study all of these areas and help you become more proficient afloat.

Navigation Courses

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Sailing Invasion of Cork City!

Cork City Ahoy!

One of my favourite days of the year comes each September - the annual Cove Sailing Club race from Cobh to Blackrock. The boats then continue upriver to Cork City for a great party!

I am lucky enough to have enjoyed "going up the river" on over 40 occasions - it is a day I hate to miss! There is an opportunity for everyone to participate and enjoy a great day afloat. Read the blog and find out all about it!

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Isles of Scilly - here we come!

We areIsles of Scilly ready for departure to the Isles of Scilly in the morning! I am really looking forward to a great trip to these magical islands  Looks like the rain will stop and the weather is going to improve for us too - we should have a smooth crossing with NW breeze 8-12kn initially and it amy be even clam for a while………..time for the engine to do its work and keep us on schedule! 

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Round Cobh Island Windsurfing Race 2014

After a lapse of 15 years the Round Cobh Island Windsurfing Race was set to be run on Sat May 10 but due to strong westerly gales it was postponed to Sunday May 11.

The event was a FANTASTIC success with sailors from the past and present emerging from all corners of Ireland! A fleet of 25 boards turned up with 22 starting and 15 finishing - It proved to be very exciting for all those involved due to winds from 2 knots to 24 knots and even more exciting for the leaders. Click on the link below to read the full report and to see some great pictures! 

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