The totally revised13th edition of the Irish Cruising Club's 'Sailing Directions for the South and West Coasts of Ireland' was published on 1 March 2013 and is NOW available.
See www.iccsailingbooks.com/ for details of this outstanding volume.
The Club has a maximum of 550 members. Most of them live in Ireland and Northern Ireland although there are members living in many parts of the world. They are joined together by their mutual love of the sea and sail boat cruising. The Club has no premises but regular functions are arranged so that members can meet, and of course many rallies are held on the waters both around Ireland and abroad.
Most of of this website’s contents are solely for the use of the members of the club. However from these public pages you can discover more about the club, learn about the Club’s two highly regarded Sailing Directions for the coasts of Ireland, its new book 'Cruising Ireland', and read some of the logs of the voyages of some of the members. There is also a brief section on how to join the club.
Cruising under sail along the coasts of Ireland has a long and colourful history, but it was not until 1929 that the Irish Cruising Club was brought into being to act as a co-ordinating body for seagoing amateur sailors in all parts of a country which had only recently been partitioned.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate substantial cruising experience, seamanship, sailing skills and competence and an interest in and commitment to the ethos and activities of the Club. They should know members who would be prepared to propose and second their application.
The deadline for the first stage of the application process is 14 September of each year. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential sponsors well before this date to allow adequate time to prepare the application.
Membership applications are considered each January.
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At the end of every year many members submit logs of their voyages for publication in the Club's Annual. The voyages cover widely different areas in home and foreign waters - some are short cruises around the coasts of Ireland, whilst others are long-planned adventures to distant places rarely visited by most people. All the cruises are treated with equal respect.
Each year the logs are judged to compete for the many prizes that have been presented over the years. The Club's premier prize for club members is the Faulkner Cup which was presented in 1931
The Faulkner Perpetual Challenge Cup shall be awarded each year for the log of the best cruise on a sailing yacht owned by a member of the Club, undertaken during the Season by any member, provided that he shall be in command of the yacht. The judge will take into consideration the distance covered, the crew, the time occupied, the size of vessel, the amount of use of auxiliary power, seamanship displayed and the difficulties encountered and overcome. A description of the yacht and photograph should included with each entry.
Assembled below are the winning logs from the last few years and we hope that you will enjoy reading them and appreciate the span of the members' activities with their yachts.
The Faulkner Cup was yet again awarded to Fergus Quinlan for his log for the concluding year of his and Kay's three year circunnavigation. This part of the voyage was from Darwin back to Kinvara.
The log appeared in the ICC's 2012 Annual and is reproduced here
'The Origin Cruise' (conclusion): Darwin to Kinvara 2011-2012
The Faulkner Cup was again awarded to Fergus Quinlan who, with his wife Kay, has continued his circum-navigation as far as Australia. (see: www.pylades.net for their on-going personal log)
Their log is reproduced here as it appears in the ICC's 2011 Annual.
‘The Origins Cruise’ (continued): French Polynesia to Darwin 2010-2011
The Faulkner Cup was awarded to Fergus Quinlan who, with his wife Kay, completed an exceptional cruise from Kinvara to the Pacific island of Tahiti, a distance of over 12,000 miles in his much-travelled home-built cutter Pylades.
The log is reproduced below as it appears in the ICC's 2010 Annual:
The 'Origins' cruise: Kinvara to South Pacific 2009-2010
The Faulkner Cup was awarded to Trevor Lusty for a year long voyage that took him from France to Spain, to the Azores and to the Canaries, down the coast of West Africa to Dakar, the cape verde Islands, across the Atlantic to Salvador and Rio de Janeiro and on to Buenos Aires.
The log is reproduced below as it appears in the ICC's 2009 Annual:
The Faulkner Cup was awarded to Ed Wheeler for his outstanding voyage in his Contessa 35 'Witchcraft of Howth' from Northern Ireland, via Madeira and the Canary Islands to Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau, and then home via the Azores.
Ed also won two prizes for this log from the Royal Cruising Club.
Ed Wheeler's log is presented here as it appeared in the Irish Cruising Club's 2008 Annual. His navigational notes about the region are also included. For ease of reading you may find it preferable to print off the pages. Please click on the link below.
Witchcraft goes to West Africa, by Ed Wheeler.