2023 Irish Sailing Cruising Conference

An incredible success with delegates leaving full of new knowledge, new friends and excitement to get out cruising this season ahead.


Bringing you Adventures, Wildlife, Workshops, Regulations Advice and more.

Sponsored by Union Chandlery and supported by Kilrush Marina and Cruising Association of Ireland



The Sea is home to adventures, scientists, researchers, marine mammals and so much more. At this year's conference we celebrate the sea and our connection with her.

This year's talks include ...

Entry and out of UK, GB, NI

o We bring you up to date information from Revenue on the customs implications for visiting yachts to and from UK and GB, and quick reminder on the duty implications for permanent movement / purchase of vessels / goods.

Sailing Offshore in a Worldwide Pandemic

o Daria Blackwell of the Ocean Cruising Club shares stories from the time she provided incredible support to the Irish and International sailors that found themselves literally 'left at sea' and unable to come to ashore.

Atlantic Crossing with family and friends

o Preparing for an Atlantic crossing ... Can you leave later than the ARC? Here some of the challenges a crossing can bring and how they are overcome.

Orca Interactions in the Atlantic

o Marine Biologist Mónica González of CEMMA (Coordinator for the Study of Marine Mammals) is joining us in person from Spain. Mónica is currently working on a scientific study on the interaction of the orca population ( Orcinus orca ) in the Atlantic coast with vessels with vessels. She will with share the hypothesis that are currently being researched and be open for Q and A.

Monitoring distribution of the Atlantic Right Whale

o Join Song of the Whale, a purpose-built 21 metre research vessel, live from the Coast of America. Where Niall MacAllister from West Cork and Killian Glynn from Kilrush are working with Marine Conservation Research scientists and US colleagues in Florida studying the distribution of the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale from Florida to New England.

Windfarms, Mapping and Monitoring our Coast

o Jared Peters, head of Marine Surveys at Green Rebel, will talk about the seabed mapping, surveys and windfarm project work they do to protect our seas for us to enjoy our cruising.

Following the talks we open a selection of Workshops / Information Corners

  • International Paints – which paint and why
  • Lifejacket check workshop
  • Safetrx app – The Irish Sailing app that allows you to share your journey. How it works and the options the app now offers
  • Pots – With members of the CRPG. An ideas workshop for how we can try make our waters safer for everyone
  • Cruising Association of Ireland
  • Anchoring with Alex Blackwell
  • Training - ICC, Day Skipper and more are all on the Irish Sailing and RYA syllabus for you
  • Droning - top tips on your coastal droning skills from Bob Foley

We are delighted to have Union Chandlery on board as sponsors of the event once again and supporters Cruising Association of Ireland and Kilrush Marina.

  • 1000 Registration
  • 1100 Talks commence
  • 1230 Lunch
  • 1530 Workshop / Information Corners
  • 1630 Close

Limited availability to 70 Seats.

Prize Draw

Every delegate can enter into a draw to win ...

  • €300 voucher to buy International Paints in Union Chandlery
  • A choice of 3 ICC Publications Sailing Directions books
  • A weekend in a cozy floating pod at Kilrush Marina

Thanks goes out to our sponsors and supporters for their generosity.

Accommodation and Transport

Accommodation in Crosshaven is limited, so you may want to stay over in Cork.

The 220x bus is great to get from the city to Crosshaven if you want to travel to Cork by Train. 220X TIMETABLE HERE  ♻🌏⛵👍


2022 Irish Sailing Cruising Conference

We raised €764 for RNLI

Looking back to 2022 ... We invited you to join us on the high seas with four incredible skippers as they share some of the challenges they experienced on their adventures and how they overcame them. All on zoom in the comfort of your living room. Slide on the slippers and join ...

  • Peter Lawless sharing "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
  • Ellen Cahill with that great message all sailors are well aware of "Expect the Unexpected in the Atlantic"
  • Garry Crothers the man that really did sail "Single Handed Across the Atlantic"
  • Rob Henshall shares stories with Norman Keane on effects of "Exhaustion and Sleep Deprivation" 

Videos of their interviews are now available on our youtube channel HERE. If you want to see them as they come why not subscribe while you are there.