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With just nine months to go until the Vendee Globe begins, Alex Thomson Racing has unveiled the first in a twelve part series, documenting Thomson's preparations and progress ahead of the race. #RoadtoVendee will bring viewers closer than ever before…
Petticrows Ltd – builders of world class one-design racing yachts and Olympic Finn dinghies – has developed a conversion kit to comply with a rule change implemented at the International Dragon Association (IDA) Annual General Meeting in November 2015. The…

Fireball Reunion at RStGYC Celebrates Fifty Years of Irish Dinghy Sailing

A unique gathering of Irish Fireballers drawn from five decades brought back memories of a golden age for dinghies when over 200 sailors met at a refurbished Royal St. George Yacht Club last Saturday night in Dun Laoghaire. The evening drew together Fireball…
The National 18 dinghy class will hold an extraordinary general meeting on Saturday, 27th February at Royal Cork Yacht Club to vote on three new proposals for the three man centreboarder. The first proposal seeks approval to allow Morrison division National 18’s to…
An opportunity to clarify your sailing decisions will be provided by the Irish SB20 class association when it stages a racing strategy clinic run in conjunction with the Howth Yacht Club Spring Warmer Series in April. The sportsboat class has also launched…

DMYC Frostbite Racing Cancelled As Winds Hit 40 knots on Dublin Bay

Today's in harbour dinghy frostbite series run by the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) was cancelled due to strong winds. Southerly winds, averaging 24kts, gusted to 32kts at race time.
#RNLI - Howth RNLI was unveiled this week as SuperValu Sutton’s Charity of the Year for 2016. A series of fundraising activities will take place in store throughout 2016 to support the work of the local lifeboat station, contributing to…
#Rio2016 - Female athletes with places in this summer's Olympics have been left with a tough decision to make due to the outbreak of the Zika virus in Rio and elsewhere in Brazil. And as Sail-World reports, sailors particularly at…
#StormImogen - Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange alert for all coastal areas from midnight tonight (Sunday 7 February) as Storm Imogen sweeps in. The warning is already in effect for mariners in all Irish coastal waters and the…
#Rowing: Shandon’s men’s senior eight were the fastest crew at the Cork Head of the River at the Marina on Saturday, coming home faster than two UCC senior eights. Andy Harrington of UCC, a senior, was the fastest single sculler,…

First Race of DBSC Spring Chicken Sailing Series Cancelled Due to Strong Winds

This morning's first race of the DBSC Spring Chicken series has been cancelled due to strong winds. A fleet of up to 50 cruisers are expected for the first yacht racing series of the 2016 season with racing up to 13th March…
#AranIslands - Transport woes in the Aran Islands was raised by MEP Marian Harkin in the European Parliament this week, according to Galway Bay FM. Calling for attention to all offshore communities in the EU, Harkin highlighted the need for…
#1916Lectures – A series of 1916 Easter Rising themed lectures on the lesser known maritime aspects of the rising accompanied by a specially produced exhibition will be held in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire. As its contribution…
#Rowing: The Irish domestic season has suffered another blow because of the weather. The junior trials which were scheduled for Lough Rynn in County Leitrim today (Saturday) have been cancelled because the weather forecast for the weekend was not favourable.…
#ShippingReview – Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene over the last fortnight where among the stories are outlined below. The Port of Waterford reported increases in 2015 across all categories shipped in to and out of the port at Belview.…
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