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SYWoC Blog: Allez Marseilles!
Editors Blog
Darragh O'Connor of University of Limerick will be guest blogging on Afloat.ie for the duration of the upcoming Student Yaching World Cup (SYWoC) in Marseille. Click to read his intro to this event, where they'll be facing current holders, Cork…
 Round Ireland Sailors Need to Look to the Future
Editors Blog
The best way to safeguard the future is to invent it and by introducing satellite tracker technology, Wicklow Sailing Club brought internet access to the last Round Ireland race and they plan the same again next June 20th too. Out…
Sail Training to disappear
Editors Blog

Sail Training to disappear

4th September 2009
It was only 12 months ago that both of Ireland's Tall Ships were on passages around this coast, calling regularly at ports and harbours, a reminder of our seafaring tradition. Just one year later though, the fate of both ships…
The West lead the Rest
Editors Blog
Up to €50m in revenues could be harvested from the sea – and hundreds of full-time jobs created - if ports around the coast followed the lead provided by the men and women behind the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in…
oVOR and Out
Editors Blog

oVOR and Out

9th June 2009
Galway must feel like it has just given a child up for adoption. All that Volvo Ocean Race fuss, partying and being the centre of attention, and now *zip* it's all gone. Just like that. Bye bye. Still, though, what…
Galway will show the way
Editors Blog
Regardless of what place Ian Walker's team finishes the Boston-Galway transat on May 23, Green Dragon and the other Irish owned entry, Ger O'Rourke's Delta Lloyd, will be welcomed home with open arms. When the VOR comes to Galway, a…
Keeled Over
Editors Blog

Keeled Over

16th May 2009
The keepers of sailing's worst-kept secret have finally put their hands up and come clean. As the Volvo Ocean Race prepares to set out from Boston today, en route to Galway and the first every Irish stopover, the Irish team…
Helping County Councils to navigate
Editors Blog
In a year that sees the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) publishing boating advice for local authorities, another county council has taken the step to ban recreational craft from its beaches. Fifteen councils have now published bye-laws restricting access to their…
Death of the Dinghy? I don't think so
Editors Blog
Nothing's more embarrassing than a premature obituary. So we in the sailing media should probably apologise to the dinghy family, which is, apparently, alive and well. Two events over the Easter break drew masses of dinghy sailors to Cork, proving…
Reading between the lines
Editors Blog
All right folks, nothing to see here, move along. That's the message that's coming from the Green Dragon camp, if you care to read between the lines. Missives from the Irish-Chinese entry are increasingly downbeat, with little to show for…
British boats face expensive hike to Ireland
Editors Blog
The first Irish Times yachting columnist didn’t exactly push the boat out to uncover a story this time 150 years ago. The first edition of the newspaper carried the less than provocative opening line: “There is but little stirring at…
Developing the sort of jobs that cannot be shipped abroad
Editors Blog
When the media showed up in the RDS I did not hesitate to tell them in my role as Marine Federation Chairman that the marine sector could develop jobs. I called it a 'potential gold mine'. A wise man I…
A National Marine Policy for Ireland?
Editors Blog
It is almost 12 months since the Irish Marine Federation called for the immediate introduction of a National Marine Policy for Ireland. To date, there has been almost no progress to report. The European Union has requested each coastal member…
Ireland's difficult berths
Editors Blog

Ireland's difficult berths

24th February 2009
Just over a year ago, consultants were pointing to the fact that leisure craft berths needed to triple in Dun Laoghaire harbour to cater for extra demand. It was obvious to the watersports community at that time, but Dun Laoghaire…
We're not wallowing, we're the marine industry
Editors Blog
Asgard sank, and so did the economy. The doomsayers are taking to the lifeboats but the Taoiseach says we can't afford to "wallow in a sea of doubt". It's not the most auspicious start to the 2009 Allianz Boat Show…
The show must go on
Editors Blog

The show must go on

19th January 2009
In the last month or so, it has become much harder to take out our wallets without feeling guilty. No one in authority has told us not to spend. But people are scared, and that fear is showing up in…

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