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Rays of sunshine in Irish summer
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SOUNDINGS – September/October 2008 Total beauty is as rare in boats as anything else. And so too, in 2008, were classic summer evenings. Yet this past season, Soundings managed the combination of beautiful boats with sublime summer evenings on two…
Magic of Malahide
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Magic of Malahide

13th June 2008
SOUNDINGS – JUNE/JULY 2008 Malahide Yacht Club is its own little bit of heaven on a gently sunny spring evening.  From within the friendly bar, it provides a vista of quiet enchantment across its sandy estuary. The last of the…
The man from Derrynane
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The man from Derrynane

18th April 2008
SOUNDINGS – APRIL/MAY 2008 It is a place of enchantment, and best visited in a cruising boat. Derrynane in southwest Kerry sets its own style – and its own agenda. It has been the favourite place of some remarkable people…
Waiting for wind
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Waiting for wind

8th February 2008
SOUNDINGS – FEBRUARY/MARCH 2008 When the decent sea breezes which were expected in a sunny Cork Week didn’t materialise some years ago, we were given an explanation. The official word was that it was because there’d been so much rain…
Green Team surfing downwind
Editors Blog
Fast sailors are the first to catch the waves downwind. Surfing gives them the edge and it is a useful metaphor to describe the performances of two Irish offshore teams, one in gestation and one with a 1,000-mile lead in…
Damien Foxall - professionalism and endurance
Editors Blog
It was, by all accounts, Damian Foxall’s most daunting voyage so far. But pictured wearing shorts and shades and tucking into chocolate, the modest Kerryman would be uncomfortable with the suggestion that his achievements in the past three months merit…
Aiming high for Ireland at Qingdao
Editors Blog
No surprises who ruled the waves in Qingdao, and we'll be hearing about it for some time to come. But as Team GB’s final medal tally rose to four gold, a silver and a bronze, Ireland – without any results…
Feast or famine for Star class
Editors Blog
You wait all day for a bus and then two come along at once. Just like the Number 7, there's a queue formed for the chance to represent Ireland in the men's keelboat class at the Olympics. Slow, lumbering and…
The call of the sea ignored by government
Editors Blog
It was a source of pride to the country's sailing community when Damian Foxall went to Aras an Uachtarain last month, because the visit brought state acknowledgement of the biggest sailing achievement in years. Sailors believed it was through this…
Ger O'Rourke Sailor of the Year
Editors Blog
Springtime may be the start of the season but Irish sailors were back on the waterfront in force this week to applaud Ger O’Rourke when he lifted the Cork Dry Gin Sailor of the Year award, while abroad Dubliner Ciara…
Foxall aims for Extreme 40 circuit
Editors Blog
Having completed eight Round the World races in the last eight years, this summer Barcelona World race hero Damian Foxall is staying inshore. Foxall is back in Ireland next week attending the Maritime Ball at Dun Laoghaire, hosted by the…
Looking back at Olympic sailing success
Editors Blog
Although sailing's record was overlooked at home in the sports pages over Easter it coincided with a string of strong results abroad that have resurrected sailing's Olympic spirit.   Sports journalists referred to Sonia O’Sullivan’s attempt to surpass the record…
Year-long sailing on the cards for Dublin Bay
Editors Blog
Year-round yacht racing in the capital is on the cards, according to the bay’s biggest leisure user, if major development plans in Dun Laoghaire harbour go ahead. In a tradition stretching back to 1884, Dublin Bay Sailing Club launches its…
Three campaigns in running for Olympic berth
Editors Blog
The Star keelboat nomination for Beijing is expected to be announced by theIrish Sailing Association (ISA) at lunch time today (Friday, May 2)The selection of one of three candidates for the Qingdao regatta will comefrom a combination of unfettered decisions…
Miami nice for O'Leary and Milne
Editors Blog
As a stand alone feat it was the final race world championship win by RoyalCork's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne in Miami two weeks ago thatultimately swung selectors towards a pairing whose fifth-ever Star regattawill now also be their Olympic…
Underdog O'Rourke needs lifeline
Editors Blog
Ireland’s second entry into October’s Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is sinkingbefore it leaves the dock, and a lack of sponsorship is to blame accordingto its skipper, 2007 Fastnet race winner Ger O’Rourke.The Limerick sailor confounded pundits when news of the…

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