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The 2018 SB20 Euros will be held on Dublin Bay
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Roger Bannon, who has has returned to the Irish SB20 fleet this year, will take up the role of Class Measurer for 2017-2018. Bannon, a former Flying fifteen and Mermaid champion, previously acted as class measurer in the sportsboat class.…
Stephen 'Sparky' Park is presented with a boats.com/YJA Special Award for services to the sport of sailing at the Royal Southern Yacht Club Hamble this week. The award was presented by Barry Pickthall, Chairman of the Yachting Journalists' Association (right) and former Chairman Bob Fisher.
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Britain's former Olympic sailing coach is presented with a boats.com / YJA Special Award for services to the sport. Stephen 'Sparky' Park has been presented with a boats.com/YJA Special Award for services to the sport of sailing. The award was…
The crew of Southbound take on the challenging conditions of the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. The 2017 race begins on June 14
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
The National Yacht Club looks set to gain Royal Ocean Racing Club recognition for its mini–offshore Dun Laoghaire Dingle race as David O'Brien reports in the Irish Times Sailing Column this morning.  The Dun Laoghaire Dingle application is well timed…
Self taught Dolan will race with Breton, Francois Jambou, his sailing school colleague from Concarneau in this first race
Solo Sailing
Sole Irish Mini Transat sailor Thomas Dolan of County Meath starts his solo–sailing season tomorrow in a double–handed Lorient Bretagne Sud Mini race.  Racing will get underway officially on Saturday 8 April at 11am, with the start of the 150 nautical…
44.16 knots was achieved by Dubliner Oisin Van Gelderen yesterday
Kitesurfing
Oisin van Gelderen regained the Irish Speed Sailing title for windsurfing. The Dubliner achieved 44.16 knots in 77kph–winds yesterday following days of waiting for the correct conditions at the at the World Record Speed Challenge at Salin De Lapalme in Languedoc-Roussillon, France.…
France’s Guillaume Verdier (left) with VOR's Mark Turner is to lead new design project for  the 14th edition, with Persico Marine selected as lead boatbuilder
Volvo Ocean Race
While final preparations and team announcements continue for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, the event’s leadership team are working in parallel to map out the race’s future. The edition after this one, the 14th, will be contested in brand new…
Zhik is onboard with VOR's Team AkzoNobel
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Innovative specialist sailing apparel manufacturer Zhik has been selected by team AkzoNobel as its official technical clothing partner for the upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The crew will race across four oceans and encounter some of the most…
The new Head of Maritime Operations, Julie-Anne Wood
Coastguard
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s new Head of Maritime Operations, Julie-Anne Wood, has made history by becoming the first woman to achieve this rank in the history of Her Majesty’s Coastguard. The role of Head of Maritime Operations heads up…
Sailing is a medal winning sport thanks to Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial
Tokyo 2020
#Tokyo2020 - Funding for Irish sailing and other watersports remains broadly unchanged in Sport Ireland’s allocations for National Governing Bodies in 2017 — though programmes encouraging women in rowing have received a boost. However, the accompanying review of the Irish…
HMS Blazer, one of a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class fast inshore patrol vessels that are to pay a visit to Dublin.
Naval Visits
#FastPatrols  -A pair of small yet high-speed Royal Navy Inshore Patrol Craft in which one served in Gibraltar are to pay a visit to Dublin Port,writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Archer’ class HMS Blazer along with HMS Ranger are to arrive…
RFA Gold Rover, the final of her class is seen off the west coast of Africa during the tanker’s last ever transfer of fuel or replenishment at sea (RAS) duties to HMS Portland. The Type 23 Duke class frigate has also been a visitor to Dublin Port in recent years having berthed at Ocean Pier.
News Update
#RFAoiler - The oldest of the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers a ‘Rover’ class which made a rare visit to Dublin Port in recent years, was officially decommissioned last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. RFA Gold Rover (A271) a 11,522 tonnes…
SAVE SHIP: A date of Monday 13 March was given to start dismantling Naomh Eanna, but has not yet happened. The historic Dublin built revited vessel is berthed in Grand Canal Dock Basin's disused Georgian graving dry-dock that are owned by NAMA. There are plans to redevelop this land, and this will require needing Naomh Eanna to be removed.
Historic Boats
#SaveShip! - Time is running out to save iconic Naomh Eanna, a former Aran Islands ferry and freight ship, writes Galway Independent. A voluntary group which hoped to return the ship to Galway into a maritime attraction at the Long…
Foiling Optimist dinghy takes to the air in Sweden
Optimist
Not content with hydrofoiling Moths, Laser dinghies or Mini Transat keelboats, the flying craze hits junior sailing with the news that Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden have figured out how to foil an Optimist dinghy. Seldén has provided the blocks taking Opti…
Buy now before the pound sterling soars…..this specially interesting Corby 25 in North Wales is being advertised as a “Brexit Bargain”
Boat Sales
The designs of John Corby are a fascinating area of study in many ways, as is the man himself writes W M Nixon. His father invented the eponymous trouser-press which saved so many of us from looking scruffy when we…
Skibbereen Regatta Has Big Numbers and Homegrown Stars
Rowing
#Rowing: Skibbereen Regatta on Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th, at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, is a huge event which gives spectators and athletes a chance to see medal winners from Olympic Games, World Championships – and…
A model of an improved Bray harbour in County Wicklow put forward by Bray Harbour Action Group. The model illustrates some of the possible enhancements that BHAG say could 'reinvigorate and transform' Bray Harbour – including increased protection from easterly and north easterly winds; improved access to the water for small ferry/day trip boats; improved parking and traffic management; the addition of storage and changing facilities; improved landscaping; and the removal of sand and silt to extend usable time and make moorings safer
Coastal Notes
Following a campaign by Bray Harbour Action Group (BHAG) to deal with a silt–up of the county Wicklow Harbour, BHAG met with Bray Municipal District Councillors yesterday. Speaking after the meeting BHAG chairman Ger Crowley said” We have a duty…
The 44 car vessel will take just 15 minutes to traverse one of the most scenic stretches of water on the island of Ireland
Ferry
#NewService - A new car ferry service is ready to be rolled out on Carlingford Lough in June this year, according to operating company Scenic Carlingford Ferry. The ferry company writes The Dundalk Democrat made the announcement via their website: "The…
Map of the seabed survey areas south of Cork Harbour
News Update
#MarineNotice - PSE Kinsale Energy Limited will undertake a seabed survey off the South Coast of Ireland later this month. The survey is to confirm the seabed status adjacent to subsea gas production infrastructure such as wellheads, manifolds, pipelines and…
Dermot Bolger’s latest novel, published in 2016 and written in memory of Irish seafarers like his father who undertook dangerous voyages from Ireland to Lisbon during World War Two.
Coastal Notes
#DermotBolger - Dermot Bolger is to read from and discuss his novel “The Lonely Sea and Sky-The Story of Irish Seafarers on hazardous voyages to War-Torn Europe”.  The reading concludes Glenua & Friends 2016-2017 winter lecture season which takes place next Thursday 13…
Save the date!... as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off!
Coastal Notes
#ChowderCookOff - Save the date as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off that brings 32 counties to Kinsale to compete for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion! As reported on Afloat the small commercial port in…

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