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Waterways Ireland has advised Masters and Owners of vessels that due to continuing commissioning work on the Portumna Swing Bridge there may be interruptions to the published bridge opening times schedule. Masters are advised further to contact the bridge keeper…
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Des Rogan

16th December 2008
The Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire announced this evening that its past Commodore Mr Desmond Rogan (62) passed away unexpectedly today. Mr Rogan a member since 1986 served as Commodore from 2004 to 2006.
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At 15.09hrs Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist 4 persons on board a speed boat with engine failure and aground South West of Garrykennedy, Lough Derg.
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The crew of Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Station will hold their annual memorial ceremony for all lives lost at sea on Christmas Eve at 12.00pm.  Members of the public are invited to walk the East Pier to the lighthouse where…
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The directors of Kingston Marine Ireland, a Cork boating company, have summoned a meeting of the firm's creditors to wind up the business. The meeting has been scheduled for December 23, during which the appointment of a liquidator will be…
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FRIDAY FORUM - BOAT SHOW

12th December 2008
It's Friday Forum time again, and this week's topic of choice is the upcoming Allianz IMF Boat Show, to be held in the RDS from February 18-22. The 'suggestions box' on the forum thread is now into its fourth page…
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RTE marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney presented his 1000th Seascapes radio show this week. In it he asked why the national sail training programme is likely to be abandoned for next year and how some official State thinking appears to be…
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ISAF has published the Notice of Race for the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, being held in Buzios, Brazil from 9-18 July 2009. The event has an added Irish significance now because it is to be staged here…
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Fáilte Ireland recently held a Customer Care Service Workshop for front of line staff members of the Irish Boat Rental Association and Irish Marina Operators Association. Poolbeg Marina were hosts for the day on Tuesday 9th December for the Irish…
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The Green Dragon Team has announced two crew changes for Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cochin to Singapore, which starts on Saturday. Navigator Ian Moore and Pitman Tom Braidwood will stand down for the short 10 day…
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PUMA Ocean Racing, led by Skipper Ken Read (USA) is ready for battle in leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. Having undergone essential structural repairs in Cochin, India over the past week, PUMA’s il mostro was today lifted…
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Last Thursday, December 5 2008, Isle of Wight – a British speed sailing craft Vestas SailRocket, piloted by Australian Paul Larsen, became the world’s fastest sailing boat* by attaining an average speed of 47.36 knots over a 500 metre record…
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As the Cork Week fleet crossed tacks along the Cobh shoreline, passing the naval dockyard at Haulbowline last July, few would have realised they were cruising past one of Ireland’s environmental hot potatoes.
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New mast for Delta Lloyd

9th December 2008
Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell from Limerick has confirmed that their boat will have a new mast in Qingdao. The team came into the race with a weakened mast because of damage sustained when the boat was still…
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Unfortunately the winds were unusually poor for the week of the World Cup final stage held in Waterford so an official stage didn’t take place, but many of the top sailors took to the Irish waters for the first time…
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Unfortunately the winds were unusually poor for the week of the World Cup final stage held in Waterford so an official stage didn’t take place, but many of the sailors took to the Irish waters for the first time and…
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After a crossing of just under 14 days in light and variable conditions, the first yacht to finish in ARC 2008 arrived at Rodney Bay, St.Lucia yesterday, Sunday 07 December. Karsten Moller's Swan 82, DreamCatcherKM, skippered by Jarrod Cripps, took…
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UCD Sailing Club is marking a double this year, celebratin the arrival of a new fleet of boats and 60 years in existence. Although the college colours are blue, the varsity sailing spirit is entirely positive in Belfield as the…
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FRIDAY FORUM - FEES

5th December 2008
From now on, we'll be giving a chosen topic from our forum a leg-up on the front page each Friday, giving you something to think about over the weekend. This week, we're looking at club membership fees in Ireland, and…
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At approximately 12:30 GMT yesterday (December 1), Jonny Malbon and Artemis Ocean Racing II ploughed into a large animal under the water line, most likely a whale, whilst charging along at over 15 knots in the South Atlantic. It was…

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