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Battlebridge Lock-North Shannon: Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels that Battlebridge lock will close for essential maintenance during the winter season from Thur 20 Nov until Sun 1 Mar 2009. The lock and its associated lead-in jetties…
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Sarsfield Lock-Limerick: Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels that a pontoon with a large Christmas tree erected on deck will be anchored off then navigation channel between Sarsfield Lock and Shannon Bridge in Limerick City from mid-November…
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Hundreds of well-wishers gathered at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth on Saturday 15th November to wave goodbye to Michael Perham as he set off on his bid to become the youngest person ever to sail single-handed around the world. Michael Perham is…
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Speed record ratified

17th November 2008
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSRRC) confirmed today that Ericsson 4 were the holders of the new Monohull 24-hour record. Ericsson 4 recorded 596.6 nautical miles in 24 hours between a start position at 290 49.21 S; 230 42.41…
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The Irish Sea Offshore series (ISORA) organised by Peter Ryan of the National YC has published its 2009 series dates for IRC and White Sail Classes:
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Reaching along at 25 knots

17th November 2008
After a slow start to Leg 2, the fleet are now roaring along as they try and stay hooked into the low pressure system from the south.  The system is thrusting the fleet east in reaching 20 – 25 knot…
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Grave concern

17th November 2008
A West Cork artist has taken an unusual approach to highlighting the plight of Cork's beleaguered fishing industry. Sheelagh Broderick teamed up with lighting designer Chantelle Stewart and a band of volunteer torchbearers, photographers and videographers to light an abandoned…
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Before they ever took to the water on Saturday for the start of the second leg to India, Ericsson Racing Team lent the Dragon team vital parts to enable the Galway team to reach the start  after a training incident …
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The ISAF Council voted on the boat classes to be used as equipment for the 10 sailing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games during the second day of their meeting at the ISAF Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain.
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Under the gaze of a huge spectator fleet, and a clutch of helicopters buzzing in the sky,  the 4,450 nautical mile leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Cochin in India got underway today at 1120GMT…
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GREEN DRAGON EMAIL: 'NORMAL FIRST DAY BLUES, GETTING USED TO FOOD AND SLEEP PATTERNS' writes Ian Walker in the second day of the leg to India. "Compared to our first 24 hours leaving Alicante the first 24 hours of this…
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On the podium in Cape Town, after two shredded spinnakers and a high speed collision, Ian Walker easily shrugs off the age-old superstition that painting a boat green brings bad luck. What's more, the British leader of Irish hopes in…
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America's largest recreational boat retailer, announced today in its fiscal 2008 financial results that the company lost $134.3 million on year-over-year revenues that fell by nearly 30 percent. Revenue for the company’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2008, dropped 29.7…
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Alex Thomson has officially retired from the Vendee Globe race today. The damage sustained to his IMOCA Open 60 yacht HUGO BOSS on Monday night is not repairable by next Wednesday’s restart deadline. It is thought the damage was sustained…
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Madrid, Spain: Following discussion and recommendations in the Match Racing, Women's Sailing and Equipment Committee meetings earlier in the week, the Events Committee approached the selection of equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition head on.
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Dungarvan, Ireland prepares to host the 2008 World Speed Windsurfing Championships from the 29th November to 6th December.This is the first time the Speed Windsurfing tour has visited Ireland, and the 'Copper Coast's' beautiful golden beaches will welcome the worlds…
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Now in its 23rd year, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has always attracted an international audience, and 2008 is no exception. The 220 yachts lining up to participate in ARC 2008 are representing 21 nations, and with 25 nationalities…
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Eight out but winds abate

11th November 2008
All the 30 Vendée Globe skippers were expecting an extremely tough opening 24-48 hours of racing, and that's what they got with eight boats now having returned or on their way back to port since the start in Les Sables…
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After 32 hours of horrendous Biscay conditions in the Vendee Globe race, Alex Thomson is returning to Les Sables d’Olonne following the discovery of a structural problem onboard HUGO BOSS.  A crack has appeared on the port side hull, the…
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Bangor in Northern Ireland has a new boat brokerage business, Blue Flag Boat Sales, being run by Lee Stevenson, a yacht broker with seven years experience selling boats in Ireland and the UK. Lee is also an RYA powerboat instructor…

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