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'Humbling’ was how some crews described the intensity after day three of the SB3 Worlds Championships, which enter their endgame tomorrow (THURSDAY) with qualification stages out of the way.
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Day Two - Tough at the Top

23rd September 2008
While it's all union jacks flying at the top of the SB3 fleet, only 13 points separate first and tenth after six races. On the water, it seems, no-one is giving an inch.
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What's in a name?

23rd September 2008
Call it straight-laced but what should organisers do about drawing the line on questionable boat names? There's rules governing sponsorship names on boats but is there any to cover names that may cause offence?
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Not such plain sailing

23rd September 2008
Just a few weeks ago, Gareth Flannigan was top Irish boat at the 80-boat Irish national championships, but he's finding things trickier at the SB3 Worlds. We talk to Flan in an exclusive podcast.
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Crews review Day One

23rd September 2008
It's another bright and light morning in Dun Laoghaire for the crews competing at the SB3 Worlds. Yesterday was a long one on the water, and here, a top contender give us his views on day one.
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Day one: Nip and tuck racing

22nd September 2008
If day one is anything to go by, it’ll be five days of nip-and-tuck racing in Dun Laoghaire for the SB3 World Championships, running until Friday out of the National Yacht Club. The 136-boat fleet was split in two today…
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Live footage for final races

22nd September 2008
The final stages of the SB3 Worlds will be broadcast live, with online pictures streamed in real time over the internet. Live-regatta.com will fit the top 20 boats with trackers and cameras.
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In Alicante, Spain the Green Dragon team unveiled their new livery and sponsors but more importantly for race fans the Chinese-Irish entry the team also went live with a new website.
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Ger O'Rourke has called on the expertise of North Sails’ designer Gautier Sergent to complete Delta Lloyd's sail wordrobe. North Sails designed and built sails for both ABN Amro boats in the last race but even so making the sail…
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With a run of 49.84 knots, American kitesurfer Rob Douglas beat the outright World Speed Sailing Record over 500 metres at the weekend at the speed strip at Luderitz in Namibia. The result puts paid to the outright world speed…
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When Mike Sanderson last sailed ABN Amro 1 he demolished the opposition. Now the winner of the last VOR has given his thumbs up to Ger O'Rourke's participation in next month's race in his old boat. Here he tells the…
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SB3 fleet makes history

21st September 2008
The largest keelboat fleet ever assembled in Ireland was afloat for the first time this afternoon for the practice race of the SB3 World Championships. The event runs until Friday (September 26th) on Dublin Bay.
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England's Craig Burlton and his two man crew are back on Dublin bay two weeks after the trio lifted theIrish SB3 championship in convincing style here two weeks ago. The result was an indication of British prowess in the class,…
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In Dun Laoghaire, 136 SB3s have assembled at the National Yacht Club this morning for Monday’s first race of the SB3 world championships. 
SB3 Worlds flourish, and tragedy off Bray Head
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Although a week of great highs is in prospect for Irish sailing over thenext two weeks, it has been preceded by tragedy after a coastal race turnedto disaster for a Poolbeg crew last Sunday.In Dun Laoghaire, 136 SB3s have assembled…
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Friday the 15th of August 2008 saw the one of the most unusual events to place in Dublin bay this year, the “Nora Barnacle Challenge” in aid of the Blackrock Hospice.
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Bienvenidos to Delta Lloyd

18th September 2008
Ger O'Rourke and his eight crew guided their newly-sponsored VO70 into Alicante yesterday, after a six-day delivery from Cork. O'Rourke was barely off the boat before daring others to underestimate him. "We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think we…
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Classics at Dromineer

17th September 2008
The third Waterways Ireland Classic Boat regatta attracted more than a hundred boats to Lough Derg Yacht Club at Dromineer for the weekend of September 13th-14th. Upwards of 72 boats had been entered for the six designated racing classes –…
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Kinsale hosted the annual Irish South Coast Dragon Championship sponsored by Dragon sailor and local chandler James Matthews last weekend seeing some very close racing in a variety of light breezes. 
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A legal notice published in the Irish Times today advises that a petition for the winding up of Premier Marine and Leisure limited by the High Court was presented to the High court by the Collector General on September 9th.  

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