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Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club has announced it is to carry out an inquiry in to the death of a crewman that occurred during its annual Sean Whiston race at the weekend.
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A 46 year-old Dublin yachtsman died yesterday morning following an accident on a coastal passage from Wicklow to Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club in Dublin city, the Coastguard has confirmed.
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There have been further calls from around the country to echo yesterday's Irish Marine Federation (IMF) suggestion that the Jeanie Johnston replace Asgard II as a sail training ship, if only on a temporary basis. In a number of articles…
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FAQs - Asgard II website

11th September 2008
Q: Do I need to be able to swim?A: No it is not necessary to be able to swim but it may make you feel more comfortable while at sea if you can.
Asgard II
An organisation representing marine trade interests has called on Government to approach the owners of Ireland's two other Tall ships to fill the role of Asgard. The state's sole sail training brigantine sank off the French coast yesterday leaving the…
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The Irish Government and French authorities are piecing together the last hours of the state owned Asgard II after she sank en route to La Rochelle yesterday. Although she sank in deep water 20 miles off the French coast but…
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Volvo race headquarters confirmed this afternoon that the Limerick sailor Ger O'Rourke will sail the second Irish VOR boat under the Dutch flag and it will be the eighth entry into the round the world race.  
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Team Delta Lloyd (ex ABN AMRO ONE) departed Cobh (14:20 Thursday.) Ger O'Rourke helmed her out past Roches point and into the Atlantic. The boat flew the RWYC of Ireland ensign.
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Why did Asgard sink?

11th September 2008
There is mounting speculation over what led to the loss of the Asgard II in the Bay of Biscay early this morning.
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Ireland's most famous sail training vessel, the Asgard II, has sunk off the coast of France. The five crew and 20 trainees on board abandoned ship early this morning after issuing distress calls last night. It is not yet know…
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O'Rourke's VO70 back in dock

10th September 2008
Ger O'Rourke's Volvo 70 limped back to dock in Cork last night to effect repairs on hydraulic systems. The first-generation Volvo Ocean Race boat was escorted into the Haulbowline naval base just after 8pm last night by a local RIB.
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Ireland's Paralympians have completed five races in both the SKUD18 and Sonar classes at Qingdao, and are enjoying a rest day today. Ireland's teams lie 10th and 11th in the overall standings.
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Classic Boats head for Derg

10th September 2008
Every now and then a spokesperson's surname will encapsulate exactly what they're promoting. So when we got an email about the Lough Derg's Classic Boat regatta from one Eleanor Hooker, it just had to feature.
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Mithril-seekers return home

10th September 2008
After a two-year voyage that has seen them visit some of the world's most remote spots. Peter Maxwell and partner Geraldine Foley initially headed for Australia, but took in Cape Horn, Antarctica, Kerguelen and Nova Scotia on their uniqe circumnavigation.
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Windsurf slalom wraps up

10th September 2008
Ireland's windsurfers, the upstanding citizens of the sailing world, drew their slalom season to a close in Galway last weekend, with close to 300 spectators watching the 50+ competitors streak along a slalom course off Silver Strand.
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Howth expects big turnout

9th September 2008
The first race in the GreenWorks-sponsored Autumn League at Howth Yacht Club starts this Sunday, beginning another eagerly anticipated six-race series for the 180 boats expected to compete across 11 classes.
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O'Rourke bid on course

5th September 2008
The Irish Times sailing column reports this morning that Ger O'Rourke's round the world entry is back on course after an eleventh hour sponsor has been signed. 
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Ardbeg RIB trip cancelled

5th September 2008
Red Bay Boats in County Antrim has cancelled its annual trip to Ardbeg distillery in Scotland for the second time this year. Postponed in May due to bad weather the RIB trip has been cancelled again this weekend. It is…
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Several boat owners in marinas in Lough Derg have been relieved of their outboards, as a spate fo engine theft has hit the lake and this week the MGM marine premises in Longford has also been hit.
O'Rourke secures last-minute VOR sponsorship
Editors Blog
In any yacht race if the wind changes direction just about anything canhappen. The last few months have been like that for Ger O'Rourke,chasing his dream of entering next month's Volvo Ocean Race. It's anagainst-all-the-odds story, and that's even before…

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