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Mother Nature has thrown a little bit of everything out of her handbag today, with just 6 knots of breeze welcoming sailors to a fog-bound Dun Laoghaire this morning. Currently on the bay, she has upped the ante with gusts…
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The Ireland v Wales Interreg Championship, sailed in the ISA's J80s, is the smallest fleet in the VDLR but potentially most combative. The two nations are squaring off, four boats on four, with things reaching a crescendo on Sunday in…
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Light airs and a strong ebb tide in Dublin Bay yesterday afternoon made tight racing in the SB3 class even tighter. Guesting helm John Sheehy, on board Tiger Lite for the day, gave Afloat.ie his rundown of the last race…
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The first session of the National Rowing Championships were brought forward to seven o’clock because of worries about the weather.  Queen’s University, in the intermediate eight, and Galway’s senior pair took it in their stride with good wins. Galway’s pair…
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Carlow’s men’s quadruple scull won a fantastically close final by just a tenth of a second from University of Limerick on the first day of the National Rowing Championships in Cork. The men’s senior four provided the expected win for…
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As the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta nears the half way stage, visiting boats are coming to fore in several classes, leaving the home crowd flat-footed. Despite a bland forecast, competitors were blessed with ten knots of wind, which filled in…
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Sean Caseyqualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals at the World Cup in Lucerne. The bigKerryman finished fourth in his heat, but took the second qualification placein his repechage, behind Warren Anderson of the United States. Neither of thewomen’s lightweight double sculls made…
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What's On Next Week

10th July 2009
The coming week is an avalanche of activity – something for everybody. Take sailing courses at either Mullaghmore SC or Royal North of Ireland YC, or spectate at one of the many on-the-water events like the Foynes Regatta, the Dalkey…
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The dust has settled from day one, and thankfully a new weather pattern has arrived ahead of schedule. Early indications of light breeze have been blown away as 10-12 knots from the South-East filled in across the bay. On the…
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Ireland is officially in no-man's land today, wedged between two weather systems. As this report is being typed, Dun Laoghaire's weather station is showing a measly 3 knots from the NNW, with the gradient breeze expected to show up as…
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It was light, bright and full of fight on Dublin Bay for the first day of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta , with a gentle max of 13 knots for the afternoon's racing. A light but steady breeze pushed the…
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Peter O'Leary spoke with Afloat.ie during today's lay-day in Kiel on his hopes for getting back into the top ten of the Star European Championships. Gear failure has seen O'Leary and Goodbody slide further down the rankings than they'd like,…
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With just under an hour to go, Dublin Bay is looking grey for day one of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta . The majority of Sutton fleets (SB3/J80) are on the water and heading across the bay, sails are going…
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WEDNESDAY SERIES 2, 8/7/2009. Class 1 IRC – 1 Tiger, Hughes/Harris, 2 Equinox, R. McDonald, 3 Makutu, Doyle/Others. Class 1 HPH – 1 Y2K Tech, M. Howell, 2 Storm, P. Kelly, 3 Makutu. Class 2 IRC – 1 Toughnut, D.…
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Irish Stars in Kiel

9th July 2009
Ireland's two Star teams are in action in the Star Europeans in Kiel this week. At the top of the 88-boat fleet sit a triumvirate of medallists, with England's Iain Percy leading Brazilian Robert Scheidt and Freddy Loof from Sweden,…
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With just over six hours until first gun, the weather looks favourable for day one of Ireland's biggest sailing event in Dun Laoghaire. The Dun Laoghaire harbour weather station is showing nine knots in the harbour, with gusts of up…
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The Irish Times publishes this morning, with front page billing, the entire 450 boat entry list for this afternoon's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta . The entry list over an entire page, appears on page 27 as part of an article…
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VDLR in numbers

8th July 2009
We all know at this stage that the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta's 450 boats will be crammed into one venue, but what about the bigger numbers for the event? Like the 9109 results calculated, or the kilometres of chain that…
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Ireland's biggest sailing regatta in Ireland less than 24 hours from first gun, with entrants moored and ready and an onshore army of volunteers primed to provide one of the biggest marine spectacles in the country this year. A vast…
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Sailmaker Des McWilliam of One Sails and Prof O’Connell of North Sails have been in touch about arrangements for sail repairs over the course of the VDL Regatta .

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