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Hamburg's hanseboot 2008 show is claiming to meet all the wishes of sailors, from small entrance level boats to high-performance cruisers, and the big classic yachts, too. With numerous first presentations, and new diversity in its range of exhibits, the…
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In their opening logs, the skippers of the two Irish entries say they shared the frustration of trying to escape the Med's fickle winds. Walker is concerned at Green Dragon's lack of speed in light airs. Ger O'Rourke in seventh…
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The much-anticipated new James Bond film QUANTUM OF SOLACE, due for Irish release on 31 October, will feature two Sunseeker motoryachts in one of the biggest-ever 007 boat chases – as well as a further Sunseeker model. The news is…
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Donegal County Council is to use the Maritime Safety Act 2005 to create a bye-law that could prohibit recreational craft and Personal watercraft being used in certain waters (initially 14) around the Donegal coast. 
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Just 48 hours into leg 1 and the all the boats, except Telefoncia Blue (see Dave Kneale's pic below) who had to serve a 12 hour pit stop penalty for repairs, are through the straits and out into the Atlantic. …
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The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has welcomed news that the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is taking on the responsibility of developing the marine leisure sector, but a department spokesperson has maintained the decision to take on this…
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Investor jumps ship

12th October 2008
Only minutes after the Green Dragon team started the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday, Dublin businessman and sailor Tom Roche was plucked from the sea in Alicante bay having gone over board from the Galway yacht. But there was no panic…
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Leg 1: Day 1: 1330 GMT– The long-awaited start day of leg one of the 10th running of the Volvo Ocean race dawned grey and very windy in Alicante, just as the forecasters had predicted, but it did not dampen the…
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Bono

10th October 2008
U2 lead singer Bono and his brother Norman Hewson made a surprise visit to the Green Dragon.Norman Hewson, an avid sailor had travelled from Dublin to support the Green Dragon team and bumped into his larger than life brother face…
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From next month (1st November 2008) diesel used for "private pleasure navigation" is subject to mineral oil tax at the full "propellant" rate of 36.805 cent per litre, instead of the marked gas oil rate of 4.736 cent that applies…
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Alicante is at fever pitch for this weekend's start. At a skipper's press briefing Limerick's Ger O'Rourke was lined up with some of the finest sailors in the world. O'Rourke spoke first:
Asgard II
So many people were affected by the sinking of the Asgard it's easy to understand how so many feel much more than a vessel was lost last month. Following reader requests Afloat.ie is compiling Asgard memories for the website. Here…
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Team Delta Lloyd are back on the water and sailing four days after their yacht's hull was damaged during the in-port race on Saturday. 
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The Puma Sailing team is showcasing foiling Moth dinghies at all the 11 stopover cities. Crewed by world class Moth sailors, the mini ‘il mostros’ is providing entertainment for spectators as they blast around the harbour each day.
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For Ireland's last entry in the round the world race in 1989 the 38-boat fleet sailed away from Portsmouth and disappeared over the horizon. In spite of all the techonlogy in Alicante, this weekend may well be the same again.…
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Armchair experts now have the chance to test their skills against the best offshore sailors in the world with the launch of Virtual Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 - the race's official game.
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Last night Ger O'Rourke's Delta Lloyd was taken out of the water for damage repairs. In yesterday's second In-Port Race, Team Russia's bow sprit went through the starboard side of the Dutch 70-foot hull.
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The Dickson family of Lough Ree are “Sailors of the Month” for September after an outstanding season in which they made a significant input into the sport both as volunteers, and enthusiastic participants.
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Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and previously United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, was officially announced as the godmother to Ericsson 4 at the weekend, one of the two-boat Ericsson Racing Team that is taking part in…
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In the bay of Alicante, Spain the skippers of both Irish boats for next weekend's Volvo Ocean race have been giving their reaction after Saturday's two in-port races.

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