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Sir Richard Branson and double Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie are on standby in New York to begin a Transatlantic Record Attempt aboard the 100ft supermaxi yacht Virgin Money (formerly Speedboat). With a potential weather window approaching, the crew hopes…
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Volunteer lifeboat crews in Ireland rescued 503 people in the six months from January to June this year, according to half yearly statistics released today by the RNLI.  The figures coincide with the announcement that SOS day, the charity's biggest…
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On Sunday 2 November, Dun Laoghaire Squib sailor Simon Evans of the Royal St George YC and Fearghal O'Nuallain will begin REVOLUTIONCYCLE - the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle.
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Cat stalks Dragon

21st October 2008
Galway's Green Dragon retains its lead overnight, but the Dragon is being stalked by a cat – PUMA is making its presence felt, gaining 12 miles on the position report to 0400 GMT, and Telefonica Black is making a break…
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The Cat stalks the Dragon

21st October 2008
Green Dragon retains its lead overnight, but the Dragon is being stalked by a cat – PUMA is making its presence felt, gaining 12 miles on the position report to 0400 GMT, and Telefonica Black is making a break in…
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Pete Goss sets sail

21st October 2008
British Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss and the intrepid crew of Spirit of Mystery have begun their epic voyage to Australia. Taking advantage of a change in the wind, they slipped lines this evening (Monday 20 October), waved goodbye…
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The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is to embark on a fund raising campaign to train and support its Olympic hopefuls compete in the 2012 Olympics. An estimated €2.4 million was invested in the most recent Olympics, and ISA estimates the…
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The GreenWorks-sponsored Autumn League at Howth Yacht Club has been bedevilled by the elements which have conspired to prevent three of the five races scheduled so far to be started. Week 1 and 4 were abandoned due to a total…
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Delta Lloyd has had a problem with the rig, when, during a sail change from the A4 downwind sail to the masthead code zero, the leeward jumper (part of the mast) came falling out of the rig, bounced down the…
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Ian Walker/GBR and the Green Dragon team is breathing fire on the rest of the fleet from their western corner of the Volvo fleet as the eight boats pick their way through the black clouds and squalls of the Doldrums.  …
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Enter the Dragon

19th October 2008
The Dragon's westward gamble has paid off as they top the leader board in a major reshuffle of the VOR fleet. On Sunday evening the Galway entry took the lead as the race effectively restarted. Green Dragon's careful plotting produced…
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With two circumnavigations under her belt, the British yachtswomen is setting sail on her first Vendée Globe and this time, Dee Caffari will be sailing the "right" way around (from west to east). A newcomer to the Imoca circuit, the…
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Credit crunch takes hold

18th October 2008
A down turn in new boat sales this season is making an impact on dealers north and south of the border. The business failures reflect a contraction of the marine industry worldwide.
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County Kerry may have lost the All-Ireland but they are forging ahead on water. Two marina developments have been announced this week for the most westerly cruising grounds in Europe.
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Sailors of the Year 2007

17th October 2008
JANUARY COLM BARRINGTON Image The first Sailor of the Month in 2007 was Colm Barrington, with his overall win in the IRC Division in the Key West Regatta in Florida. Barrington’s Magic Glove was profiled as the boat to beat…
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O'Rourke makes his move

17th October 2008
Race HQ have confirmed Ger O'Rourke's progress overnight and how the 'old boat' is showing her speed again. The Limerick sailor is in fourth place with 5000 miles of the first leg to Cape town still to go. VOR report: 
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At 2.30am this morning Alex Thomson and his crew onboard the Open 60 yacht HUGO BOSS were struck by a 60 foot fishing vessel. HUGO BOSS was 2 miles outside the harbour of les Sables d’Olonne when the incident happened.…
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Belfast to bid for VOR

17th October 2008
Only a week into the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) and Ireland's new-found love affair with world offshore sailing is to continue as Belfast prepares to bid for stop-over port status in the 2011 edition of the race. The news comes…
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‘TAZ’ tops J24s

17th October 2008
For any self-respecting sailor, nothing compares with the cut-and-thrust of one-design racing and the Loughs Agency-sponsored J24 National Championships on Carlingford Lough in September provided plenty of tight competition in widely varying weather conditions.
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Limerick Late entry Ger O'Rourke has passed Galway's Green Dragon overnight and moved in to fourth place. Is it bleary eyes on a Friday morning or could it be true? Early this morning the race tracker shows O'Rourke, who averaged…

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