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23rd May 2009
30 years ago this August, the Fastnet Race was hit by a storm that led to the loss of 15 lives among racing sailors, the sinking of five boats and the rescue of 135 yachtsmen. 
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Ireland's new heavyweight combination in the Star class has won the Star Eastern European Championship at Hyeres, France beating multiple Olympic medallist Robert Sheidt in the process. In today's final day of racing O’Leary and Goodbody took second and third…
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The fleet are approaching Galway at record speed after a night of stealth play and some reshuffling in the fleet and are vexpected to finish at 5am tomorrow morning. Ericsson 4 have maintained their lead and as predicted have extended…
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The RNLI have unveiled two new Rescue Water Craft (RWC) to help save lives on Lough Erne. The RWCs will be the first of their kind in the Irish division and have already proved their worth after being involved in…
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The RNLI is placing two additional lifeboats on temporary operational duty to enhance search and rescue cover during the Galway stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race. Galway RNLI’s Atlantic 75 rigid hull inflatable inshore lifeboat Dochas currently operates from the…
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New Musto jacket

22nd May 2009
Musto’s Evolution Lite Jacket adds a new direction to the concept of sailing wear says the manufacturer. Delivering a great look for both men and women, the Paclite® Shell is the lightest and most packable in the GORE-TEX® range –…
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Next Monday (25 May 2009) Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD, will officially open the new €1m refurbished West Pier, at Baltimore (pictured below the fold) and Skibbereen Harbour, Cork. The Minister will also use the opportunity to announce funding…
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It looks like moderate winds will prevail across the country for a host of sailing events this weekend. Met Eireann are forecasting South to southwest or southerly force 4 to 5 but south to southeast force 3 to 4 this…
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Ireland’s largest lifeguard facility was officially opened in the popular County Clare seaside resort of Lahinch today (Friday, 22 May 2009). Clare County Council has constructed Lahinch Lifeguard Centre on the beach promenade.  The EUR340,000 facility was constructed by Ballinasloe-based…
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The elegant schooner Kathleen & May, laden with another consignment of Fair Wind Wine from France, is arriving to Dublin from Brittany next week. This sailing tall-ship will be here to participate in the Docklands Maritime Festival (May 29th-June 1st)…
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Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to go the assistance of  four persons on board a 44ft cruiser that had suffered engine failure. The RNLI lifeboat with helm, Eleanor Hooker, Peter Clarke and Ciaran…
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It looked for a while like DBSC's 125th season was officially off to a dodgy start. After a month of racing, only half of the 12 scheduled races had been sailed. Thankfully though last night normal service resumed and there…
1720
Hamble Yacht Services (HYS) is to this year sponsor the J/80 and 1720 Class UK National Championship. The HYS UK National Championship 2009 for both of these exciting sportsboat classes will take place from the 10th to 13th of June…
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A race from Galway Bay to Tralee Bay will be held on June 6th and invitations to participate in the 100 mile race to Fenit Pier have been issued by sponsor and race director Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan's marine. A…
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WIORA Commodore Simon McGibney has issued a last minute appeal for entries to the West Coast Championships that closes on 29th May 2009. The West Coast regional event starts a day earlier than the ICRA National Cruiser Championships on the…
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Ireland's Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody, who are sailing their first season together in the Star are one point behind the leaders in the Star Eastern European Championships. Jean Baptiste Bernaz and Vincent Berenguier of COYCH Heyrois shot right to…
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HOWTH YACHT CLUB.  WEDNESDAY SERIES 1 (RACE) 20/05/2009   Class 1  IRC:  1, Tiger Hughes/Harris;  2, Equinox R McDonald;  3, Crazy Horse A Chambers;  Class 1  HPH:  1, Y2K Tech M Howell;  2, Storm P Kelly;  3, Tiger Hughes/Harris;  Class 2 …
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
34 boats – and more to come – will come to the line off Dun Laoghaire for the race to Dingle on June 6th. National YC sailing manager Olivier Prouveur says many of the fleet, drawn from over a dozen…
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There are now eight class zero boats entered for the ICRA cruiser national championships at Fenit in a fleet now toalling more than 75 entries. It is a significant achievement for the event, now in its sixth staging, but first…

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