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The Hunter Sonata 7 Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan) was a DBSC class three winner
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B21S - 1. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 2. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY), 3. YIKES (P CARROLL) COMBINED CRUISERS TUESDAY - 1. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 2. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al), 3. Elandra (J Conway) CRUISERS 3…
Lough Ree's inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
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#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI assisted one man and two women after their boat broke down at the north end of Lough Ree last night (Monday 19 June). The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted by the Irish Coast Guard in…
The J Class fleet in action in their first dedicated America’s Cup regatta
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#AmericasCup - Three crews enjoyed race victories on the first day of the inaugural America’s Cup J Class Regatta on Monday (19 June). Hanuman and Ranger top the seven-boat fleet with Lionheart, the top performer among the class in last…
Under hazy and becalmed conditions in Dublin Bay, the mega-yacht cruiseship Variety Voyager having called to the capital is underway off Howth Peninsula. On the extreme left is a pilot cutter escorting the small ship.
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#BoutiqueYacht – Making a maiden Irish port of call was mega yacht Variety Voyager that brought yesterday a refreshing change in Dublin Port where the trend is for considerably larger giant sized ships, writes Jehan Ashmore. At just 1,593 gross…
This is what it looks like when 62 boats are starting together in the Mini-Fastnet 2017 at Douarnenez. The best boats in the fleet are still close together after two days of racing, and Tm Dolan & Francois Jambou are doing well after rounding the Fastnet this morning at 0720 hrs Irish time, when they were making 8.3 knots
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Perhaps it was the boost of racing along the coastline of his homeland, but through the early part of this morning Tom Dolan, sailing with Francoise Jambou in the 62-boat Two-Handed 600-mile Mini-Fastnet from Douarnenez, has moved up three places…
IOM Steam Packet's fastferry craft Manannan alongside Liverpool landing stage which is to have works costing £540,000. The Manannan also operates the seasonal Douglas-Dublin route.
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#Liverpool - Essential works to be carried out at the Liverpool landing stage costing £540,000 has been agreed by the Isle fo Man Steam Packet Company so to safeguard services to the city for three more seasons. The major investment…
Optimist Winners with Mary Wilkes at Howth Yacht Club
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Howth Yacht Club hosted the Optimist Team racing Vice President's Cup last weekend. On the water there were lots of smiles, buckets of team spirit and great selfless tactical moves. The races were so effectively run (well done Richard Kissane…
Racing at the RORC IRC Nationals takes place over 23-25th June with a first warning signal each day at 1050
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Racing gets under way this Friday on the Solent for the cream of the British keelboat fleet at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC Nationals writes James Boyd. The rating rule will create a level playing field between the 53…
Dick Warner on the Herbertstown/Corbally line of the Grand Canal near Naas
Inland Waterways
On the morning of Friday June 16th 2017, a great man passed way. That man was Dick Warner and he possessed a special kind of greatness. Dick died suddenly while boating near Ballinasloe. While we are all shocked and saddened…
BAM! placed second overall in OSTSAR 2017 and first in the Gispy Moth class
Solo Sailing
#OSTAR - Ireland’s Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has burned off the last 40 miles of the OSTAR in blazing style, zooming in to Newport, Rhode Island to cross the finish line at 1545 hrs Irish time this afternoon…
Topper Racing
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East Antrim Boat Club's Rory Williamson was the winner of a 33–boat Topper Southern Championships at the National Yacht Club last weekend. Williamson had a two point margin over Royal Cork Yacht Club's Jonathan O’Shaughnessy in second. Third was O’Shaughnessy's club–mate Conor Horgan.…
Handsome is as handsome does. Ian Lipinski’s scow-like Griffon.fr leads the fleet by a good margin as the 62 boats in the Mini-Fastnet 2017 take on the long haul from North Cornwall across to the next turn at the Stag Rocks in West Cork
Solo Sailing
The anticipated softening of the northeast wind which has been powering the fleet in the 600–mile two–handed Mini-Fastnet Race from Douarnenez in Brittanny to the famous rock, and back, has seen a slackening of the pace writes W M Nixon.…
Dunmore East Harbour Master Harry McLoughlin in his control centre atop the new Harbour Services Building, with the busy new Visitors Pontoon beyond
Coastal Notes
Time was when Dunmore East was known among the cruising fraternity as The Glue Pot writes W M Nixon. In a time now barely within living memory, it was a picturesque little port which was at its busiest with the…
A truly unique venue. The Aran Islands are the location for the staging of the four-day West of Ireland Offshore Racing Championship in July
WIORA
Cormac MacDonnacha describes himself as “one of the busiest men” in Galway this week as he strives to bring traditional boats and the modern GRP racing variety together in a major sailing event at a fledging club, writes Tom MacSweeney.…
Family Day For NYC Junior Section’s Golden Jubilee Next Month
National YC
#NYC - A family flotilla to Dalkey Island will kick off a day of celebrations to mark 50 years of the National Yacht Club’s Junior Section on Sunday 2 July. Club boats will be available for use by the families of members,…
Conor Fogerty’s Bam! racing fully-crewed in last year’s Volvo Round Ireland race, in which she narrowly beat sister-ship Mister Lucky (Mick Hipgrave). Bam! is due to finish today at Newport, Rhode Island in the OSTAR 2017, but this time round, she’s 500 miles ahead of Mister Lucky, and will be third on the water, with only a two-handed Open 40 and a single-handed Open 60 ahead of her
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club has just 40 miles to sail to Newport, Rhode Island, and a hyper-successful Transatlantic finish for his Jeanneau Sunfast 36 Bam! in the OSTAR 2017, which started from Plymouth in Devon on Monday 29th…
Ecocem Ireland officially opened in the UK last week a second bulk Import terminal in Sheerness in the Port of Medway. The new facility follows the Runcorn plant on the Manchester Ship Canal that opened in early 2016
Ports & Shipping
#NewTerminal - Ecocem Ireland, manufacturer of high performance low carbon cement, upped their export capacity with the official opening in the UK last week of a second bulk Import terminal in Sheerness, the Port of Medway. The new facility in…
The Phoenix Tall Ship on the River Boyne
Maritime TV
The Irish Maritime Festival will be centre-stage on RTE Nationwide tonight at 7.00pm on RTÉ One as the full half-hour programme is dedicated to its recent staging at Drogheda Port on the River Boyne. It will feature the Boyne Swim,…
The Sunday morning start for the Mini Fastnet fleet at Douarnenez. An upper limit of 70 had been set on entries, but during the final prep days, the numbers were shaken down to 62 boats
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s Tom Dolan currently lies fourth in class as the 62–strong fleet in the 600-mile Mini-Fastnet from Douarnenez in western Brittany goes into its first night, crossing the English Channel to the first mark at the Wolf Rock writes W…
David Williams, Neil Hegarty and Peter Bowring are the new Irish Dragon Champions
Dragon
Royal St. George Dragon Phantom sailed by Neil Hegarty, David Williams and Peter Bowring were winners of the seven–race Irish Dragon National Championships on Dublin Bay yesterday by two clear points. The title win follows Hegarty's East Coast championship victory sailed at the same…

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