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The design which is proposed for the Edward Bransfield memorial with group members
Cork Harbour
The campaign group ‘Remembering Edward Bransfield’ will hold an exhibition and series to talks this Friday night, August 25, at Midleton Library at 8 p.m. Bransfield, born in Ballinacurra near Midleton, was the first man to see Antarctica, but has…
Alex Barry and Richard Leonard sailing in last month’s RCYC Dinghy Fest
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#RS400 - It’s fifth place for Alex Barry and Richard Leonard after three days and six races at the RS400 UK Nationals in Cornwall. The recent Southern Championship defending pair from the RCYC and Monkstown Bay on Cork Harbour scored…
A feature of the Greystones event is that it is run both on IRC/Standard ECHO and current ECHO
Greystones Harbour
East Coast sailing fans are expecting a big weekend for the 'Taste of Greystones' Regatta this Sunday and, as the name suggests, Greystones Regatta in County Wicklow is about a night–out followed by a morning's racing. 'The night out is…
Marina installation works at Cape Clear Harbour are underway
Irish Marinas
Marina pontoon installation work is well underway at Cape Clear Island's North Harbour where pontoons to the value of €200,000 have been procured for the West Cork island harbour. Under the 2017 fishery harbour and coastal infrastructure capital programme, Junior Minister Andrew…
Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker competing stateside at the 29er Worlds in California this month
Youth Sailing
This month's Californian 29–er skiff Worlds was youth sailors Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker's last regatta together as the pair embark on different sailing and study plans. Durcan will swap to crewing the 29er dinghy. His new helmsman is 2016…
The classic Galway hooker in alliance with a suit of Philip Watson sails. John Flaherty’s immaculately-presented Naomh Cailin looked good and went well, winning her class at Crinnui na mBad at Kinvara at the weekend. Photo Pierce Purcell
Historic Boats
Colie Hernon and his family were setting the competitive pace over the weekend at the Crinniu na mBad in Kinvara, with the man himself winning the leath bad race with the 2012-built Croi an Cladaig, while his son Colie og…
The tug Husky manoeuvring the ‘Spud’ barge Beluga out of Shoreham Harbour on the UK Sussex coast
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping  - Wicklow based Alpha Marine are carrying out a dredging project off the UK south coast for an offshore windfarm project, writes Jehan Ashmore. The vessel support and marine services company deployed the Husky, a twin screw shallow draft tug…
The IDRA 14 fleet at their Nationals 2017 which concluded on Saturday at Galway Bay SC. The diverse wooden and glassfibre fleet included Number 1, Chimaera (Killian Sargent, right,) which was built in 1946
Galway Harbour
The IDRA14 Class Association held their National Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club from Thursday through Saturday. The 1946-founded class of both wooden and fibreglass clinker-built boats is now made up mainly of sailors based in the Dublin Bay clubs,…
One of three Viking longships prepares to invade Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday
INSS
Out of the mist and rain came waterborne Vikings to battle on Dun Laoghaire's East Pier yesterday afternoon. The Irish National Sailing School (INSS) co-ordinated a free and family–friendly event that featured battles, longboats and a Viking village from 12-5pm. Like…
Overall winner in the Laser Standard Finn Lynch (centre) is presented with his prize by (left) John Roche Admiral Royal Cork and sponsors Mark Whitaker of Volvo. Scroll down for photo gallery of prizewinners
Laser
As the Irish Laser Championships started so did it end with consistent sailing rewarding day one leaders with overall victory at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon. Scroll down for Bob Bateman's prizegiving gallery. A mix of mist and downpours…
Johnny Durcan competing in day three of the Laser Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for a gallery of photos of today's action
Laser
The scoreline's impressive but it belies the fact that on the water the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch is not getting things all his own way at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Laser National Championships. A string of wins came to an…
Phil Plumtree, skipper of Swuzzlebubble (centre) receives the overall trophy from Thomas Roche, Commodore of Kinsale YC (left) and Philippe Pilate, President of the Half Ton Class at the prize-giving for the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup 2017 at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland
Kinsale
With the overall regatta decided on the penultimate day, the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup was presented to Phil Plumtree and the crew of Swuzzlebubble at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland on Friday night. A single ‘round the cans’…
Laser 4.7s start in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
Laser
There was no change at the top of the leaderboard at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Laser National Championships after two more races were sailed in Cork Harbour today, bringing the total to five races of the Championships sailed so far.…
Hugo Boss doing what she does best – zooming offwind on the foils
W M Nixon
There have been several Irish offshore racing sailors who have been making national and world headlines for some years now, but in recent weeks and months the wave of new enthusiasm for the big ticket events has surged to fresh…
Irish flagged cargoship Huelin Dispatch that operates a UK-Channel Islands freight service is currently undergoing dry-docking in Cork Dockyard
Cork Harbour
#corkharbour – An Irish owned cargoship that operates a UK-Channel Islands service is currently drydocking in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Huelin Dispatch is undergoing her first 5-year special survey in Cork Dockyard, the ship repair and general engineering facility…
A Viking longship is lifted into the water on the MGM Boatyard hoist at Dun Laoghaire's Coal Harbour this morning
Dublin Bay
A Viking invasion will take place on Sunday the 20th of August thanks to the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. The centre piece of the event will be a re-enacted battle between two of the longboats…

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