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The Viksund 260 is a sensible compromise between the needs of seaworthiness and the hope that the weather Gods are going to send a day reminiscent of the Mediterranean at its sweetest.
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It could well be that anyone from the coastal districts of Scandinavia has had more than enough of people making silly stereotyped comments about the Vikings writes W M Nixon. But the reality is that when it came to boats,…
A screen-grab which shows that Phaedo 3 sailed to the eastward of the Great Foze Rock (as permitted under WSSR Rules) when sailing south past the Blasket Islands at 26.4 knots at 10:05:50 UTC on 4th August 2016 during her anti-clockwise record-breaking circuit of Ireland.
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A rocky Irish islet in the Atlantic, a steep little place where former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey and his family and friends once partied, faced being ceded to Portugal last autumn following close examination of current Round Ireland record footage. Afloat.ie…
The event that brought Helen Mary Wilkes’ remarkable administrative talents to international attention was the Optimist Worlds in Howth in 1981
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A lifetime of enthusiastic and effective dedication to voluntary work in international sailing administration has very deservedly resulted in the award of World Sailing’s Gold Medal to Ireland’s Helen Mary Wilkes writes W M Nixon. She is originally from Scotland…
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Johnny Durcan tops fleet of 50 to cash in at Royal Cork’s PY1000, 1720s take Spring Chicken 1-2, girl power triumphs at Leinster Schools champs, and four Irish 49ers launch Olympic bid in  Roy takes over the helm of Irish Sailing Former Olympic race officer…
Tom Kelley brings his decades of innovation expertise to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway this June
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#OurOceanWealth - Tom Kelley of award-winning global design and development firm IDEO will encourage leaders in Ireland's marine sector to engage in creative thinking at the 2017 Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Galway this June. Kelley is regarded as a…
The accused US Navy chief petty officer is attached to the USS Donald Cook based in Cadiz, Spain
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#Crime - A US naval officer is in Garda custody over an alleged sexual assault in a Dublin hotel, as Navy Times reports. A spokesperson for the US Embassy confirmed that the alleged incident was reported on Wednesday 22 March…
The LÉ Aisling which was decommissioned has attracted just two bids at Cork auction today.
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#AislingSold -Former Naval Service offshore patrol vessel Aisling, has been sold at a public auction in Cork for €110,000, reports RTE News. There were just two bids for the OPV, which was bought by a representative of a Dutch company…
Dix 38 for sale
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The South African-born boat and yacht designer Dudley Dix may now be based on the sedate shores of the Chesapeake on the east coast of the US writes W M Nixon. However, he learnt his sailing in the breezy Western…
The Henri Lloyd Cool Breeze Jacket is a combination of light insulation and wet weather protection for inshore sailing
Marine Clothing
The Henri Lloyd Breeze concept in sailing jackets is stunningly simple, says Henri Lloyd's Shane Cronin – when the weather dictates that you don’t need traditional foul weather gear but you need to stay dry and protected from the wind and…
The INSS's Kenny Rumball (seen here competing with sailing school students at the DBSC Spring Chicken Series) will be part of a Viking Invasion at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 20th
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Irish National Sailing School's Kenny Rumball, normally found at the sharp end of Ireland's dinghy, one design and offshore fleets, will jump ship this Summer to play his part in a Viking invasion of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The August 20th event,…
27–times Irish Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen lines up at the start of the speed record course at Salin de La Palme
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Multiple Irish Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen from Dublin joins the fastest windsurfers in the world, in a bid to break the Windsurfing Speed World Record, at a newly designed speed course at Salins De La Palme, in the south…
The Westerly Centaur stayed true to her origins as an uncompromising bilge-keeler
Boat Sales
Cheltenham Week of all times, it’s more than appropriate to be considering a Laurent Giles-designed 1978 Westerly Centaur for sale on Afloat Boats for Sale at a bargain price in Crosshaven writes W M Nixon. The 26ft Westerly Centaur has…
Man of the sea. Hugh Kennedy at the helm of his Clare Lallow-built classic Tosca IV, putting the Coningbeg Lightvessel astern during the annual summer pilgrimage to Baltimore in West Cork
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Hugh Kennedy’s eighty-five years of well-lived life successfully combined so many aspects of Irish sailing, and indeed Irish life generally, that we have to keep reminding ourselves that it was just one man who so ably filled such a variety…
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With the DBSC series getting a Spring in its step, Dave Cullen forecasts a wide-open season for a Class 2 fleet that’s set to be Biggs’d up, & Winkie Nixon chats to Ireland’s Craziest Racers Afloat. Laser ace Kelleher tops Howth Frostbite table with finishing flourish,…
McMurdo SmartFind EPIRBs may be liable to experience cracks in the plastic of their top domes
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#EPIRB - Marine Notice No 9 of 2017 contains a product advisory for two EPIRB products manufactured by McMurdo. Under certain circumstances, signs of cracking may appear in the top dome cases of all versions of the McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB…
Humpback whales and dolphins were among the wildlife filmed by Eoin Warner and his team for the TG4 two-parter Éire Fhiáin
Maritime TV
#OnTV - A documentary on the wildlife of Ireland’s West Coast that’s wowed TV viewers during Seachtain na Gaeilge is now available to watch online. As Independent.ie reports, the two-part Éire Fhiáin has been compared to Blue Planet for its…

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