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An athwartships double bunk down aft is one of several unusual but effective features of the Hanse 301
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We all have mixed feelings about very beamy boats writes W M Nixon. They can certainly provide a significant amount of extra space, but whether or not that actually improves the accommodation depends entirely on how it has been utilised. Some…
The Cliffs of Moher on the Co Clare coast
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#CliffsOfMoher - The body of what’s believed to be a young German man has been recovered from the Clare coast hours after he was seen falling from the Cliffs of Moher, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Passers-by north of O’Brien’s Tower raised…
Zhik is onboard with VOR's Team AkzoNobel
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Innovative specialist sailing apparel manufacturer Zhik has been selected by team AkzoNobel as its official technical clothing partner for the upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The crew will race across four oceans and encounter some of the most…
RFA Gold Rover, the final of her class is seen off the west coast of Africa during the tanker’s last ever transfer of fuel or replenishment at sea (RAS) duties to HMS Portland. The Type 23 Duke class frigate has also been a visitor to Dublin Port in recent years having berthed at Ocean Pier.
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#RFAoiler - The oldest of the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers a ‘Rover’ class which made a rare visit to Dublin Port in recent years, was officially decommissioned last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. RFA Gold Rover (A271) a 11,522 tonnes…
Buy now before the pound sterling soars…..this specially interesting Corby 25 in North Wales is being advertised as a “Brexit Bargain”
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The designs of John Corby are a fascinating area of study in many ways, as is the man himself writes W M Nixon. His father invented the eponymous trouser-press which saved so many of us from looking scruffy when we…
Map of the seabed survey areas south of Cork Harbour
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#MarineNotice - PSE Kinsale Energy Limited will undertake a seabed survey off the South Coast of Ireland later this month. The survey is to confirm the seabed status adjacent to subsea gas production infrastructure such as wellheads, manifolds, pipelines and…
Ian Walker onboard Green Dragon in the 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
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Former Irish Green Dragon VOR skipper Ian Walker is to take up the Director of Racing position at the Royal Yachting Association this autumn, according to PBO. The double Olympic medallist, America’s Cup sailor and Volvo Ocean Race-winning skipper will…
J109 Jedi competing in an ISORA offshore race. The boat is available to charter this season from the INSS
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The Irish National Sailing School J109 yacht is available to charter for Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta and other Irish sailing events this season.  Jedi is a highly competitive J109 yacht and part of DBSC's ultra–competitive Class One fleet of 20…
Irish youth sailors are competing at the Europa Cup in Lugano, Switzerland
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A team of seven Royal St George Yacht Club Laser sailors, as well as sailors from Schull in West Cork and Foynes  on the Shannon Estuary are competing in the Europa Cup this Easter. The International Laser Class Association run the…
3M Perfect-It Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax. The range in Ireland is available from CH Marine
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Whether maintaining a factory fresh finish on your boat or trying to return an old and oxidized finish to its original lustre, working with gelcoats can sometimes be a challenge. 3M introduces a new set of products available in Ireland…
Tomasz Szumski’s photograph ‘Micro Island - Connemara’ was runner-up in the 2017 CommBeBiz contest
Marine Photo
#MarinePhoto - A marine researcher at the Marine Institute was recently runner-up in the EU-funded CommBeBiz photography competition with the theme of ‘New Perspectives on the Bio-Economy’. Tomasz Szumski captured the prize-winning shot ‘Micro Island - Connemara’ when he provided…
Marina berths at Carrick-on-Shannon
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#Shannon - RTÉ News reports that the bodies of a man and a woman were recovered from the water at a marina in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday afternoon (Friday 31 March) just hours after they were reported missing. The couple, an Irish…
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…

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