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Figures for the numbers of people completing ISA training courses in 2008 indicate healthy growth with a total of over 17,000 certificates issued say the Irishy Sailing Association. The Small Boat Sailing Scheme remains the busiest with some 11,500 people…
Following a long period of cold, settled weather the CEO of Irish Water Safety John Leech wishes to raise awareness with Commercial Fishing Skippers of their responsibilities in keeping their vessel afloat this winter. The first Gale of the New…
The Show was officially launched at 11.00am today by model, actress and TV presenter Kelly Brook. On declaring the Show open, Kelly said: “It’s a great privilege to be here today and to open the London International Boat Show. There…
Ericsson 4 will not be penalised under the protest filed by the Rule Management Group against the team. The International Jury found the team was not obliged to inform the Measurers of changes made to the bow of its boat,…
Working in concert with the RYA’s Race Management Group, Northern Ireland sailor Tom Jobling has produced this most concise event management manual download.
Vinent Riou (PRB) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Brit Air) spoke to the Vendée Globe organizers in Paris last night, and described their successful rescue of Jean Le Cam from the capsized VM Matériaux. Video of the upturned hull is here
Green Dragon have announced crew changes ahead of the forthcoming In Port race this Saturday 10th January. As part of their planned crew rotation, Volvo and America’s Cup sailor Ian Budgen will step onboard in place of watch leader Damian…
The London International Boat Show returns to ExCeL from Friday celebrating 55 years of bringing the best of boating to the nation's capital. The show runs until 18 January 2009.
The Irish Marine Federation is mourning the loss of its member Seamus Fingleton of Rathfarnham, who died on December 27th. The Raymarine electronics expert who operated from Dun Laoghaire is to be buried this morning (Friday, January 2). A death…
After Jean-Pierre Dick unfortunately lost his rudder in a collision yesterday afternoon, progress since has been steady through the Vendée Globe fleet in largely favourable conditions for the 15 remaining skippers. From Raphael Dinelli and Norbert Sedlacek, AUT,  in the…
With Jan 1st marking the opening day when anglers eagerly attempt to catch the first wild salmon of the year, Irish Water Safety is warning of the risk of drowning and hypothermia, with slippy riverside banks, larger winter volumes of…
The Irish Waterski Federation (IWSF) headed up by Des Burke-Kennedy has revamped its website for 2009. Take a peek here . As well as  video the site also includes a news section, a calendar of events but its list of…
Wicklow's yacht Designer Mark Mills has scooped a top prize in America with one of his fastest designs to date. The leading US magazine Sailing World has announced the King 40 by Summit Yachts as their 2009 Overall Boat of…
Minister Noel Ahern TD and the Irish Coast Guard today issued a strong warning about the danger of being swept off cliffs, rocks, piers, harbour walls and beaches around the coast of Ireland. Although this can happen any time of…
A piece of radio history was made at the RNLI headquarters in Swords with the broadcasting of the 1,000th edition of the weekly RTE radio programme, Seascapes. The programme featured the work of the lifeboat service and the RNLI presented…
Had there been a preventer... had they been clipped on...had the inflating lifejacket inflated... had it been serviced...had the wave not hit the boat... had they not gybed...there was not just one reason, but multiple reasons why the yachtsman lost…
Dehler Yachts, Germany's third-largest boatbuilder, went into administration yesterday. A recent bank guarantee by the government of the state of North Rhine-Westfalia did not succeed in preventing the company from going under. Workers at the factory, located in Meschede-Freienohl (Sauerland,…
Waterways Ireland has advised Masters and Owners of vessels that due to continuing commissioning work on the Portumna Swing Bridge there may be interruptions to the published bridge opening times schedule. Masters are advised further to contact the bridge keeper…
The Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire announced this evening that its past Commodore Mr Desmond Rogan (62) passed away unexpectedly today. Mr Rogan a member since 1986 served as Commodore from 2004 to 2006.
At 15.09hrs Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist 4 persons on board a speed boat with engine failure and aground South West of Garrykennedy, Lough Derg.
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