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Afloat has learned that the government is considering including sailing and boating equipment in a new ‘luxury’ VAT bracket during the next budget. As much as 45% could be tagged on to items relating to what are perceived as ‘exclusive…
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today that the Women's Match Racing events and new Elliott 6m equipment have been confirmed for the final events of the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup but so far there there has been no…
The volume of shipping traffic through Irish ports declined by as much as 20 percent in the second half of 2008, according to the latest edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, which was unveiled at an industry briefing in…
Following the news that the tanks in the centre of the Galway docks area are to be moved, Lets do it Galway have issued the following statement:
At a time when well known boat builders are experiencing major difficulties, one West Cork based boat builder has launched a new business. Roeboats based in Ballydehob Co. Cork, in the heart of the irish riviera has just announced the…
If you read yesterday's Sunday Times then you'll know we're all about to disappear down the plug hole. If you'd rather not one option is to spend the early Summer in paradise. Far-fetched? Not any more thanks to the Seychelles…
30ft Dufour Classic: Crosshaven Boat Yard have now reduced the price from Euro 49,950 to Euro 44,950 – great value! Located at Crosshaven, it’s got a fibreglass hull and 19hp Volvo engine. More details here
It may have been a grey start but the 2009 season is underway with Kinsale's April League sponsored by Des McWilliam's One sails. Afloat's Bob Bateman was there to capture the action. The conditions were lively with a 20kt southerly…
Green Dragon crossed the finish line off Rio de Janeiro at 18.59.40 GMT today, cheered on by crowds of locals that lined the shore to the marina. After over 40 days at sea the Chinese -Irish boat has dropped to…
America's Cup winning skipper Ed Baird will present the prizes tomorrow night at the Royal St. George champions dinner. Baird, 49, of St. Peterburg, Florida reached the pinnacle of his long sailing career last July 3 when he held the…
Tonight's RTE Seascapes radio programme asks why motorboats are becoming more popular than yachts? In a separate item on Tom MacSweeney's show, he interviews the only men in Ireland who are to be prevented by law from going to work…
Brazilian skipper Henrique Haddad and Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain earned the two remaining semi-final places at the Grand Final of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup in Porto Alegre. The event follows the successful round held in Kinsale late last…
Jonathan Shackleton, cousin of the famous Kildare-born Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, will be making his first speaking engagement at the RDS on April 22 following his return from his travels to the Antarctic. Jonathan has made legendary attempts to…
Adrian Lee of Dun Laoghaire is the Irish Independent / Sailor of the Month for March on the strength of his clearcut win in the inaugural Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 Race with his highly-tuned Cookson 50. Devised for…
Dublin Port Company has taken delivery of Rosbeg, a new multipurpose work vessel, and two now pilot boats, as part of a Euro 16 million investment plan., the port company have announced. The Rosbeg, whcih was built in the Nertherlands,…
Green Dragon is just 438 miles from Rio de Janeiro and the end of an epic leg, the longest ever in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. Conditions are still holding with a sea breeze which they hope will…
When the then Minister for Education Mary Hanafin spoke about putting sailing on the school curriculum at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire she spoke with some conviction. It wasn’t a gimmick because the general election was over. She…
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Mar. 24, 2009) - Ericsson Racing Team currently holds the top two spots on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet approaches at a snail's pace the finish in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.…
The thirty-first running to the Tribesmen Head of the River in Galway this past weekend ended up with a curtailed programme due to unpredictable squalls which rendered early racing unsafe in the opinion of the organising officials.
West Highland week is planning a big Scottish welcome for its usual crop of Irish competitors. Class 6 was last year dominated by the Irish duo of Stevie Andrews of Strangford Lough YC, with his Contessa 33 Penelope Pitstop and…
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