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Afloat.ie: Last Race in HYC Frostbite Series
Howth Yacht Club's well-attended Laser Frostbite series ended yesterday in bracing weather, where Paul McMahon took first in both Laser Standard and Laser Standard Apprentice. Further Sailing results over the fold. Howth Yacht Club – Laser Frostbite Winter Series Overall…
Wins in Sail Brisbane and Sail Melbourne confirm that the National YC's Annalise Murphy remains a favourite in the Women's Laser Radial division of Australia's top regatta, Sail Melbourne next week. It is significant too because it is confirmation that…
Afloat.ie: Asgard II Campaign 'Disappointed'
The campaign to save Asgard II has said it is “disappointed but not surprised” at the Government’s decision to abandon the national sail training programme in the Budget, writes Lorna Siggins in the Irish Times. The decision to abolish Coiste…
Afloat.ie: Cork Officially Left Southern Ocean in Clipper
Cork lying 9th as at 1200 UTC, Thursday 10th December 2009, as Race 4 from Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia, is proving just how evenly matched the crews competing in Clipper 09-10 round the world yacht race are. The last four…
Afloat.ie: Total Transport Budget Announced
Minister Dempsey announces €2.787 billion budget for Transport in 2010 – €0.92 billion for public transport; €1.72 billion for roads of which €1.31 billion for national roads including €37.5 million for road safety and €411 million for upkeep and maintenance…
The shut down of the government's National Sail Training Programme is headlining on Seascapes (Friday December 11th, 2009, 10.30pm, RTE Radio 1), despite its commitment to replace Asgard. Tom and his team have several other reports to broadcast – details…
Afloat.ie: Last Ferry From Dublin's Docklands
It’s been a feature of life on the River Liffey for over two years, but today (Friday 11th December) the last ferry will make its way across the river from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay to Spencer Dock. The Liffey Ferry,…
Afloat.ie: Possible RI Contender in MG HS30 For Sale
Fancy doing the Round Ireland next year? With this 1984 Rob Humphrey's designed MG HS30 you could be in with a chance. First in her class in the 1988 Round Ireland, twenty years later she could bring you to the…
Afloat.ie: Sail Training Axe Disappoints Marine Group
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has given a cautious welcome to the budget, while expressing disappointment at the decision to axe the country's sail training scheme. “Overall, the Irish Marine Federation welcomes the government’s commitment to restore order to the…
Afloat.ie: ISA Call for New Marine 'Alliance'
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has called for marine leisure interests to develop a new alliance. The move comes in the wake of last nights decision to axe the State Sailing training programme. ISA Chief Harry Hermon has asked for…
Afloat.ie: Coiste an Asgard is Scrapped in Budget Cuts
Coiste an Asgard the state body responsible for Sail Training in Ireland has been abolished as part of this afternoon's budget cuts. Confirmation of its termination was posted on the Department of Finance website here. The move effectively brings to…
Afloat.ie: Sailing Funding Likely to Be Hit
A Sports Council cut in funding by 4% will be reflected in a funding cut to national governing bodies, including sailing. ISA Chief Harry Hermon was expecting a cut in sailing's take but said it was not clear just how…
Afloat.ie: Maritime Transport and Safety - €53 million
The budget 2010 provision for Maritime Transport will be €53 million, compared with €49 million in 2009. The principal item of expenditure is the provision of a search and rescue helicopter service (€27.3million). Also included is expenditure on the Irish…
Afloat.ie: €5m in EU Funds for Wave Energy Project
Irish Times Marine Correspondent Lorna Siggins writing in today's paper says Galway energy company Wavebob is leading a consortium which has been given just over €5 million in EU funds to test a full-scale wave energy converter off the Portuguese…
Afloat.ie: 15th Lock & Sallins Navigation Obstruction
On inland waterways, emergency flood alleviation works by Kildare County Council action has caused restriction of navigation 600 metres east of Sallins until further notice. Waterways Ireland are working to remedy the obstruction between the 15th Lock and Sallins on…
Afloat.ie: Bear Grylls to Open RIBEX 2010
Plans are moving ahead for a truly first class show next May. It is now confirmed that the Suzuki Sponsored RIBEX 2010 powerboat exhibition is to be opened by extreme survivalist and TV personality, Bear Grylls. At this present time,…
Afloat.ie: Failte Ireland Seek Events to Fund
Money to stage Ireland's sailing and boating regattas next season could be at hand if event organisers apply for funding from Bord Failte under the national festivals programme. The initiative advertised in the national press this morning is intended to…
Afloat.ie: Dutch Builder Sees Improvement
In Marine Trade news from Holland, Dutch Boat Builder Linssen reports from its 11th boat show that although markets in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the former East European countries are still responding very modestly, Linssen is positive about its…
Royal Western YC in Kilrush hosted over 40 people for the first of a North Sails lecture Tour of Ireland featuring US Sailmaker Bill Gladstone and there was a smilar number gathered for the seminar in Foynes (pictured over the…
Tony Killeen TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today met EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Berg on EU / Norway Fisheries negotiations. Minister Killeen sought an urgent meeting when it became clear last Friday that…
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