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Craftinsure.com, the UK’s leading online boat insurance specialist, has launched a new range of products specially designed for Ireland. Immediate quotations and cover can be obtained within a couple of minutes by visiting www.craftinsure.ie
Dutch boatbuilder De Boarnstream has chosen Midlands-based LoughRee Marine Services Ltd. as its new distributor for Ireland. The facilities at Quigley’s Marina, Killinure Point in Glasson will also provide a back-up service for all new and existing De Boarnstream clients…
Club Powerboat.ie, Ireland’s first online yacht club, has just been granted a warrant to fly its own ensign by the Mercantile Marine Office of the Department of Transport.
If you find painting a bit of a performance, the new Multicoat from Blakes Paints will get the job done quickly and effectively. It’s maintenance made easy because it’s a primer and topcoat in one. The one product system is…
Yachtsmen making an international voyage to or from the UK could be required to check in and out if the British government fully implements its new E-Borders scheme in two years’ time. The scheme already makes it compulsory for commercial…
Having completed eight Round the World races in the last eight years, this summer Barcelona World race hero Damian Foxall is staying inshore.
The victory achieved on February 11th after three months of intense sailing in the Barcelona World Race by Ireland’s Damian Foxall and France’s Jean-Pierre Dick in the Open 60 Paprec Virbac 2 was honoured a week later with a reception…
It was a source of pride to the country’s sailing community when Damian Foxall went to Aras an Uachtarain last month, because the visit brought State acknowledgement of the biggest sailing achievement in years.Sailors believed it was through this epic…
It was always going to be an outside chance given the tight deadlines but The Green Team's Irish Volvo 70 boat will not now make the start line of June's Round Ireland race, says team CEO Jamie Boag. The hull…
The Irish Sailing Association has agreed to adopt the role of record-keeper for all Irish powerboating records. Following Afloat's report on the current record holders, Mike Shanahan and Philip Fitzgibbon, questions were raised about just who was in control of…
The decision on who will represent Ireland at the Olympics in the Star class is expected to be made this weekend. The ISA's coaches had until the April 30 deadline to make a recommendation to the Olympic Steering Group on…
Michael Hanahoe, chief executive of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, has announced he is to resign. The story of his resignation was put side-by-side with the failure to develop the now derelict Carlisle Pier in the harbour, a source of…
John Thompson (54) the skipper of Belfast yacht Avocet participating in the Atantic Rally for cruisers has died in hospital in Barbados following a mid-Atlantic accident.The news of the fatality was issued yesterday by the Directors of the World Cruising…
Irish boats have been involved in two successful rescues in the Atlantic but the week has ended tragically with the news that Belfast sailor John Thompson remains seriously ill from injuries sustained in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) scheduled…
British Olympic medallist Ian Walker will take the helm of a 20 million Euro Irish bid to win next year's Volvo Ocean race in the biggest ever announcement for Irish sailing yesterday that promises to generate 43 million Euro for…
Edward Heath declared, in an often quoted line, that offshore sailing was like standing under a shower tearing up five pound notes. Money – or the lack of it – has been a frequent excuse for lack of success on…
By commemorating two Olympians tonight (Friday, November 16th) Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) ensures both Dr. Alf Delany and Harry Maguire sail into club history.Delany and Maguire, who both died this year, were multiple champions who – in different classes…
The fact that leisure craft berths need to triple in Dun Laoghaire to cater for extra demand is obvious to sailors, but Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is one of few state companies to see the marine leisure potential that lies…
If persistence is a virtue then it must pay off for The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) who – as expected – have announced a further bid to win the Commodore's Cup. Irish crews having been pipped at the post…
The Government is seeking submissions from the public on its proposals for a new national register of vessels, which include a stipluation that all registered vessels must fly the Irish flag. Vessels under seven metres in length are exempt, unless…
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