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Splendid isolation: A harbour full of boats and an empty Dublin Bay. Dun Laoghaire Harbour is Ireland's biggest boating centre. Lift in of keelboats for the summer season begins on April 1
It's nice to be out there with the wind and the waves and as one letter writer to the Irish Times mentioned when he spotted boats sailing on Dublin Bay this week - 'what a way to isolate!'  We think the…
Waiting for the wind on Dublin Bay. Author Ken Read argues in this article that If there’s enough breeze to fly the postponement flag there is enough breeze to fill sails. With imagination and initially a little courage from regatta organisers the standard of weather information available in 2020 is good enough to prevent much of this waste of time (and fuel). Today’s met models are good enough to allow oceanic racers to duck and dive around low-pressure systems at will so it’s not that the technology is not already there. Suitcase wheels – blindingly obvious but it was at least 200 years before anyone caught on?
Ken Read, the President of North Sails, argues that the changes needed for sailing to adapt to today’s time-greedy society are not so difficult… if we can stop obsessing with creating the perfect race, and replace it with the objective…
Balancing the different demands for using the sea including the need to protect the marine environment must be the work of a dedicated Department of the Marine
You come across many references in this General Election 2020 to Ireland as an 'island nation' – the 20th largest island in the world in fact – but what are our politicians genuinely doing about this 'vast maritime potential'?  This island…
Dragons racing at Cork Week
This was the subject of some discussion aboard our Dragon at the recent Volvo Cork Week. We had a UK Dragon sailor with us who also happens to be the organiser of the British Dragon Association East Coast Championships later…
  #HaveYourSay - With Ireland making a big push for this country's marinas at the London Boat Show this week, reader Conan Breslin came to us with the following question about mooring for visiting boats in Ireland: There seems…
#CourtesyFlag - An Afloat reader contacted us after spotting the German naval corvette F264 Ludwigshafen am Rhein, currently docked at Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin. However, he noticed that the ship was flying her Irish courtesy flag on her…
Time to Move the Sailing Games Out of Rio
Dear Country Leaders in Sailing: You all are responsible for the choice to have the Olympics sail in Rio de Janeiro. Last week you held the Aquece Test Event. How did it turn out? Last year you had competitors fall…
Which Is Ireland's 'Most Famous' Lifeboat?
#marystanford – Sir, With regard to your news item on Summer edition of Afloat magazine, I have to take issue with your news article stating that the former Donaghadee lifeboat is Ireland's most famous. The former Ballycotton boat – Mary Stanford…
#FinnLynch - Three forthcoming transatlantic trips over six months aren't the only items on Olympic hopeful Finn Lynch's list of expenses. Apart from the burden of the long-distance hauls required in trials for Ireland's Laser spots at next summer's Rio…
Liam Shanahan Responds to Afloat's Dun Laoghaire Harbour Cruise Berth Coverage
Sirs I enjoyed reading your article in the Summer edition of Afloat magazine on family sailing, and read with pleasure the praise you accorded my son Liam and his sons.It was a bit of a shock then to turn the…
'Sea Change' Water Safety Stats No Excuse For 'Draconian' Regulations
#WaterSafety - The Government's 'Sea Change' consultation contained sobering statistics on boating fatalities in Irish waters, prompting calls for much tighter water safety regulation. But as Irish Cruising Club spokesman and Sailing Directions Editor Norman Kean writes, that view is…
Transforming Ireland into a Pre-eminent European Sailing Nation
#irishsailing – After tweeting 'neither Afloat nor the Irish Sailing Association understand the makeup of sailors in Ireland', author Alex Blackwell gives his personal view on this week's ISA Public Meeting in Galway and on the way ahead for Irish sailing.…
Former Sailing President Calls For Sport to 'Regrow in a Balanced Way'
#sailing – A leading Cork sailing official who praises the reform of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has raised concerns over a new initiative to raise €2.7m for Irish Olympic and ISA pathway sailing.  The comments follow a reader piece…
Is Being an Olympic Sport Good for Irish Sailing?
#olympicsailing – Water Rat's article: Is ISAF Alive To Sailing's Survival As An Olympic Sport? has raised the issue about the future viability of the Olympic sailing movement and brought reaction from readers, including Midshipman, who says it begs two interesting questions:…
Is ISAF Alive To Sailing's Survival As An Olympic Sport?
#sailingolympics – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decision to drop sailing from the 2020 Paralympics is a wake-up call for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). While the commentary talks about failures on the part of IFDS, the real issue seems…
The ISA May Have Changed; Do Our Clubs & Classes Want To Change?
#isastrategicplan – Afloat's occasional blogger 'Magerhamore' listened to the recent presentation of the ISA Strategic Plan and question and answer session in Dun Laoghaire last Wednesday and the following thoughts have come to mind: The ISA seems to have radically…


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