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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, Afloat.ie 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…
Would A National Sailing League Boost Irish Club Spirit?
#Sailing - Is there drive for a national sailing league in Ireland? A number of new start-up competitions around the world might give Irish sailing clubs some food for thought. One only has to look to the continent to see…
Is Optimist Competition Pushing Kids Too Hard?
#opti – As Ireland prepares to welcome a record fleet of youngsters to the Optimist dinghy European Championships in Dun Laoghaire in four months time, Afloat.ie reader David Quinn questions the level of intensity of this winter's training and asks is…
America's Cup – Sailing is Being Changed by These Phenomenal Machines
#americascup – As one of the biggest sceptics on the subject of the 34th Americas Cup and their use of 72–foot catamarans, I thought I would find it hard to admit that I might be wrong. After watching the racing…

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