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New Sailing App Calls For Note of Caution
In our latest Have Your Say contribution, Gary Delaney of Global Position Intelligence (GPI) expresses his concerns about the new ISA sailing app and how it might encourage boat users to be less prepared on the water With regard to…
Round–the–World Yachtsman Relates Bad Experience in Dunmore East
Further to your article on Dunmore East and its very unwelcoming attitude towards leisure craft let me relate a very bad experience we had there. After nine years circumnavigating and having visited 39 countries and receiving a warm welcome in…
The 'Great Dinghy Sailing Debate' Means Questions for ISA & Yacht Clubs
#dinghydecline – The current debate regarding dinghy racing is fascinating (See original article and reader comments here). At present the discussion is centred around the role of the national authority. However, I believe that as the debate develops we will…
#dublinbay21 – Dun Laoghaire sailor and former Irish Sailing Association President Roger Bannon was intrigued by recent correspondence from Paddy Boyd to W M Nixon regarding the Dublin Bay 21s in his recent Afloat.ie Sailing on Saturday Column. Here Roger…
Is 'Adventure Sailing' a New Tack for Dinghy Sailors?
#DINGHY SAILING – It is a common complaint that dinghy sailing is in decline. Veteran keel-boat sailors wax nostalgic about those long-gone days when huge fleets turned out for the major dinghy class championships writes our correspondent Magheramore. Yet there…
Casting a Fly over Sailing Club Memberships
Some boating clubs might be feeling the pinch but not all of them. As Magheramore reveals there is one club with two dozen boats freely available for 400 members to use on a 'first come first served' basis.  It is…
Big Events Get More on the Water
#SAILING – Enda O'Coineen (pictured above), Chairman of the group bringing the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) to Galway this summer, attended last Saturday's Irish Sailing Association AGM – and believes we need to radically rethink how we spend our resources…
Thanks for Your Comments on Afloat.ie, Keep 'em Comin!
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Nice to be Invited to the All Ireland Sailing Championships
Wayfarer Dinghy National Champion Trevor Fisher was not invited to sail in last weekend's Waterway's Ireland ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships. Here he outlines why and suggests the system for participation in 'Ireland's most prestigious sailing event' needs an overhaul.…
Thanks for YOUR Comments, Keep'em Coming!
Thanks for your feedback. Each Afloat.ie posting has the opportunity to comment at the end of the story and we're keen to get as many people involved as possible. Join us on facebook, debate on the forum or simply leave…
On the Forum: Dry Sailing at Royal Cork
A dry sailing facility would make the Royal Cork Yacht Club one of the best in the world. It's a pity it may be too expensive, says Patton. It is a pity too about the lack of highly competitive racing…
Helmsmans Championship is the Talking Point
Next weekend's ISA's Helmsmans Championship is the focus on the forum tonight. Patton wants to make some changes to the format. Skipper agrees. RicM believes the J80 is the boat of choice. Paddy Boyd sets the record straight on past…
Bring Back Irish Sail Training?
Ocean Youth Trust Ireland are canvassing for support to reinstate an all-Ireland sail training scheme of some form. Their only sail training vessel sank earlier this summer after hitting rocks off Ballycastle, leaving the organisation without a means to get…
A period off the water has allowed class measurer and Dun Laoghair sailor Roger Bannon put together some detailed an interesting figures on sailing a Laser SB3 downwind. The analysis, originally posted on a Dublin Bay SB3 email list and…
Downgrading of the Helicopter Service and Who Should Pay for Lighthouses?
An SAR Pilot and a Ship's Captain are debating the downgrade of the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter service in the southeast. A new study says pleasure craft should pay towards the upkeep of the Lighthouse service. We want…
Opinion: White Sails or White Flags?
So there I was, sipping my unusually strong G&T and chatting with the rest of the Rat family on a balmy summers day on the bay, when some SCOUNDREL appears over my right shoulder shouting 'STARBOARD' as if I was…

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