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MacSweeney Receives British Honour for Maritime Journalism Work
For the first time an Irish maritime journalist was honoured by the British Maritime Foundation at its annual awards ceremony in London. The Desmond Wettern Award was presented to Afloat's Tom MacSweeney. It is made to the writer, broadcaster, journalist…
Living Beyond Our Means
That is not a title referring to the current economic situation, though it is certainly apt in that regard. I am using it to refer to the fact that as humans we live on relatively small pockets of land on…
Mindless Destruction on my 'Lady of the Water'
I am in a somewhat depressed mood writing this week’s column. On Sunday afternoon I boarded my boat on its mooring near the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven and what I saw destroyed memories of a pleasant summer sailing…
More Irish International Success
It is great to report more Irish success on the world sailing scene, where our sailors have done well this season, lifting the country’s reputation internationally. SCHULL will stage the Youth World Team Racing Championships next year, which is a…
Could Waterford Lead a Tall Ships Revival?
I am aware that a number of groups are examining the possibility of launching a national sail training programme. I wonder if Waterford could be the place to lead it and be the base for national sail training. The marine…
Counting the Cost of New Fishing Boat Regulations
The cost of upgrading fishing boats to comply with new regulations first mooted three years ago means some boats cannot put to sea again. It's a move that will cost hundreds of jobs to coastal communities says Tom MacSweeney The…
Sailing Body Challenges Government
The Irish Sailing Association has told the Government that Ireland is being left behind in marine development because of the way the State has neglected the maritime sphere. I applaud the national sailing authority for making it clear that while…
Irish Match Racing Gets Recognition it Deserves
Match Racing has been given full approval by the national sailing association. I reported a few weeks ago that Match Racing Ireland, which organises the racing, had made application to the Irish Sailing Association. This has been approved. "We are…
O'Dea Escapes on Late Late Show
Willie O'Dea appeared on RTE's Late Late Show on September 10. The following day, September 11, was a major day in Irish maritime history - the second anniversary of the sinking of the national sail training vessel, Asgard. O'Dea did…
Why Boating and Music Go Hand-in-Hand
One of the great enjoyments is sailing along on a pleasant, sunny day, with nice music adding to the occasion but what is the best music aboard a boat? There have been strong disagreements about my choices as Skipper, so…
Success at Last!
The world trophy for offshore cruiser racing is in Irish hands and Cork has dominated the successful assault on the Commodore's Cup in the hallowed waters of Cowes, centre of British yachting writes Tom MacSweeney. Several times in previous years…
Privatisation of the Ports Should be Strongly Opposed
In the first installment of a new weekly maritime blog on Afloat.ie, marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney says our ports are vital national assets; It astonishes me that the Government should consider selling off the country’s ten major port companies -…

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