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Doing a Lot for Nothing
Editors Blog
A boating season in full swing and some great summer weather may yet make the 2010 season a memorable one. Dun Laoghaire has already staged the Irish Cruiser Nationals and Galway has welcomed powerboat action to its docks. In the…
Rising tide of Hope
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Rising tide of Hope

26th July 2010
Hope springs eternal. Amid a general atmosphere of despair, chinks of bright light are emerging around the edge of our coastline Irish coasts. A renewed faith in what might be is becoming palpable. Helped in no small part by the fact…
Annalise Murphy –4th in Melbourne
Editors Blog
Ireland's Annalise Murphy finished 4th in the Women's Olympic Laser Radial class at Sail Melbourne, the first event of the 2009-2010 Sailing World Cup series. Click 'read more' for her account of Sail Melbourne race by race: Having already competed…
Afloat.ie: Axe Falls on Sail Training
Editors Blog
The axing of the state sail training programme, has been met with dismay by marine bodies who this week pledged a united voice to push for its reinstatement. This is in spite of the fact the state's only sail training…
Last chance for Irish Sail Training?
Editors Blog
It's rare, given the times that are in it, when a way to make two groups of people financially happy pops up. Rarer indeed, when it involves buying a boat. So how about this: Ireland's Department of Defence could save…
Afloat.ie:  ICRA - Seven Years On, No Itch
Editors Blog
Known for its 'no nonsense' approach, the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) returns to where it all started, for the seventh ICRA conference in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny this Saturday. For an entirely voluntary organisation, it has achieved a lot…
Going Again for The Commodore's Cup
Editors Blog
After a series of near misses in the Commodore’s Cup, there were many reasons why 2008 would have been wholly appropriate timing for an Irish win on the Solent. It wasn't to be but the scene in Cork Harbour last…
SYWoC UL Blog: We're Fit to Race
Editors Blog
Day 4: In the latest installment team member Kevin Stallard of University of Limerick blogs from the Student World Yachting Champs in Marseille. For the first time in the event we started today with a fully fit crew. There was very light…
SYWoC UL Blog: Katie Unable to Sail
Editors Blog
Day Two: UL's Cian Gallagher and Conor Martin update from the Student World Championship in Marseilles: Today we got off to a bad start with our skipper Katie being unable to sail due to a vomiting bug. So with a…
SYWoC UL Blog: Day One
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SYWoC UL Blog: Day One

25th October 2009
Conor Martin of the University of Limerick blogs from Marseille: After long hours of travelling we are finally in Marseille. On Saturday, the draw for the boats and practice race went ahead before the start of the tournament on Sunday.…
O'Leary's New Crew Remains Secret
Editors Blog
Dockside in Malta and Royal Cork's Peter O'Leary was preparing for October's Middle Sea Race. The Mediterranean is a long way from home but O'Leary's thoughts are not far from London 2012. His plans for a second appearance at an…
Blog: Floating Ideas for a Big Prize
Editors Blog
The Scottish government is offering a £10 million prize (more than for innovation in marine renewable energy. First minister of Scotland Alex Salmond explained: The Saltire prize is the Scottish Government's way of playing its part in inspiring a revolution…
SYWoC Blog: Allez Marseilles!
Editors Blog
Darragh O'Connor of University of Limerick will be guest blogging on Afloat.ie for the duration of the upcoming Student Yaching World Cup (SYWoC) in Marseille. Click to read his intro to this event, where they'll be facing current holders, Cork…
 Round Ireland Sailors Need to Look to the Future
Editors Blog
The best way to safeguard the future is to invent it and by introducing satellite tracker technology, Wicklow Sailing Club brought internet access to the last Round Ireland race and they plan the same again next June 20th too. Out…
Sail Training to disappear
Editors Blog

Sail Training to disappear

4th September 2009
It was only 12 months ago that both of Ireland's Tall Ships were on passages around this coast, calling regularly at ports and harbours, a reminder of our seafaring tradition. Just one year later though, the fate of both ships…
The West lead the Rest
Editors Blog
Up to €50m in revenues could be harvested from the sea – and hundreds of full-time jobs created - if ports around the coast followed the lead provided by the men and women behind the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in…

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