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Foxall aims for Extreme 40 circuit
Having completed eight Round the World races in the last eight years, this summer Barcelona World race hero Damian Foxall is staying inshore. Foxall is back in Ireland next week attending the Maritime Ball at Dun Laoghaire, hosted by the…
Looking back at Olympic sailing success
Although sailing's record was overlooked at home in the sports pages over Easter it coincided with a string of strong results abroad that have resurrected sailing's Olympic spirit.   Sports journalists referred to Sonia O’Sullivan’s attempt to surpass the record…
Year-long sailing on the cards for Dublin Bay
Year-round yacht racing in the capital is on the cards, according to the bay’s biggest leisure user, if major development plans in Dun Laoghaire harbour go ahead. In a tradition stretching back to 1884, Dublin Bay Sailing Club launches its…
Three campaigns in running for Olympic berth
The Star keelboat nomination for Beijing is expected to be announced by theIrish Sailing Association (ISA) at lunch time today (Friday, May 2)The selection of one of three candidates for the Qingdao regatta will comefrom a combination of unfettered decisions…
Miami nice for O'Leary and Milne
As a stand alone feat it was the final race world championship win by RoyalCork's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne in Miami two weeks ago thatultimately swung selectors towards a pairing whose fifth-ever Star regattawill now also be their Olympic…
Underdog O'Rourke needs lifeline
Ireland’s second entry into October’s Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is sinkingbefore it leaves the dock, and a lack of sponsorship is to blame accordingto its skipper, 2007 Fastnet race winner Ger O’Rourke.The Limerick sailor confounded pundits when news of the…
Satellite steers BMW Round Ireland Race
The best way to safeguard the future is to invent it and by introducingsatellite tracker technology, Wicklow Sailing Club brought internet accessto this year's BMW Round Ireland race.Out went arbitrary reporting positions relayed by Coast Guard and in cameprecise tracking…
Lack of wind in Qingdao leaves Irish becalmed
It's not official yet but sailing looks set to be become the next extreme sport when the Olympic regatta starts tomorrow. If smog, strong currents and the absence of wind was not enough of an obstacle there's even more trouble…
O'Rourke secures last-minute VOR sponsorship
In any yacht race if the wind changes direction just about anything canhappen. The last few months have been like that for Ger O'Rourke,chasing his dream of entering next month's Volvo Ocean Race. It's anagainst-all-the-odds story, and that's even before…
SB3 Worlds flourish, and tragedy off Bray Head
Although a week of great highs is in prospect for Irish sailing over thenext two weeks, it has been preceded by tragedy after a coastal race turnedto disaster for a Poolbeg crew last Sunday.In Dun Laoghaire, 136 SB3s have assembled…
Crosshaven sailor chooses SB3 event to launch 2012 Olympic campaign
Peter O’Leary starts as a favourite for the All–Ireland sailingchampionships and that's not just because he is a past winner. Above allelse, he says, it is his Beijing preparations that give him an edge offHowth this morning. A week ago…
Record-breaking runs for VOR and windsurfing champ
It's an ill wind that doesn't blow some good. In the south Atlantic and alsoin county Waterford, winter gales have produced record results for sailorsthis week while a record-breaking run, set in a summer gale, will be toastedin Wicklow tomorrow…
Irish ports battle it out
Only a week into the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) and Ireland's new-found loveaffair with world offshore sailing is to continue as Belfast prepares to bidfor stop-over port status in the 2011 edition of the race.The news comes in the first…
Green Dragon shredding and steaming
On the podium in Cape Town, after two shredded spinnakers and a high speed collision, Ian Walker easily shrugs off the age-old superstition that painting a boat green brings bad luck. What's more, the British leader of Irish hopes in…
Ciara Peelo Olympic flag bearer
National pride is the only reason Ciara Peelo would leave her boat in Qingdao and head north on a 1,000-kilometre journey on the eve of the biggest regatta of her career. When the single female sailor enters Beijing's Olympic stadium…
Ireland always Commodores' bridesmaid?
Forever the bridesmaid and never the bride. Is there an unwritten rule we just haven't read that Ireland must always be second in the Commodore's Cup? After a series of near misses, there were many reasons why last weekend would…

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