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Are Two Medals a Realistic Expectation from Weymouth?
Afloat opinion: The recent results in World Cup sailing regattas will give rise to considerable optimism in Irish sailing circles that David Wilkins and Jamie Wilkinson's successful performance in the boycott affected 1980 Olympics may be repeated. There have been…
Naming a Lifeboat in Kilrush
The wind was whistling in from the Shannon, kicking the estuary into a lively stretch of water where I wouldn't have liked to be hauling a spinnaker. That comparison sprang to mind while sitting under the canopy in the yard…
The First All Ireland Counties Sailing Championships
Paul Ó Riain, one of the country's elite band of sailors who have represented Ireland internationally, is working with Waterways Ireland to create the first All-Ireland Counties Sailing Championship. He has come up with the idea of a Waterways Ireland…
Young Optimists Head Back to the Water
"It's time to shake the dust off the wet suits, lifejackets and get the boats ready as the Optimist season begins." That is the message from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour where the season for this dinghy, specially-built…
Is 'Marine' Being Got At Again?
There is some confusion within the marine sector this week as to how fully civil servants are accepting the return of "marine" to the name of a Government Department. When Simon Coveney was appointed as "Minister for Agriculture, Marine and…
Cheeky Chinese Challenge?
After their foray into the world of international sailing by joining with the Irish in the Green Dragon project for the last Volvo Ocean Race, China has announced it is going to attempt to win the historic America's Cup when…
Conference Hopes to Bin Ocean Debris
Taking my grandson to school in Crosshaven he showed me a page of homework which his teacher had said they would be talking about in class. It demonstrated the effect of debris on the oceans and what can happen when…
Ports Must Not be Sold
The self-appointed group of 17 business, public and political figures who drew up their Blueprint for Ireland's Recovery were well-intentioned but appear to have lacked maritime awareness. To propose the sale of the country's ports is a nonsense which must…
Marine is Back
I was pleased to hear Simon Coveney tell a presenter on a Cork local radio station that he had not been appointed just Minister for Agriculture but was also Minister for the Marine. He went further to tell the programme…
Will Election Promises Be Delivered On?
As I write this week's blog there is still no definite word emanating from the closed cloisters inhabited at present by the leading negotiating lights of Fine Gael and the Labour Party on the future governing of this island nation.…
Marine Department Promised, First America's Cup Capsize, Whales and Sailing Oil Tankers
I am reflecting this week on a varied list of maritime issues which have arisen in my writings on marine topics. Following recent pieces I wrote about the attitude of political parties in the General Election towards the marine sector,…
Now There is None
I remember the pride I felt when describing on television the Parade of the Tall Ships down the River Suir from Waterford in 2005. Three Irish tall ships led it. First was ASGARD II, Ireland's national tall ship; followed by…
Ask the Candidates About Maritime Policy
Ireland needs jobs. From any source they would be welcome. This is the main topic of economic debate in the General Election. So why then have I not seen the publication by any political party of a plan for job…
Lifejackets and Many Kinds of Racing
Over the past few seasons the use of lifejackets by crews on racing yachts has increased. There was a time when jackets were bulky, awkward and difficult to use in racing situations. The arrival of lighter, collar-type jackets, with built-in,…
Going it Alone – or Short-Handed!
It was a sailor from Plymouth on the south-west coast of England, named Bob Salmon, who originally came up with the idea of a "mini" transAtlantic Yacht Race. In the late 1970s he wanted to develop a "relatively affordable" solo…
Would You Pay to Watch Sailing?
There are those who don't like sailing – and even some in the sport itself – who have described watching a sailing race as "about as interesting as watching paint dry. While exciting pictures have been available from the Volvo…

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