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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 -…
Doing a Lot for Nothing
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
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…
RTE's marine programme Seascapes will broadcast live from Kinsale Yacht Club this Friday night. The show will start at 10.30pm and will feature guests including KYC Commodore Alice Kingston and Hanna Jenner, the skipper of Cork's entry in the Clipper…
Annalise Murphy –4th in Melbourne
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.…

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