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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.…
O'Leary's New Crew Remains Secret
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
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!
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
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
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
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…
oVOR and Out
Galway must feel like it has just given a child up for adoption. All that Volvo Ocean Race fuss, partying and being the centre of attention, and now *zip* it's all gone. Just like that. Bye bye. Still, though, what…
Galway will show the way
Regardless of what place Ian Walker's team finishes the Boston-Galway transat on May 23, Green Dragon and the other Irish owned entry, Ger O'Rourke's Delta Lloyd, will be welcomed home with open arms. When the VOR comes to Galway, a…
Keeled Over
The keepers of sailing's worst-kept secret have finally put their hands up and come clean. As the Volvo Ocean Race prepares to set out from Boston today, en route to Galway and the first every Irish stopover, the Irish team…
Helping County Councils to navigate
In a year that sees the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) publishing boating advice for local authorities, another county council has taken the step to ban recreational craft from its beaches. Fifteen councils have now published bye-laws restricting access to their…
Death of the Dinghy? I don't think so
Nothing's more embarrassing than a premature obituary. So we in the sailing media should probably apologise to the dinghy family, which is, apparently, alive and well. Two events over the Easter break drew masses of dinghy sailors to Cork, proving…
Reading between the lines
All right folks, nothing to see here, move along. That's the message that's coming from the Green Dragon camp, if you care to read between the lines. Missives from the Irish-Chinese entry are increasingly downbeat, with little to show for…
British boats face expensive hike to Ireland
The first Irish Times yachting columnist didn’t exactly push the boat out to uncover a story this time 150 years ago. The first edition of the newspaper carried the less than provocative opening line: “There is but little stirring at…
Developing the sort of jobs that cannot be shipped abroad
When the media showed up in the RDS I did not hesitate to tell them in my role as Marine Federation Chairman that the marine sector could develop jobs. I called it a 'potential gold mine'. A wise man I…

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