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Checkmate XV’s international racing success is the public face of Dave Cullen’s determied campaigning, but there’s another shoreside aspect to him which emerges as Christmas approaches
Most sailing folk in Ireland and abroad will know Dave Cullen as the amiable yet very determined owner-skipper of the immaculately-maintained and precision-campaigned Half Ton Classic Checkmate XV, the current World Champion writes W M Nixon. But if you are…
Noel Butler and Stephen Oram (FB 15061) gybe and engage with the Laser just ahead of them. Phil Lawton and Owen Laverty (FB 14990) approach the gybe mark
Monitoring the forecast from the Thursday beforehand the weather prognosis for the Frostbites of Sunday 9th December wasn’t good, with the base wind strength in the low twenties but gusts going above 30 knots. Indeed, had the Frostbites been scheduled…
Solemn moment…..Ireland’s Tom Dolan (right) looking unusually serious as he is honoured for his third place in the rookie division in the French Offshore Championship at the Paris Boat Show
Tom Dolan of Ireland had his hectic first year on the Figaro circuit during 2018 celebrated at the Paris International Boat Show over the weekend when he was on the podium for the National Championship Offshore awards writes W M…
Luxury yachts berthed at St Katherine Dock for the London On-Water Boat Show - relaunching in 2019 as the London Yacht Show
#TradeNews - Organisers of prestigious yacht shows in Florida and Monaco have taken over the boutique London On-Water Boat Show and are set to relaunch the brand next May as the London Yacht Show. As Motor Boat & Yachting reports,…
The upgraded slipway at Cushlough Bay delivered by Ballinrobe & District Anglers and the World Cup Trout Fly Championship Committee
#Angling - Ballinrobe & District Anglers have successfully completed a project which will greatly improve access to a popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay in Co Mayo. The project was funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) via the National Strategy…
Kieran Collins and all team on Coracle IV winners of the overall league and the Irish Mist Trophy
There was another strong turnout for final race six of the O'Leary Insurance Group sponsored Winter Series at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday writes Kieran O'Connell. Course 74 was set by the Race Officer for a strong North Westerly wind…
Joan Mulloy in the hunt for sailing sponsorship
Irish female solo sailor Joan Mulloy has made a fundraising bid for her La Solitaire Urgo le Figaro campaign next season. Mulloy, who became the first Irish woman to compete in the Figaro this year is seeking €350k in sponsorship that…
Rock Armour Offloaded at Dun Laoghaire Baths
Rock armour has now been offloaded at the Dun Laoghaire Baths site (right in the above picture) where work on Dublin Bay's newest boating jetty is underway.  As Afloat.ie reported last week, the massive granite boulders were moved onto the…
Repair Work Shows Extent of Storm Damage to Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
Repairs are underway to the East Pier that was damaged in March's Storm Emma. The extent of the damage is visible from this landward photograph that reveals a breach in the harbour wall close to the bandstand area. There was…
The Bray Sailing Club team at the Inclusion Awards
The Cara National Inclusion Awards 2018 took place in Castleknock last week and Bray Sailing Club were delighted to be one of three shortlisted finalists in the Sports Club category, along with Clontarf Rugby Club and Raheny GAA Club. The…
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At the Paris Boat Show this week is Jeanneau executive Jean-Philippe Brun, MGM's Gerry Salmon and John O'Kane with Antoine Chancelier also of Jeanneau
Jeanneau's new Sun Fast 3300 high-performance sailboat will be launched next Spring, Irish agent Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats told Afloat.ie at the opening of the Paris Boat Show this weekend. Jeanneau has enlisted not one, but two renowned naval architects:…
Gerry Gilligan helming Jana in the LEYC Autumn J/24 Sunday series

Gerry Gilligan, RIP

9th December 2018 J24
Gerry Gilligan, who was very widely known and loved in Irish sailing has died. Gerry was an avid and accomplished GP14 dinghy and J/24 helmsman and sailor, and will be very much missed writes Michael Clarke. He was a good…
J109 White Mischief going downwind in big breeze in race six of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series. German Soto 40 sailors Leif Ole Daetz and Thorben Strube were racing on Tim Goodbody's "White Mischief". Ole has moved to Dublin and is a regular part of the "White Mischief" team. Ole is trimming the kite above
A slightly reduced turnout for the strongest winds of the Winter series so far saw some fine J109 spinnaker handling in race six of DBSC's Citroen South Dublin sponsored Turkey Shoot. With northerly winds gusting to well over 25-knots, the…
Leadship of the E-Class, Thun Eos (No. 443) belongs to a new series of (LNG) powered oil/chemical tankers developed for Swedish operator Erik Thun AB. The vessel launched earlier this year is to be followed by a sister (next Saturday) with christening of Thun Evolve at Ferus Smit's Dutch yard, though through its second shipyard in Leer, Germany, is where Arklow Wave (No. 447) was launched, see Ports & Shipping (3rd Sept).
#DublinPort - A Swedish tanker operator that is a regular client of Dublin Port, through for example Thun Gratitude, which had anchored in the bay, having typically loaded in Milford Haven, Wales, departed the Irish capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
MV Glen Sannox prior to the launch (just over a year ago) at the Scottish shipyard in Port Glasgow on the Clyde by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
#ferry- In a row between a Scottish shipyard and operator over claims that "significant design changes" to CalMac's delayed new Arran ferry today (Friday, 7 Dec.) has escalated to legal action, reports The Scotsman.  Port Glasgow shipbuilders Ferguson Marine Engineering…
A picket by Defence Force members outside the offices of elected representatives in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
#NavalService - The Echo.ie writes of appalling pay and conditions endured by those in the Defence Forces saw retired members picketing politicians’ constituency offices across the country. In Clondalkin Village last Saturday, former Defence Forces members picketed to remind local…
Waterways Ireland Partners With European ‘Green WIN’ Project
Waterways Ireland is involved with the European project Green WIN, which aims to address excess energy use and high carbon emissions generated by pumping equipment and systems to keep waterways operational. This project is funded under Priority 2 ‘Low Carbon’…
National Yacht Club Recruiting Senior Instructor
The National Yacht Club in Dn Laoghaire is currently seeking to recruit a senior instructor for 2019. The successful candidate will lead the team of committed sailing instructors and coaches for the NYC’s summer courses. Instructors will be responsible for…
British yachtswoman Susie Goodall's yacht before she it was dismasted
The crew of Hong Kong registered cargo ship MV Tian Fu has successfully rescued the distressed British yachtswoman Susie Goodall 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn. Susie sent the text: 07 Dec 15:14 UTC: ON THE SHIP!!! Position: 45' 10.711…
The Irish Maritime Festival at Drogheda Port
Drogheda Port Company, supported by leading experts from Brady Shipman Martin, are working on a Master Plan for the future of the Port that will run from 2020-2050. Earlier this year, Drogheda Port Company published an Issues Paper and invited…

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