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Italian Entry for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
News Update
Italy is back in the world’s premier ocean race for the first time since Brooksfield entered the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1993-94.  Italy’s Giovanni Soldini (43) has been named as the skipper of the Italia 70 team, which…
McCarthy Out of Route du Chocolate
News Update
Cork's Cian McCarthy is out of the Route du Chocolate before it even starts because French organisers have scratched his class out of the transatlantic race. McCarthy and Steve McFeely currently sailing on Cinnamon Girl are heading off into the…
Lifeboats Record Increase in Summer Launches
RNLI Lifeboats
Preliminary figures* for summer 2009, issued today (Friday 25 Sept) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), show the charity's lifeboats had one of their busiest summer holiday seasons. The figures show a 12 per cent increase in Irish lifeboat…
Legally Brunette Sole Irish Entrant in Middle Sea Race
Racing
Two weeks to go to close of entries and the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race looks set for another cracking edition -its 30th. 73 yachts have entered so far, only five short of last year's record number but only one…
Divers Found After Air, Land and Sea Search
RNLI Lifeboats
Two divers who went missing near Fishguard this afternoon have just been found after a major air land and sea search which lasted nearly three hours. The two 50 year old men had been diving on a world war II…
'Capital D' Goes Dublin Bay Diving
Diving
The unique amenity value of Dublin Bay was enthusiastically related by Anne Cassin off the coast of Dun Laoghaire tonight on 'Capital D', RTE One's TV show on the city. The episode took a look under the waters of Dublin…
Ballycotton Lifeboat launched to Assist Fishing Vessel
RNLI Lifeboats
Cork's Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 18:15 tonight in response to a call for assistance. from an Irish registered fishing vessel, with two persons aboard. The vessel reported mechanical difficulties 12.5 miles south of Ballycotton. The lifeboat reached…
General
The producers of Afloat magazine are also the producers of a series of marine based programmes that includes programmes on Irish Waterways, the Navy and many others. Baily Films Ltd a sister company to Baily Media Ltd is an established…
Classes & Assoc

Squib Class

24th September 2009
History (the following information and image courtesy of the National Squib Class Owners Association)  The Squib was designed in 1967 by Oliver Lee as a successor to his Ajax 23. The protoytpe was built in cold moulded wood and sailed…
Classes & Assoc
History (courtesy of the UK Sigma Association website) Click here for all the latest Sigma 33 News and Updates. The Boat • Designed by David Thomas, well-known for cruiser/racer designs such as Sonata, Impala, Sigma 33 and 38, as well…
Classes & Assoc

Irish Shipman Association

24th September 2009
The combination of family- cruiser and racing yacht is possible if not easy to achieve. Many small cruisers are more like floating caravans than yachts and do not always sail well. Accommodation below decks is deemed more important than sleek…
Classes & Assoc
Courtesy of the Shannon One Design Association: The Shannon One Design sailboat (known as a 'SOD' or 'Shannon') has a long and colourful history going back to 1920, when it was originally designed by Morgan Giles. Despite its charming looks,…
Classes & Assoc

Irish Ruffian Association

24th September 2009
Courtesy of the irish Ruffian Association website: The Ruffian 23 is a 23 foot keelboat which was designed and built by brothers Dickie and Billy Brown of Portaferry, Co. Down, 35 years ago. The Ruffian 23 is a great one…
Classes & Assoc

Irish RS Class Association

24th September 2009
New to Ireland, the RS is the fastest growing dinghy fleet in the country. RS's are high performance asymmetric spinnakered dinghies. The 13ft RS200 and the larger 14ft 10in RS400 combine to provide high performance racing for all crew weights…
Clubs

Killaloe Sailing Club

24th September 2009
Killaloe Sailing Club is a dinghy sailing club near Killaloe, Co Clare, on the western shore of Lough Derg, 3km along the Scarrif road from Killaloe Town, and affiliated to the Irish Sailing Association. KSCs mission is to offer dinghy…
Classes & Assoc

RS Feva Ireland Association

24th September 2009
The following information courtesy of Killaloe Sailing Club: Introduction to the RS Feva for Junior Sailing RS Feva DinghyThe RS Feva/XL is a solid and roomy two-person dinghy constructed in polyethylene. The dinghy can be rigged with a gennaker and…
General

Graphic Design and Printing

24th September 2009
Graphic Design and Printing Service Don't miss out on promoting your business. Afloat magazine serves as the voice of the marine industry but we offer a design, typesetting, and website printing service too. From simple stationery items and logos to…
Classes & Assoc

RS Elite Ireland

24th September 2009
Graham Smith wrote, in the March 2009 issue of Afloat: "The RS stable was further enhanced by the arrival of the RS Elite keelboat class on Belfast Lough in 2006 and in less than two years, it has grown to…
Classes & Assoc

Puppeteer Class Association

24th September 2009
In Afloat's March 2009 issue, Graham Smith wrote the following: "Essentially an indigenous racer, the Puppeteer has records of 53 boats being built over the years, with 31 of them based in Howth where they regularly get 20 out for…
Classes & Assoc

Irish Multihull Association

24th September 2009
Cat Classes Sailed in Ireland Racing Classes Dart 18 – Blessington SC, Ballyholme YC, Swords S&BC Dart 16 – Blessington SC, Ballyholme YC, Galway Bay SC, Swords S&BC, Mullingar SC The Dart 16 and Dart 18 performance catamarans are raced…

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