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Summer Whale Watching Courses on Cape Clear
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is running a new series of its popular whale watching courses on Cape Clear in Co Cork this summer. The first weekend course from 8-10 July 2011 caters for adults keen to learn…
Irish Cruiser Racer Champs Shaping up for Cork Harbour
Boats are sailing from all four coasts of Ireland for the ICRA National Championships planned for the Royal Cork Yacht Club from 17th to 19th June. Already the event has entries from New Zealand, England, Wales, Dublin, Waterford, Kinsale, Crosshaven,…
Irish Sea 'Racehorse' Returns
A former Irish Sea freight ferry which was originally named with an equine-theme, returned to the Dublin-Liverpool port route yesterday and coincides with this Saturday's Aintree Grand National, writes Jehan Ashmore. The entry of the chartered Norman Trader onto P&O…
Masterplan for Development of Dublin Port Announced
Dublin Port Company today announced the commencement of a wide-ranging, public consultation process to devise a Masterplan for the long-term development of Dublin Port, Ireland's most important port.  Over the next 30 years, based on even the most conservative estimates,…
Free T-Shirts as X-Yachts Announce Cup Sponsor
Italian sailing clothing brand Slam is title sponsor to the Solent based X-Yachts Solent Cup and as the official clothing partner for X-Yachts GB and Ireland. Slam is providing all competitors with an event T-Shirt and will be offering competitors…
Higgins Asks EU for Progress on Shark Finning Laws
Jim Higgins MEP has asked the European Commission to outline its progress on the review of shark finning legislation, which he says should be updated to close a loophole allowing the illegal activity to persist in the EU. "Environmental experts…
Tricky Winds Make for High Scoring in Palma
Sailing in Palma today, Dun Laoghire's Annalise Murphy had mediocre results compared to yesterday's stellar opening round, dropping her from second overall to 14th in a fleet of 78 boats. The second day of racing in Palma offered the 1000…
O'Leary Prepares for Easter Sailing Challenge
Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix returns to the Solent in less than a month for the 20th edition of RORC's Easter Sailing Challenge and once again this ever-popular event has attracted a huge range of yachts writes Louay Habib. Raced…
Celebrating the Three Sisters Navigation
This year, on inland waterways, the River Barrow and her sisters, the Nore and the Suir, will greet again some old friends, the barges of the Heritage Boat Association (HBA). These barges, or canal boats as they are more accurately…
Sovereigns Cup Aiming for 140 Entries
Entries are coming in at a good pace for The Sovereign's Cup the South coast sailing event takes place from 22nd-25th June 2011 in the outer harbour of Kinsale, Co Cork."We are delighted with the entry level to date and…
80% of Berths Required in Greystones are Under 8 Metres
A newsletter giving details of the most popular size berth requirements at the proposed Greystones Harbour Marina has been sent to boat owners on a waiting list for the Wicklow marina. The analysis finds 80% of the berths required are…
Breeze Puts Annalise on Top in Palma
The 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, started on Monday in Palma with gruelling conditions, sun and clear blue sky. The 49ers and Star races were delayed waiting for the wind to ease.…
Royal Alfred Yacht Club Give Notice of 153rd AGM
One of Ireland's oldest sailing institutions, the Royal Alfred Yacht ClubYacht Club, will hold its 153rd AGM on Dun Laoghaire's waterfront at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Friday 15th April 2011 at 700pm. For generations the RAYC has…
Murphy Takes One and Two in Opening Palma Races
Sailing in a talented fleet of a thousand sailors from 53 nations, Annalise Murphy has scored a 1 and 2 in today's opening round of the 42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta, the third event in the Sailing World Cup circuit.…
100 Boats Sailing in for July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary, Afloat.ie's Sailor of the Year, is an early entry for July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta that has already attracted 100 entries, 50% of which are come from outside the Dublin Bay area.  The hope is O'Leary…
Lough Ree Pike Fest to Include Pike World Cup
This year's Lough Ree International Pike Festival will also play host to the Pike World Cup in Athlone, Co Westmeath, from 13-15 April. The current festival format remains unchanged, but The Irish Times reports that the Pike World Cup will…
Campaigners Call on Govt to Back Aarhus Convention
Grassroots campaigners have called on the Government to ratify a UN convention on public access to decision-making on environmental issues. According to The Irish Times, activists at the first All-Ireland Community Campaigns Gathering in Dublin recently claimed that coastal communities…
Stena's Southern Sailings
Sailings on Stena Line's Rosslare-Fishguard port route remain for freight-users only until the passenger ferry returns from essential maintenance this week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The passenger ferry Stena Europe is currently in dry-dock at the A&P Group's Falmouth facility and is…
New TV Documentary: 'Smugglers'
'Smugglers' is the first of a new two-part documentary narrated by Samuel West which is to start this Tuesday on UTV at 9pm. The programme follows a customs cutter crew from the UK Border Agency as it stops a container…
Lecture: “The Circumnavigation – Continued”
The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association (DBOG) continue with their lecture programme in the Poolbeg Yacht Boat Club & Marina (PYBC). The next lecture "The Circumnavigation – Continued " will be presented by Pat & Olivia Murphy and is to…

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