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Vroon's Ker 46 Makes Victorious Start to the RORC Season
Irish boats – or at least those with strong Irish connections – were to the fore in this weekend's Royal Ocean Racing Club Solent fixture, the De Guingand Bowl race providing another exciting chapter in the 2011 RORC Season's Points…
Joker and White Mischief are Baily Bowl Winners on Dublin Bay
Joker was the winner of the Royal Alfred's J109 Baily Bowl prize and White Mischief was the Sigma 33 winner following a one day event on Dublin bay at the weekend. The regatta featured a merger of results with Dublin…
420 Class Releases Instructional Video
The International 420 Class Association has launched a free online Training Video (scroll down for video)  to provide coaching and training tips for both the beginner and experienced 420 sailors. Sailors are always looking for ways to improve their sailing…
"Grand Princess" Calls to Dublin Port on eve of Queen's Visit
The first grand cruise liner, the 109,000 tonne, 290 metre "Grand Princess" with almost 4,000 passengers and crew sailed into Dublin Port at 8am this morning. The ship is the epitome of luxury with a magnificent array of facilities that…
Racing Update: Third in Melges Pre-worlds, SB3 Worlds, Gung Ho top on Dublin Bay, ISORA, Foynes to Fenit
Conor Clarke's Melges 24 finished third overall at the Melges pre-worlds event in Texas yesterday. Let's hope it is a good omen for Irish sportsboat sailors at world championships on either side of of the Atlantic this morning. Clarke is…
Ireland's Clarke Third Overall at Melges Pre-Worlds
Ireland's sole entry in the  Pre-Worlds Regatta at the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas  has finished third overall.  A seventh and a sixth score yesterday saw Nathan Wilmot at the helm of Conor Clarke's IRL 607…
Cork Sub Aqua to Host Diving Weekend in Baltimore
Cork Sub Aqua club will host a regional diving weekend; the weekend of Fri 8th, Sat 9th, Sun 10th July in Baltimore. The purpose of the weekend is to have a good weekend's diving and for divers from all over…
Foynes Prepares for Gold Leaf Trophy
Next weekend members of Foynes Yacht Club will be racing to the most westerly port in Europe at Fenit, Co. Kerry for the annual Gold Leaf sailing trophy. The current holder of this trophy in the club is Brian O'Donnell,…
Mussel Dredgers Make a Fleeting Trawl of Dalkey Sound
Two mussel dredger-trawlers made a rare transit of Dalkey Sound, last Friday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The sound which is located to the south of Dublin Bay is not used by commercial traffic but is frequented by pleasure-craft, local fishing boats…
14 Races to Decide SB3 World Title
Worlds Preview: Racing for the 2011 SB3 World Sailing Championships 2011 begins tomorrow and runs until Friday 20th May hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. 11 Irish boats are entered. Scroll down for Video. 103 entries…
Big Turnout Urged for Turbine Race
Offshore boss Peter Ryan is urging as many boats as possible to get invovled in the next ISORA race on May 28th from Pwllheli to Wicklow but also to make it a great offshore weekend by participating too in the…
Xpletive Wins ISORA's Pwllheli Day Race
An 11 mile beat to Gwylan Islands was a challenging part of ISORA's race three – the Pwllheli Day Race –  and the crew on the J109 Sgrech made the best of the upwind leg getting to the Islands well…
Queen's Regatta Battles Through the Squalls
Queen’s University Regatta had to deal with difficult conditions at Castlewellan. Some races had to be cancelled for safety reasons, and the squalls forced the organisers to limit most of the races to 1,000 metres from 3 o’clock on. One…
A Princess Without Her Tiara...As Ship's Skywalker Flies Away!
Cruiseships continue to grow in size but the opposite could be said for Grand Princess when her Skywalker Nightclub weighing some 211 tons was removed, writes Jehan Ashmore. In a delicate operation, it took over 10 hours for torches to…
Royal Cork Trio Among 11 Irish to Contest SB3 Worlds
Royal Cork SB3 trio Mel Collins, Kieran Dorgan and Killian Collins are among 11 Irish boats entered in this weeks SB3 World championships on the English South coast at Torbay.  Irish crews are also coming from Howth, Dublin Bay and…
Just One Week To Go Till Red Bull Flugtag
The Red Bull Flugtag celebrates its 100th event in Dun Laoghaire next Sunday, and organisers have posted details for spectators planning to spend the day cheering on those magnificent flying machines! http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/item/15214-dublin-to-host-100th-red-bull-flugtag/ http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/ The site for the free event will…
SB3s Give Thumbs Up to New Dublin Bay Courses
The SB3s have given a thumbs up to the introdution of the new Thursday night Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) courses and who wouldn't with such a thrilling downwind leg last week? 'So many marks, loads of decisions and loads…
Sailing Determined to 'Stand on Podium' in 2012
Irish sailing bosses are determined to "stand on the podium" at the 2012 Olympic Games. http://www.afloat.ie/sail/ http://www.afloat.ie/sail/events/olympics-2012/ That was the message from last week's briefing by Ireland's four Olympic 'water sports' of canoeing, rowing, swimming and sailing, covered in The…
Sports Diving Injuries On The Rise
The Irish Underwater Council (ICU) says injuries in sports diving are increasing, the Irish Examiner reports. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/diving/ Some 12 of a total of 61 registered incidents last year caused injury to divers. Other incidents included near-misses between boats, divers going…
Lifebuoy Tangled in Stag's Antlers Startles Glendalough Visitors
RTÉ News reported recently on the shocking sight of a stag with a lifebuoy caught in its antlers near Glendalough, Co Wicklow. http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0504/glendalough.html Images captured by startled onlookers near the Poulanass Waterfall show the stag with the lifebuoy and line…

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