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Sail Training International’s Board of Trustees has appointed Sean Flood as an International Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his long affiliation with the organisation, its mission and activities.
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Irish Currach's Comeback

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It has been said that every traditional boat is a perfect adaptation to a specific environment. This includes both natural and social environments. Instead of being museum pieces, traditional boats are therefore perfect icons of the 21st century as well…
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The Irish Cruising Club’s latest batch of annual awards reflect vigour at home and abroad. The premier trophy, the Faulkner Cup, goes to Dublin-based Michael Holland, whose alloy-built Dubois 72 ketch Celtic Spirit of Fastnet ranged between the Arctic and…
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Buying a boat is quite like buying a house, and unfortunately, it can be just as stressful. Similar to any big purchase, the stress levels can be minimised if potential buyers take the time out to do some homework, assess…
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Saab has agreed to sponsor the ICRA Cruiser National Championships for a fifth successive year. The event is hosted by Howth Yacht Club between May 16th and 18th and expects over 150 boats and some 1,200 sailors.
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More than 60 crews from ten countries have already entered the first SB3 World Championships, to be held by the National Yacht Club from September 20–26. Entries will close when the 120-boat limit is reached, or on June 1st.
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Irish Wake well

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The Ireland wakeboard team finished in fifth position at the recent Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) Championship on the Vaal River, near Johannesburg in South Africa. This was the team’s second major International competition and follows an eighth placing…
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Craftinsure.com, the UK’s leading online boat insurance specialist, has launched a new range of products specially designed for Ireland. Immediate quotations and cover can be obtained within a couple of minutes by visiting www.craftinsure.ie
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Dutch boatbuilder De Boarnstream has chosen Midlands-based LoughRee Marine Services Ltd. as its new distributor for Ireland. The facilities at Quigley’s Marina, Killinure Point in Glasson will also provide a back-up service for all new and existing De Boarnstream clients…
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Online Club flies the flag

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Club Powerboat.ie, Ireland’s first online yacht club, has just been granted a warrant to fly its own ensign by the Mercantile Marine Office of the Department of Transport.
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If you find painting a bit of a performance, the new Multicoat from Blakes Paints will get the job done quickly and effectively. It’s maintenance made easy because it’s a primer and topcoat in one. The one product system is…
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Yachtsmen making an international voyage to or from the UK could be required to check in and out if the British government fully implements its new E-Borders scheme in two years’ time. The scheme already makes it compulsory for commercial…
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Having completed eight Round the World races in the last eight years, this summer Barcelona World race hero Damian Foxall is staying inshore.
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Final Voyage - Brian Hegarty

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BRIAN HEGARTY - GENTLE AND WISE SKIPPER Ireland has lost a true sailor in Brian Hegarty – “The Heg” to friends and family – who has died aged 76. His enthusiasm for boats and sailing was central to his gentle…
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The victory achieved on February 11th after three months of intense sailing in the Barcelona World Race by Ireland’s Damian Foxall and France’s Jean-Pierre Dick in the Open 60 Paprec Virbac 2 was honoured a week later with a reception…
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It was always going to be an outside chance given the tight deadlines but The Green Team's Irish Volvo 70 boat will not now make the start line of June's Round Ireland race, says team CEO Jamie Boag. The hull…
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The Irish Sailing Association has agreed to adopt the role of record-keeper for all Irish powerboating records. Following Afloat's report on the current record holders, Mike Shanahan and Philip Fitzgibbon, questions were raised about just who was in control of…
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The decision on who will represent Ireland at the Olympics in the Star class is expected to be made this weekend. The ISA's coaches had until the April 30 deadline to make a recommendation to the Olympic Steering Group on…
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John Thompson (54) the skipper of Belfast yacht Avocet participating in the Atantic Rally for cruisers has died in hospital in Barbados following a mid-Atlantic accident.The news of the fatality was issued yesterday by the Directors of the World Cruising…
Miami nice for O'Leary and Milne
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As a stand alone feat it was the final race world championship win by RoyalCork's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne in Miami two weeks ago thatultimately swung selectors towards a pairing whose fifth-ever Star regattawill now also be their Olympic…

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