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Afloat.ie: Which Moonduster was lost?
News that the yacht Moonduster, once owned by the late Denis Doyle of Crosshaven had been lost this month has led to confusion in some quarters about which boat in the series of Moondusters owned by Doyle had been sunk…
Afloat.ie: Busiest Year on Record for Rescue Services
The Irish Coast Guard air sea rescue service has marked its busiest year on record, and says changing climate has had a major influence on its activities. Lorna Siggins has the details in the Irish Times here .
Annalise Murphy –4th in Melbourne
Ireland's Annalise Murphy finished 4th in the Women's Olympic Laser Radial class at Sail Melbourne, the first event of the 2009-2010 Sailing World Cup series. Click 'read more' for her account of Sail Melbourne race by race: Having already competed…
Afloat.ie: Bye-laws for Management of  Wild Salmon Approved
The Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan T.D., has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon fishery in 2010. These will come into effect from the first day of January 2010. The maintenance of…
Afloat.ie: Minister Lenihan approves regulations and Bye-laws for management of the wild salmon fish
The Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan T.D., has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon fishery in 2010. These will come into effect from the first day of January 2010. The maintenance of…
Afloat.ie: Podium Begins to Fill
The 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race line honours podium filled this morning when Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI and Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard finished in second and third positions. Wild Oats XI finished at five minutes after midnight, two hours…
Afloat.ie: Christmas Day swim in aid of Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat
The weather leading up to Christmas 2009 was arctic; perhaps even too cold for the hardy men and women who take an annual dip for charity.  At 7:00am on Christmas morning the ground in East Cork was covered with ice…
Afloat.ie: Alfa Gets the Gun in Hobart
After sailing a near perfect tactical race in extremely difficult conditions, with extremes from a testing 25-knot southerly, with a bumpy seaway through the first night, to a calm in the notoriously rough and windy Bass Strait, Neville Crichton's Alfa…
Afloat.ie: Highlights this decade?
As the sun sets on the decade we're looking for a list of Irish sailing and boating highlights (and lowlights). Let readers know what you think were the defining moments of this decade by adding your events of the decade…
Afloat.ie: The Rich Get Richer on Route to Hobart
The maxis leading the Rolex Sydney Harbour race fleet cleared a barrier of light air and calm in Bass Strait in the early hours of this morning to reach away on a new westerly flow at speeds of up to…
Afloat.ie: Stop-Start-Stop to Hobart
The Rolex Sydney-Hobart race fleet leaders stalled and stopped in calms off the far south coast of New South Wales earlier today. The smaller boats came up on a developing coastal sea breeze while the maxi leaders and 50-60-footers were…
Afloat.ie: Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Makes Stephen's Day Rescue
Two people were rescued when their boat encountered difficulties at nightfall on Dublin Bay this evening and were brought to safety by the Dun Laoghaire RNLI Inshore lifeboat (ILB). The initial alert came shortly after 4.00pm when the 21ft open…
Afloat.ie: Tricky Start to Sydney-Hobart in Prospect
The low pressure system remnant of a tropical cyclone crossing the continent is setting up a tricky wind pattern for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, for its Boxing Day start. While the scenario is still changing, pockets of light breeze…
ICAP Leopard preparing for Boxing Day Race Start
Round Ireland record breaker ICAP Leopard, the 100ft supermaxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar CEO Mike Slade, is now training hard in Sydney ahead of her assault on the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Her crew inlcudes Wexford's Justin Slattery. This…
Afloat.ie: Third long-range helicopter rescue in week
The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter service faced extreme conditions for the third time in a week when the Waterford Sikorsky helicopter rescued a fisherman 225 kilometres (140 miles) south of Fastnet Rock writes Lorna Siggins in today's Irish Times…
Afloat.ie: RORC Announce Change to the Class Bands for Commodores’ Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) today announced a change to the class rating bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup.  The lower limit of Class 1 has been lowered by 10 points from 1.120 to 1.110.  The rating bands…
Afloat.ie: New Horizons for Solo Sailors
With over 85 expressions of interest and some 35 sailors of all ages gathering in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on Wednesday the 16th December to meet, discuss and commit to short handed yacht racing in Ireland. It…
Afloat.ie: Diesel Bugs Eradicated – Geoff Holt to depart in 2 hours
Geoff Holt’s enforced stop-over at the Cape Verde Islands has been a frustrating two delay in his Atlantic crossing but he is about to get underway again in two hours time. The problems Impossible Dream was experiencing were due to…
Afloat.ie: Erne Closure of Jetties and Pump Outs
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters, owners and inland waterway users that the undermentioned public moorings will be closed as a result of damage caused by the recent flooding.  These moorings will remain closed until repairs have been carried…
Afloat.ie: Three English fishermen rescued by Irish ferry
An Irish ferry rescued three English fishermen off the French coast when their vessel was involved in a collision and sank. Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times has the story here.

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