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Mobile promo unit for Waterways
Waterways Ireland are hitting the road this year with a new mobile promotion unit to spread the word of Ireland's inland waterways at major events around the country. The trailer will pitch up at Triathlone and the National Ploughing Championships…
Seaton and McGovern Take Black Flag in Opening Race
A black flag was not the most auspicious start to Princesa Sofia Mapfre trophy. Northern Ireland's Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern bounced back in their second race though with an eighth place leaving them 41st. Low and instable wind on…
RNLI Rib Run Ready for Wales
Details of the 7th Annual Rib Run from Kinsale to Aberystwyth have been announced, with a crew meeting taking place this Thursday, 1st April, In Kinsale's Trident Hotel. Over the last 6 years the Rib Run has raised over €275,000…
Good Sign for Gemini
The O’Regan, Salter and Minihan combination on Gemini captured the overall trophy yesterday in the Frank Godsell sponsored March League 2010 at Kinsale Yacht Club writes John Cooley. 16 boats came to the start line and with all to play…
Check Your Self Bailer; Rain (maybe Snow) on the Way
If you've just launched your boat it might be a good time to double check your bailer is operational. Just as boats were swinging on moorings again Met Eireann has issued a Weather Warning. There is a danger that rain…
NUIG the Big Winners at Tribesmen/Rowing Ireland Head of the River Competition
NUIG rowers continue to maintain a serious challenge in Irish rowing, capturing many of the more prestigious pennants on offer at last weekend’s Tribesmen / Rowing Ireland National Head of the river competition. Both the men’s and women’s Senior Eight…
Minister Connick meets EU Fisheries Commissioner
Minister Sean Connick T.D. is attending the EU Fisheries Council of Ministers Meeting on Monday 29th March, and is having a bilateral meeting with Commissioner Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. The bilateral meeting with the Commissioner was…
Nineteen Year Old To Race Solo Round the World
One of the UK's most exciting young sailors has confirmed his entry into the oldest solo round the world yacht race – the 2010 VELUX 5 OCEANS. Nineteen-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors…
Children Risk Drowning Over Easter
Thousands of people will enjoy Bank Holiday breaks and family visits around the country and many will relax close to waterways that pose a danger if certain water safety best practices are not heeded. Irish Water Safety is pleading with…
Bill for Shipwrecks But No Prosecutions
Salvage and storage costs for the trawlers Maggie B and Pere Charles have cost the state over €1.6m to date with no sign of any criminal prosecutions resulting from their inspections. Charges have been ruled out in relation to the…
Brown Crab: Safe and Sustainable from Catch to Table
In the region of 9,000 tonnes of edible brown crab are caught by Irish fishermen each year with a value of over €9 million, making this one of the most important sectors of the Irish Fishing industry. As the Competent…
UCD Win Scottish University Champions
University College Dublin took first place at the Scottish University Championships, adding an overseas victory to the sailing club’s achievements this season. The Scottish University Sailing Association (SUSA) Championships, hosted by University of Strathclyde Sailing Club, took place last weekend…
New Edition of 'Big Event' Manual Published
Tom Jobling’s “Big Event” the concise regatta planning and management manual has just undergone a make-over and also found itself a personalised website. Now in its third edition this best practice and very readable manual can be located on www.bigeventregatta.com.…
Visiting Fireballs leave a stamp
The Fireball fleet's visit to Barbados for the 2010 Worlds, which includes several Irish boats, will be marked with the printing of a series of commemorative postal stamps by the Caribbean island. Over 76 Fireballls, 152 sailors and their families…
Irish Surfer wins Fair Play award
An Irish surfer has been given a fair play award for sharing his only board with a competitor whose baggage did not arrive at the World Surfing Games. John 'Long John' McCurry, a longboarder from Portrush, is the first surfer…
420 Munsters head for Kinsale
The Irish 420 Class Association in conjunction with Kinsale Yacht Club will host the 420 Munster Championships from Saturday 3rd April to Sunday 4th April in Kinsale (with Monday 5th held as a reserve day). An added incentive to this…
Local Council Blocks Toilet
Every now and then a politician will gift you a few wonderful puns. Councillor blocks toilet. It Byrnes when I pee. Bog goes dry. The list goes on. The story today is that an outdoor toilet in Dublin Bay has…
Cheeky Rower eyes Open 60
Scottish rower Lia Ditton, who has just finished the Barcelona World Race, garnering attention for her naked rowing pictures, has announced that she will head straight into a campaign for the 2010 Barcelona World Race. Irish solo rower, Sean McGowan,…
Scottish Inland Waters Get RYA Backing
RYA Scotland has taken on board the responsibility for representing inland boaters since the Scottish Inland Waterways Association (SIWA) decided to discontinue operations. SIWA's primary aim was to see the Lowland canals re-opened, a goal that has been successfully achieved.…
Bag, brogues and board - Win the lot!
Enter the competitions in the current issue of Afloat and you could win a weekend for two in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, a bag to carry your weekend swag in, and a brand new pair of Dubarrys…

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