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Afloat.ie: Sydney-Hobart Beneteau 40 Sistership Goes On Sale
BJ Marine have added a Beneteau 40 to the Afloat Boats for Sale site this afternoon. It's a sistership to Andy Saies' Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruisers that won the 2009…
Afloat.ie: French Vessel Towed to Ballycotton
After establishing a towline, Ballycotton lifeboat took a French fishing vessel with five people onboard back to Ballycotton harbour this lunch time. The tow speed was reduced as the wind in the area was fresh, blowing NNE Force 6. The…
Afloat.ie: Ballycotton update–Vessel in Tow
Ballycotton's RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 08:30 and arrived at the casualty at 09:40. A towline was established and the fishing vessel, with five persons aboard, was taken under tow.  The tow speed was reduced as the wind in…
Afloat.ie: Flying Fifteens on Tour
As one of the most popular one-design small keelboats in the world, the Flying Fifteen is proving to be very popular at many clubs throughout Scotland. The class there are trying to encourage boats here to head north. With the…
Afloat.ie: Ballycotton Lifeboat Launches for French Vessel
Ballycotton lifeboat crew pagers activated this morning at 08:10 am requesting them to go to the assistance of a 20 metre French fishing vessel in difficulties, 20 miles east of Ballycotton. The RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 08:30 am…
Britain’s most successful Olympic Sailor Ben Ainslie will be present on Saturday 9th January at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show located at Excel to sign copies his Autobiography "Close to the Wind". Knife-edge decisions, adrenalin rushes, extreme weather,…
Afloat.ie: McMahon Out in Front in Howth Yacht Club
Laser ace Paul McMahon was top of Howth Yacht Club's Winter league in near perfect-but chilly-conditions earlier today. Results over the fold: HOWTH YACHT CLUB.  LASER FROSTBITE SPRING (RACE) 03/01/2010   LASER STANDARD:  1, Paul McMahon;  2, Alan Carr;  3, Alistair…
Afloat.ie: OBE Award for IWAI immediate past President Brian Cassells
Mr Brian Cassells, has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List. Brian was recommended for this award for services to the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, an all-Ireland voluntary association. Brian has for years represented the aims…
Cork Entry Keen to Improve on  Sixth
Spirit of Australia was first across the start line to the delight of the home crowd as Race 5 of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race got underway. Hundreds of supporters lined the breakwater in Geraldton, Western Australia,…
Afloat.ie: Glenans Raises Euro 80,000
Glenans Irish Sailing Club has raised in excess of Euro 80,000 from members and supporters.  The fundraising, undertaken to help secure the clubs future, allows Glenans to upgrade its fleet and continue to offer high quality RYA and ISA approved…
Afloat.ie: John Killeen is December's Sailor of the Month
John Killeen of Galway is the final 2009 Irish Independent/Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” in celebration of the major role he played in providing Ireland’s sailing highlight of the year – the hugely successful stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race…
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…

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