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Taste of the Waterways winner 'Café Merlot'
In inland waterways news, the food writer and critic Georgina Cambell revealed the Waterways Ireland 'Taste of the Waterways' winner last week: Café Merlot, in Enniskillen.  "I am particularly delighted to present this Taste of the Waterways Award and to…
Lee to Defend Carribbean Title
Adrian Lee intends to defend his title in this years RORC Carribbean 600 event but he will have stiff opposition from her sistership, another Cookson 50 called Privateer, which is based on the East Coast of America. The RORC Caribbean…
Slade's Maxi may beat course record
Rolex Middle Sea Race, Day 3 – It's 'game on' for Mike Slade, as his turbo-charged Maxi is in a race against time to beat the course record for the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Leopard are passed Lampedusa in a…
Bridgeworks and Tree Trimming on the Shannon
There's several things going on around the inland waterways.   Waterways, particularly around the Shannon: bridgeworks at Lough Tap (south of Albert Lock); and tree trimming and hedge cutting between Ballyconnell and Killarcan. See over the fold for more details.…
Howth Yacht Club Autumn League Finishes on a High
It is often said that some the best sailing weather seems to be reserved for each year's Autumn League at Howth Yacht Club and after five very good Sundays, the fleet was not to be disappointed for the finale, with…
New Customs Cutter Named in Howth
The Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, officially named Revenue's new purpose-built Customs Cutter, RCC 'Faire', at a ceremony at Howth Yacht Club yesterday. The 23.60 metre sea-going vessel, (photo over the fold by Bob Bateman) the second of…
ICRA AGM Returns to Kilkenny
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) goes back to its roots when it hosts its annual sailing Conference and AGM in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday, November 21st. The event is open to all cruiser sailors. Among the items…
Poll: Who Will Win ICRA Boat of the Year?
Who will win the ICRA Boat of the sailing Year award is this week's question on afloat.ie's reader poll. Five boats are shortlisted as potential winners including Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race Winner Legally Brunette. Mick Cotter's Whisper, fifth in…
Phillippe Falle's Puma Logic Wins RORC Yacht of the Year
Puma Logic has been awarded the ‘RORC Yacht of the Year’ and her skipper, Phillippe Falle will collect the Somerset Memorial Trophy at the RORC Prizegiving dinner in London on 7th November. The famous award is made by the RORC…
The magnificent Fastnet Light, the magic of Donegal Bay and how fuel starvation last night nearly cost Philip Fitgibbon the Round Ireland Powerboat record. The 800-mile trip is relived here in afloat.ie's podcast with the winning skipper. Listen here. var…
Henri Lloyd for the cruising/coastal sailor
Another new line from Henri Lloyd, the TP2 Ventura Jacket and Coastal Hi-Fit trousers from their Coastal & Inshore Range, have been developed for the cruising/coastal sailor looking for comfort and durability. Manufactured using highly breathable and 100% waterproof/windproof TP2…
Two's company for Rolex Middle Sea Race
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted its share of characters over the years and more often than not in the double-handed division. This year is no exception and there are a number of crews embarking on the short-handed challenge…
ICAP Leopard set to tackle second leg of historic treble
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade, will once again take centre stage this weekend as she competes in the prestigious Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta. Having already taken line…
An hour after sunset Philip Fitzgibbon and Mike Shanahan reclaimed their Round Ireland Powerboat Record powering over the Kinsale finish line to become the first team to set a sub 19–hour time for the circumavigation of Ireland. They finished in…
6pm: Hello Kilmore Quay! Philip Fitzgibbon and Mike Shanahan are heading west in an ebb tide and a light easterly breeze. These are ideal conditions for the final miles of the 19-hour circumnavigation. Map here. Time keeper Denis Dillon of…
5.30pm Click here to see the tracker map. The tme keeper estimates a Kinsale finish at 19.50, some twenty minutes inside the record time.
5.30pm Race fans are on stand by in Youghal, Co. Cork to greet the 50-knot RIB as it passes. A flotilla of eight boats has departed Youghal quay to give support as they enter the final stretch of the 19…
5.10pm With exactly three hours to go to equal the record the RIB is off Gorey, Co. Wexford. Time keeper Denis Dillon of the Irish Sailing Association says 'only minutes either way' will decide whether Philip Fitzgibbon and Mike Shanahan…
Where to Sail in the West of Ireland Shannon Estuary – and from Dingle to Slyne Head At over 100 kilometres long, the Shannon estuary stretches from the western edge of Ireland at Loop Head to east of Limerick city…
4.15pm - This morning's Round Ireland Powerboat Record attempt from Kinsale is now off Greystones, Co. Wicklow, well offshore and on target to break the 19-hour record, but only just.

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