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A system to allow for voluntary contributions to salvage the national sail-training vessel, Asgard II, the Dáil heard yesterday. The news is a breakthrough for over 5,000 Asgard supporters who signed the Afloat petition to have the boat raised. Minister…
‘Dublin Docklands – An Urban Voyage’, a new book written by Turtle Bunbury and published by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, was launched by John Gormley, TD, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Audi Club at the…
The National YC has produced a revised schedule of races for the Irish Sea. The ISORA race calendar was adjusted to avoid a clash between the penultimate race and the Cruiser challenge in Dublin Bay. It's Lyver trophy features a…
In a week that saw the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) publishing boating advice for local authorities, another county council has taken the step to ban recreational craft from its beaches. Fifteen councils have now published bye-laws restricting access to their…
This story is really all about lifting the spirits and defeating the odds - enormous odds ! It's huge scale has rarely ever been seen in Ireland. Dubliner Eamonn Prunty is Ireland's Number One Disabled Waterskier. Eamonn also happens to…
There is some relief across the fleet after the wind shifted to the north west this weekend and the downwind conditions have begun once again.  The big move by Ericsson 3 on Friday has meant a jackpot for them as…
Waterways Ireland advises all Masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that the lifting bridge at Roosky, Co. Roscommon will be closed on Wed 11th and Thurs12th Mar for essential maintenance work. 
In a targeted move on UK fleets Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2009 organisers are focusing on the value for  money aspect of its four day regatta this July (9th ­–12th). The organiser, who expect an entry of 500 boats, are…
Boating clubs and classes can now host their own forums and bulletin boards through Afloat.ie's popular forum section.Clubs seeking an online space to host discussion and post event notices can take advantage of the offer free of charge.
A leading Irish boat dealer is so confident about his competitive pricing compared to our nearest neighbour that he has issued a press release challening the notion that boats are cheaper in the UK. Bernard Gallagher of BJ Marine has…
Waterways Ireland have applied to Clare Co. Co for permission to carry out the following works at the old canal in Killaloe. The development will consist of repairs to the existing canal wall, with the provision of a new walkway…
Last Friday Green Dragon explained how they were heading for the eye of the impending storm. “Straight through the middle. It is the fastest and safest way”, explained Navigator Wouter Verbraak. “The strategy will only work if we hit the…
Yachting Journalist Elaine Bunting's blog carries an up to date analysis of the state of world offshore sailing and she asks the question arehuge budgets driving ocean racing towards a recessionary crisis She takes a comment from Roger Johnstone on…
Dan Woolery’s King 40 Soozal designed by Wicklow's Mark Mills won the Acura Miami Grand Prix to sweep a trio of major US events so far in 2009, with her wins at Acura Key West Race Week and the Pineapple…
Crosshaven Lifeboat was paged at 18.41 last evening (Sunday 8 March) to reports of a vehicle in the water having slipped off the cross river ferry at Glenbrook. The Lifeboat, helmed by David Venner with crew Kevin Higgins and Ian…
Miami, FL (March 8, 2009) – Royal Cork's Peter O'Leary and crew Tim Goodbody were fourth in the opening round of the Bacardi Cup yesterday writes Lynn Fitzpatrick. Past Bacardi Cup skippers who are back for a try to drink…
Galway's yacht race tent location is in doubt according to a report in this morning's Sunday Business Post. The report is a worrying development within 8 weeks of the event as it appears to support an Irish Times report on…
This year, the first “Green” wines to arrive in Dublin will be here in time for St Patrick’s Day. CTMV Fair Wind Wine Ltd, whose inaugural shipment by sail to Ireland took place last July, was the first sustainable transport…
A Latvian based freighter the mv Defender has been detained in Cork by Port State Control because of inadequate watch keeping and insufficient food supplies for the return trip to Riga. The ship’s log showed adequate watches were not being…
Boaters are advised by Waterways Ireland that the Portora Boat Club Erne Head of River Race will take place on Sat 7 Mar 2009 from 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs. The course starts at Culkey Jetty, upstream of the Killyhevlin…

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