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Navigation error - Cruiser Carnage
The secret of good navigation is to steer around the rocks, a lesson learnt this year by some of the 1000 competitors in Sweden's Tjörn Runt. The event is the annual long distance sailing competition that takes place around the…
Cian Byrne wins UK Optimist Junior Nationals
Royal Cork Optimist Sailor Cian Byrne did the business on the final day of the UK Optimist Junior Nationals in Largs yesterday writes Tom Crosbie. Cian's three third places on day 6 of the 12 race series were enough to…
Goodbody to the fore in DBSC heavy wind race
Westerly winds gusting to 25 knots brought some of the best sailing conditions of the season to Dublin Bay on Saturday. With only six races left to the end of the DBSC 2009 season points are adding up across the…
Irish in the Fastnet: Whisper fifth
While the previous Rolex Fastnet Race is remembered for the course record time being demolished, the only record broken in this year's running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial 608 nautical-mile classic was one relating to competitor patience, as…
Dingle to Dieppe - Last Leg Starts Tomorrow
The fourth leg of this year’s Solitaire du Figaro sets off from Dingle at noon local time tomorrow, at 511 miles the longest and the last of the series, and another classic mix of coastal and offshore sailing. After nearly…
Giles wins Class Two Howth Yacht Club Champs
HOWTH YACHT CLUB EAST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS (O'ALL) 16/08/2009 Class 2  IRC:  1, Xebec T Giles HYC (4.00);  2, Dux A Gore-Grimes HYC (9.00);  3, Sunburn I Byrne HYC (10.00);  4, Toughnut D Skehan HYC (15.00);  5, Pepperbox C & M…
The Sounds of Life Under Water
We now know that Jacques Cousteau wasn't quite accurate when he called the the sea the 'silent world', but to be fair to the French underwater explorer, that was before advances in acoustic technology allowed us listen in to the…
Long, slow finish

Long, slow finish

14th August 2009 Racing
Typically the Rolex Fastnet Race is all but concluded by the Friday morning, five days after the start. But by this morning, only around one third of the fleet have reached the finish off Plymouth, for the Royal Ocean Racing…
Dun Laoghaire East Pier Battery to open to the Public
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is to open the East Pier Battery to the public later this month as part of a plan to develop the battery as a major cultural and heirtage centre.
Shannagh Tops the DBSC Ruffians
A full tide and light southerly winds gently swept Shannagh (S.Gill/P.MacDiarmada) to a win in tonight's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Ruffian race. Second in the Ruffian race was Larry Power's Paramour. The combined cruiser and one design classes headed south…
Ran 2 confirmed overall Fastnet winner
This afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the biennial British 608-mile classic offshore race, confirmed that Niklas Zennström’s Ran 2 is the overall handicap winner of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. Zennström’s Judel-Vrolijk designed 72-footer finished the race…
Focus Ireland Triathlon raises vital funds
One-hundred-and-fifty participants donned their swimming, cycling and running gear at Grand Canal Square in Dublin's Docklands on the August bank holiday weekend to take part in the Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon supported by Dublin’s Q102. The Focus Ireland Triathlon is…
WI Rowing Regatta Gets Crowded!
Carrick-on-Shannon's Annual Rowing event, the Waterways Ireland Sprint Rowing Regatta, took place on the August bank holiday week-end and attracted a large entry from all around the country. Three-hundred-and-fifty people entered, up approximately 10% on 2008, with the four corners…
Low pressure springs surprises for Figaro
Equipped with only the most limited means of communication with the outside world, life can be full of surprises for the solo skipper in La Solitaire du Figaro – and not all of them welcome. Just one such bolt from…
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed there will be 10 sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme…
Yacht towed to safety at Ballycotton harbour
A yacht with three people on board has been towed to safety off the south-west coast after getting into difficulty earlier today (13th August 2009). Ballycotton Lifeboat and a Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter were launched to locate and assist the…
Plymouth welcomes Fastnet after busy night
This morning (Thursday 13th August), the tally of arrivals on the Rolex Fastnet Race is up to 43 after a busy night with the leading boats in the Class 40 and Zero fleets arriving. Making possibly the best entrance last…
Boating course at Sallynoggin College
Sailing and boating is more accessible than ever before, especially when local educational establishments are running courses in the skill. Sallynoggin College of Further Education in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, are doing a ten-week Autumn night class: Introduction to Boating…
Lifeboat Sea Safety Roadshow visits Clifden
If you have a lifejacket (or lifejackets) why not bring it (or them) along to the Lifeboat Sea Safety Roadshow on Sunday 16th August at the square in Clifden? You can get a free condition check of any lifejacket and…
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12th August 2009 Racing
A steady influx of boats has continued to stream into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth’s historic Barbican quarter today, the first finishers in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. At the end of the afternoon, 17 boats have arrived including eight IMOCA…
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