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After a short postponement the last open ocean leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 got underway today, starting right off the race village at Fan Pier, Downtown Boston.  There was some confusion around the time of the postponement which…
Royal Cork report - It was a case of forget the sun-cream, pass me the waterproofs for competitors in Race 5 of the One Sails McWilliams series at RCYC writes Peter Webster. A clearing cold front with its heavy downpours…
Sean Casey finished third in the A final of the men’s single scull at the Huegelregatta in Essen in Germany yesterday. The men’s pair of Cormac Folan and Martin Walsh finished fifth in their final. Dave Heffernan in the lightweight…
An inauspicious start to the 2009 sailing season continues with the postponement of the Baily Bowl One Design weekend this morning due to 40 knots winds and big seas on Dublin bay. Royal Alfred organisers, like many other boating events…
350 entries are signed up for July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta . As a major boost for organisers a third of the entries are visitors. Visiting clubs include Northern Ireland's Royal North of Ireland YC and Royal Ulster YC who…
With the Volvo Ocean Race only days away sailors and festival goers alike are gearing up to celebrate the arrival of what the organisers are claiming is the biggest sporting event to hit Ireland since the Ryder Cup. For sailing…
Next weekend the Volvo Open 70's arrives in the City of the Tribes to make sailing history in Ireland. Thousands of interested members of the public and visitors from overseas will descend on the city to view these greyhounds of…
Keeled Over
The keepers of sailing's worst-kept secret have finally put their hands up and come clean. As the Volvo Ocean Race prepares to set out from Boston today, en route to Galway and the first every Irish stopover, the Irish team…
There will be huge anticipation this week as the Volvo Ocean Race head for Galway on a transatlantic sprint. But the Green Dragon team have had to admit that their lack of keel weight stacks the odds on the low…
Skippers of the virtual version of the Volvo Ocean Race could find Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker looking over their shoulder on the Boston - Galway leg. The team will ask the online community of 200,000 gamers where they should…
On Tuesday 12th May 2009 at 3.30 p.m. the Lord Mayor, Eibhlin Byrne, unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of new flood protection works, constructed as part of the Spencer Dock Sea Lock Restoration Project, on the Royal Canal.…
Southeast to southwest gales or strong gales will develop later tonight and tomorrow on Irish Coastal Waters from Carlingford Lough to Carnsore Point to Valentia and on the Irish Sea. A full forecast from Met Eireann here Small Craft Warning…
It might be the week the Volvo Ocean Race comes to town but there are many other events  going on around the country too. In fact, we're spoiled for choice at this time of the year, with so many events…
Cork Regatta has been cancelled because of an adverse weather forecast. The event has now suffered because of weather condtions for three successive years. It is hoped the regatta can be rescheduled.
Afloat's inland waterways correspondent Brian Goggin will be giving a talk about the waterways heritage of  O'Briensbridge next Wednesday 20th May at 8.30 in the hall in Montpelier (Dublin Road side of bridge).  It is being organised by the O'Briensbridge…
A total of 5782 people came from all over the world to visit the three day RIB extravaganza in Cowes, England, known as RIBEX 2009. The three day specialist powerboat show is unique in its style and content; mixing the…
This morning's Irish Times sailing column provides news on Anthony O'Leary's new creation; a 1720 with a lid! The new toy was berthed briefly at Crosshaven marina but is now enroute to Scotland. David O'Brien's report is here. Our photos…
Minister Gregory Campbell, MLA launched the Waterways Ireland Taste of Waterways Guide with John Martin, Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland at the Balmoral Show, Belfast. The guide featuring places to eat along the inland waterways managed by Waterways Ireland, has…
Afloat may edition out now: In WM Nixon's Soundings column he shows his mettle when dealing with sailing legend Ted Turner – and got some good advice for his trouble. The May issue is on sale now! Order a subscription…
The first world yacht race ever to come to Ireland will arrive in Galway in a week’s time. It will be the biggest sporting and tourist event in Ireland this year. Friday night's edition of Seascapes (May 15th, 10.30pm, RTE…

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