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After a hard fought battle in the final miles, Green Dragon have crossed the finish line off Cochin, India in seventh place of Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09.  It has been a very challenging leg for the…
Ian Moore of Carrickfergus, navigator on Green Dragon, is “Sailor of the Month” for November. The 37-year-old expert, who is now based in Cowes when he isn’t calling the tactical shots on some of the world's leading sailing machines, has…
The absence of a boom may be a deciding factor in the race for fourth this morning off Kochi. Green Dragon, PUMA and Delta Lloyd are caught in a tight battle. With just 70+ miles remaining, Green Dragon is sixth,…
The high point of ICRA's national conference on Saturday heard of a split decision after judges for the boat of the year award conceded they could not separate the achievements of Rosie (Roy Dickson) or Mariner's Cove (Dave Dwyer). In…
Money - It's a Gas
Until this summer, feeling the pinch was something you did upwind if you weren't paying attention. But nowadays, even posh yotties have to admit they're tightening their belts, so here at Afloat HQ, we're talking money. We've put a question…
You're on your own, kid
We picked up on a new blog out there this last week, belonging to one Mike Perham, who's trying to become the youngest ever person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. He's writing daily(ish) missives from his nav station, and the…
Vote Early Vote Often
Those of us who get to look at the back-end cogs and wheels of the machine that is Afloat.ie get an interesting view of the website. One thing that certainly grabs attention is when a reader poll goes nuts all…
Irish Water Safety is warning the public about the danger of drowning as the forecasted spell of severe weather and frosts may well create some frozen ice over canals, rivers and lakes. Children are especially at risk as they are…
Mr Micheal Geary, Assistant Manager at Union Hall Fishermen’s Company Ltd. was charged on seven counts relating to the obstruction of Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers and ordered to pay fines totalling €7,000, in a case brought before Skibbereen District Court, Co…
The Irish Times breaks the news this morning that Ireland will play host to the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Dun Laoghaire from 12-21 July 2012. 300 sailors from 60 nations accompanied by 50 national coaches will compete in…
A plan to raise Asgard II, which is lying at the bottom of the sea off the French coast, will be presented to the cabinet before Christmas, The Sunday Times reported this week. Willie O'Dea, the defence minister, hopes to…
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) has called on government to immediately reduce the top rate of VAT in order to keep Irish businesses competitive. The IBEC affiliated trade association expressed concern at the implications of the announcement by the UK…
Tarmonbarry Lifting Bridge will be closed to Boat traffic until Sat 29th November 2008 due to essential maintenance works to the Lifting Bridge says Waterways Ireland. Minor delays in passage may be expected for a further period extending to Wednesday…
Mícheál O’Sullivan was the first recipient of the new Samphire Award in Tralee Bay Sailing Club last Saturday night.This new award is to be presented to people who make an outstanding contribution to the development of Tralee Bay Sailing Club…
Afloat, Ireland’s only dedicated watersports magazine, hits the shelves this week, with a bumper 120-page Annual. Packed with all the latest news and reviews from across the sailing, motorsports and watersports worlds, Afloat’s 2008 Annual also reviews a year of…
The fastest men and women on water in the world will converge on Dungarvan, county Waterford, over the coming days as the countdown begins to the final stage of the World Production Speed Sailing Cup 2008.  The event is the…
Two Irish boats were among 211 yachts from 21 different nations that sailed across the ARC start line off Las Palmas de Gran Gran Canaria yesterday headed for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.…
The first ever conference on traditional boats and currachs in Ireland will take place in Ennis, County Clare, on Saturday, 6 December 2008. “Boats, Place, People” will feature presentations from nationally renowned maritime experts, including writer and broadcaster Críostóir Mac…
Nick Bubb says his personal highlight of the race so far on Team Russia was the other morning; big rolling seas, overcast sky, freezing water, 40 knots of breeze, A6 (fractional spinnaker) and 2 reefs, fully stacked aft, Mikey on…
It was only two years ago that the Irish Marine Federation rolled out its biggest ever show. How times change. Demand for exhibitor space in 2007 was at an all-time high, even with an increase in space of over 20%.…

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