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UCD Rule the Waves at Dublin Head
UCD’s men’s senior eight was the fastest rowing crew of the 35 which competed at the Dublin Head of the River. The conditions were surprisingly choppy, even in relatively light winds. The Dublin college also won the novice eights pennant,…
New Fisheries Protection Vessel for Northern Ireland
A new fisheries protection vessel (FPV) for Northern Ireland was commissioned in a ceremony presided by the fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA in Bangor Harbour on Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Banríon Uladh which cost £2.2m (with 50% funding…
Coastguard Calls for Doolin Pier Go-Ahead
The Doolin Coast Guard Unit has urged Clare County Council to continue its €6 million development plan for Doolin Point. The pier plan has faced opposition from surfers who argue that the development will ruin the popular waves in the…
Scientists Await Data from Galway Wave Energy Test
The Irish Times reports that a number of European universities and research centres are eagerly awaiting the data from the latest wave energy test buoy deployed in Galway Bay. Cork company Ocean Energy Ltd is behind the latest test and…
Lock-Keepers' Cottage an Attractive Investment
A former lock-keepers’ cottage near Celbridge, Co Kildare could prove to be a substantial bargain for waterways enthusiasts. Bank House, on the Grand Canal near Hazelhatch, is a two-storey Victorian five-bed house with a large garden available through DNG. When…
Cruise from Kinvara to Tahiti Wins Sailor of the Month Award
Fergus and Kay Quinlan of County Clare are the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailors of the Month" for February to mark their fine voyage from their home port, Kinvara on Galway Bay, to Tahiti in the Pacific. Recognised by the senior offshore…
Will Election Promises Be Delivered On?
As I write this week's blog there is still no definite word emanating from the closed cloisters inhabited at present by the leading negotiating lights of Fine Gael and the Labour Party on the future governing of this island nation.…
Three Boats arrive in Punta del Este within 80 minutes
THE third ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS came to the most incredibly thrilling climax today with Polish ocean racer Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski beating British rival Chris Stanmore-Major to second place by just 40 seconds. It is the closest ever…
Solo Sailing Conference Offers Charter of Performance Yachts
Irish solo sailing fans may be interested in the annual Solo Racing Festival at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble on Saturday 12th March. Given the Figaro race is coming to Dun Laoghaire in August a talk on the Artemis…
Tall Ship Interests Plan Replacement for Asgard II
Ireland could yet have a Tall ship to replace the Asgard II and the Lord Rank, if a new sailing group formed to press for a replacement is successful. The news is in this morning's Irish Times newspaper. Groups representating…
Two Irish Boats for Transatlantic Race 2011
Two big names in Irish offshore racing are among the 30-boat fleet preparing for the Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011) this June. Last night the organisers, the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm…
Carey Courts Criticism Over Corrib Pipeline Approval
Controversy has arisen over the decision by outgoing Minister for Energy Pat Carey to grant key consents for the Corrib gas pipeline on the day of the general election. According to the Irish Times, the Department of Energy said consent…
'Natural Prawn Killers' Pose Threat to Irish Marine Life
Irish boatowners and fishermen have been urged to remain alert to the prospect of so-called 'killer shrimp' invading Ireland's waters. The dikerogammarus villosus shrimp - which has spread aggressively throughout Europe in the past decade and was discovered in England…
Too Tight to Call Spring Chicken Series Winner
Organisers of Sunday's final race of the Dublin Bay SC Spring Chicken series defy anyone to predict a winner as the first ten boats are very close. The full results sheets are attached below for download.
Thirty Enjoy Kinsale's Frostbite Finale
Conditions for the final day of the ASM-Marine Frostbite League at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday could not have been a more inviting finale for the thirty plus sailors competing in the Laser, Squib and Mixed Dinghy Fleets. Despite losing…
Howth Yacht Club expands Spring Warmer Series
The highly successful HYC Spring Warmer series in April, this year sponsored by Key Capital Private, has been expanded to include Classes 1, 2, 3 and Puppeteers along with the usual sailing one-design classes – Etchells, J24s, SB3s and Squibs.…
Afloat's March/April Issue Out Next Week!
Is there no end to the achievements of Irish boaters against seemingly impossible odds? The winter may have been a time of hibernation for some of us but as the stories in Afloat's March/April issue will bear out Irish sailors…
Strong Winds for Kinsale League
Strong Southerly winds were again a feature of the continuing ASM-Marine Frostbite League at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday. Photos HERE. Due to a building force 6 breeze prior to the start and in order to moderate its influence, the…
Dun Laoghaire Set for Topper World Champs
The National Yacht Club announced its staging of the 2011 Sovereign Ski Topper dinghy World Championships on Dublin Bay from August 15-19 last night and on hand to celebrate its launch was Annalise Murphy, the club's Olympic Laser Radial campaigner…
City Powerboat School on the Market
Due to an opportunity for its owners overseas Dublin City's only powerboat training school, City Powerboat School is on the market. The Irish Sailing Association recognised training establishment is advertised in next week's edition of Afloat magazine. The school operates…

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