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Middle Sea Race Starts on Saturday
Flying into Malta it's hard not to be struck by the landscape: the buildings all a blinding beige in the hot sun, the landscape fairly arid and dry. It's more reminiscent of the Northern African coast, which is only 155…
Full Moon Prompts Weekend Safety Warning
Spring Tides and an uncertain weather forecast can make this weekend more hazardous than usual. Irish Water Safety is reminding boaters, sailors, surfers, divers and anglers that there is a full moon on Saturday so they need to be aware…
November Lecture to Shine Light on North Dublin Lighthouses
The Heritage Society of Engineers Ireland in association with the Civil Division of the same organisation (Engineers Ireland) will present an evening lecture on The Lighthouses of North County Dublin by Frank Pelly, Curator of the Irish Lights Museum, on…
Offshore Ace Leads Online Boat of the Year Poll
After nearly two weeks of voting Matt Davis offshore sailing achievements in Raging Bull tops the readers opinion poll on ICRA's Boat of the Year award.  Since the poll started on October 7th, 900 votes have been cast and the…
Ireland's 1978 Commodores' Cup Victory Remembered
As Irish sailing prepares to honour the team that brought the Commodores' Cup home after a ten year wait, the fact Ireland previously won the Cup 32 years ago will be news to many involved, wrote David O'Brien in last…
Celtic Charter Finnforest to Italians
Celtic Link Ferries ro-ro freight-ferry Finnforest (1978/15,525grt) is currently on a six month charter to Italian shipping operator, SNAV on the Naples-Palermo, Sicily route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Finnforest has since 1999 served several Scandinavian routes. In 2008 Celtic Link…
First Rescue for Kilmore's Tamar Lifeboat
The Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew are currently undergoing intensive training on their new €3 million Tamar lifeboat, which only arrived on station last Wednesday.  The lifeboat was on scene in twelve minutes and took the fishing vessel under tow into…
Dedicated Search and Recovery Divers Honoured for Voluntary Service to the State
After decades of selfless service to the state, Dermot Ahern TD and Minister for Justice recently awarded long service medals to 96 voluntary search and recovery divers from all over Ireland at a ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.…
Latest Photos From Royal Cork's October League
Bob Bateman's latest photos from yesterday's Royal Cork's October League are over the fold. Having sailed six races in the O'Flynn Exhams Autumn League and, with a discard applied, a trend is emerging writes Claire Bateman. The exception to this is…
Ideal conditions to end Howth Yacht Club's 2010 Autumn League
This year's Howth Yacht Club Autumn League – sponsored by WD-40, Crystal Holidays and The Food Room – ended on a high note from a competitive viewpoint, with moderate northerly winds and plenty of sunshine to complete the series with…
Galway Welcomes Anglers for Irish Fly Fair
Fly fishing enthusiasts will converge on Galway next month as the city hosts the first annual Irish Fly Fair. Some of the world's top fly tyers will be on hand to show off their craft, and professional casters will demonstrate…
Sligo Surfers Tops at Rossnowlagh
Sligo have been crowned champions of 2010 after a hard-fought final at the Rossnowlagh Intercounties over the weekend. The Sligo team's combination of veterans (David O'Donnell, Kerry Larkin) and juniors (Gearoid McDaid and Aaron O'Hare) was more than a match…
After the publication of the MCIB investigation report into the sinking of Asgard II the dive team lead by Eoin McGarry have released further photos of the wreck, showing different aspects of the boat including new shots of the hole…
Lecture: Ferries of Cork
The Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) hosts a Winter lecture series. The second lecture of the season is next Thursday (21st October) and is entitled 'Ferries of Cork' by Jack Phelan. The lecture starts at 8pm and is held in…
Five Start 'Five Oceans' Round the World Race
And they're off! With the sun shining brightly and a fresh breeze blowing, the five international skippers in the Velux 5 Oceans blasted across the start line beginning a 30,000-mile adventure around the globe. It was the start of an…
Bulls and Bears Fight it Out at Castleconnell Head
The first ever ‘Bulls and Bears’ Challenge Rowing Race was run at the Castleconnell Head of the River at O’Brien’s Bridge. Pairs from different clubs were formed into two eights which fought it out, with a combination of St Michael’s,…
Storm Wins IRC 1 Howth Yacht Club Autumn League
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. AUTUMN LEAGUE (O'ALL) 16/10/2010 Class 1 IRC: 1, Storm P Kelly HYC (6.00); 2, Equinox R McDonald HYC (12.00); 3, Crazy Horse Chambers/Reilly HYC (14.00); Class 1 ECHO: 1, Equinox R McDonald HYC (7.00); 2, Storm P…
Connemara Celebrates Sea Week
The annual Sea Week festival is underway in Connemara, with events taking place throughout the region till Monday 25 October. Now in its 26th year, Connemara's Sea Week celebrates the marine environment with an eclectic mix of music, poetry, science…
EquipmentWarps and ropes should be left somewhere dry, whilst fenders can be cleaned and stored safely. If a dinghy is carried on davits, one winter left hanging can equate to four seasons of normal wear, so take it home. The…
Wash the bilges and dry them thoroughly. This has the two-fold effect of eliminating nasty bilge smells and makes the task of checking the interior mouldings and laminates for stress fractures easier. Ventilation is very important to stop mildew forming…

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