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New Business Sails Through Choppy Waters
Starting a business in the middle of a recession is not easy but Tiernan Roe founder of Roeboats is confident that people will still want to enjoy the freedom offered by being captain of your own boat. “Yes it has…
Special Yacht Charter Deals in Croatia
Activity Yachting holidays have some early season Sailing Specials in Croatia. From their base on Murter they will be operating a Flexible Flotilla/Free-Sailing programme during the three weeks from 24th April to 15th May allowing people to start on any…
Lifeboat Tows yacht off Rock in Roaring Water Bay
A 45ft wooden charter schooner went aground late yesterday afternoon in Roaring Water Bay, West Cork reports Sheela Broderick of Baltimore Lifeboat There were 3 men, 3 women and a young girl of preschool age on board at the time.…
New Marine Life website
The Irish Marine Life website has celebrated its 5,000th visitor this week, and we here at Afloat HQ reckon you should add to its number of followers. The site is a repository of photos, links and information on the sea's…
Junior title fights nearing conclusion
Very light and variable winds provided tricky sailing conditions but close racing at the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship in Schull, Co Cork. Although entering the competition as the ‘hot favourite’, fleet leader Finn Lynch - the world’s…
Stranded Teenagers Rescued by Helicopter
Two teenagers were stranded on rocks at Doneraile in Waterford yesterday afternoon. The Search and Rescue helicopter based in Waterford airlifted the teenagers to safety. It's believed four teenagers were trapped on the rocks as the tide came in. Two…
Puma announces return to VOR
Ken Read and the Puma team have formally thrown their thermal beanie hat in the ring for the next Volvo Ocean Race, pinching a Green Dragon sponsor in the process. 'Il Mostro' will partner with Berg Propulsion for the race,…
Irish line up for Scottish series
A new Corby 36, Roxy 6, is expected to lead a vanguard of Irish yachts including Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix to Tarbert, Loch Fyne for the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series. Their goal: to wrest the trophy back into Irish…
Craig misses Rutland podium by one
Dun Laoghaire SB3 sailor Sean Craig narrowly missed a podium finish at the UK Inland Championships in Rutland Water last weekend. On equal points, they lost out on the bronze medal on countback from the Captain Pugwash team, on the…
Coroner Wants Cliff Walk Fenced Off
A coroner has called for a section of a popular cliff-top path in north Co Dublin to be fenced off after two people fell to their death at the same spot in a year. Gerogina O'Halloran reports in the Irish…
Tony O'Reilly to drill Dublin Bay for oil?
A company controlled by Irish tycoon Tony O'Reilly has identified Dublin Bay as a major oil prospect. The 'Dalkey Island' prospect, a resource under the Kish Bank, could yield up to 870 million barrels, worth approximately $74billion. The resource is…
Donaghadee RNLI Crew Members to Receive Awards
Seven lifeboat Crew Members from Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat station are to be recognised by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for their part in an early morning rescue that took place in horrendous weather conditions and resulted in three lives being…
Ballycotton Lifeboat rescues lone fisherman after fishing vessel sinks
Family of an Irish fisherman became concerned when his 14 metre fishing vessel failed to return to harbour at 23:30. Attempts were made to contact the fisherman by radio and phone but to no avail. Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat station was…
Coastguard Rescues Boy from Mud
In the second mud rescue callout in the area today, two UK Coastguard Rescue Teams on the far side of the Irish Sea worked with the Fire and Rescue service to rescue a 14-year-old boy stuck in the mud at…
Queen's Fast but UCD Take Prizes
UCD’s greater range in terms of entries landed them a clean sweep of the team prizes at the University Championships of Ireland at the NRC in Cork. They had 16 points to spare over Queen’s in the overall category, though…
Grand League Gets Off To Flying Start
Galway Rowing Club and Trinity took the men’s and women’s eights crowns at Skibbereen Regatta on Sunday. The first regatta in the new Grand League format was a success, with the emphasis on competition rather than sorting races according to…
DIT are student matchrace champs
AFter 28 races this weekend in Howth, it was the DIT team skippered by Marty O'Leary that came out on top at the Irish University Sailing Association Student Matchracing nationals. Trinity college came in second, with University of Limerick in…
Kiwi team for VOR?
Prompted, one can only assume, by the finish being in Galway in 2012, new Volvo Ocean Race teams are coming out of the woodwork thick and fast at the moment. The latest rumour is that Team New Zealand will field…
Youth Winners decided in Schull
The final results from the ISA Youth Nationals and Pathway Championships in Schull were finalised over the weekend, with 151 sailors enjoying a full series of racing in near perfect conditions on Roaringwater bay. Results are over the fold and…
Cork dominates Oppie trials
Trials season is in full swing at the moment, and the first leg of the Optimist trials was dominated by southern sailors at the weekend, with three Crosshaven sailors and one lone Kinsale sailor making up the top four. 66…

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