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Royal Cork Celebrates 2011 with 'At Home' Regatta
Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Paddy McGlade presided over the Crosshaven Club's annual 'At Home' Regatta yesterday, an event dedicated to families with entertainment this year from the Carrigaline Pipe Band. Among a number of  fun events such as Tug…
Hard on Port Wins Cruisers III DBSC Cruiser Challenge Event
It looked like Supernova (Ken Lawless) would continue her success on Dublin Bay with weekend wins in a blustery DBSC end of season fixture for the Cruisers III class until a broken boom in the penultimate race gave the event…
Espey Wins Lasers, Local Sailor Takes Radials at Lough Derg Nationals
Predictably Olympic campaigners were to the fore at the 2011 Irish Laser National Championships yesterday but host club Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer, Co. Tipperary are celebrating the first time in thirty years that a Laser sailor has won…
Schull Welcomes World Team Racers
The seaside village of Schull was en fete yesterday as, in bright sunshine, locals and visitors alike turned out in huge numbers to welcome sailors from around the globe to a world event based in a village setting. Already, the…
Beware of Tides on Busy UK Bank Holiday
The UK Coastguard is warning coastal visitors to check tide times after multiple incidents around the country where people have been cut off by the tide. Coastguard coordination centres have dealt with at least eight different incidents this afternoon involving…
McCartin and Kinsella are New Irish Fireball Champions
Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella, representing Cushendall Sailing Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and UCD Sailing Club are the 2011 Irish National Fireball Champions after another commanding performance on the water. However, this time their talent wasn’t directed at…
Changing fortunes and Weather at Dun Laoghaire Fireball Nationals
Day two report: After two days and 6 races the 26-boat Irish Fireball Nationals are set up for a very interesting last day. At the top of the scoreboard, tied on 11pts are Simon McGrotty & Ruairi Grimes and Barry…
Ruffles Wins DBSC Ruffian Race
Dark clouds brought heavy rain but also great sailing conditions for Saturday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club race. The Cruiser classes were racing for Cruiser challenge honours leaving the one designs to the regular bay race.  Results below:  FLYING FIFTEEN Race…
Ireland Double Must Take Repechage Route at World Rowing Championships
Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure finished fifth in the heat of the women’s double scull today at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia and must make their way through a repechage if they are to qualify for Friday’s…
Ireland’s Countdown to Rocket-Ship Launch!
With the recent failure of an un-manned Russian rocket reaching the International Space Station, and its subsequent crash into Siberia coupled with NASA's retired shuttle programme, perhaps the solution to reaching orbit lies much closer to home, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Celtic Mist Needs Funds for Refit
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has published a notice for its plans to refit Celtic Mist as a research vessel. As previously reported on, Celtic Mist was gifted to the IWDG by the Haughey family to help…
Inquest Hears Man Drowned After Dinghy Capsized
Two children looked on in horror as their father tried to save a drowning man, an inquest has heard in Belfast. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the family and a friend were thrown into Strangford Lough when their dinghy capsized…
LE Roisin On Goodwill Visit to Tallinn
Following L.É. Róisín's (P51) visit to St. Petersburg, the Naval Service's OPV is on a three-day stopover in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, writes Jehan Ashmore. She docked early this morning in the Old City Harbour and was expected to…
NAMA Reviews Further Development of Greystones Harbour
The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is currently reviewing plans to continue development of Greystones Harbour, reports. NAMA, which took over the loans connected to the controversial €300 million development, has received Sispar's business plan for developing the proposed…
Three Masterpieces Set to Make an Impression in Dublin
As we draw closer to the end of this month that does not mean the holiday season is over especially where cruiseships are concerned, as no fewer than three such vessels are due to Dublin Port tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Flying Fifteens Make the Front Page
An early start for the Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet paid off yesterday when up to eight of the 20-foot keelboats ventured from their moorings at the National Yacht Club (NYC) across Dublin Bay and up the river Liffey for…
Kenefick Steers Chimp to Overall Win at Half Ton Classic Cup
Even a complete lack of wind and racing couldn't dampen the spirits of the Half Ton sailors on the final day of the 2011 Half Ton Classic Cup. While they waited in vain for the wind to fill in they…
Cork Week Changes Dates for 2012
Next year's Cork Week regatta at Royal Cork Yacht Club, one of Ireland's biggest sailing events, has changed dates from 30th June – Friday 6th  July to 7th-13th July 2012  following consultation with both local and overseas participants. The decision was…
'Prodigious' Takes Pride of Place on 'Afloat Boats for Sale' Site
'Prodigious' is a very special, go anywhere motor yacht according to her broker, Hugh Mockler of Crosshaven Boatyard. This Weymouth 51 foot motor cruiser has just been added to Afloat's Boats for Sale site today and this 1988 craft is…
Only Derry-Londonderry Remains in the Northern Hemisphere
With the lead pack sent to enter the final 1,000 miles of Race 2 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the Word Yacht Race, Assistant Race Director, Justin Taylor predicts a three horse battle for the podium positions into Rio de…

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