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Squall Puts Paid to First Race of Star Europeans in Dun Laoghaire
It was electric and certainly no picnic, that's the verdict after 28-knot gusts put paid to the first days racing of the Star European's on Dublin Bay this afternoon. Howth Race Officer David Lovegrove opted to send the 27-boat fleet…
Ringsend Skiff Breaks Three-Hour Barrier in Dun Laoghaire’s Hobblers Challenge
Ten boats comprising of men's, women's and mixed crews from four East Coast skiff rowing clubs set off yesterday on the end-of-season Hobblers Challenge, a gruelling 25km rowing race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the Kish Lighthouse and back, writes…
Mansfield Wins 1720 Euros in Baltimore
Perfect sailing conditions off Sherkin Island yesterday with a steady 12-16 knot breeze provided champagne conditions for Mark Mansfield and Terry English and the crew onboard Gut Rut to secure the championship with a 10 point lead and a race…
West Kirby Teams Top ISAF Worlds in Schull
Saturday's racing in the ISAF World Team Racing Championships in Schull Harbour began in light southwesterly winds which developed into a fresh northwesterly by late morning. First action was the semi-final stages of the World Youth Championship. Here, the host…
Johnston's Beneteau 31.7 is Good Prospect
Chris Johnston sailed his Beneteau 31.7 Prospect sailed to success in yesterday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race beating Levante (B.Leyden/M.Leahy) and Gerry Jones's Thirty Something. DBSC Results for 3 SEPTEMBER 2011 BENETEAU 31.7 Echo - 1. Levante (B.Leyden/M.Leahy), 2. Attitude…
Proctor and Quintanilla Win Liffey Swim Race
The 91st annual Dublin Liffey Swim sponsored by Dublin City Council took place today, Saturday 3rd September 2011. This year's swim, extended to 2.4 kilometres, started at Watling Street Bridge (opposite Guiness Brewery) at 14.45 hrs and finished at the…
Fourth for Ireland Quadruple at World Rowing Championships
Ireland had two A Finalists at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia this morning. The men’s lightweight quadruple scull of Niall Kenny, Michael Maher, Justin Ryan and Mark O’Donovan finished fourth, with Denmark pipping them for the bronze…
Ireland and France Locked Together in C Final in Bled
Ireland’s Siobhan McCrohan and Claire Lambe just pipped France in a photo finish for fifth in the C Final of the lightweight women’s double scull at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia. The original results gave the two…
Mansfield Holds 1720 Lead
Mark Mansfield holds the lead after six races at the 1720 Corona Euro Championships in Baltimore, West Cork. Nicholas O'Leary onboard T-Bone owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea is now in second place having discarded an ocs…
Marine Notice: Hydrographic Survey off Dundalk
The latest Marine Notice from the DTTAS advises all seafarers near Dundalk Bay and Carlingford Lough to give a wide berth to the hydrographic and oceanographic survey operation in the area this month. The RV Celtic Voyager (callsign EIQN) will…
Thousands Descend on Galway for Ironman Triathlon
More than 2,000 athletes will take part in Galway's first ever Ironman Triathon this weekend. The Ironman 70.3 event will comprise a 1.9km swim in Galway Bay, a 90km bike ride through Connemara and a 21.1km run through the streets…
Bon Voyage to Stena Voyager
The Stena Voyager high-speed ferry will make its final crossing between Belfast and Stranraer in mid-November. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/ http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/belfast-lough/ BBC News cites the high cost of running the service, as well as its limited freight capacity, as reasons for the mothballing…
Ireland Rowers Miss Chance to Qualify Olympic Boat
Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure finished sixth in the B Final of the double scull at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia this morning, missing out on a chance to qualify the boat for the Olympic Games next…
Adaptive Rowing Crew Guarantee Paralympic Place
Ireland’s Adaptive Coxed Four finished second in the A/B semi-final at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia to qualify for tomorrow’s A Final – and guarantee a place at next year’s Paralympic Games in London. The crew of…
Rosanna Davison Goes Back to Her Roots Sailing with Team Sanya
Rosanna Davison will revisit her Miss World connections when the Team Sanya yacht arrives into Dublin Port on Monday (5th September) at 2pm. It is the build-up to this year's Volvo Ocean Race. Skipper and past race winner Mike Sanderson…
Kieran Cotter and Jerry Smith Named Sailors of the Month for August
Kieran Cotter and Jerry Smith of Baltimore are the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailors of the Month" for August in recognition of the key roles they played in the superb rescue of all 21 of he crew of the capsized super-maxi Rambler…
Dublin's Lord Mayor to Start 91st Liffey Swim
This Saturday, September 3rd, the Dublin City Council sponsored Liffey Swim celebrates its 91st anniversary as 221 men and 101 women take the plunge, having completed 4 qualifying races on the 2011 Leinster Open Sea Swim Calendar. Dublin's Lord Mayor,…
'Soul Surfer' Gala Screening at Eurosurf 2011
A new film telling the true story of Hawaiian surfer Bethany Hamilton will have its gala Irish screening following the opening ceremony of Eurosurf 2011 in Bundoran on Saturday 24 September. http://afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ Soul Surfer stars AnnaSophia Robb as Hamilton, who…
Welcome Boon for the River Moy
The New York Times recently paid a visit to the River Moy in Co Sligo, where angling has experienced a resurgance in recent years. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ Since the ban on drift netting off Irish shores in 2007, salmon numbers in the…
'Ireland's Hidden Depths' Uncovered in New Book
The wealth of marine wildlife inhabiting the shallow waters around the Irish coast is highlighted in a new book. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/marine-wildlife/ Ireland's Hidden Depths, published by Sherkin Island Marine Station, features photography by Paul Kay, who has studied the marine wildlife…

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