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O'Leary Not Defending 'All Ireland' Title
The only hat-trick winner of the Irish Sailing Association's (ISA) All Ireland Sailing Championships, Royal Cork's Nicholas O'Leary will not be defending the title when the 2011 event is sailed in two weeks time. Names of the 16 invitees, drawn…
Wet, Shocked but Unharmed, Two Crew Plucked from Liferaft off Ardglass
The safety equipment carried on fishing vessel 'Islander' proved its worth this evening after it was used to alert rescue services after the vessel capsized in rough weather. At 4.40pm Belfast Coastguard were notified through MRCC Clyde that Falmouth Coastguard…
NMCI Open Day: Let’s Sea What You’re Made Of
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) are to hold an Open Day at their campus in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour on Tuesday 25th October between 10am-3pm. According to the NMCI there is a severe shortage of trained personnel and that…
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Crew Welcome Surf Champion Bethany Hamilton
A touch of Hollywood glamour came to Bundoran recently when Hawaiian surfing champion Bethany Hamilton dropped into Bundoran RNLI lifeboat station to say hello to members of the volunteer lifeboat crew.  Bethany was in town for the gala Irish screening…
Fireball Season Closes with Single Day of Racing
The domestic regatta season of the Irish Fireball Class closed in Dunmore East as it had opened in Carlingford in May, with a single day of racing. Race Officer Harry Gallagher had indicated as early as Friday morning that there…
Ulster and Munster Tie in Limerick Rowing Sprints
Ulster and Munster tied for the top spot in the Limerick City of Sport Sprint Regatta on Saturday. Ulster stormed into an early lead, winning the first two events and being well placed in the next few races. They maintained…
Missing Bermuda Yacht Arrives Safely in Co Kerry
A yacht that was reported missing in the Atlantic between Bermuda and Ireland sailed safely into port in Co Kerry this afternoon. As previously reported on, the Golden Eagle has been at the centre of an air and sea…
Fresh conditions on first day of WD-40 Autumn League at Howth
Howth Yacht Club’s WD-40 Autumn League, sponsored by Team PR Reilly, got off to a blustery start on Sunday (25th September), with the ten classes encountering fresh 26-knot southerlies, stronger gusts and tough sea conditions. Perhaps it was the post-Rugby…
Damanaki Promises 'Level Playing Field' in Common Fisheries Policy Review
The European Union's maritime affairs commissioner has promised a "level playing field" during the review of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), The Irish Times reports. As previously reported on, Maria Damanaki was in Dublin on Thursday to discuss…
Doggy Dudes Ride the Waves in Lahinch
A very different group of doggy paddlers made history last weekend at Ireland's first ever surfing contest for dogs. Organised at Lahinch beach by Co Clare-based dog trainer Raquel Noboa, the event raised around €500 for Guide Fogs for…
Alexander von Humboldt II' Christened in Bremerhaven, First Voyage in October
As of today (September 24th) the first square rigger newly built in Germany since 1958 is officially named "Alexander von Humboldt II". The building shipyard founder's wife, Brigitte Rönner, christened the barque today at noon in Bremerhaven. Several thousand spectators…
Offshore Success - Raging Bull's Winning Story by Matt Davis
Matt Davis was at the helm of the Sigma 400 'Raging Bull' that successfully defended the ISORA Title in September. Here the Skerries Sailor describes how he and his crew parepared for the defence of the coveted Wolf's Head Trophy…
Fair Winds End 2011 Dublin Bay Sailing Club Season
Patience is a virtue. That's the lesson from today's final race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club season. It might have been a lovely day ashore but afloat the lack of wind posed a real problem for DBSC's race officer…
Overnight Sailing Marks End-of-Seasonal French Route
Irish Ferries cruiseferry Oscar Wilde docked this morning in Rosslare port and her arrival from Roscoff marked the last round trip of this year's high-season operated route, writes Jehan Ashmore. This does not mean the end of French routes as…
Greystones Marina to Open Summer 2012 - Councillor
Sea Scouts, Rowers, Sailors, Anglers and Divers are days away from being able to use new boat storage compounds at Greystones Harbour and Marina. The news came as 5,000 people gathered for the reopening of the new Harbour complex and…
Dragon Race Cancellation Leaves Byrne Fourth Overall in Cannes
The wind was not on the Dragon crews' side this Friday for the last and decisive rendez-vous. A light and flimsly air, not enough to have the boats moving, forced the Committee to calli it a day and send the…
Cruise Liner Traffic to Remain Buoyant in 2012
Although the economy has been on a roller coaster ride towards recession, serious discounting has allowed the cruise industry to remain remarkably buoyant, a situation that will continue into 2012, according to Douglas Ward, the author of the soon to…
Jeanneau Merry Fisher is New On Afloat Boats For Sale
New to our Boats for Sale site is a Jeanneau Merry Fisher 805 Cruiser. Two cabin 4 berth with "v" berth forward. Volvo 200 HP with low hours and service record. Winter stored ashore. click here for the full listing…
Stunning New Look to McLaughlin's Red Bay 650 RIB
There's a new look to Red Bay Boats all new look 6. 5 metre RIB and by all accounts from this week's Southampton Boat Show the Irish built performance RIB is a real head turner.  They could've easily be dubbed…
Research Vessel on Hydrographic Survey Calls to Dun Laoghaire
As strollers take in the fresh conditions along Dun Laoghaire Harbour's East Pier today they will see the state's first purpose built oceanographic research vessel RV Celtic Voyager moored alongside at the jetty, writes Jehan Ashmore. With her distinctive 31m…

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