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Rowing Ireland’s first national event of the season, the Heads of the River time trial races which was due to be held at  Blessington Lake this Saturday 7th November, has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The event, which…
Among the hundreds of boats listed on Afloat's boats for sale listing, it's significant that a ten-year-old boat stands out this week. It is well-known that the renowned Nelson marque has a wide range of commercial and pleasure uses from…
Canal Improvement Works at Killaloe-Ballina
Owners and Masters of all craft berthed in the canal north of the Killaloe-Ballina on the Shannon Navigation lock and inland waterways should be aware that planned improvement works will begin shortly. Initially this will consist of the installation of…
High Water Levels on Erne System
The Rivers Agency have reported to Waterways Ireland that water levels in the inland waterways in both Upper and Lower Erne have risen quickly over the last few days as a result of the exceptional rainfall over the past three…
Bravery Medal for Portrush Lifeboatman
Anthony Chambers, mechanic and crew member at Portush Lifeboat Station, Antrim, N. Ireland, is to be awarded the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Bronze Medal for Gallantry for rescuing two 14-year-old boys trapped by the rising tide in a cliff…
Now that the mackerel talks have broken down, what happens next? The fisheries industry is vitally important to Ireland's economy, particularly now that the recession is biting. Tom MacSweeney investigates this Friday, November 6th, at 10.30pm on his Seascapes radio…
Unique Boating Book for Children
Created by boater Nicholas Agro, the Little Harbor Publishing book 'My First Picture Book of Boating Words' might make a suitable gift for your little sailors. A unique boating book for young children, each page contains vibrant color photos of…
Mike Perham to Feature in Channel 4 Documentary
Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail solo around the world, is the subject of a 90-minute documentary to be aired on Channel 4 tomorrow night. "The schoolboy who sailed the world" is one of Channel 4's Cutting Edge series…
Neptune Head of the River Entry is Published
The entry list for this weekend's Neptune Head of the River Race incorporating the Rowing Ireland National Scullers Head. The races at 10.30pm and 2pm take place this Saturday, November 7th. The attached listing over the fold shows all the…
Kinsale to host Dragon Gold Cup
Kinsale YC is to host the Dragon Gold Cup in 2012. Raced for annually in Europe, the Gold Cup consists of a six race, no discard series. It is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious one design keelboat…
Match Racing Association A well attended meeting of active match racers was held at Kinsale Yacht Club on the 24th of October 2009. As a result it was agreed to form an Irish Match Racing Association in order to further…
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4th November 2009 How To Sail
Cruise with confidence Push the boat out with a training course under the ISA’s cruising scheme Have you found that your cruising is being restricted by your lack of knowledge and confidence?  Would you like to go a longer cruise…
Revamped Rowing Ireland Season Underway
Over 400 rowers are expected at Blessingtion in Co Wicklow this weekend as Rowing Ireland’s new season gets underway with a new national competition format. The new national format involves a series of time trial Head of the River races.…
Swobbitt Launch Collapsible Bucket
This really is a useful gadget – sorry – piece of indespensible deck gear! Swobbit® Europe, a leading manufacturer of marine cleaning equipment, is launching a new, innovative collapsible bucket at this year's Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show (8th–17th…
New Raymarine Gear Debuting at London Boat Show
The new year will see the launch of a new range of products from Raymarine, when they're showcased at the 2010 Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show (Stand N028J) in January 2010. There's three tasty new things: an E-series Widescreen,…
New Swivel Block Range from Barton
Barton Marine, a leading manufacturer of sail control hardware, will launch a new innovative range of Size '0' Swivel Blocks at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show in January. The new compact range of Barton Swivel Blocks has been specifically…
Dun Laoghaire Club Needs Sailing Manager
One of the country's most prestigious – and oldest (est. 1838) – sailing clubs, the Royal St. George in Dun Laoghaire, are looking for a sailing manager to run all of the sailing activities of the Club. A senior member…
Turkey Shoot Fleet to Reach 80
A fleet of 40 boats already entered is expected to double in the next few days for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Turkey Shoot. There has been a last call for enrtries for the Viking Marine sponsored seven race series which…
Going Again for The Commodore's Cup
After a series of near misses in the Commodore’s Cup, there were many reasons why 2008 would have been wholly appropriate timing for an Irish win on the Solent. It wasn't to be but the scene in Cork Harbour last…
Commodore's Cup, Cork Week and Boat of the Year
On Afloat’s Irish boating forum this week: Next year's Commodore’s Cup team formation is generating plenty of comment – Sailorlad is afraid it might just be a case of ‘showing up’ rather than really competing, while Claire says that Blondie,…

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