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Harlequin takes Volvo Puppeteer Nationals title
The Volvo Puppeteer National Championships, sponsored by H.B. Dennis Airside and sailed at Howth Yacht Club over the weekend, had an exciting finish, with bookies’ favourite Dave Clarke in ‘Harlequin’ snatching first place on the last day with emphatic wins…
O'Neill Sails to E Boat National Championship Win
Sailing on the north shore of Dublin Bay this weekend Pat O'Neill's Octopussee won the 2011 E boat Champion hosted by Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. Second was O'Neill's Clontarf club mate, Pat Gilmore and third was Anthony Hourigan's Eejit…
Tall Ships Parade of Sail Photos 2
More of Gary O'Mahony's images of the Tall Ships fleet leaving Waterford. View Waterford's Parade of Sail Photo Gallery Here
Waterford Tall Ships Parade of Sail Photos
Thousands bade farewell to the 45 tall ships departing Waterford this afternoon. Afloat Photographer Gary O'Mahony captured the scene. Scroll down for the photos. View the full Waterford Parade of Sail Photo Gallery Here
Lough Derg Lifeboat in Two Separate Call Outs for Engine Failures
On Saturday evening, July 2, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat, Toshiba Wave Warrior, went to the assistance of two persons, when their vessel suffered engine failure and was drifting in the Urra Channel just outside Dromineer Bay. On Saturday July 2,…
Cork Harbour 'Mid-Summer Madness' Attracts 40 Boats
The annual "Midsummer Madness" racing and Barbeque took place on Friday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.  There was no racing on Thursday night as the last races of Union Chandlery June League and Victoria Cross Cycles Whitesail…
Fun Time for Cruisers at Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta (Photos here)
Cove Sailing Club's 'At Home' Regatta was held today in Cork Harbour. The start was off the Cobh Promenade with a prizegiving afterwards in The Marlogue Inn. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the action afloat. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS!
Dunmore East Bids TallShips Farewell
As the Russian 'A' class Mir passed the LE Aoife off Dunmore East in mid-morning, the largest tall ship of the festival headed the start of the Parade of Sail, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crowds left their cars in fields outside…
It's Official: Third Time Tallships for Waterford
In glorious sunshine an estimated 200,000 visitors flocked to see the Tall Ships in Waterford on the final day of the festival before tomorrow's departing 'Parade of Sail' spectacle writes Jehan Ashmore. Scenes of the tallships moored alongside the north…
Major Search Underway for Missing Person off Rathlin Island
A major search is underway for a missing person, believed to have fallen overboard from his boat off Rathlin Island. Belfast Coastguard received a call at 4:45pm from a ferry passing the area reporting they had seen a RIB with…
Eights and Fours Crowns for NUIG/Grainne Mhaol Rowers
NUIG/Grainne Mhaol capped off a successful weekend with a win in both the men’s Division One fours and eights at Cork Regatta at the National Rowing Centre. John Keohane pipped Paul O’Donovan in the men’s Division One final of the…
NUIG/Grainne Mhaol Outpaced in Henley Final
NUIG/Grainne Mhaol were beaten by Leander/Imperial College in the final of the Visitors’ Cup for coxless fours at Henley rowing Regatta. The British under-23 lightweight crew had set a record for the course in their semi-final, and yesterday they went…
Tiamat Returns to Cruisers Zero with a Win
Tiamat's return to Dublin Bay Sailing Club on Saturday also marked the return of Cruiser Zero racing to the bay after an absence so far this season. Tiamat is back and – as Saturday's peformance shows – in winning form…
Keohane Sees off Rivals at Cork Rowing Regatta
John Keohane of Lee Valley won the Division One final of the single sculls at Cork Regatta. Paul O’Donovan of Skibbereen took second place and Sean Casey of Muckross third at the National Rowing Centre. UCD won the Division One…
NUIG/Grainne Mhaol Rowers Secure Henley Final Place
Irish rowing has a finalist at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta. NUIG/Grainne Mhaol won their semi-final of the Visitors’ Cup for intermediate fours by one length, moving away from their opponents, Newcastle University/Marino Billi in the closing stages after the…
New Doco Tells Story of Royal Canal
A new documentary on Ireland's waterways is being filmed in Mullingar this week. The series will follow naturalist and broadcaster Dick Warner as he explores the Royal Canal in time for the final reopening of the entire route. Warner will…
Decision on Castlemaine Fishing 'A Matter of Urgency'
A decision on the reopening of Castlemaine Harbour to wild salmon fishing will be made "as a matter of urgency", says the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The Kerryman reports that the department has confirmed 25 submissions were…
A Day in the Life of a West Cork Whale Watcher
Today's Irish Times recounts a day in the life of whale watch operator Nic Slocum. Originally from the UK, Slocum traded tiring commutes to London for the peaceful life of sailing in west Cork 10 years ago, and shortly after…
Two Rescued in Galway Bay After Powerboat Breakdown
BreakingNews.ie reports that a Galway lifeboat rescued two men from a powerboat in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon. http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/lifeboat-rescues-two-men-in-galway-bay-511207.html The men were found drifting close to rocks after their 19-foot broke down south of New Harbour shortly after lunchtime. The Irish…
Martin Breen is June's Sailor of the Month
Martin Breen of Galway is the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailor of the Month" for June with his clearcut overall win in 2011's main offshore event in Irish waters, the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle classic. It's the fourth time that a Galway boat has…

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