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Rheinisch and Heurteau Miss Out in Prague
Ireland’s two semi-finalists at the canoe slalom World Cup in Prague missed out on a place in the final. Just 10 of the 40 qualify from the K1 Men’s Semi-Finals: Ciaran Heurteau finished 14th today and Eoin Rheinisch, who had…
All-Ireland Whale Watch Day Next Weekend
All are invited to take part in the All-Ireland Whale Watch Day next Sunday 21 August. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is organising 13 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast on the day from 2pm-5pm…
Marine Institute to host ARCOPOL Oil Spill Modelling Workshop
The Marine Institute will be hosting an ARCOPOL oil spill modelling workshop in Galway on Tuesday 13 September. This one-day workshop is an opportunity to discuss the development of common procedures, techniques and decision tools for the management of response…
Heurteau and Rheinisch in Prague Semi-Finals
Ireland's Ciaran Heurteau and Eoin Rheinisch finished in the top 40 in the heats of the canoe slalom World Cup in Prague today and qualified for tomorrow's semi-finals. Heurteau improved on a first run which put him 37th to finish…
Plan to Power Edinburgh with Giant Windfarm
Plans are afoot to power Edinburgh with a giant offshore windfarm, the Edinburgh Evening News reports. http://www.afloat.ie/resources/business/power-from-the-sea/ The £1.2 billion (€ billion) project proposed by Irish group Mainstream Renewable Power could see as many as 130 turbines generate power for…
Blue Lobster a Big Surprise for Clare Couple
A rare blue lobster has become and unlikely tourist attraction in Co Clare, the Irish Times reports. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0808/1224302024065.html The lobster - its blue hue believed to be caused by a genetic trait similar to albinism in humans - avoided the…
Fastnet Race - Not Just a Record Fleet, it's a Fantastic Fleet
With just over two days left until the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, a press conference was held yesterday in the Sir Max Aitken Museum in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It was a case of standing room…
Big Lips Kiss Dublin Bay
A cruise ship with a difference docked in Dublin Port today, the Aidablu displays a distinctly bold livery scheme of a giant red mouth and eyes emblazoned across the bow, writes Jehan Ashmore. Towering 15 decks above the oceans, the…
Titanic Belfast to Host Region's Largest Function Suite
Event bookings are already being taken for the new Titanic visitors' centre due to open next spring in Belfast. The €114 million Titanic Belfast is being contructed on the Belfast Lough site where the infamous cruise liner was itself built…
Ireland's Kitesurfers Headed to Wexford Fest
The Irish National Kite Surfing Festival will be part of the action at the Wexford Kite Surfing Festvial in Duncannon next weekend. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kitesurfing/ Kitesurfers from all over Ireland will compete in course racing and a freestyle competition in their bid…
200 Optimists for Nationals at Howth
200 young Optimist sailors from over 15 Irish clubs (including 24 overseas entries from five other nations) will descend on Howth Yacht Club next week for the Image Skincare Optimist National Championships for a 12-race series over five days. The…
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Sign up for Monday's Afloat e-bulletin (see past editions here) for all this weekend's Irish sailing news, pics and results straight to your inbox. Monday's edition includes photos and pics from Sunday's Figaro departure from Dun Laoghaire and the start…
Safran is One of Six IMOCA 60s to Tackle the Fastnet Race
To the south of Ireland, on an isolated rock some five miles from land, the Fastnet Lighthouse is a mythical mark for the world's sailors. Created in 1925, the Rolex Fastnet Race brings together this summer 323 boats measuring between…
Cavatina is White Sail Winner
The Cork harbour fleet has started to build again with a number of boats having returned from a successful Calves Week writes our Cork Harbour Correspondent. The second race in the Royal Cork 'O'Leary Insurances League' was a bit warmer…
Moore to Navigate Team Phaedo in Sunday's Fastnet Race
Magic catamaran Phaedo will set sail in Sunday's Fastnet race with top Irish navigator Ian Moore calling the shots. There's more Irish crew on Phaedo too with Limerick's Jeff Condell also slated for the race. Team Phaedo stayed attached to…
Figaro Fleet Taking it Easy in 'Friendly' Dun Laoghaire
The 46 skippers are profiting from the quiet and relaxed atmosphere in Dún Laoghaire to recover from a very tough second leg. Each has his or her own way of recharging the batteries... a massage, a pint of Guinness, some…
Doorly's Deranged in Flying Form
Not even a mid race heavy rain shower could dampen spirits of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleet celebrating the arrival of the Figaro fleet in Dun Laoghaire tonight. The 48-boat Figaro fleet are moored in front of the National…
Irish Star Shines Bright in Second Overall
In an impressive show of speed and strength that may yet produce one of the top Irish Olympic campaign performances of all time, Peter O'Leary and David Burrows notched up two more top six results in the Star Class yesterday…
McGovern and Seaton Racing Hard in the 49er Dinghy
After 13 fleet races sailed Ireland's Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton sit 14th from 24 at the at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test Event today. Here's a video interview of the Ballyholme duo after another windy…
200 Crews for Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2011
This year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), starting from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on November 20, promises to be one of the biggest ever, as up to 200 crews are planning the 2,700 mile transatlantic crossing to Rodney Bay,…

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