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Frustrating Times at Student World Championships
Day 3 With a forecast wind strength of 5 to 9 knots, teams left the dock for challenging and frustrating conditions in the Student World Yachting Championship in Marseille. Dee O'Rourke of the defending champions Cork Institute of Technology sent…
Keep Warm and Dry with SealSkinz Range
All you sports and outdoor lovers will be glad to hear that leading products from SealSkinz® Sport and the SealSkinz® Active Range are now available in the Republic of Ireland. Catering for wet and cold winters, SealSkinz® products are designed…
Sheehy is Ireland's Top Match Racer
John Sheehy, Nick Smith, Paddy Kirwan, and Marty O’Leary of the Royal St George Yacht Club emerged as the top crew at Match Racing Championships in Kinsale yesterday having been dominant on the Tour in this its inaugural year. Twelve…
Irish Design Wins Rolex Middle Sea Race
Designed by Wicklow's Mark Mills, Alegre, the IRC 68’ Mini-Maxi of Andres Soriano III, sailed an extraordinary race to win a tough Rolex Middle Sea Race against some of the best competition assembled anywhere this year. This extends her record…
Old Gaffers at Dublin Bay
No, we're not getting personal – though if the hat fits... the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Traditional Boat Rally on the River Liffey should be a date in your diary for May 2010. Registration Day: 28th May 2010; Race Day…
Grand Canal Barrow Line Closure Dates
In inland waterways news, the Grand Canal Barrow Line on the Barrow Navigation wil be closed from Monday 2 November 2009 until March 17, 2010 to accommodate the winter dredging programme from Lock 21 Ballyteague to Lock 22 Glenaree. Waterways…
Temporary Jetty Closure on Upr Lough Erne
In inland waterways news, the public mooring jetty at Naan Island on Upper Lough Erne is closed to the public from today (27th October 2009) for improvement works until the end of February 2010. the Lough Erne Warden is contactable…
Match Racing Season Concludes
12 teams from round the country, selected from 24 entries on the basis of ISAF ranking, raced off for the title of ISA National Match Racing Champion at the weekend. Kinsale Yacht Club hosted two days of racing with some…
Italy Lead as Ireland lie Fourth and Ninth
SYWoC: As the teams headed out into the bay of Marseille this morning, they were greeted with a solid 10 knots of breeze rather than the expected 2 knots for the second days racing in the Student Yachting World Cup…
SYWoC UL Blog: Katie Unable to Sail
Day Two: UL's Cian Gallagher and Conor Martin update from the Student World Championship in Marseilles: Today we got off to a bad start with our skipper Katie being unable to sail due to a vomiting bug. So with a…
Barry and Dwyer Win 5o5 Championships
Ewan Barry and Charles Dwyer of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club are the winners of the Irish National and British Isles 505 Championship writes Claire Bateman. In a five race event sailed over the bank holiday weekend they emerged victorious with…
Crewsaver Releases New 190n Lifejacket
Crewsaver says it has 'raised the bar' on lifejacket design with the launch of an all-new Crewfit lifejacket aimed squarely at today's boating enthusiast. The Crewfit 190N is packed with cutting edge design features and offers exceptional performance in the…
SYWoC UL Blog: Day One
Conor Martin of the University of Limerick blogs from Marseille: After long hours of travelling we are finally in Marseille. On Saturday, the draw for the boats and practice race went ahead before the start of the tournament on Sunday.…
Big Winds in Cork Harbour
Blustery conditions swept a combined fleet of 100 Royal Cork cruisers closer to next Saturday's conclusion of the O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors Autumn Regatta. The penulimate round provided an exhilarating day of sailing for all fleets with a west/south west wind…
Killorglin Woman is World Champion
Monika Dukarska of Killorglin Rowing Club won the singles title at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Plymouth. Dukarska, a student in the Tralee Institute of Technology whose family are from Poland, took bronze at the World Championships last year…
Lone Sailor Rescued in Irish Sea
At ten minutes past seven this morning, Swansea Coastguard received a call from a man out walking on the coast with his dog.  The man informed the Coastguard that he could see a yacht drifting out to sea, with torn…
Michael Bowen - RIP
Cork's boating community is mourning the loss of Michael Bowen, formerly of Union Chandlery, this weekend. The popular marine industry figure who was known throughout Ireland, died yesterday. A note on the company website this evening reads: "It is with…
On the Forum this Week
Topics on Afloat's Irish boating forum this week: In a six page thread Wicklow SC commodore Charlie Kavanagh says more help is required if a 30' mini class is to be added to the club's Round Ireland race. Courtown Sailing…
Grand Canal, Tullamore - Navigation Restrictions
Inland waterways news, we're told there's a leak between the 29th Lock, Ballycowan and the 30th Lock, Rahan, west of Tullamore, which needs to be repaired. So the water level between the 29th Lock and 30th Lock will be lowered…
Irish IRC Men Have Say in Paris
Ireland continues to punch above its weight on the IRC circuit on water and on land too. At this month's IRC Handicap Conference in Paris, a three-man Irish Cruiser Racer (ICRA) delegation prevented any further penalties on powered backstays. Powered…

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