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It may have been a grey start but the 2009 season is underway with Kinsale's April League sponsored by Des McWilliam's One sails. Afloat's Bob Bateman was there to capture the action. The conditions were lively with a 20kt southerly…
Green Dragon crossed the finish line off Rio de Janeiro at 18.59.40 GMT today, cheered on by crowds of locals that lined the shore to the marina. After over 40 days at sea the Chinese -Irish boat has dropped to…
America's Cup winning skipper Ed Baird will present the prizes tomorrow night at the Royal St. George champions dinner. Baird, 49, of St. Peterburg, Florida reached the pinnacle of his long sailing career last July 3 when he held the…
Tonight's RTE Seascapes radio programme asks why motorboats are becoming more popular than yachts? In a separate item on Tom MacSweeney's show, he interviews the only men in Ireland who are to be prevented by law from going to work…
Brazilian skipper Henrique Haddad and Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain earned the two remaining semi-final places at the Grand Final of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup in Porto Alegre. The event follows the successful round held in Kinsale late last…
Jonathan Shackleton, cousin of the famous Kildare-born Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, will be making his first speaking engagement at the RDS on April 22 following his return from his travels to the Antarctic. Jonathan has made legendary attempts to…
Adrian Lee of Dun Laoghaire is the Irish Independent /afloat.ie Sailor of the Month for March on the strength of his clearcut win in the inaugural Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 Race with his highly-tuned Cookson 50. Devised for…
Dublin Port Company has taken delivery of Rosbeg, a new multipurpose work vessel, and two now pilot boats, as part of a Euro 16 million investment plan., the port company have announced. The Rosbeg, whcih was built in the Nertherlands,…
Green Dragon is just 438 miles from Rio de Janeiro and the end of an epic leg, the longest ever in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. Conditions are still holding with a sea breeze which they hope will…
When the then Minister for Education Mary Hanafin spoke about putting sailing on the school curriculum at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire she spoke with some conviction. It wasn’t a gimmick because the general election was over. She…
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Mar. 24, 2009) - Ericsson Racing Team currently holds the top two spots on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet approaches at a snail's pace the finish in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.…
West Highland week is planning a big Scottish welcome for its usual crop of Irish competitors. Class 6 was last year dominated by the Irish duo of Stevie Andrews of Strangford Lough YC, with his Contessa 33 Penelope Pitstop and…
The crew onboard Green Dragon are looking at the potential for another week at sea.  Whilst previous weather models before the weekend suggested that the Dragon may hook into an area of low pressure and be into Rio by the…
Famous French sailor, Laurent Bourgnon, has undertaken a fascinating round-the-world trip with his family on board his custom made expedition motor yacht, the 70 Sunreef Power JAMBO. It is a trip many would dream to make. The family crossed the…
As Irish regatta organisers wonder can they still attract British entries across the Irish sea, Scotland's West Highland Yachting Week 2009 (from July 31 to August 7) is promising to be a really special one – being the last event…
The Tribesmen event is the premier start-of-season time trial, and, coming as it does, at the tail end of the winter training regime, is a reliable predicter of likely championship contenders later in the year. The Head is a time…
This 2008 Jeanneau Prestige 36 has been reduced in price from E289,000 to E265,000 (tax paid), qualifying as Afloat's bargain of the week! Fitted with twin Volvo D4 300hp engines, this is a beautiful boat with a luxurious interior. Many…
British boats face expensive hike to Ireland
The first Irish Times yachting columnist didn’t exactly push the boat out to uncover a story this time 150 years ago. The first edition of the newspaper carried the less than provocative opening line: “There is but little stirring at…
Minister of State Seán Power today announced that the Government has approved proposals to restructure the inland fisheries sector. The decision will lead to savings of approximately €300,000 annually and follows the Budget Day announcement relating to the rationalisation of…
Gerry Dunne has been appointed Chief Executive of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, succeeding Michael Hanahoe, who retires this month after 11 years at the helm. Mr Dunne comes with a strong marketing and business development background, and has held managing…

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