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Lifeboats on either side of the country were called into action over the bank holiday weekend, with RIBs in distress off Dublin and Galway. Sunday saw three men picked out of the water near Kilcolgan Point after they fell out…
The controversy over Ireland’s Olympic selection in the Star class looks set to get worse before it gets better, with one of the crews in the running set to appeal the Irish Sailing Association’s nomination. Royal Cork helm Peter O’Leary…
Sarah Steyaert of France has won the 2008 Women’s Laser Radial World Championship after a sensational finish to the regatta, when Lijia Xu of China was disqualified from the final race, ultimately costing her the world title.
In his annual address to one of Europe’s largest yacht racing clubs, Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Tim Costello indicated that soon the club will be running year-round sailing.
The documentary feature film ‘Waveriders’ won the prestigious Audience Award at the recent Dublin International Film Festival. Starring Gabe Davies, Richard Fitzgerald and the Malloy brothers and featuring Kelly Slater, the documentary was directed by Dubliner Joel Conroy of Inis…
The manufacturers of Rocna Anchors claim they set in all ocean floors without any special tricks and are easy to use, giving maximum versatility. The anchors have self-launch capability, and its design ensures that it lands on the ideal angle…
‘Scaoil Seol’, a new six-part reality series for TG4, will show the viewing public how easy – or difficult – it is to start sailing when it follows the efforts of ten novice sailors as they learn to sail from…
Afloat columnist and RTÉ marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney has been chosen as maritime person of the year. The award presentation was made at the recent Maritime Ball in Galway.
Sovereign Yacht Sales, recently appointed Elan dealer for the south and west coast of Ireland, have just established a new brokerage office in Kinsale. They are now dealing with pre-owned as well as new yacht sales, six days a week,…
As a desolate granite outcrop in the North Atlantic, Rockall is unlikely to challenge the Great Pyramids or Grand Canyon as a tourist mecca.
Entries are now being accepted for the annual Classic Malts Cruise – a unique two-week sailing voyage along the spectacular coastline of north-west Scotland from July 12 to 25. The UK’s biggest non-competitive sailing event, the annual Classic Malts Cruise…
Philip Fitzgibbon and Mike Shanahan will attempt to improve on their Round Ireland speed record of 19 hours. You can read the story of their last spin in the April/May 2008 issue of Afloat (p42). The pair commissioned Martin Moriarty…
A team of emergency paramedics will now be available to treat people injured in marine accidents on board a Coast Guard helicopter.
Lough Derg Yacht Club recently took delivery of a new Tirion sailing boat, part funded by the Lotto. The boat is of Dutch design with a shallow keel, ideal for sailing on the lake. It has a large cockpit area…
Sail Training International’s Board of Trustees has appointed Sean Flood as an International Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his long affiliation with the organisation, its mission and activities.
It has been said that every traditional boat is a perfect adaptation to a specific environment. This includes both natural and social environments. Instead of being museum pieces, traditional boats are therefore perfect icons of the 21st century as well…
The Irish Cruising Club’s latest batch of annual awards reflect vigour at home and abroad. The premier trophy, the Faulkner Cup, goes to Dublin-based Michael Holland, whose alloy-built Dubois 72 ketch Celtic Spirit of Fastnet ranged between the Arctic and…
Buying a boat is quite like buying a house, and unfortunately, it can be just as stressful. Similar to any big purchase, the stress levels can be minimised if potential buyers take the time out to do some homework, assess…
Saab has agreed to sponsor the ICRA Cruiser National Championships for a fifth successive year. The event is hosted by Howth Yacht Club between May 16th and 18th and expects over 150 boats and some 1,200 sailors.
More than 60 crews from ten countries have already entered the first SB3 World Championships, to be held by the National Yacht Club from September 20–26. Entries will close when the 120-boat limit is reached, or on June 1st.

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