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Afloat.ie: Bear Grylls to Open RIBEX 2010
Plans are moving ahead for a truly first class show next May. It is now confirmed that the Suzuki Sponsored RIBEX 2010 powerboat exhibition is to be opened by extreme survivalist and TV personality, Bear Grylls. At this present time,…
Afloat.ie: Failte Ireland Seek Events to Fund
Money to stage Ireland's sailing and boating regattas next season could be at hand if event organisers apply for funding from Bord Failte under the national festivals programme. The initiative advertised in the national press this morning is intended to…
Afloat.ie: Dutch Builder Sees Improvement
In Marine Trade news from Holland, Dutch Boat Builder Linssen reports from its 11th boat show that although markets in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the former East European countries are still responding very modestly, Linssen is positive about its…
Tony Killeen TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food today met EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Berg on EU / Norway Fisheries negotiations. Minister Killeen sought an urgent meeting when it became clear last Friday that…
Royal Western YC in Kilrush hosted over 40 people for the first of a North Sails lecture Tour of Ireland featuring US Sailmaker Bill Gladstone and there was a smilar number gathered for the seminar in Foynes (pictured over the…
Last chance for Irish Sail Training?
It's rare, given the times that are in it, when a way to make two groups of people financially happy pops up. Rarer indeed, when it involves buying a boat. So how about this: Ireland's Department of Defence could save…
Afloat.ie: Bringing Coal to Dublin Bay
The newly built dynamically positioned drillship Fugro Synergy commences drilling operations for VP Power in the Kish Basin, approximately 13.5 Nautical miles east of Bray Head this morning. The wells will be shallow coal exploration drilling to old layers of…
Afloat.ie: Big Names and Numbers Expected at Antigua Sailing Week 2010
Despite the current financial challenges, the 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week (24- 30 April 2010) promises to be one of the best yet. The organisers of this annual Caribbean classic have listened to the competitors’ views and have come…
Afloat.ie: Celebrating CH Marine Winter League at Royal Cork
There was no let up in the recent downpours for the final days racing of the CH Marine League but sponsor Nick Bendon brought some festive cheer to the Royal Cork club house when he handed out the CH Marine…
Afloat.ie: J109s to Contest Europeans in Cork
The J109 Sailing Class is to hold its European Championships at Cork Week 2010, a fleet is expected from Ireland, the UK and France. Twenty six J109's took part in Cork Week 2008. David and Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream from England…
Afloat.ie: Angler Rescued From Sea
On the far side of the Irish Sea, Swansea Coastguard received a 999 call from a lady yesterday afternoon reporting that she had just witnessed her husband who was angling off rocks at Broadstrand near Ilfracombe being swept into the…
Afloat.ie: 9 Rowers Rescued after Boat Sinks
A Cox’n and 8 rowers from the UCC Rowing club were rescued today by Crosshaven Lifeboat at Lough Mahon in the upper Cork harbour area. While on exercise on today Crosshaven Lifeboat happened upon 9 people 'floundering in the water'.…
Afloat.ie: Christmas Spirit Arrives, a Zodiac RIB for under 10k!
A complete RIB package for under 10k? Western Marine in Dublin has got the Christmas spirit with several remarkable RIB deals. The Dalkey dealer has added a selection of RIBs to Afloat's Boats for Sale site. In particular a Zodiac…
Afloat.ie: Sailors of the Month - Richard Colwell and Johnny & Suzie Murphy
Richard Colwell and Johnny & Suzie Murphy are the Irish Independent/Afloat.ie “Sailors of the Month ” for November on the strength of their Corby 25 Kinetic becoming the new Irish Cruiser Racing Asociation “Boat of the Year”. ICRA’s supreme title…
Afloat.ie: Are You Going Round?
Planning to do this year's Round Ireland Yacht Race? You could do a lot worse than listen in to how Galway's Aodhan Fitzgerald put together a team of friends to win the 2008 race. Also on Afloat.ie are navigation tips from…
 Round Ireland Sailors Need to Look to the Future
The best way to safeguard the future is to invent it and by introducing satellite tracker technology, Wicklow Sailing Club brought internet access to the last Round Ireland race and they plan the same again next June 20th too. Out…
La Solitaire du Figaro 2005 Race 1st Leg – Perros-Guirec to Getxo-Bilbao (390 miles) – A clean and fast start to the race for all. There is a downwind spinnaker crossing of the Bay of Biscay and then fight to…
1989 Gib'Sea 372 Master, Nice Cruiser Goes on Sale
Cork Broker HM Yachts has recently added a number of new sailing boats to the Afloat boats for sale site inlcuding a  budget priced 1978 Sadler 25' at Euro 12,950. This afternoon a 1989 Gib'Sea 372 Master has been added…
Afloat.ie: Roosky Lifting Bridge
Waterways Ireland have asked us to pass on the information that passage through Roosky Lifting Bridge on the inland waterways will not be available from Wednesday 9th December 2009 until Friday 22nd January 2010 due to maintenance and refurbishment works.…
Afloat.ie: Kinsale is La Solitaire du Figaro 2010 Port
The 2010 edition of La Solitaire du Figaro will stop in Kinsale next August as part of the 2010 edition of the race. The race will cover 1,717 nautical miles between ports both old and new to the race.  There…

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