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New Edition of 'Big Event' Manual Published
Tom Jobling’s “Big Event” the concise regatta planning and management manual has just undergone a make-over and also found itself a personalised website. Now in its third edition this best practice and very readable manual can be located on www.bigeventregatta.com.…
Visiting Fireballs leave a stamp
The Fireball fleet's visit to Barbados for the 2010 Worlds, which includes several Irish boats, will be marked with the printing of a series of commemorative postal stamps by the Caribbean island. Over 76 Fireballls, 152 sailors and their families…
Irish Surfer wins Fair Play award
An Irish surfer has been given a fair play award for sharing his only board with a competitor whose baggage did not arrive at the World Surfing Games. John 'Long John' McCurry, a longboarder from Portrush, is the first surfer…
420 Munsters head for Kinsale
The Irish 420 Class Association in conjunction with Kinsale Yacht Club will host the 420 Munster Championships from Saturday 3rd April to Sunday 4th April in Kinsale (with Monday 5th held as a reserve day). An added incentive to this…
Local Council Blocks Toilet
Every now and then a politician will gift you a few wonderful puns. Councillor blocks toilet. It Byrnes when I pee. Bog goes dry. The list goes on. The story today is that an outdoor toilet in Dublin Bay has…
Cheeky Rower eyes Open 60
Scottish rower Lia Ditton, who has just finished the Barcelona World Race, garnering attention for her naked rowing pictures, has announced that she will head straight into a campaign for the 2010 Barcelona World Race. Irish solo rower, Sean McGowan,…
Scottish Inland Waters Get RYA Backing
RYA Scotland has taken on board the responsibility for representing inland boaters since the Scottish Inland Waterways Association (SIWA) decided to discontinue operations. SIWA's primary aim was to see the Lowland canals re-opened, a goal that has been successfully achieved.…
Bag, brogues and board - Win the lot!
Enter the competitions in the current issue of Afloat and you could win a weekend for two in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire, a bag to carry your weekend swag in, and a brand new pair of Dubarrys…
Dun Laoghaire Ferry Incident Leads to Investigations
Two early season sailing events in Dun Laoghaire are under investigation this week after sailing boats crossed the path of the Stena 'Sea Lynx' car ferry last Saturday morning. The ferry, arriving from Holyhead in Wales, was forced to stop…
Blind Courage Round Ireland
It takes some courage to race Round Ireland so you can imagine the daunting prospect of sailing it blind. That's just what Mark Pollock intends to do this June. Although last week's Irish Times said he'll be making history in…
Kinsale RIBS Head for Wales
They're away. Eight RIbs were escorted out of Kinsale harbour by Kinsale Life boat heading for Wales this morning on a perfect run to Aberystwyth. Afloat's Bob Bateman was there to capture the action on a perfect morning for a…
Rig Tuning Talk at Howth
Sailmaker Des McWilliams from One Sails in Cork will give a talk on the 'black art' of rig tuning at Howth tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 8pm. The talk is free, but attendees are invited to donate to the RNLI in…
Waterford's first Maritime Festival of Song
Waterford’s first Maritime Festival of Song takes place from 28th to 30th May this year presented by Waterford’s own Hooks and Crooks!Pirates, Rowers, Air Sea Rescue crews and Sea Shanty Singing groups from Norway, Denmark, Germany, England, Wales, Holland, France…
Search and Rescue - Statement from Minister Dempsey
The Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey T.D. has today announced that the Government has agreed to contract discussions taking place on the extension of the new Search and Rescue helicopter contract to cover a full 24-hour service at all four…
Mixed results for Irish at Palma
With over 30 knots on the course at the Princess Sofia trophy yesterday, no fleets featuring Irish teams were in action in Palma. Click through for a run-down of Irish placings at the first major European olympic classes regatta of…
Route to Galway is complete
The final gap in the Volvo Ocean Race route was plugged overnight, with Auckland, the City of Sails, announced as the second Pacific stopover. The fleet will sail from Sanya in China to Auckland before the leg around Cape Horn…
It's a longer than usual podcast this week, as we speak to Irish sailor John Coffey, who's joining Bear Grylls on an RIB expedition through the Northwest passage, Hal Bleakley on handing in his cap and badge at Dun Laoghaire…

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Killeen Rejects Call Not to Cut Coastal Patrols
Minister for Defence Tony Killeen rejected Fine Gael calls to reverse a decision to reduce by 200 the number of days the Naval Service patrols the coast in an attempt to cut costs. Fine Gael defence spokesman Jimmy Deenihan appealed…
Ireland's Lighthouses by John Eagle
The first time he saw Roche’s Point Lighthouse marking Cork Harbour, John Eagle knew he was smitten. ‘Coming from an inland town, there was so much excitement in the sea,’ he explains, ‘and lighthouses encapsulated all that.’  Lighthouses have played…
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