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Kenefick Wins as Royal Cork Sailors Take 1,2 in All Ireland Champs
23-year old sailor George Kenefick of Royal Cork Yacht Club is the 2011 Waterways Ireland All Ireland Sailing Champion after the tightest of finishes on Lough Derg this afternoon. Kenefick tied with club mate Mark Mansfield on 12 points but…
Team Sanya Takes Third in Qualifying Race
Team Sanya, the Irish–Chinese entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, took a third place podium position in the Volvo Ocean Race qualifying race in Alicante Spain, behind Team Telefonica in first place and Puma Ocean Race Team in second…
Stranded Whale Dies in Western Scotland
A near-60ft long whale stranded on a beach in Scotland's Western Isles last week has died. According to The Daily Telegraph, the whale was discovered on South Uist last Monday afternoon. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8807883/60ft-stranded-whale-dies-in-Outer-Hebrides.html Despite the best efforts of rescue volunteers from…
Wexford Club Honoured in Coastcare Merit Awards
Wexford Sub Aqua Club has been recognised for its commitment to the environment in an awards ceremony in Dublin last week. The Wexford People reports that Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd presented the club with An Taisce's Coastguard Initiative of…
Marine Notice: Deployment of Waverider Buoys
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that two Waverider buoys are set to be deployed off the west coast from tomorrow 10 October. The buoys will be operational for between 12 and…
Fatality Rate for Fishermen An 'Absolute Tragedy'
Fishermen and farmers make up more than half of all work-related fatalities in Ireland, according to the Minister for the Marine. As The Irish Times reports, Simon Coveney TD decried it as an "absolute tragedy" in the Dáil. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1007/1224305390030.html He…
RS Duo Lead Endeavour Trophy
Twenty-year-old James Peters and crewman Alan Roberts are overnight leaders of the 2011 Endeavour Trophy, the UK's champion of champions sailing trophy. RS200 national champions Peters and Roberts sailed an impressive series in today's testing conditions and lead this champions…
Fleming and Egan Fastest in Liffey Descent Canoeing Race (With RESULTS)
Neil Fleming and Peter Egan in K2 (racing kayak) were the fastest crews in the Liffey Descent today, covering the course in a fast one hour 49 minutes and 10 seconds. John Boyton and Graham O’Regan were almost six minutes…
O'Leary Exits All Ireland Sailing Regatta
Pre-Regatta favoutite Anthony O'Leary has exited the All Ireland Sailing Championships in the qualfiying rounds. A start line penalty suffered in today's second race of flight two forced him out of the running. The victorious Commodore's Cup captain, the current…
Eight Line up for Breezy All Ireland Finals
Three Cork keelboat sailors top the fleet after today's qualifying rounds of the Waterways Ireland All Irieland Sailing Championships at Lough Derg Yacht Club. Royal Cork's George Kenefick leads on four points. Flor O'Driscoll, orignally from West Cork but sailing…
Two Fishermen Rescued After an Hour in the Water
Two fishermen in the Irish Sea were rescued from the water this afternoon after drifting for an hour in the water before their cries for help were heard. Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public…
Kenefick, Mansfield, Allen and Duncan Progress to All Ireland Finals
Two Royal Cork sailors stormed to the top of this morning's opening rounds of the Waterways Ireland All Ireland Sailing Championships. ICRA chsampion George Kenefick scored 1,1,2 to finsh top of the group with 1720 sportsboat Mark Mansfield in second…
'Toxic Maltesers' To Tackle Scourge of Zebra Mussels
A UK-based manufactuer of pesticides has developed a so-called 'toxic malteser' to help tackle the scourge of invasive zebra mussels. The razor-edged mussels have no natural predators in UK and Irish waters so spread rapidly and wreak havoc on water…
Kinsale Farmland Inviting Final Offers
A former farm in Kinsale with spectacular sea views is inviting final offers by private treaty. The 370-acre waterfront property was formerly the proposed location for the Kinsale Harbour Resort. The land is laid out in flat fields with good…
Dun Laoghaire Diaspora Centre Seeks Funding
Dun Laoghaire's planned new diaspora centre will rival the likes of Sydney Opera House, according to the semi-state body behind the proposal. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/ Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company estimates the cost of the project at €50 million. Most of this will…
Tips for Online Boat Buying
Canadian news website Surrey Now has some smart tips for boat buyers looking to find their latest purchase online. http://www.thenownewspaper.com/news/Smart+tips+buying+boat+online/5239272/story.html It's never been easier to research the latest styles and technologies on the web, so boat buying novices can be…
Open House Dublin: Public Tours of Irish Lights Headquarters
As part of this year's Open House Dublin event, the striking headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights building in Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be open to the public tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The iconic coastal landmark building built by…
Special Rugby Wine Deal for Afloat.ie Readers!
Big sailing (and rugby) supporters 'On the Grapevine' Wines in Dalkey Co. Dublin have been letting the early morning kick offs go to their heads. To celebrate Ireland's quarter final placing in the World Cup tomorrow, proprietor Gabriel Cooney has…
Quarter Tonner Is New On Our Boats For Sale Site
New to our Boats for Sale site is a Quarter Tonner. 'Bandit' is an IRC optimised modified Bolero 26 presented in an excellent condition both inside and out. Originally built in 1979 Bandit underwent a complete overhaul in 2006. Bandit…
Norway Relaxes Law on Leaving Foreign Flagged Yacht
Following the levying of substantial fines on foreign yachtsmen, much pressure has recently been brought to bear on the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and the Norwegian Customs to amend draconian regulations relating to owners of foreign flagged vessels who wish…

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