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Flying Fifteens Make the Front Page
An early start for the Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet paid off yesterday when up to eight of the 20-foot keelboats ventured from their moorings at the National Yacht Club (NYC) across Dublin Bay and up the river Liffey for…
Kenefick Steers Chimp to Overall Win at Half Ton Classic Cup
Even a complete lack of wind and racing couldn't dampen the spirits of the Half Ton sailors on the final day of the 2011 Half Ton Classic Cup. While they waited in vain for the wind to fill in they…
Cork Week Changes Dates for 2012
Next year's Cork Week regatta at Royal Cork Yacht Club, one of Ireland's biggest sailing events, has changed dates from 30th June – Friday 6th  July to 7th-13th July 2012  following consultation with both local and overseas participants. The decision was…
'Prodigious' Takes Pride of Place on 'Afloat Boats for Sale' Site
'Prodigious' is a very special, go anywhere motor yacht according to her broker, Hugh Mockler of Crosshaven Boatyard. This Weymouth 51 foot motor cruiser has just been added to Afloat's Boats for Sale site today and this 1988 craft is…
Only Derry-Londonderry Remains in the Northern Hemisphere
With the lead pack sent to enter the final 1,000 miles of Race 2 of the Clipper 11-12 Round the Word Yacht Race, Assistant Race Director, Justin Taylor predicts a three horse battle for the podium positions into Rio de…
Inventor Hopes to Raise Funds for Surfing 'Swiss Army Knife'
A Limerick-based inventor has created what could soon become the 'Swiss Army Knife' of surfers the world over, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ The SurfBuckle, developed by Nick Ryan of new surfwear company LirChild, is a multi-purpose tool that allows…
Software Instrumental to Rescue of Rambler 100 Crew
Search and rescue mapping software developed in Rhode Island was "instrumental" in efforts to retrieve crewmembers from the stricken Rambler 100 off Fastnet last week. The SARMAP software, developed by ASA (Applied Science Associates, Inc) provides rapid predictions of the…
Round Ireland in 24 Days: Inside Final Hours of Record-Breaking Kayak Journey
The August issue of Canoe & Kayak magazine takes an in-depth look into sea kayakers Jeff Allen and Harry Whelan's record breaking circumnavigation of Ireland. http://www.canoekayak.com/touring-kayak/the-54-hour-finish/ http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ The final 225 miles of the voyage were completed in an incredible three…
France Supports Marina Berth Creation Project
French government support of marina projects will see the creation of an extra 4,000 berths this year. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/irish-coastal-marinas/ IBI PLus reports that nine marinas out of 25 submissions have been chosen to benefit from the government's funding of the Ports…
BMW J24 Europeans' Entries Reach 40-Boat Mark
Entries for the BMW J24 European Championships, to be hosted by Howth Yacht Club in two weeks’ time, have now reached the 40-boat mark from eight nations, making for an impressive fleet when racing starts on September 12th. Irish and…
Garvey and Darrer Win Cork Harbour Race
Colman Garvey and Martin Darrer's Projection 35 True Penance was the Class one IRC winner of the fourth sailing race in the Royal Cork YC O'Leary Insurances League. The race was held in sunshine and a nice breeze inside Cork…
Olympian and Traditional Boat Builder Team up for New Build of Shannon Class
A former Olympian's 'mid-life crisis' and a love of  traditional boat building has led to a unique partnership in Roscommon where the art of clinker boat construction is being kept alive. 85–year–old boat builder Jimmy Furey, the doyene of the…
Kenefick Steering Chimp to Half Ton Success
Top Cork youth sailor George Kenefick at the helm of Chimp has tightened the strangle hold on the lead of the Half Ton Classic Cup and now has a 14-point margin over  nearest rivals off Cowes. One time series leader…
Deluge Over, Upd8 Wins DBSC Race
The deluge that hit Dun Laoghaire yesterday afternoon did not dampen the spirits of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleet who emerged from the harbour for a brisk Thursday evening race. Austin Whelan's First Class 8, Upd8 made the most…
Colvic Sailor 26 is New On Our Boats For Sale Site
New to our updated boats for sale site is a Colvic Sailor 26 from Blue Flag Boats. This is a really well maintained example of a popular and safe family cruiser with an excellent inventory. Ready to sail away! For…
Port and Shipping Volumes Show Second Quarter Slowdown
Volumes for both port and shipping traffic during the second quarter for 2011 have declined when compared to growth rates over the first three months of last year according to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). The figures released today…
Dublin Woman First to Cross Galway Bay Twice
The Irish Times reports that a Dubliner has become the first woman to swim across Galway Bay twice. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/ Sorcha Barry, who works as a physiotherapist, completed the gruelling 26km swim last weekend as part of the annual Frances Thornton…
Irish Anglers Tough It Out in Tuscany
Some of Ireland's top anglers are currently toughing it out in Tuscany at the 2011 World Championship of Shore Angling. http://afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ Team member Joe Byrne, from Courtown in Co Wexford, told the Gorey Guardian that the Irish are "in with…
Lusitania Divers Recover a Number of Items
Divers at the wreck of the Lusitania have recovered important items from the ill-fated cruise liner, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/diving/ The haul includes a bronze telemotor (part of the ship's steering mechanism), a telegraph that assisted in navigation, and…
25 Years of Saving Lives in Ballybunion
Ballybunion's Sea and Cliff Rescue Service celebrated its 25th anniversary with an open day at its headquarters last weekend, The Kerryman reports. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ The day also saw the unveiling of a special plaque from Water Safety Ireland recognising the rescuers'…
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