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DBSC to Present 90 Cups and 116 Prizes
90 Cups–some up to 100 years old–will be presented at Dublin Bay Sailing Club's annual prizegiving this Friday night in a celebration of sailing at the Royal Marine Hotel. 1665 members raced in four separate series and up to 116…
New Ronstan Swivel Head Orbit Blocks
Ronstan has expanded their award winning line of Orbit Blocks™ by introducing several new Swivel Head blocks. These blocks are exactly the same as the original Orbit Blocks™, except the soft Dyneema® Link Head system has been replaced with a…
Full Henri Lloyd Range at METS
Henri Lloyd has launched a revolutionary innovation aimed at advancing more eco-friendly marine technical apparel, taking the marine industry’s first steps to link product development and eco-friendly problem-solving, and will be exhibiting their full 2010 Marine Technical Range at METS…
Peridot Wins Opening DBSC Round
With 75 boats racing for in its first outing last Sunday now there is a real prospect that the Viking Marine DBSC Turkey Shoot Sailing Series will make 100 entries for the first time. The spectacle of boats racing in…
O'Sullivan takes over in Fenit
Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan's Marine is the new chairman of Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners in County Kerry. The Chamber of Commerce candidate takes over the role amid plans to double the marina there from 100 to 200 berths. This…
Galway Stop  'Worth Euro 80 Million'
Fáilte Ireland officially puts a figure on the the economic impact of 2009's major sailing event this week when the tourism body values the Galway stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The report carried out by Deloitte will show the global…
Afloat Forum: Hats Off for a Bright Idea is giving away Henri Lloyd and Helly Hansen hats for each suggestion made on its forum thread 'Brain Waves - ideas to develop our coastline'. So far users have suggested making the Shannon Estuary a marine park, development of…
Cork Gets Good Week in the Clipper
With just over 500nm to the finish in Cape Town, Cork has secured a strong lead over the last four days with 72nm separating them from second place Hull & Humber. It is anticipated that they will arrive in Cape…
Foynes YC Win ISA Yachtsman Euromarine RIB Challenge
Congratulations to Foynes Yacht Club, winner of the ISA Yachtsman Euromarine National Rib Challenge trophy for 2009, holding off nine other teams for the prize. This is a good result for a club which decided recently to invest their time…
On The Forum: Give us an Idea & win a Hat, Team Racing and the Turkey Shoot
On Afloat's Irish Boating Forum this week: IRLontop says Irish college Firefy sailors are so fast that the Scottish organisers had to rewrite the rules to prevent Ireland winning. Skipper says that the sight of 50-plus cruisers in the sunshine…
Foreshore Powers Transfer to Dept of Environment
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, has published the Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Bill 2009, which will give effect to the transfer of all Foreshore licensing functions not associated with aquaculture and sea-fishing, from…
Seventeen Lives Saved in Dramatic Near-Drowning Rescues
Rescuers from twelve dramatic near-death incidents will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Awards Ceremony at Dublin Castle on Tuesday 17th November from 3.00pm to 5.30pm. Seventeen lives were saved through the brave actions of these rescuers. Mr Michael…
Blue Skies for Dinghy Supplies Howth Frostbites
The first race of the 2009/2010 Howth Yacht Club Frostbites was started with blue skies and an inviting 10kt northwesterly. This was a welcome relief after the 38kt squall which caused sailing to be abandoned on the water the previous…
First Days Racing in CH Marine Winter League
Remarkable conditions greeted competitors at the start line for the first days racing in the CH Marine Winter League at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. A light northerly breeze,  clear blue skies and an excellent turnout of 32-boats gave Race…
RNLI and Kerry GAA Launch Reindeer Run
The RNLI has joined forces with Kerry GAA star Colm Cooper to officially launch a fun run with a difference – the RNLI Reindeer Run will take place on Sunday 29 November in the Killarney National Park and all funds…
ISORA Calendar Expands for 2010
Following the ISORA AGM at the National Yacht Club today, three day races have been added to the mooted 2010 schedule; a Sunday race from Dun Laoghaire and two day races from Pwllheli. The hope is the additional races will…
Eamonn Rohan is October's Sailor of the Month
Eamonn Rohan of Crosshaven is the Irish Independent/ “Sailor of the Month ” for October. His prototype King 40 Blondie IV has taken the Class 1 championship in the Royal Cork’s Autumn League by 0.5 points, after the most hotly-contested…
Speed Sailing Underway
Action from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and good conditions on Wednesday (4th October) saw some racing but – as is the way of these things – the wind died down before the windsurfers got a result. Thursday was more of the…
As two possible Irish Commodore's Cup teams emerge from last month's Royal Cork's Autumn league indicator event, ICRA Commodore Barry Rose says that next week's ICRA meeting will be vital to the formation of these teams. But in a bid…
Cork Steals Clipper Lead
Having crept closer and closer to Hull & Humber throughout the last two days, at midnight Cork stole the lead from the English boat and this morning the Irish team continues to put the miles between them and the rest…

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