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Donnelly and Clapp clinch Optimist titles at Howth
After 12 races in five days in varying conditions, Sean Donnelly of the National YC and English visitor Max Clapp of the Royal Southern YC wrapped up the senior and junior titles respectively in the Image Skincare Irish Optimist National…
Square-Rigger Tallship & Cruiser-Yachts Celebrate 'Events' in Dublin Bay
As part of today's celebrations to mark the 180th anniversary of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, in Dun Laoghaire, a flotilla of yachts 'dressed overall' set off on a cruise-in-company around Dalkey Island, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boats headed down…
Boat Builder Celebrates Fastnet Success
Competing against one of the largest and most diverse fleets assembled in the history of offshore yachting, the Rolex Fastnet race saw the Australian boatbuilder McConaghy's built ICAP Leopard 3, the Reichel Pugh 65 Vanquish (crewed by the young American…
Fastnet Race Winners Collect Just Deserts
The prizegiving for the Rolex Fastnet Race took place this evening at the historic Royal Citadel on Plymouth's famous Hoe. Dating back to 1660s and standing on the site of the fort built in the time of Sir Francis Drake,…
Leaders maintain advantage at Optimist Nationals in Howth
With just two races left in the Image Skincare Irish Optimist Championships at Howth Yacht Club, the status quo remains at the top of both the senior and junior rankings, the results of two races on Friday making no difference…
Birmingham's Venables Wins, Cork's Crosbie Takes Third at Topper Worlds
15 year old Matt Venables from Sutton Coal Fields Yacht Club in Birmingham proved that he is a potential Olympian with his dominant win of the very successful Sovereign Ski Topper World Championships which finished in Dun Laoghaire today writes…
First Entry on Our New Updated Boats for Sale Site
Our first entry on our updated boats for sale site is this 1984 Colvic UFO. 'Wildcat' has been with the present owners since 2005. A good all-round cruising boat with some regatta potential at club level. A fast, affordable and…
British Olympic Gold Medallists to Contest Dun Laoghaire Event
Ireland will have two entries in a fleet of 30 plus boats for the Star European Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire in two weeks time. Olympic trial winners Royal Cork's Peter O'Leary crewed by…
One Third of Fastnet Fleet Cross the Line Within Two Hours
A shut-down of the wind and a foul tide just short of the finish line made for a challenging few hours for the Royal Ocean Racing Club race team as an armada of Rolex Fastnet Race competitors descended on the…
Go Fishing in Ireland - an 'Angler's Paradise'
DiscoverIreland guest blogger Kirsten Fruit has posted a quick guide highlighting Ireland's abundance of world-class angling spots. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ "For years, fishing fanatics from around the world have found a haven of sorts in Ireland’s waterways," she writes, "and it isn’t…
‘Family Fun Day’ in Dun Laoghaire
The Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire is organising a 'Family Fun Day' this Sunday 21 August, writes Jehan Ashmore. The event will be held on Carlisle Pier between 11am-5pm where various stalls will be selling their wares in addition there…
Seasick Sailors Rescued Off Channel Islands
BBC News reports that two seasick sailors and their yacht had to be towed to safety yesterday by the Alderney lifeboat in the Channel Islands. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-14588649 The 12m yacht Astazou - which was returning to mainland England from Guernsey -…
Fin Whales Come Closer to Kerry Coast
Though they failed to track down the elusive humpback whales, IWDG members were recently treated to their first sighting of fin whales in Co Kerry's inshore waters. With permission from the Haughey family to land on Inis Mhic Aoibhleáin -…
Injured Fisherman Airlifted to Hospital by Shannon Coastguard
An injured man fisherman airlifted to hospital yesterday from a boat off Kerry coast, The Irish Times reports. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0818/breaking56.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to assist the crewmember on the UK-registered fishing vessel Achieve, some 110 miles…
Flares No Help to Mayo Fishermen Stranded at Sea - MCIB Report
Two Mayo fishermen stranded at sea after their boat capsized were not assisted after they used flares, a Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report has found. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/mcib/ The report, released earlier this week, recounted that the 33m crabber Léim an…
School of Dolphins Help Toppers on Their Way
Sailors arrived for day four of the 2011 Sovereign Ski Topper World Championship at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire to a flat sea and no wind writes Phil Harland. With increasing cloud cover there was no sea breeze…
D-Tox on Form in O'Leary Insurance League
There was a nice sized fleet sailing in Cork Harbour last night for the third race of Royal Cork's 'O'Leary Insurances League', a race that was even calmer than last Thursday writes our Cork Harbour Correspondent. The start was about…
Howth's King One Among 38 Entries to Contest Half ton Classics Cup
Dave Cullen's King One is Ireland's single entry in to this year's Half Ton Classic Cup 2011. With 38 entries from seven nations already confirmed the Cup to be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes from Sunday 21st…
Norwegian Tallship Opens to the Public in Dublin Docklands
The arrival of the largest and oldest Norwegian tallship the barque S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl into Dublin Port yesterday made for an impressive sight, even without her sails set, writes Jehan Ashmore. At nearly a century-old the square-rigged ship eased her…
New Improved Irish Boats for Sale Site
We've upgraded Afloat's boats for sale site to feature a new and simple upload to add your boat to the site. Your feed back told us that you're fed up with 'free ad' sites cluttered with junk. You asked for…
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