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2005 Jeanneau Leader 805 New on Boats For Sale
New on our boats for sale site this week is a 2005 Jeanneau Leader 805 with very little use in excellent condition. Reliable, safe well built with Jeanneau quality workmanship with virtually new economical In board diesel Volvo D4 260…
Irish Branch of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Courses 2011
A lecture series for students wishing to improve their educational qualifications and become members of the Irish Branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers starts next month. The lectures are primarily aimed at students who wish to sit the Foundation…
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Ian Moore Reports in from Phaedo (Great Vid Here)
On board Team Phaedo after a fantastic start to the race, navigator, Ireland's Ian Moore, is happy with their current position. He made contact last night at 9pm. "....The sunset is beginning and we are very happy with our position..…
Three Volvo 70s Start the Fastnet Race (Pics here)
One of the most impressive sailing sights from the weekend was on the Solent yesterday when three Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entries Groupama Sailing Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and current leader Team Sanya started the Rolex Fastnet Race, the…
Sunshine and Wind for Cobh People's Regatta (Pics here)
The Cobh Peoples Regatta Took place at the weekend in Cork harbour. Every August the harbour becomes a focal point for a regatta where small local sailing and rowing craft gather for races and not to say the least some…
Racing Round up: Olympic, Fastnet, Clipper, Figaro, Dragon, J24, Fifteen, Topper, Feva, Oppy
Sign up for this mornung's e-bulletin (see past editions here) for all the weekend's Irish sailing news, pics and results straight to your inbox. This morning's edition includes photos and pics from Sunday's Figaro departure from Dun Laoghaire and the…
Lavery Retains South Coast Flying Fifteen Title
Big seas and big winds off Hook Head for the opening day of the Flying Fifteen South Coast Championships at Dunmore East, County Waterford produced some of the most exciting sailing of the season for a fleet of 16 of…
Figaro Sails out, Toppers Sail in to the National Yacht Club
Just 8 hours after National Yacht Club Commodore Paul Barrington bade farewell to the 47 brave Solitaire sailors starting their gruelling 420 mile sail back to France, he was raising the curtain on the Sovereign Ski Topper World Championship –…
Byrne Retains Irish Dragon Title at Kinsale
Martin Byrne retained his title as National Dragon Champion in Kinsale last weekend, adding to his Edinburgh Cup victory last month in Abersoch writes Tim Pearson. Byrne, with crew Adam Winkelmann and Pedro Andrades, was pushed hard by Jay Bourke…
The Poet-adventurer Theo Dorgan comes to the RSt. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire as an after dinner speaker to discuss his recent book, Time on the Ocean. This is an inspired description of how Dorgan flew to southern Chile and…
Local Duo Take Feva National Title in Cork Harbour (Photos here)
A total of 30 boats competed for the title of RS Feva National and Open Champion in Cork Harbour this weekend. The overall winner, with five first places, was RCYC's David Whitaker with Jil McGinley crewing. SCROLL DOWN FOR BOB…
Clipper fleet Bound for Rio de Janeiro
One of the first big decisions the teams had to make on the race to Rio de Janeiro was how to navigate their way round the Canary Islands. This morning's position reports reveal that all ten have gone west of…
Figaro Says Goodbye to Dún Laoghaire (Photos Here)
At precisely 12:00 on Sunday 14th August, the Race Committee fired the start signal of the third leg of the Solitaire du Figaro, 477 miles from Dún Laoghaire to Les Sables d'Olonne, as public crowded the pier to wave goodbye…
Largest Ever Fleet Start the Fastnet Race (Photos here)
The record-sized Rolex Fastnet Race fleet set sail from Cowes in classic conditions - a beat westward up the Solent in a building west-southwesterly and sunshine, but with an ominous looking cloud line over the mainland. SCROLL DOWN FOR RICK…
Robinson's Whiterock is Top Shipman on Dublin Bay
The Royal Irish Shipman Whiterock skippered by Henry Robinson was the class winner of Saturday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) race. Second was the National Yacht Club's Curraglas (John Masterson) and third was Christine Heath's Gusto. Full results from Saturday's…
Bottlenose Dolphins Make New Home in Donegal
The Irish Independent reports that some 100 bottlenose dolphins have made a new home off the Donegal coast in the past week. The pod of bottlenoses - a rare treat in Irish waters compared to the near ubiquitous common dolphin…
Norway's Oldest A-Class Tallship Sets Sail for Dublin
At nearly 100 years old, Norway's oldest tallship, the sail training three-masted steel barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl is to call to Dublin Port next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Built in 1914, the 321" long vessel is also the largest, compared to the…
Lifeboat Tows Yacht to Safety in West Cork
Breaking News reports that the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat towed a yacht to safety yesterday afternoon after it got into difficulties in poor weather. http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/courtmacsherry-lifeboat-called-out-to-assist-stricken-yacht-516476.html http://www.afloat.ie/resources/organisations/rnli-ireland/ http://www.afloat.ie/safety/lifeboats/ The lifeboat was called out at 1.15pm to the 37ft yacht, with three people…
Record-Breaking Conditions Ahead for Fastnet Race
The largest, most diverse fleet of racing boats ever in offshore yachting set sail this morning in the Rolex Fastnet Race. http://www.afloat.ie/sail/events/fastnet-race/ The biennial flagship event of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, a tradition since 1925, will take the fleet…
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