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The best of Irish club rowers and aspiring juniors gather in Nottingham this weekend for the annual Home International Rowing Regatta. The Home Internationals gives our aspiring rowers an opportunity to go head to head against their counterparts from England,…
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC Web site welcomes contributions from boat builders/agents, designers and race organisers for the two sections entitled ‘New IRC Boats' and ‘IRC Racing' which appear on the front page. This is your chance to promote…
Wicklow teen Finn Lynch has clinched a silve medal in the closing stages of the Topper world championships on Friday. The 13 year old from Blessington Sailing Club scored three race wins and three second places in the nine race…
Pre-event favourties Noel Butler and Seamus Moore have taken the overnight lead in the  Fireball National Championships on Clew Bay. With gales forecast for later today on all coastal waters four more races are planned today. The 28–boat boat fleet…
Seascapes this Friday (July 24, 2009) Tom MacSweeney interviews the Chief Executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the State fisheries board, who speaks for the first time in defence of his organisation which Bord Snip Nua has recommended for abolition.
ROLEX FASTNET RACE 2009 Since it was first run in 1925, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial Rolex Fastnet Race has earned a reputation for being one of the toughest events in the international yacht racing calendar. This has come…
A sound guide to the success of any yacht race is when the entry limit is exceeded. Once again the Royal Ocean Racing Club has managed this with their biennial flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race , where the 300…
Our best fishing lakes – and water supplies in the west of Ireland – are being choked off and being disturbed by a non-native weed species, writes Lorna Siggins in the Irish Times (July 23, 2009).
Green Dragon is now in situ in her new home at the Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill, since she arrived in Galway last week. From 25 July until the end of August, visitors to Galway will have the opportunity of visiting Green Dragon on…
Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, will open Wallace Pier in Connemara on behalf of Comhairle Mhuintir an Chaisil Teoranta (An Seanscoil, Leaitheanach Theas, Caiseal, Connemara, Co. Galway), on Sunday, 26 July 2009 at 12…
August in the city and there's no reason why that can't mean getting some knowledge under your belt. City Powerboat School are running several courses that could come in extremely handy – every summer! Details over the fold...
A great way to spend part of the summer is to learn something new, and the Irish National Sailing School are running summer camps for 7- to 18-year-olds weekly from July to August. Prices start at 199 euro per week…
If you've seen 'The Master's Apprentice', you may already be aware that you can safari in Ireland. If not, then why not consider treating yourselves to five days of island hopping, taking in Inishbofin, Shark, Turk and Clare islands and…
Niall Kenny and Mark O'Donovan were third in their repechage at the World Under-23 Championships in Racice in the Czech Republic today, just one place off a place in the A/B semi-finals. Japan and Norway battled for the top two places, with Norway…
Great Outdoors in Chatham Street, Dublin, have a large selection of watersports gear on sale - for instance, surfboards from 299 and kids wetsuits from 55. Give them a call at 01 679 4293.  
Motor Cruiser Sales are holding their annual Boat Clearance Sale over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (1st and 2nd). As usual, Quigley's Marina in Glasson, Athlone, is the venue. Tony Martin of MCS says there's plenty of choice and lots…
This Saturday morning (25th July 2009) sees the start of the last RORC offshore race prior to the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. It is the last chance for competitors to tune themselves, their equipment and their yachts prior to…
Scanstrut have added to their extensive range with a new range of instrument pods. The manufacturers say they've taken a fresh look at the challenge of installing chartplotters or radar displays on to power or sailboats. Within the power boat market,…
A fleet of 25 Fireballs start their national championships on Clew Bay this morning with defending champion Noel Butler crewed by Seamus Moore starting as pre-regatta favourite. The Irish Times Sailing Column gives the event top billing here.
Michael Maher missed out on a semi-final place at the World Under-23 Championships in Racice by one quarter of a second. The Irishman needed to finish in third or better to qualify and held third with 500 metres to go.…
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