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O'Leary and Burrows Face Home Waters Test
Olympic keelboat duo Peter O'Leary and David Burrows face one of the sternest tests of the summer season but this time its on waters st least. All 32 boats for the Star European Championship (2nd-10th September) have arrived in Dun…
British Water Polo Team to Train in Ireland for London Olympics
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has announced that the British water polo team will travel to Ireland to train for the London Olympics in the run-up to the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown. Minister Varadkar said today…
Chambers Wins Gold at World Rowing Championships
Coleraine man Peter Chambers struck gold at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia today. Chambers, who rowed at junior level for Ireland, teamed up with Kieren Emery to win the lightweight junior pair for Britain. Italy were second…
Rosslare Europort to Host Irish Ports Conference
This year's Irish Ports Conference is to be hosted by Rosslare Europort on behalf of the Irish Port Association (IPA) and is to take place in Wexford on 30th September.   In recent years the conference has established itself as…
Round Ireland Yacht Race 2012 Starts from Wicklow on Sunday, June 24th
Wicklow Sailing Club is comtemplating a mid-day start for the 2012 Round Ireland yacht race on Sunday, June 24th. Plans for the 31st offshore race are underway and will follow the successful pre-start 'Wicklow Sailfest' formula held in the town…
ISAF World Team Racing Gets Underway in Schull
Full championship racing got under way in Schull Harbour yesterday as twelve international sailing teams contest the ISAF Open World Team Racing Championship and eight compete for the Youth Worlds. The first day of full competitive racing took place in…
Nixon's Silver Makes Her Afloat Rower of the Month
Holly Nixon is the Afloat Rower of the Month for August. The 17-year-old Fermanagh woman became Ireland’s first medallist at the World Rowing Junior Championships when she took silver at Dorney Lake in England earlier this month. It was another…
Irish J24s practise for Europeans at Easterns
Ten Irish boats from the 41 international entries for the forthcoming BMW J24 European Championships at Howth are availing of the opportunity to practise in the same race area this weekend by competing in the J24 Eastern Championships hosted by…
Cushendall Play Host to Flying Fifteen East Coast Sailing Championships
30 boats will travel to Cushendall this weekend for the East Coast of Ireland regional sailing championships in the Flying Fifteen class.  The two-day championships will be the penultimate major event in Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club's 2011 sailing season,…
Countdown to Cork Harbour Open Day
With less than a fortnight to go Corkonians and visitors alike can look forward to Cork Harbour Open Day, writes Jehan Ashmore The Cork Harbour event is take place on Saturday 10 September, and on that morning the newest vessel…
World Rowing Championship Setback for Lightweight Double
Ireland’s Siobhan McCrohan and Claire Lambe finished third in their repechage of the lightweight women’s double scull at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia today, missing out on a place in the A/B semi-finals by one place. Australia…
Sealine Boat Builder Aquired by Investment Group
Leading luxury British boat builder, Sealine International, today (31st August 2011) announced that it has been acquired by private investors, led by The Oxford Investment Group,Inc. Selwyn Isakow, chairman of the Oxford Investment Group commented "we have been looking to…
Ronan Keating Battling the Waves in Irish Sea Charity Swim
Singer Ronan Keating set off with a group of celebrities and 'super swimmers' on a charity crossing of the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dublin late last night. The former Boyzone star is joined by TV presenters Jenny Frost and…
Galway In Talks to Attract Cruise Liners
World tourism bosses and cruise line operators will be headed to Galway next month for high-powered talks aimed at transforming the city into a global destination port. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/ The Connacht Sentinel reports that execuives from Fáilte Ireland, the Galway Harbour…
Fishing Vessel Detained in Cork
The Irish Times reports that the Naval Service detained a Spanish-registered fishing vessel off the Clare coast in the early hours of Tuesday morning. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0830/breaking14.html http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/navy/ http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/ The vessel was escorted by the LE Niamh to Castletownbere in Co Cork,…
Ireland's Top Wreck Diving Sites
With the Lusitania expedition in the news, Saturday's Irish Times presents a guide to some of Ireland's most interesting diving sites for all levels of experience. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/diving/item/16678-how-the-lusitantia-artifacts-were-raised-by-diver-eoin-mcgarry/ http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/diving/ Though Ireland can boast an abundance of shipwreck sites, a number of…
Ireland's Men Charge Into World Rowing Final
Ireland’s lightweight men’s quadruple won their repechage at the World Rowing Championships in Bled in Slovenia today with a dominant performance. The crew of Niall Kenny, Michael Maher, Justin Ryan and Mark O’Donovan took the lead by 500 metres and…
McCarthy and Davis Sail to a Win at Skerries GP14 National Championships
A healthy forty seven dinghies competed for the Irish GP14 National Sailing Championships title last weekend and Greystones sailor Shane McCarthy, now UK based, with crew Andy Davis took the title, winning the last four races. Class president Richard Street…
Gold Medal for Ireland's Disabled Waterski Champion
Ireland's 26 year-old Eamonn Prunty of Summerhill in Meath captured the headlines and no less than four medals at the Disabled World Waterski Championships in West Chester, Ohio, this past weekend. The Disabled World Waterski Championships attracted 38 of the…
Stena Line to Reduce Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead Service
Stena Line are to reduce its HSS fast-ferry between Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Holyhead next month, according to RTE.ie The decision by the company for pulling the HSS Stena Explorer from service was because of the high operating costs and…

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