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UCD Top First Grand League Table
UCD stand on top of the Grand League points table after the first regatta of the season. Skibbereen, the hosts of last month's regatta are in second. Trinity, who won the Irish University Championships, have good showing for both their…
Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series Overall Results, Class by Class
The John Corby designed 38 one off, Gloves off, was the winner in class zero of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Series League. In Class One, the X- yacht Eos skippered by David Scott had a 16-point winning margin over Dan…
Sharkbait Sails in to the Lead at SB3 Eastern Champs
Four points separate the top four boats going into today's second day of sailing in the SB3 Eastern Championship at Howth Yacht Club. Yesterday's opening races were sailed in fresh (but later moderating) north-easterlies, big swells and lumpy seas which…
Dublin Bay Win is No Xtravagance for Byrne
Colin Byrne sailing Xtravagance won in both IRC and ECHO handicap divisions in this afternoon's first Dublin Bay Sailing Club Saturday race of 2011. The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry beat the Commodore's yacht Gringo (Tony Fox) for the top…
Squibs Start South Coast Champs in 30 Knots (Photos Here!)
The first of the 2011 Irish Squib Class Regional Championships is being held in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Boats from Dublin and Ulster are joined a local Munster fleet for some great racing today. Scroll down for…
Kinsale Cruiser League Ends with Big Blow Out (Photos Here!)
Wind over tide and a 25-knot Easterly breeze meant it was always gonig to provide a great end to Kinsale's Spring Series Cruiser League. Scroll down for Bob Bateman's action shots from this afternoon's Cruiser course off Kinsale. Provisional overall…
Guilfoyle Consolidates in Day 2 of Youth Nationals (Photos Here!)
Royal Cork's Seafra Guilfoyle consolidated his position at the top of the Laser 4.7 fleet with a second and sixth placing in  day Two of the Mitsubishi Youth Nationals. Dublin Bay presented more challenging conditions for the 300 sailors than…
Big Seas, Big Photos from Kinsale
Photographer Bob Bateman captured the sailing action from the final day of Kinsale's April league this afternoon and what a finale it turned out to be. Big seas, big winds for a classic Kinsale finish. The Squib class joined for…
Colm Newport is Afloat's Sailor of the Month for April
Captain Colm Newport is the Independent "Sailor of the Month" for April in honour of the key role he played in ensuring the continuity of Irish sail training through a difficult period. Colm Newport was the Master of the…
Doran Leads Day One of Youth Nationals (Plus Photos!)
Courtown's Phliip Doran leads the Laser Radial class after the first day of sailing at the Misubishi Youth National Championships on Dublin Bay today. Scroll down for Gareth Craig's on the water photos. A steady 10 knot north easterly wind…
Baltimore Lifeboat Rescues Man Overboard
The rapid response of the RNLI Baltimore inshore lifeboat averted catastrophe at sea today, when a young fishermen fell overboard 11 miles south of Baltimore harbour. Valentia Coast Guard alerted the Baltimore lifeboat station at 12:43pm and both the inshore…
Cruise Giants to Meet off Cobh
For the first time two cruiseship giants are scheduled to depart and arrive off Cobh at the same time this May Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The largest cruiseship to call to an Irish port the Independence of the…
Video of Basking Shark Tagging
Cork-based boat charter firm Whale of a Time has posted video on its YouTube channel of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) tagging a basking shark from its boat Mischief: Apart from whales, basking sharks are the largest species…
Mariners Advised on West Coast Seismic Survey
The Deparment of Transport's latest marine notice advises seafarers off the west coast to keep a lookout while a 3D seismic survey is conducted over the next three weeks. The vessel M/V Ramform Vanguard that will carry out the work…
Belfast Invests in Port's Future
Belfast Harbour's new corporate plan details investments worth £92m (€103m) in improving the port and supporting renewable energy. Handy Shpping Guide reports that the single biggest investment in the three-year-plan is a £40m (€44.7m) scheme for a logistics terminal to…
Questions for Minister over Haulbowline Dump
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is set to be quizzed over plans to deal with the toxic waste site on Haulbowline island in Cork Harbour, the Irish Examiner reports. As previously reported on, two weeks ago the…
21 Confirmed for ISORA's First Race of 2011
Offshore racing continues its comeback and the first sign of renewal comes tomorrow morning on Dublin Bay when 21 boats muster for the first race of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead. It's all…
Healthy Discounts Give Irish Boat Sales a Lift
Maybe it's the fine weather? Maybe it's Enda Kenny or the IMF? Perhaps it's the sheer good value in boat deals and people determined to get on with life? Whatever it is, the Irish Marine trade is starting to see…
Heritage Boatmen Honoured with River Barrow 2011 Presentation
This year the River Barrow and her sisters, the Nore and the Suir, will greet again some old inland waterways friends, the barges of the Heritage Boat Association (HBA). These barges, or canal boats as they are more accurately known,…
Niall Dowling's New J111 among 100 Boats Bound for Le Havre
The RORC Caribbean 600 was the first points scoring race for the 2011 RORC Season's Points Championship. However, the Cervantes Trophy Race marks the start of the RORC European race circuit with 11 races scheduled for destinations in Northern France,…
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