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Largest Ever Fleet of National 18s Assemble at RCYC
Every four years the National 18 Championship or as it is known, the Cock O'the North, comes to Crosshaven and this year Class Captain Peter O'Donovan had the brainwave to stage a reunion for the Class writes Claire Bateman. Much…
McKee and Smyth Lead Irish hopes at Flying Fifteen Worlds
Brian McKee and Ian Smyth lead Irish hopes after five races sailed at the Flying Fifteen World championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club this morning. The Strangford Lough pair have had a consistent string of results in a mainly patchy…
Diane II Races to Ruffian Success on Dublin Bay
Taking the Ruffian prize at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta two weeks ago, Class vice-captain Alan Claffey sailing Diane II added the national title yesterday after a three day series on Dublin Bay. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS BY GARETH CRAIG. The…
Royal Cork Counts Down to National 18 Sailing Championships 2011
At Royal Cork Yacht Club there is a great air of activity and a palpable excitement in the air writes Claire Bateman. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS BY BOB BATEMAN. Hacksaws were sawing at a great rate, fittings were being screwed…
Irish Junior Women Win at Home International Rowing
Ireland successfully defended their Junior Women's title at the Home International Regatta in Scotland on Saturday. However, England took the other three categories, and Ireland could only finish fourth in the men's senior ranks and third in the women's. The…
1984 Sigma New On Our Boats for Sale Site
New to afloat boats for sale this week is a 1984 Sigma 33  'Ay Caramba' meticulously maintained by her owners for racing and cruising. This is an excellent example and a bit of a rarity as this Sigma has not…
Dilleen Tenth Overall at World Under-23 Rowing
Ireland’s Lisa Dilleen finished 10th overall in the women’s single scull at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Amsterdam this morning. The 20-year-old Galway women led in the early stages of the B Final (places seven to 12) but faded…
Sisk's Wow Sails to Victory in DBSC Race
George Sisk's new Wow sailed to success in the Crusiers Zero divison of the Dublin Port sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club race this afternoon. The new J111 that sailed its first race in July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta beat Vincent…
Cruiseship Calls to Dublin Includes Ship-to-Ship Refuelling
Cruiseships of varying size, vintage and design were all represented in Dublin Port today, as they surrounded the berths at Ocean Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to make an appearance in the early hours was Princess Cruises Dawn Princess (built…
Concerns Over Belfast Coastguard Jobs
Concerns persist over the future for Northern Ireland’s coastguard service staff - despite the British government backing down from plans to close the Bangor search and rescue centre. http://afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ http://afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Bregenz House station was…
Angling Classic Among Items Auctioned from Hanna Collection
A 19th-century book on angling fetched €820 at an auction of bookseller Fred Hanna's private collection earlier this week, The Irish Times reports. http://afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0723/1224301182026.html The classic title The Erne, Its Legends and Its Fly Fishing by the Rev Henry…
Pilot Whales Returned to Sea, But 25 Die
Forty-four stranded pilot whales have been returned to open water after a mass beaching in the Scottish Highlands, The Independent reports. Medics from British Divers Marine Life Rescue joined the coastguard and navy working  through the night to right whales…
Kerry Makes Moves to Promote Angling
A recent series of workshops was hosted in Kerry aimed at training angling guides to develop the sport in the Kingdom. http://afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ The Kerryman reports that 15 potential guides participated in the six-day programme on the River Laune, led by…
Ireland Pipped on Line by Britain in B Final
Ireland were pipped on the line by Britain in the B Final of the lightweight quadruple sculls at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. Ireland took the lead within metres of the finish only for Britain to come through…
Ireland Miss Out on A Finals at World Under-23 Rowing
Ireland will not have an A Finalist at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships. Lisa Dilleen finished fifth in the semi-final of the women’s single scull and Sarah Dolan and Claire Lambe sixth in their semi-final of the lightweight double scull…
Quadruple Misses Out on Semi-Final in Amsterdam
Ireland’s men’s lightweight quadruple scull failed to join the two women’s crews in the semi-finals of the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Amsterdam. The crew of Shane O’Driscoll, Niall Kenny, Peter Hanily and Justin Ryan could only finish fifth in…
Irish Women Power into World Under-23 Rowing Semi-Finals
Ireland’s two women’s boats, the lightweight double scull and the single scull, will both compete in the semi-finals at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Amsterdam after good results in repechages today. Claire Lambe and Sarah Dolan passed three boats…
Sun Shines for RCYC Thursday Racing
Last night the sailors in the Royal Cork Timberland League were saying "What's happening in the world, nice weather two Thursdays in a row?". The breeze was coming from the North 8 to 15 knots. Full main and a light…
Nothing Fishy About Donard Pupils' Prizewinning Musical
Pupils at Donard National School fended off competition from across Ireland to win a coveted prize in the Inland Fisheries Ireland 'Something Fishy' competition for 2011, the New Ross Standard reports. http://www.newrossstandard.ie/news/something-fishy-award-for-donard-ns-pupils-2819254.html Wexford footballer Brian Malone presented fifth and sixth…
Come-And-Try Kayak Day for Special Olympics Hopefuls
Canoeing Ireland's recent come-and-try kayak day for potential Special Olympians was a success all round, according to organisers. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/canoeing/ http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ Hoping to emulate the success of kayakers at the recent Special Olympics Summer Games in Athens, newcomers at the Irish…

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