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One Third of Fastnet Fleet Cross the Line Within Two Hours
A shut-down of the wind and a foul tide just short of the finish line made for a challenging few hours for the Royal Ocean Racing Club race team as an armada of Rolex Fastnet Race competitors descended on the…
Go Fishing in Ireland - an 'Angler's Paradise'
DiscoverIreland guest blogger Kirsten Fruit has posted a quick guide highlighting Ireland's abundance of world-class angling spots. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ "For years, fishing fanatics from around the world have found a haven of sorts in Ireland’s waterways," she writes, "and it isn’t…
‘Family Fun Day’ in Dun Laoghaire
The Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire is organising a 'Family Fun Day' this Sunday 21 August, writes Jehan Ashmore. The event will be held on Carlisle Pier between 11am-5pm where various stalls will be selling their wares in addition there…
Seasick Sailors Rescued Off Channel Islands
BBC News reports that two seasick sailors and their yacht had to be towed to safety yesterday by the Alderney lifeboat in the Channel Islands. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-14588649 The 12m yacht Astazou - which was returning to mainland England from Guernsey -…
Fin Whales Come Closer to Kerry Coast
Though they failed to track down the elusive humpback whales, IWDG members were recently treated to their first sighting of fin whales in Co Kerry's inshore waters. With permission from the Haughey family to land on Inis Mhic Aoibhleáin -…
Injured Fisherman Airlifted to Hospital by Shannon Coastguard
An injured man fisherman airlifted to hospital yesterday from a boat off Kerry coast, The Irish Times reports. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0818/breaking56.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to assist the crewmember on the UK-registered fishing vessel Achieve, some 110 miles…
Flares No Help to Mayo Fishermen Stranded at Sea - MCIB Report
Two Mayo fishermen stranded at sea after their boat capsized were not assisted after they used flares, a Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report has found. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/mcib/ The report, released earlier this week, recounted that the 33m crabber Léim an…
School of Dolphins Help Toppers on Their Way
Sailors arrived for day four of the 2011 Sovereign Ski Topper World Championship at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire to a flat sea and no wind writes Phil Harland. With increasing cloud cover there was no sea breeze…
D-Tox on Form in O'Leary Insurance League
There was a nice sized fleet sailing in Cork Harbour last night for the third race of Royal Cork's 'O'Leary Insurances League', a race that was even calmer than last Thursday writes our Cork Harbour Correspondent. The start was about…
Howth's King One Among 38 Entries to Contest Half ton Classics Cup
Dave Cullen's King One is Ireland's single entry in to this year's Half Ton Classic Cup 2011. With 38 entries from seven nations already confirmed the Cup to be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes from Sunday 21st…
Norwegian Tallship Opens to the Public in Dublin Docklands
The arrival of the largest and oldest Norwegian tallship the barque S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl into Dublin Port yesterday made for an impressive sight, even without her sails set, writes Jehan Ashmore. At nearly a century-old the square-rigged ship eased her…
New Improved Irish Boats for Sale Site
We've upgraded Afloat's boats for sale site to feature a new and simple upload to add your boat to the site. Your feed back told us that you're fed up with 'free ad' sites cluttered with junk. You asked for…
30 Boats Expected for Dun Laoghaire Fireball Dinghy Nationals
What is it? It has the potential to be more than 50% bigger that Carlingford! It could be 2.5 times bigger than Dun Laoghaire! It could even be twice as big as Belfast Lough! And it will take up 50%…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Celebrates 180th Birthday
The Royal Irish Yacht Club celebrates its 180th birthday tomorrow, the oldest club in Dun Laoghaire harbour gives a nod to its 1831 roots with celebrations starting with a 'Victorian' themed breakfast. Back then the club might have been able…
Piracy Threat Forces Volvo Ocean Race Route Change
The escalating piracy problem in the Indian Ocean has forced organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 to redraw the routes for the second and third legs. The boats were due to have sailed through an East African corridor in…
Rán - First Back to Back Victory in 50 Years
Niklas Zennström's RÁN have been confirmed as overall winners of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race and the prestigious Fastnet Challenge Cup. Rolex/Daniel Forster For the first time in more than 50 years, the Rolex Fastnet Race has a back-to-back handicap…
Donnelly and Clapp top of Optimist senior and junior ranks
Three races in light north-easterly breezes were completed on the third day of the Image Skincare Irish Optimist Championship at Howth and it’s now a case of Irish boats dominating the senior division and British ones to the fore in…
Key Yachting Issue Their Fastnet Top Twenty
UK and Ireland importers of J boats, Key Yachting Ltd are celebrating a good showing for both their J boats and Grand Soleil ranges in this week's Fastnet race. The UK firm has issued the following press statement capitalising on…
Coast Guard in Fourth Medical Evacuation This Week
The Irish Coast Guard is currently involved in its fourth medical evacuation this week (and it's second in 24hrs) as it evacuates an injured crew member from a fishing vessel off the Irish coast. The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter this…
Tight Finishes as 82 Boats Cross the Line, 200 Still Sailing in 2011 Fastnet Race
After an extremely quiet 24 hours, from last night boats have been streaming into Plymouth, with over 50 boats finishing between midnight and noon. There have been some tight finishes in this Rolex Fastnet Race between the Volvo Open 70s…

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