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Ferry With 'Tourist Office' Celebrates 100,000th Passenger
Operators of the Cork-Swansea port route, Fastnet Line celebrated their 100,000th passenger late last month, after opening the service in March 2010, writes Jehan Ashmore. While down on its initially forecasted target, it should be noted that, between January to…
Marine Notice: Kilcock Polo Club Competition
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Royal Canal that Kilcock Canoe Polo Club intend to hold Canoe Polo competitions on 16th and 17th July between 0900 hrs 17:00 hrs. Boat Movements in the Kilcock Harbour…
Kenefick's Tiger Fourth at Cowes Quarter Ton Cup
With two races completed at the end of Day 1, only 7 points separate the top 6 teams at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup . Rob Gray's 'Aquila' holds the overall lead with a total five points, tied with Louise…
Murphy Closest to Top Ten as Youth Worlds Reach Half Way Stage
Laser Radial Girl Sophie Murphy is closest to Ireland's goal of sailing to a top ten result at this week's  ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia where conditions at the halfway stage continue to be light and tricky. The event has…
Dublin Student Takes Gold At Wakeboard Music Festival
The Wakestock Music Wakeboard Festival staged at the weekend in Abersoch in Wales is the biggest of its kind in Europe. The top Wakeboard Riders in the World compete at Wakestock and with the Wakeboard World Championships in Milan, Italy,…
Celtic Mist to Berth in Kilrush Creek Marina, Co Clare
Ireland's newest research vessel Celtic Mist will arrive at Kilrush Creek Marina on 16 July. The yacht was a gift to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) from the Haughey family and was made famous by former Taoiseach Charles…
Sailing to Success on Supernova
She maybe old but she's still a fast one. Don't let the fact that a 33-year old local yacht took top prize from a combined fleet of 420 competitors at Ireland's biggest sailing regatta, the Volvo regatta in Dun Laoghaire…
Puma Finishes Transatlantic Race
The Puma Ocean Sailing team completed their Atlantic crossing early Monday morning, July 11, at 05:40 UTC to finish the Transatlantic Race 2011. PUMA's Mar Mostro was the second boat to cross the finish line at Lizard Point, Cornwall, U.K.,…
New Visitor Centre in Dunbrody Opened by Michael Flatley and Minister for Tourism
Ireland’s first National Centre for Emigration History entitled “Dunbrody, An Irish American Story,” which incorporates the Irish America Hall of Fame has opened in Wexford.This new state of the art visitor centre was constructed in a brand new, 1500 square…
Waterford Men Brave the Atlantic For Charity
Favourable wind conditions, the summer sun and the inviting blue sea is calling Waterford man, Michael Murphy and Cork based, Darren Nicholson to set sail on one of the most prestigious sailing events for amateur competitors in the world –…
Racing Round up: Dun Laoghaire Regatta, ISAF Youths, Optimists, Paralympic, RORC, WIORA, Quarter Ton, Kiteboarding.
In one of the busiest racing weekends of the Irish sailing calendar a vintage Quarter tonner sailed by six friends lifted the top prize in Dun Laoghaire. We report on Supernova's success. In a weekend of extremes for the biennial…
Four Oppy Fleets Take to the Water in Crosshaven
There was fun on the river at Crosshaven for the Second Saturday of Royal Cork's Optimist July League for all four fleets Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper. Three races were sailed starting out very light and ending up with about…
Going West Paid for RORC Yachts
The 164-mile race to St Malo from Cowes is one of the most popular races in the RORC Season's Points Championship and this year 177 yachts entered the race. It was a spectacular start from the Squadron Line. The impressive…
Murphy Wins Laser Radial Race at Youth Worlds
Very light conditions prevail at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia as they do at home but Northern Irish Laser Radial sailor Sophie Murphy held her nerve to deliver a race win in the second race of the day…
Supernova is Overall Winner of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Local success is being toasted in Dun Laoghaire tonight following the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta prizegiving this afternoon. SCROLL DOWN FOR PRIZEGIVING PHOTOS by Gareth Craig. The bulk of the major trophies were divided among sailors from the waterfront Dublin…
Shooter Nears the Finish Line in Solo Kayak Challenge
Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander is set for hero’s welcome this week as she becomes the first woman from Northern Ireland to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by kayak. http://afloat.ie/watersport/canoeing/item/15418-shooter-gets-ready-to-kayak-round-ireland/ http://afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ The solo paddler is expected to reach the finish line at…
Dubarry Profits On the Rise
Shoe manufacturer Dubarry saw a 44 per cent increase in overseas sales last year, The Irish Times reports. The firm, which is a long-time supporter of sailing in Ireland, reported pretax profits of €1.95 million on revenue that topped the…
Medals for Irish Kayakers at Athens Special Olympics
The Irish team returned to a warm welcome last week after their success at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, winning an incredible total of 107 medals - 31 of them gold. The medal haul included a number…
Five Rescued When Yacht Gets Tangled in Galway Bay
The Irish Examiner reports that three man have been rescued after their yacht got into difficulty near Furbo in Galway Bay this afternoon. http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/three-rescued-off-galway-coast-512236.html http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/ Galway's RNLI lifeboat was dispatched to retrieve the men after their distress call to the…
Kiteboarding Takes its Place in Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta showcased the dynamic new sport of Kiteboarding off Seapoint on Saturday. This year's regatta sees the launch of a brand new class, Kiteboard Course Racing. Many of you will be familiar with the mutlicoloured spectacle of…

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