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Tough Conditions On Day Two Of The 2011 Panerai British Classic Week
Cowes, UK – 18 July 2011 - The crews of the 71 classic yachts competing at Panerai British Classic Week 2011 were delighted when they awoke this morning to discover that yesterday's strong winds had abated somewhat for the sailing…
Howth 17 Rita Sails to Another Win off Howth
DBSC Tuesday + Saturday Series 3 sees Howth Yacht Club domination... 19/07/2011 17 Footer SCRATCH: 1, Rita Curley/Lynch; 2, Hera M & J Duffy; 3, Deilginis Deilginis Group; 17 Footer HCAP: 1, Sheila HYC Inst. Team; 2, Hera M &…
Ruffiian Alias Rises to the Challenge on Dublin Bay
On the eve of the class National Championships at the National Yacht Club this weekend David Meeke skipper of Alias stated his intentions with a win in last night's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Ruffian 23 race. Second was Bruce Carswell's…
Mainport Group adds Supply Seismic Support Vessel to Global Fleet
The Mainport Group, an Irish owned integrated marine services company have bare-boat chartered the AHTS Dina Alliance from Norwegian interests, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dina Alliance is a supply seismic support vessel which is currently on duty servicing three other seismic…
National Canoe Polo Championships - Royal Canal
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Royal Canal that the above National Championships will take place in Richmond Harbour on Sat 23rd. and Sun 24th. July.The following timetable will apply: DateTimeEvent Fri 22 Jul 14.00hrs…
'Malahide Afloat' addition to Malahide Festival
There will be an added nautical flavour to this year’s Malahide Festival with the introduction of a new feature entitled ‘Malahide Afloat’, devised by Malahide Yacht Club and organised on Saturday 23rd July in conjunction with Malahide Marina and Malahide…
Not One Not Two but Three Cruise Callers to Cork
The Port of Cork will be a busy place this Tuesday as three cruiseships are scheduled to dock in the morning and depart this evening, writes Jehan Ashmore. Largest of the trio is P&O Cruises 115,000 tonnes cruise giant Azura, which is…
Successful Debut for the RS100 and RS Feva in Italy
The first Eurosaf Freestyle Championship in RS Feva's and RS 100s took place at Brenzone (Verona) on July 16th and 17th at Lake Garda. The debut event in Italy was created with the aim of being spectacular for the sailors…
Humpback Whales Spotted Off Kerry, Dublin Coasts
Humpback whales have already returned to Irish waters, with recent impressive sightings off Dublin and Kerry, Irish Weather Online reports. According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), a scallop fisherman reported a 'spouting' whale near his boat last…
Celtic Mist Berths at New Home in Co Clare
The Celtic Mist sailed to its new berth at Kilrush in Co Clare on Saturday to begin its new life as a marine research vessel. As previously reported on, the 52-foot yacht was gifted by the Haughey family to…
Kitesurfer Injured in West Cork
A man was hospitalised with serious head injuries after a kitesurfing accident in west Cork on Saturday. The Irish Times reports that the man got into difficulty in high wins while kitesurfing in Courtmacsherry Bay. He was taken…
Search Resumes for Missing Teen on Donegal Coast
Searching resumed at first light this morning for a teenager reported missing last night in Co Donegal. The 17-year-old, believed to be from Derry, was last seen by friends around 1:30am when their group went swimming in Lough Swilly at…
'Malahide Afloat' feature at local Festival
There will be an added nautical flavour to this year’s Malahide Festival with the introduction of a new feature entitled ‘Malahide Afloat’, devised by Malahide Yacht Club and organised on Saturday 23rd July in conjunction with Malahide Marina and Malahide…
Racing Round up: Dragons, British IRCs, Flying Fifteens, WIORA, ISA Youths, Fastnet and Bay racers
Martin Byrne's win in the Edinburgh Cup, Antix crew pipped for IRC honours, Flying fifteens stormbound in Hayling, Joie de Vie is West Coast Champ, Doran's tenth in Croatia, Arabella for Fastnet, Supernova's still winning on the bay. Lots more…
Cahill's Joie de Vie Sails to Victory at WIORA Series, Clifden
The overall winner of the 2011 West Coast Championships (WIORA) is Glen Cahill's "Joie de Vie" of Galway. Cahill won the IRC 1 division. Local boats filled the class two and three slots on IRC.  David Griffin's "Egalite" of Clifden…
Flying Fifteens Stormbound Since Saturday
Ashore since Saturday, over 100 Flying fifteen sailors are waiting to see this morning if westerly gales at Hayling island have abated to allow the first race of the Flying fifteen British National Championships, a pre-cursor to Thursday's World championships.…
Dowling and Smyth to Co-Skipper Royal Irish Yacht Arabella in Fastnet Race
With less than a month to go the Fastnet race Niall Dowling and Nick Smyth will be co skippering the J111 'Arabella' under the burgee of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. 'Arabella' the first J111 in Europe has had an…
Antix Finishes Second at British IRC Championships
Royal Cork's Antix skippered by Anthony O'Leary has finished as runner up in the IRC 1 division at a heavy weather staging of the British IRC Championships this afternoon. With eight bullets in eight races, Peter Rutter and the crew…
Rare Russian Naval Call Due to Dublin Port
A rare naval visitor to Dublin Port is to be made from that of the Russian Navy when the anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Chabaneko (650) is to dock next weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Measuring 8,950 tons full load displacement and 163m/ 534ft…
Facebook Campaign To Bring Tall Ships Back to Cork
Fans of the Tall Ships Races have launched a new Facebook page to campaign for their return to Cork Harbour. Waterford recently celebrated a successful Tall Ships Race weekend, with thousands turning out to welcome the magnificent fleet.…

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