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Supernova Shines Again on Dublin Bay
Last week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta overall winner Supernova did it again today on Dublin Bay this time ousting Asterix for Cruisers III IRC honours in the Dublin Port Dublin Bay Sailing Club league. The Quarter tonner did not win…
Lough Derg Lifeboat Tows Vessel to Safety
At 07.47hrs on Saturday morning, July 16, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat, Toshiba Wave Warrior, went to the assistance of 4 persons on board a 29ft cruiser that had suffered engine failure, but which had dropped anchor to prevent being pushed…
Dukarska's Spectacular Capsize Robs Her of Title
Windy conditions and choppy water played their part in three capsizes in the first session of finals at the National Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork. By far the most important befell Monika Dukarska, who was leading…
Ireland Well Represented at Hayling Island Flying Fifteen Worlds
It's been around for more than 50 years but enthusiasim for sailing's Flying 15 keelboat continues to grow. This weekend will see the start of two weeks of intense competition with the British National and the 18th running of the…
Dillon's Silk Breeze in Top Form in Cork Harbour IRC
On Thursday night sailors were saying "It's a great night to be on the water". A big change from the previous Thursday writes our Cork Harbour Correspondent. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS BY BOB BATEMAN BELOW. The breeze was coming from…
Byrne Lies One Point off Lead as Last Race to be Edinburgh Cup Decider
After today's fifth race Mikhail Muratov and Klaus Diederichs (with Peter O'Leary and David Burrows crewing) are tied on 16 points for the lead at the 2011 Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management. Dun Laoghaire Combination of Martin Byrne…
ISAF Youth Medals Decided, Doran's Tenth is Top Irish Result
The medals in the eight fleets at the 41st ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Zadar, Croatia have been decided following a dramatic final day. Ireland's team of three take home one overall result in the top ten, an 11th…
Skibbereen Keep the Heat On at National Rowing Championships
Skibbereen brought their titles up to five for the first two days of the National Rowing Championships in Cork by taking the women’s senior pair through Christine Fitzerald and Denise Walsh and combining with Lee Valley to win the men’s…
Ireland Join Huge Entry at Under-23 World Rowing Championships
The World Under-23 Rowing Championships, which begins on Wednesday in Amsterdam, have drawn a record number of 63 competing nations. Last year Ireland took a silver medal in the lightweight quadruple scull and we will be again represented in this…
UCD Fume as Crew Disqualified From National Rowing Championships
The rain came to the National Rowing Centre yesterday, but the good racing at the National Rowing Championships continued – and there was even a raging controversy as UCD’ s  men’s intermediate eight was disqualified from the semi-finals after the…
Irish Lead Mission to Find New Life on the Ocean Floor
A new Irish-led marine research mission has set off to discover strange new lifeforms that inhabit the deepest parts of our oceans. http://www.afloat.ie/resources/business/marine-science/ In collaboration with scientists from the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, the team sailed from Galway earlier this…
Children Rescued From Co Down Waters
Four teenagers were rescued in Co Down last weekend when they were cut off by the tide, the News Letter reports. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/local/children_rescued_after_sea_dramas_1_2853172 The teens were caught up to their shoulders in water at Ardilea on Saturday evening when they…
Greystones to get 'Best Launching Facilites' in Ireland says Councillor
The 'best public boat launching facilities in Ireland' will be provided in a final Greystones Harbour Plan released today, according to Fine Gael Concillor Derek Mitchell. Having consulted with the community Sispar has produced their final plan for the Harbour…
New €1.5m Rail-Spur for Dublin Port
The opening this week of a new rail-spur in Dublin Port by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar T.D.,brings a boost to rail freight competitiveness, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dublin Port Company invested €1.5m for the 1.6km long rail-spur expansion which links…
Kieler Yacht-Club Discussion on New European Sailing Circuit
Representatives of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF) met at the Kieler Yacht-Club with representatives of major European sailing events and the German Sailing Association (Deutscher Segler-Verband, DSV) to discuss the future of the European…
Collision Costs Byrne but Sorensen Improves at Dragon Edinburgh Cup
Royal St. George Commodore Martin Byrne's day got off to a tricky start on the second day of the 2011 Dragon Edinburgh Cup yesterday when he and his crew Pedro Andrade and Adam Winkelmann found themselves close to colliding with…
Murphy Stays in Top Ten at Youth Worlds
In spite of two thirtieth places scored in today's penultimate rounds Irish sailor Sophie Murphy stays in the top ten of the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia. The Royal St George Yacht Club and Quoile Yacht Club Laser single-hander…
Bangor Coastguard Centre Saved from the Chop
Northern Ireland's only dedicated search and rescue command centre has been saved from closure following a review of plans to streamline the UK's coastguard network. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/item/15940-decision-on-uk-coastguard-cuts-next-month/ BBC News reports that UK Transport Minister Phillip Hammond told the House of…
Shooter Completes Solo Circumnavigation of Ireland by Kayak
Well-wishers broke out the champagne to welcome home Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander as she completed her solo circumnavigation of Ireland by kayak yesterday. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/item/16168-shooter-nears-the-finish-line-in-solo-kayak-challenge/ http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ The first woman from Northern Ireland to complete such a feat, Shooter landed at County Antrim…
UCD Take Fours Title and Put Henley Defeat Behind Them
UCD won the senior fours title at the National Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, beating NUIG/Grainne Mhaol into second – reversing the result when the two crews met at Henley Royal Regatta. The margin was an…

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