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Afloat.ie: New Swivel Block from Barton
Barton Marine, a leading manufacturer of sail control hardware, are launching a new innovative range of Size '0' Swivel Blocks at the METS 2009 Marine Trade Show in Amsterdam. The new compact range of Barton Swivel Blocks has been specifically…
Afloat.ie: 150-Berth Marina for Glasson
Good news for those in Westmeath who are stuck for moorings: you'll will be glad to hear that Lakeside Marina – with assistance from Waterways Ireland – have received planning permission for a 150-berth marina at Glasson in Co. Westmeath,…
Afloat.ie: DIT Win IUSA Southerns
The second event of the Irish University Sailing Associaton (IUSA) calendar saw 28 teams head to Schull for the IUSA Southerns on the 14th and 15th of November. The event was hosted by the Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre ,…
Afloat.ie:  ICRA - Seven Years On, No Itch
Known for its 'no nonsense' approach, the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) returns to where it all started, for the seventh ICRA conference in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny this Saturday. For an entirely voluntary organisation, it has achieved a lot…
Afloat.ie: Cruising Operators Learn the Tricks of the Online Trade
Tourism body Fáilte Ireland recently held an e-marketing and social media course for inland cruising on the inland waterways operators to help them learn the tricks of the online trade to promote boating holidays in Ireland . The course covered…
Afloat.ie: High Rainfall Poses Risk to Boaters
Waterways Ireland has issued a reminder to skippers that following periods of prolonged rainfall that high flow rates, increased current speeds and water turbulence especially in the vicinity of bridges, weirs, locks, flood gates and other infrastructure will be hazardous…
Afloat.ie: Short-handed sailors to gather
Irish sailors interested in solo and short-handed sailing are to gather in the National Yacht Club next month with a view to promoting the increasingly popular discipline. Two Irish veterans of solo campaigns, Paul O'Riain and Barry Hurley, will talk…
Afloat.ie: Ron Holland to Celebrate 35 Years
Next month international yacht designer Ron Holland hosts a party in Kinsale to say 'Thank You' to the local community for supporting his business there over the past 35 years. The party in aid of the RNLI takes place on…
Afloat.ie: First Match Race Clinic Proposed
The Irish Match Racing Association (IMRA) is looking to gauge the level of interest in a 2 day match racing clinic most likely on Jan 16/17. Bill O'Hara (race officer for the Volvo Ocean Race will chair the clinic with…
Afloat.ie: Forum Topics This Week
Afloat.ie is giving away Henri Lloyd and Helly Hansen hats for good suggestions made on its forum thread 'Brain Waves – ideas to develop our coastline', which is bringing up some interesting ideas. Cimota would love to see colour-coded maps…
Heading West from Cork Harbour to Schull with the warm wind in your hair might sound a little far fetched in November but now really is the time to be making plans for next season (St. Patricks day is only…
Afloat.ie: 'Trials' Give Way to 'Self Selection'
Irish sailing team formation will be left to individual skippers for the 2010 Commodores Cup following a decision at the weekend by the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA). Earlier this year ICRA had signalled trials as a possbility but in…
Afloat.ie: CH Marine Winter League Gets Brisk Breeze
The second day of the RCYC-hosted CH Marine Winter League saw a grey November day, patchy sunshine and a definite brisk SSW breeze, according to Claire Bateman. The pre-start manoeuvres made an impressive sight, and photographer Bob Bateman was there…
Afloat.ie: McMahon Home First in Howth Yacht Club
Runner-up in this year's Laser National Championships, in Howth Yacht Club Paul McMahon, was top of the Laser Winter Series in Howth this afternoon (Sunday 15th November) followed home by Daragh Sheridan of the host club. In the Cruiser class…
Afloat.ie: New Powerboat Club to be Formed
A new power boat in the South-East region (Dungarvan, Ardmore, Youghal, Ballycotton) is to be formed later this month. GoPowerboating will cover all powered watersports: Cruising, Racing, Fishing, Diving, Wakeboarding, etc. The first public meeting will take place on Sunday…
Afloat.ie: Murphy to Deliver Winning Talk
Next weekend's ICRA conference in Kilkenny includes a sailing talk by John Murphy of Kinetic, the Division 2 national champion, on how to prepare a boat for a major regatta. There will also be debate on whether the White Sails…
Afloat.ie: Kennedy and Dyke Win Top DBSC Award
Vivion Kennedy and Mervyn Dyke lifted the Waterhouse Shield this weekend for the most successful Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) yacht in handicap classes. The result was achieved in Cruisers 2 class in the yacht Jawesome II. Among other presentations…
Fours Head Cancelled

Fours Head Cancelled

14th November 2009 Rowing
The Fours Head of the River in London, which would have featured a number of Irish crews, was cancelled because the organisers believed that the unfavourable wind could make conditions dangerous. 
A Finnish built, family sports cruiser with a price that has been slashed by 45% is on the market from HM Yachts in Cork. The 2007 Finnmaster Grandezza 23DC is a good seaboat with a deep V, ideal for day…
Afloat.ie: Minister Cullen Acknowledges VOR Boost
Welcoming today’s report on the Economic and Media evaluation of Ireland’s participation in the Race that was published at the Morrison hotel in Dublin this morning, Minister for the Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr Martin Cullen TD said: “Today’s report…

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