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Cork Clipper arrives in Hull
The Irish Yacht, Cork, one of ten stripped-down 68 foot ocean racing yachts sailed past The Deep, the iconic ‘submarium’ visitor attraction in Hull, North Yorkshire, UK, in readiness for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. “The crew…
Mini interview: O'Connell on Match Racing
Sailmaker Maurice O'Connell took part in the Dublin Match Racing Open at Howth in July and the Leinster Championships in August. Here he answers a few questions about the new circuit that is winning fans around the country. Prof, You're…
Connemara sailor dies in capsize
A Connemara sailor has died and his brother was taken to hospital, following the capsize of their vessel in Galway Bay yesterday. The Gleoiteog McHugh was one of two Carna-based traditional craft en route from Kinvara to Rossaveal when it…
Murphy is Sailor of the Month
Annalise Murphy is the Irish Independent/Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for August after her impressive showing in the Laser Radial Worlds in Japan. Racing in the first week of August, the 19-year-old National Yacht Club sailor was advancing a potential…
'Weather Eye: The Final Year' is a collection of the last 100 columns penned for the popular Irish Times columm series – which ran for almost two decades – by the late Brendan McWilliams. Mark Twain’s comment that ‘everybody talks…
New discount from TransEurope Marinas
TransEurope Marinas, the pan-European marina grouping that offers half price reciprocal visitor berthing rates to its members' customers, has recently expanded the number of member marinas to 35. Members in the Republic of Ireland include Malahide and Kilrush. Recent additions…
Donaghdee Sailing Club opens new Clubhouse
Double Olympic Gold Medalist Shirley Robertson will open a new clubhouse on Belfast Lough next Friday, September 11th. The Scottish sailor will officiate at the ceremony for Donaghdee Sailing Club's new clubhouse at 2pm.
Boyd heads up Canadian Yachting Association
After a five-year spell in the marine industry preceded by 16 years as Chief Executive of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA), administrator Paddy Boyd has taken up the post of Chief Executive Officer with the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) with…
SB3 worlds not on same scale as Dublin
SB3 sailors at home are asking if those behind the International Class Association are going 'too far too soon' with the new design. After a massive inaugural World Championship in Dun Laoghaire last year with 136 entries, the 2009 event…
Lifeboats launch to Dromineer Bay
Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched at 12:30hrs yesterday (September 3rd) following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist two persons on board a yacht aground in Dromineer Bay, and two persons on board a cruiser who were in also…
Sail Training to disappear
It was only 12 months ago that both of Ireland's Tall Ships were on passages around this coast, calling regularly at ports and harbours, a reminder of our seafaring tradition. Just one year later though, the fate of both ships…
RNLI memorial pays tribute to lost Irish lifesavers
Flags at RNLI lifeboat stations have been lowered today (Thursday 3 September) as a unique memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives while helping to save others at sea, is unveiled outside the Lifeboat college in Dorset. Of the…
Titanic provision for Lifeboat station on Seascapes
Tom MacSweeney and his team on Seascapes this Friday (September 4th, 2009, at 10.30pm) tell the story of how a family connection with the Titanic led an English lady to provide the money for an Irish lifeboat station. Also on…
Mini Wednesday results from Howth Yacht Club
HOWTH YACHT CLUB – SEPTEMBER MINI WEDNESDAY (RACE) 2/9/2009. Class 1 IRC – 1 Tiger, Hughes/Harris, 2 Makutu, Doyle/Others, 3 Crazy Horse, A. Chambers. Class 1 HPH – 1 Makutu, Doyle/Others, 2 Tiger, 3 Crazy Horse. Class 2 IRC –…
King One flew HYC flag high at Half Ton Classic Cup in Belgium
Eventually finishing fourth at the Half Ton Classic Cup in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, out of a fleet of 23 comprising boats from the UK, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Spain and Holland, the crew confirmed the myth having won the initial practice…
'No pro' rule to be enforced at Cork Week
Cork week 2010 will strictly enforce its no pro rule next year to ensure only 'Corinthian' sailors helm in the bulk of competing sailing classes. Measures are also being taken to ensure the week is to become less expensive according…
Missing marker on Inchinalee Island - notice withdrawn
Marine Notice No. 96 of 2009 – the missing marker on the inland waterway  Shannon Navigation/Inchinalee Island/Clonmacnoise – is now withdrawn.
Hard work pays off at Clifden Regatta 2009
After hosting the West Coast Championships for two consecutive years, Clifden Boat Club were well prepared for their 2009 local regatta on the 8th and 9th of August. The organising team worked hard in the months coming up to the…
Take on the Rib Challenge at Courtown
The first qualifier for the 2009 ISA Yachtsman euromarine RIB Challenge takes place in Courtown Sailing Club on Sunday 6th of September. Yachtsman euromarine have – again – donated a RIB as the grand prize. Make sure your organisation is…
Baptism of fire for Topper sailors at Laser Nationals
The Irish Laser Nationals at Lough Derg YC surpassed expectations of entry numbers to host four days of racing for 160 Laser sailors from all over Ireland last week. Shifty and gusty conditions on the lake provided challenging tactical conditions…

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