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Top Lifeguards to Compete in Championships
Ireland's top Lifeguards will compete at Irish Water Safety's National Surf Lifesaving Championships at Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal from 9am to 5pm, Saturday 12th and from 10am-12noon, Sunday 13th Sept. Over six hundred competitors from thirteen counties will compete, representing Wicklow,…
Queen's Make a Final in Poland
Queen’s University finished a creditable fifth in the men’s senior eights at the European Universities Championships in Poland. In a high-quality event in Kruszwica, the Belfast crew looked well on course to finish in bronze medal position until big pushes…
Howth Yacht Club Autumn League starts this Sunday
The 2009 Howth Yacht Club Autumn League is scheduled to start its 30th year this Sunday, September 13th. With the forecasters predicting better weather than we’ve had all summer, it represents an ideal opportunity to get some excellent end-of-season racing.…
The SB3s big sister made a return to popularity at its birthplace on the Cork coast last month and now we have video to prove it!  Nearly 20 boats raced for national championship honours and Nicholas O'Leary turned the tables…
ISA Slams 'Loss' of Sea Area Forecast
A Sailing body claims RTE is set to drop 'the most widely used sea area forecast' without any prior warning. The statement from the Irish Sailing Association's training manager says the forecast broadcast each afternoon at 4.50pm plays a critical…
Hoax call sparks large search in Irish Sea
At five minutes to four yesterday afternoon Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from Ambulance Control informing them that they had received a 999 call from a young person reporting that they were on board a small vessel in difficulty…
Coastguard assists Kayakers in Irish Sea
At just before 1.00 pm on Sunday, a 999 call from the Towy Boat Club reported three kayakers struggling in the fast-flowing river Towy having capsized and become parted from their double sit-on kayaks in wind over tide conditions. It…
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…

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