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Galway Stopover seeking discounts on debt
The company set up to run the Galway Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, Let's Do It Galway, has yet to pay several suppliers and is looking for discounts on monies owed. Report via Barry O'Halloran of the Irish Times.
Season's DBSC end draws close
It's the beginning of the end tomorrow, with DBSC hosting the last of the Tuesday night dinghy races on Dublin Bay, and a tribute to the late John Biggs, a long-serving DBSC volunteer who passed away earlier in the year. …
Crinniú na mBád 2009
Kinvara in Co. Galway had a successful Crinniú na mBád 2009 festival (August 21–23), the traditional boats attracting many entrants and spectators. Meaning 'Gathering of the Boats', Crinniú na mBád is held every August and brings us back in time…
Legally Brunette bound for Malta
June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race winner Legally Brunette has entered the Rolex Middle Sea Race. In fact, skipper Cathal Drohan decided to enter the instant he tied up in Grand Harbour in 2008 after their first participation. Ten out…
Guilfoyle is top of the Ops
Crosshaven's Seafra Guilfoyle emerged as the convincing champion at the Mitsubishi Optimist Nationals over the weekend, leading a trio of Cork sailors onto the Opi podium. Guilfoyle, at just 13 years of age, counted only third place finishes or better, …
J80s Match Racing - what works
The last couple of match racing events in the SailFleet J80s have been sailed in some challenging conditions. It’s been noticeable how the teams have had to improve their boat handling dramatically to meet the challenge. Here are some notes…
Help needed for Channel Swim team
The Irish Cancer Society are hoping to raise urgently-needed funds this September from the attempts of three relay teams from Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM) to swim the English Channel. Hard training is going on and, whilst ILIM is not…
Adaptive Crews Set for Repechages
Two adaptive crews competed for Ireland at the World Championships in Poland today. The trunks and arms mixed double of Vincent Culhane and Karen Cromie finished fifth of five in a heat won by Brazil. The legs, trunk and arms…
Cruisers out in force for Saturday DBSC Racing
A busy Saturday for Dublin Bay Sailing Club – lots of racing in near-perfect conditions brought out the best in Extremity, Tiamat, Something Else and Gung Ho, to name but a few. Full results over the fold. DUBLIN PORT Dublin…
Casey Lands Difficult Draw
Sean Casey must finish ahead of at least one silver medallist from Beijing if he's to qualify for the A/B semi-finals of the single scull at the World Championships. Casey’s fifth-place finish in the heat on the single sculls in…
Casey Fifth in World Champs Heat
Sean Casey finished fifth in his heat at the World Rowing Championships in Poznan in Poland.  He will compete in the repechages on Tuesday to seek a place in Thursday’s A/B Semi-Finals. Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand, the reigning world…
Last week in August events
We’ve championships to spare this week – Fireballs in France (if you happen to be there), 1720s in Baltimore, Laser Nationals in Lough Derg, Etchells at Howth, Squibs in Dun Laoghaire, and GP14s in Sligo. What a wealth! Adding to…
Friday night on the radio...
There's a diverse range of subjects up for discussion on Seascapes this Friday (August 21st) – one being the ageless problem of fatigue amongst seafarers and ways to combat the exhaustion that results from long arduous hours at sea. And…
RNLI Benefit Night at Poolbeg Y&BC
Hosted by Betty Boop (John Alvey, Clodagh Whelan, Mark Alvey and James Ryan), who had to be towed 50 miles by the Dunmore East Lifeboat after their rudder broke off on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, Poolbeg Yacht &…
Avalon's day at Dublin Bay
Thursday sailing at Dublin Bay took place in 12–15kt easterlies, with Avalon, Contango and Supernova taking two firsts in their respective classes. Please note: the final dinghy sailing supper of the season will take place in the DMYC immediately after racing…
Bring the Kids to see the Hookers
Now that we have your attention, we should point out that it's Galway's lovely, creaking red-sailed ladies of the sea we're talking about. Not the other kind. The annual Cruinniu na mBad begins this evening in Kinvara, with racing on…
European Fireball bronze for Rowan
Dun Laoghaire sailor Francis Rowan and his helm Tom Gillard took third place at the Fireball European championships in La Rochelle today, finishing with a lacklustre 28th and 25th, but doing enough to hold off the British sailing pairing of…
Cork sailors lead three fleets
Two seconds and a first gave Cork sailor Seafra Guilfoyle the lead at halfway stage of the Mitsubish Optimist National Championships today. The Crosshaven teen, who still has two years left in the Optimist, discarded his jittery 26th from the…
Clipper sailors will fly Cork colours around the world
On Saturday August 8, 25 people from Ireland, UK, and Germany arrived in Cork in advance of the biggest challenge of their lives. They will sail onboard the Cork Clipper boat in the Clipper 09–10 Round the World Yacht Race…
Roaringwater Bay to Get Freight Service
Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has sanctioned a grant of €35,000 for Sherkin Island Development Society to provide a freight service for Oileán Cléire, Long Island, Sherkin Island and Hare Island. This funding will…

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