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Long, slow finish

Long, slow finish

14th August 2009 Racing
Typically the Rolex Fastnet Race is all but concluded by the Friday morning, five days after the start. But by this morning, only around one third of the fleet have reached the finish off Plymouth, for the Royal Ocean Racing…
Dun Laoghaire East Pier Battery to open to the Public
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is to open the East Pier Battery to the public later this month as part of a plan to develop the battery as a major cultural and heirtage centre.
Shannagh Tops the DBSC Ruffians
A full tide and light southerly winds gently swept Shannagh (S.Gill/P.MacDiarmada) to a win in tonight's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Ruffian race. Second in the Ruffian race was Larry Power's Paramour. The combined cruiser and one design classes headed south…
Ran 2 confirmed overall Fastnet winner
This afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of the biennial British 608-mile classic offshore race, confirmed that Niklas Zennström’s Ran 2 is the overall handicap winner of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. Zennström’s Judel-Vrolijk designed 72-footer finished the race…
Focus Ireland Triathlon raises vital funds
One-hundred-and-fifty participants donned their swimming, cycling and running gear at Grand Canal Square in Dublin's Docklands on the August bank holiday weekend to take part in the Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon supported by Dublin’s Q102. The Focus Ireland Triathlon is…
WI Rowing Regatta Gets Crowded!
Carrick-on-Shannon's Annual Rowing event, the Waterways Ireland Sprint Rowing Regatta, took place on the August bank holiday week-end and attracted a large entry from all around the country. Three-hundred-and-fifty people entered, up approximately 10% on 2008, with the four corners…
Low pressure springs surprises for Figaro
Equipped with only the most limited means of communication with the outside world, life can be full of surprises for the solo skipper in La Solitaire du Figaro – and not all of them welcome. Just one such bolt from…
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed there will be 10 sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme…
Yacht towed to safety at Ballycotton harbour
A yacht with three people on board has been towed to safety off the south-west coast after getting into difficulty earlier today (13th August 2009). Ballycotton Lifeboat and a Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter were launched to locate and assist the…
Plymouth welcomes Fastnet after busy night
This morning (Thursday 13th August), the tally of arrivals on the Rolex Fastnet Race is up to 43 after a busy night with the leading boats in the Class 40 and Zero fleets arriving. Making possibly the best entrance last…
Boating course at Sallynoggin College
Sailing and boating is more accessible than ever before, especially when local educational establishments are running courses in the skill. Sallynoggin College of Further Education in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, are doing a ten-week Autumn night class: Introduction to Boating…
Lifeboat Sea Safety Roadshow visits Clifden
If you have a lifejacket (or lifejackets) why not bring it (or them) along to the Lifeboat Sea Safety Roadshow on Sunday 16th August at the square in Clifden? You can get a free condition check of any lifejacket and…
Heading Home

Heading Home

12th August 2009 Racing
A steady influx of boats has continued to stream into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth’s historic Barbican quarter today, the first finishers in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. At the end of the afternoon, 17 boats have arrived including eight IMOCA…
The ‘Figaristes’ Dilemma - Short Term Gain or Long-Term Profit ?
The sun put in a brief reappearance yesterday evening, but ever since it has been a return to unremitting greyness and damp for the 52 skippers making their way from France to Dingle, on Ireland’s west coast – a phenomenon…
Tall Ships at Belfast for Seascapes
This Friday (August 14) Seascapes reports from a port steeped in maritime history – Belfast, where the Tall Ships’ Atlantic Challenge Race has arrived. As well as talking to those sailing the tall ships, Tom MacSweeney will discuss the economic…
First arrivals

First arrivals

12th August 2009 Racing
Property developer Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard secured a second consecutive line honours victory in the Rolex Fastnet Race in the early hours of this morning. With the mixed conditions the 100ft super-maxi was considerably behind the course record she set…
100ft super-maxi first home in prestigious offshore race
On Wednesday 12th August at 01:09:36 BST ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line to take line honours in the Fastnet race for the second consecutive time. The 100ft super-maxi racing yacht, owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade,…
Finn sailors celebrate sixty years
For three days this coming weekend (14th–16th August 2009), Uppsala in Sweden will become the centre of the universe for Finn sailors. Sixty years ago in 1949 the first Finn was launched there by its designer Rickard Sarby in his…
Winter Sun Sailing Breaks
If you've no plans for a break during the summer itself, Damien Ward of Globe Yachting and Aaron O'Grady of Leaders Charter in Westport have put their heads together and came up with a plan for Aaron's Luxury Charter Yacht,…
Clifden Regatta 2009 'great success'!
With 22 yachts racing in two classes, Clifden Boat Club's Annual Regatta was an excellent event this year. Overall winners were Clifden's own Hallmark in IRC and Optique, of Galway, in Echo. Full Overall results? Class 1 IRC, Class 1…

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