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A SUCCESSFUL 'ON THE WATER' EXPERIMENT Two years ago, we experimented with an On the Water Boat Show in April, and we were quite successful. So much so, that after many hours of deliberations, we decided to try to build…
We are delighted to sponsor this year’s On the Water Boat Show. As Ireland’s leading provider of marine asset finance, Lombard remains a committed partner to the Irish Marine Federation and all its members.
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is the national organisation representing both commercial and leisure sectors of the marine industry in Ireland. The IMF is affiliated to the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) which provides the Secretariat from its Dublin…
The Green Team celebrated the completion of their new Volvo 70 with a party at the McConaghy boatyard in China over the weekend. The boat, designed by American shipwrights Reichel Pugh, is due to be loaded for transportation on Thursday…
PETER DOBBS - ACCOMPLISHED SAILOR AND CHANDLER In his self-effacing way, Peter Dobbs (1920–2008) was active in many areas of Irish life afloat. He was a son of the rectory. His father – a Church of Ireland canon – was…
TOM JOYCE - BREATH OF FRESH ATLANTIC AIR The news of Tom Joyce’s sudden death in the Aran Islands at the end of November was a real shock. Though aged only 48, Tom had been a leading figure in west…
PAT MOORE - LIFE OF ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM Pat Moore lived life at full speed both afloat and ashore, and he lived several lives at once. He burned with energy and enthusiasm. From one of Howth’s long-established fishing families, his…
Much of the content of this excellent magazine is about happenings on that nasty lumpy salty wet stuff you get on the outside of the island. Here in this corner, we deal with boating for sane people: people who have…
Where Bavaria once had the 35 and 38, there is now just a 37 – but she’s impressive, writes Tony Jones Way back in 2004 – when Ireland was covered in trees and Dublin the domain of dinosaurs – there…
The Monte Carlo 37 claims to offer great value and an easy ride.Tony Jones assesses the latest entrant to an increasingly competitive market. Two things allow the Monte Carlo 37 to stand out from the crowd: the highly attractive starting…
The Aquador 28 Cabin from MGM Marine has just made its Irish debut into a market that has seen great success for its little sister, the Aquador 26HT. Over 150 26s have been sold, making it one of the most…
Last August, an old Tornado 7.4 with twin 115 Yamahas left Co. Kerry for a 19-hour white-knuckle ride around Ireland. Phillip Fitzgibbon recalls the day that now seems like == ***2a dream
Electronic navigation has developed to the point where navigators now use electronics as the primary navigation system. The combination of radar and the electronic chart would appear to give the navigator all the information he or she needs for safe…
If we wanted tangible evidence of the way that Ireland is changing in prosperity, then this energetically revised 11th Edition of the Irish Cruising Club’s East and North Coast Guide provides more than enough to be sailing along with. Describing…
Entries for July’s ACC Bank Cork Week are already stacking up, and in addition to a rush into the Laser SB3 Class at the south end of the size band, there’s a formidable line-up of seriously-raced big boats. The word…
Only time will tell which team will win the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race but one thing is certain; when they line up on at the start in Alicante on October 4, a huge amount of preparation and hard work will…
You wait all day for a bus and then two come along at once. Just like the Number 7, there’s a queue forming for the chance to represent Ireland in the men’s keelboat class at the Olympics.
Although a much talked-about French armada was scheduled to drop anchor off Ireland’s Eye it has so far failed to materialise. But even if the prospect of French attack at the Irish championships in May was just sabre-rattling, Irish cruiser…
Lifeboats on either side of the country were called into action over the bank holiday weekend, with RIBs in distress off Dublin and Galway. Sunday saw three men picked out of the water near Kilcolgan Point after they fell out…
The controversy over Ireland’s Olympic selection in the Star class looks set to get worse before it gets better, with one of the crews in the running set to appeal the Irish Sailing Association’s nomination. Royal Cork helm Peter O’Leary…
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