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Racing update: Olympic, Figaro, Optis,Mermaids, Toppers and Howth 17s.
Annalise Murphy lies Second and Peter O'Leary and David Burrows are Third at a Windy Olympic Weymouth test event. The Figaro Sailors are having a Windy race to Dun Laoghaire. They'll be hear on Wednesday. Sean Donnelly was Best of…
Duffy's Hera Wins Victorian Styled Howth 17 Title
The Howth 17 Class battled a closely fought contest to be deemed the Class Champion at the weekend. The event began on Friday evening at 19:00hrs from the East Pier in Howth and continued into Saturday for a further four…
Not your Average Summer Holiday
Most people are content to board a plane or jump in the car to go somewhere nice on holiday. But for three Orkney Islanders only a jet ski will do. Colin Gregg, Dugy Ward and Gary Forber have just completed…
McCann Best of Irish at Optimist British Nationals
Peter McCann ended his assault of the British Optimist National Champion at Pwllheli Sailing Club in 13th place. Other Irish team results inlcuded a 23rd for Cliodhna ni Shuilleabhain and a 16tth for Sean Donnelly. Full results here. The 50th…
Glenageary's Hyland Takes Tenth at Oppy German Nationals
Broken toe straps were no obstacle for Adam Hyland this week when the Glenageary junior took an unexpected dip in the Baltic. He finished tenth and top Irish boat at the German Optimist National championships.  The top result was from…
Bannon Takes Record Sixth Mermaid Title
Dun Laoghaire's Roger Bannon won his sixh Mermaid National Championships in Fenit last week breaking the class record of five wins set by Harry Grimes in 1970.After four different race winners (5 including the void race which was resailed) there…
Light Unpredictable End to Calves Week
The final two races of the 27th Calves Week in Schull were sailed in light, unpredictable winds writes Oonagh Buckley Friday's traditional feeder race to Crookhaven, around the Fastnet Rock, is a highlight of the week, particularly for the crews…
Clipper Teams Enjoy Respite from Strong Winds
Every offshore racing team faces the same dilemma at some point: sail a greater distance in the hope you'll get more favourable wind or sail the most direct route and take the risk of becoming more or less becalmed. This…
Murphy Second, O'Leary/Burrows Third in Windy Weymouth
Ireland's top Olympic crews are in the hunt for medals in two classes at the halfway stage of the Olympic Test Event in Weymouth. After two days of competition and a shaky start Annalise Murphy has shot back up the…
Figaro Sailors Preparing for Windy Start
The second leg of La Solitaire du Figaro got off on Sunday 7th of August in the Sein Bay, opposite Ouistreham in Normandy with  thousands of people lining the canal and outer harbour wall to wave the solo sailors off. …
Spanish Armada Wreck Discovered Off Donegal
RTÉ News reports that underwater archaeologists may have discovered a sunken ship from the Spanish Armada off the Donegal coast. State funding has already been announced for an excavation of the wreck, which lies in shallow water at Rutland, near…
Scientists Discover World of Wonder Beneath the Atlantic
The Irish-led scientific expedition aboard the RV Celtic Explorer has discovered a previously uncharted field of hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. As previously reported on, the team includes geochemists, marine biologists, marine geologists, marine geneticists and technicians…
Gardaí Renew Appeal for Witnesses to Liffey Death
Dublin Gardaí are still appealing for information on the drowing of a Co Tyrone man in the River Liffey last weekend. RTÉ News reports that Aiden Mullen, 35, had been socialising in the city after the All-Ireland Football Championship match…
Nixon Makes History With Silver at World Junior Rowing Championships
Holly Nixon gave Ireland a first ever medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships this morning. The 17-year-old from Enniskillen produced another brilliant display to take silver in the lightweight single scull at Dorney Lake in England, pushing Germany’s Anne…
Small Luxury Cruiseship Visits Killybegs
Ireland's leading fishing port of Killybegs, Co. Donegal, this morning received the 226 passenger yacht-like cruiseship Le Diamant, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 8,282 tonnes Le Diamant had sailed overnight from anchorage in Galway Bay and prior to visiting the 'City…
Racing Brought Forward Again at World Rowing Junior Championships
The programme at the World Rowing Junior Championships at Dorney Lake in England was brought forward again this morning because of concerns about the weather. The A Final of the junior women’s single scull, with Holly Nixon taking part, is…
470 Miles Upwind to Dún Laoghaire for Figaro Sailors
The second leg of the four stage La Solitaire du Figaro race starts tomorrow from Caen in Normandy to Dún Laoghaire harbour just outside Dublin in Ireland. The 47 solo sailors will set off at 16:00 local French time on…
Tide Dictates Tactics for Dublin Bay Cruisers
George Sisk's J111 WOW led a tightly packed bunch of cruisers in to Scotsman's Bay to escape the flood tide after the start of this afternoon's Dublin Port sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) race. It was a tactic that…
Four Ireland Crews Set For World Rowing Championships
Ireland will send four crews to the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, which begin on Sunday, August 28th. The women’s double of Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure and the lightweight women’s double of Siobhan McCrohan and Claire Lambe will…
Change in Programme At World Rowing Junior Championships
Because of worries about weather conditions tomorrow (Sunday) the programme of the World Rowing Junior Championships at Dorney Lake in England has been changed. The women's junior single scull A Final, which features Holly Nixon, is now scheduled for 11.30…

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