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Ireland's Dragon Team ends World Championships in Top Half
Dun Laoghaire trio Andrew Craig, Mark Pettit and Brian Mathews finished in the top half of the 70-boat Melbourne based Dragon World Championships at Port Philip yesterday after a six race series of predominantly light winds. Hopes of bettering Ireland's…
Ferry-Fallout as DFDS Exit Irish Sea
DFDS Seaways recent announcement to close its operations on the Irish Sea this month is a major blow considering the Danish company entered the Irish-UK ferry market only six-months ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Dublin-Birkenhead (Liverpool) and freight-only Dublin-Heysham service…
Ice Diving in Ireland
The recent arctic weather allowed many Irish divers to try out a type of diving that is only normally carried out in the Arctic, Norway, Iceland, Russia, Canada and much more Northern climates writes Timmy Carey. Many Irish rivers froze over completely, something…
Radio Documentaries on Irish Surfing
Two new radio documentaries on surfing in the west of Ireland are now available to listen online. Originally broadcast on the Kilkee-based community station Raidió Corca Baiscinn at the end of last year, Conan Brophy's two-part series provides a snapshot…
Grand Canal Dredging Begins This Month
Waterways Ireland has confirmed that further dredging of the Grand Canal in Dublin will commence this month and continue till the end of April. The canal will be closed to navigation from Lock C4 at Baggot Street to Lock 1…
Kearney Takes 2011 Mirror World Title
Irish sailor Ross Kearney came out tops in the 2011 Mirror World Championships in Western Australia last week. After a bad start that included a capsize in 20-knot winds on the opening day, Kearney and crewmate Max Odell climed ahead…
Dublin Bay Oil, Gas, Coal...and Waste-Water!
A second drill-rig platform, the Pauline was positioned in Dublin Bay on Friday, to investigate suitable conditions for an outfall discharge pipe from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant, writes Jehan Ashmore. The work is part of a Dublin City Council project…
Waterways Ireland's Role in the Future of Europe's Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland, the body in charge of Ireland's inland waterways will host the fourth Waterways Forward Interregional Meeting in September 2011. Waterways Forward brings together 17 partner organisations from 11 EU countries plus Norway and Serbia lead by Stichting Recreatietoervaart…
Gutkowski Second in Spring Leg
Polish solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski took second place in ocean sprint two of the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world race. The 36-year-old skipper from Gdansk crossed the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, on his Eco yacht Operon Racing at 6.27am…
Kellegher Leads Howth Yacht Club's Laser Standard Fleet
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. LASER FROSTBITE SPRING (O'ALL) 16/01/2011 LASER STANDARD: 1, Daragh Kelleher SSC (5.00); 2, Daragh Sheridan HYC (9.00); 3, Evan Dolan NYC (10.00); LASER STANDARD APPRENTICE: 1, Conor Murphy HYC (4.00); 2, Darach Dineen HYC (7.00); 3, Conor…
New Passenger-Only Ferry for Northern Ireland-Scotland Route
Plans to operate the first passenger-only ferry service between Northern Ireland and Scotland are scheduled to start in late May, writes Jehan Ashmore. Kintyre Express is to operate a Ballycastle-Campbeltown service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 27 May and…
Giving Away a Billion from the Sea
I had to read the figures twice to make sure that I was seeing them correctly. The second reading made me even more angry than the first. They were, at last, a definitive figure of how much the stupidity of…
National Award for Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA)
In the three decades and more of the Mitsubishi Motors/Irish Independent "Sailing Club of the Year" assessments, there has never been an organization only seven years old winning the title. In fact, seniority has often won the day, though in… 1976 Comfort C30
Blue Flag Boats bring to market this Comfort C30 'Moonwind' An excellent yacht suitable for club racing or cruising. Comfortable family cruising interior and cabin heating.Hull Epoxy Treated & Re-sprayed in 2003. For more information and images go to the…
Who is the Fastest of 'em All: Kite v Moth v 49er?
For most involved in conventional stick and cloth boating, the 49er dinghy is the ultimate speed machine. Its description as 'the high performance class' at the Olympic regatta gives it that ultimate status. Before you watch the vid below tho,…
Seal Sanctuary Sees Off Latest Releases
The Irish Seal Sanctuary celebrated the release of six grey seal pups from two different locations last weekend. Dustin, Phoenix and Sean were released from Courtown Harbour, while Buddy Holly, Louise and Cookie were put into the water in Ballyferriter,…
Cameron Dodges Issue of Bangor Closure
British Prime Minister has dismissed concerns over the potential loss of Northern Ireland's Coastguard centre. The Belfast Telegraph reports that when questioned on the future of the Bangor control centre by DUP MP Jim Shannon, David Cameron replied that he…
Downturn Hits Dining at Royal Cork Yacht Club
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has announced that its dining facilities will close until late spring at the earliest due to a slump in business over the last year, the Irish Examiner reports. The club recently put its chef…
Ferry-Go-Round on the Irish Sea
At this quiet time of the year, vessels from Irish Sea ferry operators are taken off routes to undergo annual dry-docking, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the case of Irish Ferries, their Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route vessel, Isle of Inishmore arrived on…
Dinghy Racing, Gill has it Covered
Every single garment in the Dinghy range has been designed to aid performance on the water. This ethos runs through the entire collection from Knee Pads to Speedskins. Performance led dinghy gear has never been offered in such an appealing…

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