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Sandy Bay Marina Ltd. have just opened new mooring facilities at 17a Shore Road, Lough Neagh, opposite Rams Island. The new 60-berth marina is three miles from the A26 (Airport Road) heading west on the Lough Road. Sandy Bay is…
Barry Hurley has won class one – at the first attempt – in the Transatlantic OSTAR race. He crossed the Newport line at 0602 hours this morning (local time). The Cobh debutant declared after crossing the line that the result…
In spite of a last minute obstacle, fog at the finish line, Barry Hurley is about to finish in Newport, USA. At the last tracker update at 4.00 am Hurley is reported as having 33 miles to go to complete…
English woman Hilary Lister (37) arrived in Arklow today after a 14 hour trip across the Irish sea from Fishguard and became the first female quadriplegic to sail the Irish Sea solo. Hilary is aiming to become the first disabled…
Lisa Dilleen (Afloat's Rower of the month for May ) added to her collection of wins with an array of victories at Galway Regatta today. The Tribesmen junior won the junior and senior single scull and also helped her club…
Ireland's Barry Hurley is expected to reach the Ostar finish line just after midnight (local time) after three weeks at sea. The Cobh sailor, in his debut single-handed race across the Atlantic, is the only Irish entrant in the oldest…
Telefonica Blue has released video of their dramatic grounding just outside of Marstrand after the start of leg nine of the Volvo Ocean Race. Although the impact is less violent than one would expect, the sound of the boat grinding…
Despite a black flag in the penultimate race, Dun Laoghaire sailor Matty O'Dowd has clinched his first Laser Radial Europa Cup win in Denmark, just one month before he heads to the ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil. Afloat.ie caught up…
Drama today in Marstrand as Telefónica Blue/Bouwe Bekking became wedged on a rock and suspended racing at 1231GMT while leading the fleet at the start of leg nine to Stockholm. The boat hit the rock while racing at around 14…
Commercial beat NUIG by four lengths in the women’s eight final at Athlone regatta yesterday. The men’s eight and four finals were not contested as NUIG did not field crews. Our photo over the fold with results panel shows the…
There has been a lot of interest in Afloat's start photos of the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race. The first batch are here and following requests a second batch are published below the fold. The next issue of Afloat…
DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 13 JUNE 2009 (No cruiser results available) FIREBALL Race 1- 1. Licence to Thrill (Louis Smyth), 2. New (Francis Rowan), 3. Weather (E.Butler/O.Laverty) FIREBALL Race 2- 1. Licence to Thrill (Louis Smyth),…
Queen’s won the senior men’s and women’s races at the University Boat Races in Belfast today. The hosts were well in command all they way through the men’s senior race, with Trinity already out of it when they failed to…
Dun Laoghaire sailor Matthew O'Dowd leads this weekend's Europa Cup in Aaabenraa, Denmark, after a first day in which the fleet was battered with gust of up to 40 knots. O'Dowd is just one point clear of last year's overall…
Dave Dwyer successfully defended his Irish IRC title in Kerry where the championships in four classes concluded this afternoon. The 70–boat entry experienced a range of conditions on Tralee Bay over three days, the first time the event, now in…
Irish rowing chief Executive Martin McElroy tells Liam Gorman in the Irish Times this morning that the sport needs to get more athletes to the top.The major feature on the back page of the sports section of the newspaper is…
After the frustration of light winds for the opening day of the ICRA Championships on Thursday, resulting in a five hour wait for wind, and  with just one race completed, yesterday turned out to be a much better day writes…
Irish weather is impossible to accurately predict, so what’s on next week that might cheer you up if it’s grey – or get you outdoors if it’s fine? Lots of sailing, for one thing: National Squib and Ruffian Championships at…
DUBLIN PORT – DUBLIN BAY SC RESULTS 11/6/09. Beneteau 31.7 – 1 Bluefin Two, M. & B. Bryson, 2 Extreme Reality, P. McSwiney/E. O’Rafferty, 3 Kernach, Eoin O’Driscoll. Beneteau 31.7 – 1 Bluefin Two, 2 Magic, D. O’Sullivan/D. Espey, 3.Prospect,…
Barry Hurley OSTAR diary, June 11: Last night was nice. Flat water, gentle breeze from behind. I was able to make good speed, without too much physical effort, and even managed to catch about three hours of sleep in naps…

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