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A leading Irish boat dealer is so confident about his competitive pricing compared to our nearest neighbour that he has issued a press release challening the notion that boats are cheaper in the UK. Bernard Gallagher of BJ Marine has…
Waterways Ireland have applied to Clare Co. Co for permission to carry out the following works at the old canal in Killaloe. The development will consist of repairs to the existing canal wall, with the provision of a new walkway…
Last Friday Green Dragon explained how they were heading for the eye of the impending storm. “Straight through the middle. It is the fastest and safest way”, explained Navigator Wouter Verbraak. “The strategy will only work if we hit the…
Yachting Journalist Elaine Bunting's blog carries an up to date analysis of the state of world offshore sailing and she asks the question arehuge budgets driving ocean racing towards a recessionary crisis She takes a comment from Roger Johnstone on…
Dan Woolery’s King 40 Soozal designed by Wicklow's Mark Mills won the Acura Miami Grand Prix to sweep a trio of major US events so far in 2009, with her wins at Acura Key West Race Week and the Pineapple…
Crosshaven Lifeboat was paged at 18.41 last evening (Sunday 8 March) to reports of a vehicle in the water having slipped off the cross river ferry at Glenbrook. The Lifeboat, helmed by David Venner with crew Kevin Higgins and Ian…
Miami, FL (March 8, 2009) – Royal Cork's Peter O'Leary and crew Tim Goodbody were fourth in the opening round of the Bacardi Cup yesterday writes Lynn Fitzpatrick. Past Bacardi Cup skippers who are back for a try to drink…
Galway's yacht race tent location is in doubt according to a report in this morning's Sunday Business Post. The report is a worrying development within 8 weeks of the event as it appears to support an Irish Times report on…
This year, the first “Green” wines to arrive in Dublin will be here in time for St Patrick’s Day. CTMV Fair Wind Wine Ltd, whose inaugural shipment by sail to Ireland took place last July, was the first sustainable transport…
A Latvian based freighter the mv Defender has been detained in Cork by Port State Control because of inadequate watch keeping and insufficient food supplies for the return trip to Riga. The ship’s log showed adequate watches were not being…
Boaters are advised by Waterways Ireland that the Portora Boat Club Erne Head of River Race will take place on Sat 7 Mar 2009 from 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs. The course starts at Culkey Jetty, upstream of the Killyhevlin…
As the boating season is about to start vessels should not be berthed in the same harbour for longer than the statutory period of 5 consecutive days or more than a total of 7 days in any one month on…
The ISA will launch “Guidelines for the Management of Boating Activities as a part of a Water Based Amenity” at their upcoming National Conference (7th & 8th March, Burlington Hotel, Dublin). Chief Executive Harry Hermon explained: “Our aim is to…
Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat launched following a request from Valentia Coast Guard to go the assistance of two persons on board a cruiser that had gone aground South of Holy Island. The lifeboat with helm Margaret Ryan, Eleanor Hooker and…
Ericsson 4, skippered by Brazil's five-time Olympic medalist Torben Grael, collected the maximum 4 points available when it led the fleet across latitude 36 South at 00:21:09 GMT. The overall fleet leader, Ericsson 4 now has 53 total points. Ericsson…
Irish sea sailors from the Welsh coast Diana Brooke, Llanfair PG and Victoria Roberts, Llangoed will be travelling to London in April to take part in the Flora London Marathon. The girls, both Royal Anglesey Yacht Club members are keen…
The river ferry services to the O2 in Dublin Docklands will resume again this coming Thursday 5th March. The service operated before Christmas successfully before being suspended to allow for an annual maintenance programme to be carried out. Liffey River…
It may be nearly six months since she sank without a trace, but political references to the Asgard II keep bobbing to the surface. In the latest metaphorical voyage, Elaine Byrne uses the decision to leave Asgard on the seabed…
Arklow SC is to stage a challenging 34 nautical mile circumnavigation of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm this summer on May 31st. The inaugural race coincides with the Arklow club's 40th birthday celebrations. It is estimated it will take about…
Mary Bailey of Galway is the Irish Independent/Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for February. From a well-known Connemara seafaring family, during February she has become the face of traditional boat sailing in the west and nationally through her presentation of…

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