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The Sunday Independent reports today that Asgard II is to remain in its watery grave because of the salvage costs involved. Efforts instead will focus on identifying a replacement vessel. The exclusive report by Don Lavery quotes a source close…
Speaking yesterday in Brussels, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg has made the following statement on recent proposals on recreational angling. "The Commission has made no proposals to submit all recreational anglers to quotas like commercial fishermen. Let me…
With under two weeks to go, preparations are well underway for the highlight of the marine leisure calendar-The 25th Allianz Dublin Boat Show .This years show is smaller than the 07 show for obvious economic reasons but neverthless brimming with…
Tonight's edition of Seascapes features an item on Asgard and the Afloat petition to raise her. Listen in at 10.30 p.m RTE Radio 1. The petition has now reached nearly 800 signatures as the Irish boating commnuity signals its anger…
According to research just conducted by the Irish Marine Federation (IMF) at ast month's London Boat Show, buying a new boat in Sterling is not cheaper than buying a new boat in Euro. The survey conducted by the industry body…
Simon Coveney TD, a sailor and Fine Gael front bencher has added his voice to the Raise Asgard campaign but fears the worst for the brigantine, lost in French waters five months ago. "It looks like the Government is getting…
Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea will decide on Friday whether the national sail training vessel Asgard II will be salvaged, following its sinking off the northwest coast of France last year. Mr O’Dea told the Dáil that the board of…
The move is on to bring boats to Galway and organisers want boaters  to form an orderly queue for the best spots in the harbour. There's already been some decent chat about it here on the forum. The upshot is…
Friday the 13th may not be the best day to try adventure sports, that’s a given. However, watching adrenaline fuelled adventure films is the perfect way to safely spend the evening. Following the success of WAFF 2008, the organisers have…
High profile signatories to Afloat's Raise the Asgard campaign have caught the attention of the national media this morning including musician Jimmy Crowley whose song 'My Love is a Tall Ship' has been adopted as the anthem for the campaign.…
Battered and bruised but more than able to smile, the crew of Green Dragon arrived in Qingdao last night with their heads held high after finishing fourth in a leg fraught with set-backs. They always knew this stage was going…
Mark Mills of County Wicklow, international boat designer, is Afloat's "Sailor of the Month” for January, with his star on the ascendant after sweeping victories in the Key West Regatta in Florida. Boat designers need to be many things. Obviously…
Green Dragon are just over 20 miles away from completing Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race. It has been a real test for machine and men as they battled storm conditions, damage and the prospect of not making it…
A Parliamentary Question (QUESTION NO: 132) from David Stanton TD today asked the Minister for Defence about his plans to proceed with a salvage operation on the Asgard II; and if he will make a statement on the matter. The…
Figures released by the RNLI today Friday 30 January 2009, on RNLI SOS day, show that last year Irish lifeboats launched 863 times and rescued 993 people. Despite a disappointing summer the demand on Irish volunteer lifeboat crews remained high,…
Jimmy Crowley's song about the sailing ship Asgard II, My Love is a Tall Ship, was adopted as an anthem for sailors everywhere and was used in the documentary film on the Tall Ships’ Race made by RTE. Now it's…
Six Mills Design IRC yachts raced in IRC 2 at Acura Key West Race Week 2009, with San Francisco owner Dan Woolery driving his beautifully prepared new King 40 Soozal to take the top spot from Tony Buckingham’s Mills 40…
After another punishing day on the race course, only five boats remain on track for Qingdao.  The attrition rate continues, as Ericsson 3 fell victim to the challenging conditions. Skipper Magnus Olsson discovered a series of cracks in the bow…
The crew of Ericsson 3, one of two Ericsson Racing Team entries in the Volvo Ocean Race, is making way for Taiwan after discovering cracks in the forward port side of the hull. All 11 crewmembers aboard the Volvo Open…
Afloat magazine readers voted overwhelmingly for the Asgard to be lifted in an online poll. Disappointingly, three months on, she remains at the bottom of the sea. Now in February 2009, Afloat have opened an online petition to provide a…

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