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The 49er is a high performance skiff with Olympic status. It is widely regarded as the 'Formula 1' of Olympic sailing with a worldwide Grand Prix racing circuit and a presence in over 30 countries.  Irish 49er Association, c/o Capt.…
Irish 5O5 Association, c/o Ewen Barry, President, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, Monkstown, Co Cork. Tel: 086 823 6864, fax: 021 427 3849, email: [email protected] 5O5 History – A One Design Class The development of the Class began at the IYRU…

J109 Class

25th September 2009 Classes & Assoc
J/Boats – Sailing to Success The story of J/Boats is a classic entrepreneurial tale: With a $20,000 investment, and a speedy 24-foot sailboat that Rod Johnstone built in his garage, Rod and his brother Bob Johnstone went into business. That…
The Drascombe Association is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the traditional-style sailing boats designed by the late John Watkinson. Around 5000 Drascombes of all types have been built since the first Lugger was launched in 1966. They are all…
Above: The Beneteau First 31.7 'Magic'. Photo courtesy of the Beneteau First 31.7 Ireland One Design Class Association website The official title of the association is the Beneteau First 31.7 Ireland One Design Class Association. The aim of the Association…
A Master Mariner's life - on Seascapes
On tonight's Seascapes, Tom MacSweeney interviews a Master Mariner, who talks about the highs and lows of a career at sea, and paints a picture of life on the oceans of the world. Along with all the usual latest marine…
Italian Entry for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Italy is back in the world’s premier ocean race for the first time since Brooksfield entered the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1993-94.  Italy’s Giovanni Soldini (43) has been named as the skipper of the Italia 70 team, which…
McCarthy Out of Route du Chocolate
Cork's Cian McCarthy is out of the Route du Chocolate before it even starts because French organisers have scratched his class out of the transatlantic race. McCarthy and Steve McFeely currently sailing on Cinnamon Girl are heading off into the…
Lifeboats Record Increase in Summer Launches
Preliminary figures* for summer 2009, issued today (Friday 25 Sept) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), show the charity's lifeboats had one of their busiest summer holiday seasons. The figures show a 12 per cent increase in Irish lifeboat…
Legally Brunette Sole Irish Entrant in Middle Sea Race
Two weeks to go to close of entries and the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race looks set for another cracking edition -its 30th. 73 yachts have entered so far, only five short of last year's record number but only one…
Divers Found After Air, Land and Sea Search
Two divers who went missing near Fishguard this afternoon have just been found after a major air land and sea search which lasted nearly three hours. The two 50 year old men had been diving on a world war II…
'Capital D' Goes Dublin Bay Diving
The unique amenity value of Dublin Bay was enthusiastically related by Anne Cassin off the coast of Dun Laoghaire tonight on 'Capital D', RTE One's TV show on the city. The episode took a look under the waters of Dublin…
Ballycotton Lifeboat launched to Assist Fishing Vessel
Cork's Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 18:15 tonight in response to a call for assistance. from an Irish registered fishing vessel, with two persons aboard. The vessel reported mechanical difficulties 12.5 miles south of Ballycotton. The lifeboat reached…
The producers of Afloat magazine are also the producers of a series of marine based programmes that includes programmes on Irish Waterways, the Navy and many others. Baily Films Ltd a sister company to Baily Media Ltd is an established…

Squib Class

24th September 2009 Classes & Assoc
History (the following information and image courtesy of the National Squib Class Owners Association)  The Squib was designed in 1967 by Oliver Lee as a successor to his Ajax 23. The protoytpe was built in cold moulded wood and sailed…
History (courtesy of the UK Sigma Association website) Click here for all the latest Sigma 33 News and Updates. The Boat • Designed by David Thomas, well-known for cruiser/racer designs such as Sonata, Impala, Sigma 33 and 38, as well…
The combination of family- cruiser and racing yacht is possible if not easy to achieve. Many small cruisers are more like floating caravans than yachts and do not always sail well. Accommodation below decks is deemed more important than sleek…
Courtesy of the Shannon One Design Association: The Shannon One Design sailboat (known as a 'SOD' or 'Shannon') has a long and colourful history going back to 1920, when it was originally designed by Morgan Giles. Despite its charming looks,…
Courtesy of the irish Ruffian Association website: The Ruffian 23 is a 23 foot keelboat which was designed and built by brothers Dickie and Billy Brown of Portaferry, Co. Down, 35 years ago. The Ruffian 23 is a great one…
New to Ireland, the RS is the fastest growing dinghy fleet in the country. RS's are high performance asymmetric spinnakered dinghies. The 13ft RS200 and the larger 14ft 10in RS400 combine to provide high performance racing for all crew weights…
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