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'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…

Killaloe Sailing Club

24th September 2009 Clubs
Killaloe Sailing Club is a dinghy sailing club near Killaloe, Co Clare, on the western shore of Lough Derg, 3km along the Scarrif road from Killaloe Town, and affiliated to the Irish Sailing Association. KSCs mission is to offer dinghy…
The following information courtesy of Killaloe Sailing Club: Introduction to the RS Feva for Junior Sailing RS Feva DinghyThe RS Feva/XL is a solid and roomy two-person dinghy constructed in polyethylene. The dinghy can be rigged with a gennaker and…
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Graham Smith wrote, in the March 2009 issue of Afloat: "The RS stable was further enhanced by the arrival of the RS Elite keelboat class on Belfast Lough in 2006 and in less than two years, it has grown to…
In Afloat's March 2009 issue, Graham Smith wrote the following: "Essentially an indigenous racer, the Puppeteer has records of 53 boats being built over the years, with 31 of them based in Howth where they regularly get 20 out for…
Cat Classes Sailed in Ireland Racing Classes Dart 18 – Blessington SC, Ballyholme YC, Swords S&BC Dart 16 – Blessington SC, Ballyholme YC, Galway Bay SC, Swords S&BC, Mullingar SC The Dart 16 and Dart 18 performance catamarans are raced…
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The Dublin Bay Mermaid class was designed by JB Kearney in 1932 and still going strong today. From the oldest Amy (No. 1) to the youngest Azeezy (No. 189), this 17ft clinker built wooden dinghy provides challenging and exciting sailing…
J/24 – The world’s most popular One-Design Keelboat      Whether your style is weeknight beer-can racing or competing on the world stage – the J24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat to make waves around the world. This…
March 2009 and Afloat's Graham Smith wrote: "Static yet still thriving best describes the Howth 17 Footers but with an 18th boat currently being built and due for completion this winter, the class will, for the first time in its…
GP's have the largest and most active two person senior dinghy racing fleet in Ireland and we can prove it, by counting active boats and fleets. The GP is a one-design 14ft dinghy, raced by a crew of two. It…
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