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Laser Euros Start this weekend
Ireland's laser squad have decamped from the Delta Lloyd regatta in Medemblik to Estonia for the European Championships, starting tomorrow. Ronan Cull and James Espey represent Ireland in the standard rig fleet, with four ladies sailing in the Radial fleet.…
Irish Star Crews Arrive in Italy
Ireland's two Star crews line up against each other next week for the first time in what will be their final configurations. Both crews take part in the Star Europeans in Villareggio, with a record entry of 149 boats, all…
'Captain Calamity' Rescued Twice in Two Days
A lone sailor in the Irish Sea who was rescued south of Mumbles yesterday with no power and almost no safety equipment on board has just been rescued again after setting out for the second time and once again losing…
Planning to do the Round Ireland Yacht Race this month?
Planning to do this year's Round Ireland Yacht Race? You could do a lot worse than listen in to how Galway's Aodhan Fitzgerald put together a team of friends to win the 2008 race. Also on Afloat.ie are navigation tips from tactician Brian…
New European Atlas of the Seas
The European Commission has recently launched a pilot version of a new European Atlas of the Seas – a dynamic online atlas where users will be able to learn more about Europe's seas, its maritime sectors, the interaction between them…
Calling Round Ireland Yacht Race Skippers; Don't Forget Your Almanac
If you're heading offshore this season with ISORA or navigating Round Ireland this month don't forget your 2010 Irish Almanac. It offers the racing yachtsman ready access to essential information by virtue of its clear information and user friendly format.…
Local Hero Hoping to Conquer Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship
Thirteen thrill-seeking powerboat racing teams will charge into Galway on Ireland’s west coast this week for round two of the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship. The Galway Grand Prix of the Sea will kick-start the Irish bank holiday weekend celebrations and begin…
No Figaro for O'Riain
Irish sailor Paul O'Riain has announce that due to a lack of sponsorship, he is withdrawing his bid to enter the Figaro single-handed offshore race this year. "It is with regret that I have had to withdraw my entry from…
Irish Group Acquire Sunseeker
A group of Irish investors has taken a majority stake in luxury boatbuilder Sunseeker. FL Capital Partners, based in Blackrock, Co Dublin, has partnered with Australian bank Macquaried and Haymarket financial to pay €29.9million for the controlling interest in Sunseeker,…
Fun in the Dock This Weekend
The Dublin Docklands Maritime Festival starts this Friday lunchtime, with tall ships, Lifeboat demonstrations, live music, street performance and the Docklands swim all taking place over the long weekend. A full food market will be located on-site, with a children's…
Lord Nelson Pays Dun Laoghaire a Visit
The Lord Nelson struck a lovely sailing pose crossing Dublin Bay this week. The disabled sail training vessel berthed overnight in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Gareth Craig photographed her leaving. Images on the gallery now.  Looking for further reading on…
Round Ireland Favourites Show Form
Two of the top entries in this year's Round Ireland race showed their form during the 230-mile Myth of Malham race at the weekend, with class wins for both Piet Vroon's Tonnerre de Breskens III and John Loden's HOD 35,…
Oona Sets Light Air Pace in Howth Yacht Club
Oona (P. Courtney) continued to set the pace at Howth Yacht Club racing last night with a win in the scratch division of the Howth 17 class. Winds were light but sufficient for racing. Second was Leila (R Cooper) and Rosemary…
Coastguard holds man against rock until help arrives
Belfast Coastguard have been co-ordinating assistance to a man who fell into the sea by rocks near Bloody Bridge in Newcastle, County Down earlier this afternoon.  The first report was that the man had been fishing and was clinging on…
Satellite-Linked Tagging of Porbeagle Sharks
Scientists at the Marine Institute, Galway, are working with anglers around Ireland to study the migration and diving behaviour of porbeagle sharks (Latin name - Lamna nasus) in the northeast Atlantic. Porbeagle sharks are one of the top marine predators…
Volunteers Sought for Galway Festival
Let's Do It Galway are making a final push for volunteers for the Round Ireland Powerboat race. The race begins and ends in Galway, starting on June 7 and ending June 12. The organisers have issued an appeal for 200…
Crosshaven Gets Set for Cork Week Party
Just over five weeks to go and Peter Deasy, Chairman of Cork Week 2010, feels that preparations are well on target for what is recognised as one of the best sailing regattas in Ireland. Every two years, the Royal Cork Yacht Club…
Saving Sight by Sailing Round Britain and Ireland
Nigel Colley, 49, from Lymington, Hampshire and David Bowdler, 53, from Stromness, Orkney will set sail around Britain and Ireland in aid of international sight-saving charity ORBIS. The competitive sailors have both been sailing since childhood and are hoping this…
Double-handers head for Kinsale this weekend
The first of two Round Britain & Ireland races, the Shetland Round Britain & Ireland, leaves Plymouth for Kinsale this Sunday. The race, open to double-handed crews in boats between 30 and 50 feet, has over 50 entries in monohull…
GPS Tracking for Metmasts Turbine Race
Arklow's MetMasts Turbines Yacht Race around the Arklow Bank wind turbines takes place this Sunday, and will be tracked live onine via GPS transponders. Each boat will be fitted with a GPS unit, with spectators and friends able to track…

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