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Marine energy deal biggest in history of industry In a landmark deal, Dubliner and chief executive of Aquamarine Power Martin McAdam has agreed to supply wave and tidal energy to Airtricity. In what McAdam has called "the biggest deal in…
The bodies of two men, who had been named locally as Tony Coohill and Féichín Mulkerrin, were recovered during an extensive air and sea search off north Galway Tuesday evening (21st April). Mr Coohill, reported to be in his 30s,…
Irish Cruiser Racer Association Commodore Barry Rose has called a meeting of interested skippers for a 2010 Irish Commodore's Cup team at the Radisson Hotel, Cork Airport on Wedneday, April 29th.
Looking up from the newspaper and seeing bottlenose dolphins swarming around the waters of Seapoint and Blackrock was quite a thrill for commuters yesterday morning (21st April). DART travellers were treated to the sight of fins breaking the water, and…
The century-old campaign for a pier in the sheltered fishing harbour of Cromane in Dingle Bay in Co Kerry has received yet another setback with the decision by An Bord Pleanála to annul the county council’s compulsory purchase order of…
Naval Service cadets completed the first official ascent of the Shannon river in under six hours recently. Records have previously been set for descents which go with the flow of the river. However, this was the first time the more…
Over 150 entries - 40 from outside Dublin Bay - are already signed up for the country's largest sailing event, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta . The event is expecting to attract over 500 boats for the capital's waters when it…
Waterways Ireland and Roscommon County Council welcomed Minister Michael Finneran T.D and to Cortober, Co Roscommon to officially open the Cortober Riverside Park on 20 April 2009 with  Mayor Michael Mc Greal. Bordering the Shannon, the Riverside Park was originally…
Ireland's Nations Cup representative, John Sheehy, reaffirmed his status as Ireland's primo match racer with a win at the first summer match racing event of the season. The ISA Inland Match Racing Championship was sailed in 6-12knts and sunny conditions…
American sailor Marvin Creamer who sailed across the Atlantic from Baltimore, West Cork thirty years ago by only reading the stars is to be celebrated at home next month for a circumnavigation by similar means. A 25th anniversary celebration of…
Ocean Froggie says 'chill' there is no controversy on a Navy sprint up the Shannon. Garboard Strake says the reason behind the White sail civil war is 'a bunch of dinosaurs' that believe they are preventing cheque book sailing by…
The Youth Nationals and Junior Pathway Championship 2009 concluded in Schull, Co Cork  (Friday 17th April) after yet another exhilarating day’s racing. In an easterly force 4 to 5, frequently gusting over 20 knots on Roaringwater Bay, the top boats…
The fleet are nearing the halfway point of Leg 6 to Boston. Leg leader Telefonica Blue has a 100 mile cushion to the pack behind as the remaining fleet stay close and push hard to close the gap. The crew…
Tokoloshe King 40 03 designed by Wicklow's Mark Mills (pictured below the fold) won the first major event of the UK calendar last weekend, the RORC Red Funnel Easter Challenge. The boat is owned and helmed by South African Mike…
SPRING WARMER SERIES (O'ALL) Etchells: 1, Matatu Dubh R & D Burrows (6.00);2, The Prodigy O'Grady/Reilly (8.00);  3, Jabberwocky S Knowles (15.00);  SB3:  1, Dinghy Supplies   S Murphy HYC (6.00);  2, Seriously Bonkers Cuppage/Lee RStGYC (12.00); 3, Sin a Bhuifl…
Sailors from over 50 nations are in Hyères, France preparing for the start of the Semaine Olympique Française this weekend, the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Following on from the competition in Melbourne, Miami and last week…
Death of the Dinghy? I don't think so
Nothing's more embarrassing than a premature obituary. So we in the sailing media should probably apologise to the dinghy family, which is, apparently, alive and well. Two events over the Easter break drew masses of dinghy sailors to Cork, proving…
All fleets were ashore early yesterday (15th April) at the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship 2009, which are taking place in Schull, Co Cork this week. On the outer course, where the Youth Nationals classes were competing, the…
Tonight's RTE Seascapes radio programme at 10.30pm reports on Killybegs fishermen prevented from fishing in their own waters plan to go to South America.  In a separate item on Tom MacSweeney's show, he features the 200-year-old sailing tradition on Rathlin…
Telefonica Blue, skippered by Bouwe Bekking (NED) are first through the scoring gate of Fernando de Noronha at 19:58:56 GMT 16/04/09, securing 4 points, on of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston.

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