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This summer, Belfast has been chosen to be the finish port for the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, an international event that links Europe, the Caribbean, North America and Canada. The Event, which will be one of the most memorable and…
With over 100 years of history behind them the Wags are backs as a key part of the heritage section in VDLR 2009 . Although the Water Wag Club was founded in Shankill in 1887 it prospered in Dun Laoghaire…
The Howth 17 footers are 111 years old this year, and the oldest one-design keelboat class in the world continues to race from its original home port. One of the nine boats that Dublin Bay Sailing Club commissioned in the…
There are 14 IDRAs entered in this years VDLR. First raced in 1947 from Dun Laoghaire, the IDRA 14, now equipped with a trapeze and spinnaker, remains one of the most popular two-person adult dinghy classes racing in Dublin Bay,…
There's a chance to see the 2007 TV documentary 'The Regatta' again on Setanta sports channel. The programme, based around the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta 2007, captures the action on Dublin Bay, features the 500 boats afloat and interviews many…
The biggest classes in this weekend's Lambay race is Class 3 (24) and Puppeteers (20) and there are 130 entries to date. Among the favourites will be 'Kinetic' (Colwell/Murphy) in Class 2, having just retained their ICRA National title and…
There are 12 entries for tomorrow night's Lee Overlay Royal Alfred overnight race to Rockabill. A briefing will be held in Dun Laoghaire at 6.30 pm prior to racing.
For maritime topics of interest, tune in to Seascapes this Friday (June 19) at 10.30pm on RTE Radio 1 – Tom MacSweeney reports on what happened to the compensation money for Asgard; the views of the great Alan Villiers on…
Bill Foster and Steve Molloy from Carrickfergus will be joining the Tall Ships as they sail into Belfast this August, finishing port of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. The duo have been sponsored by Sailability, the charity which supports disabled…
The Flying Fifteen Northern Championships was keenly contested last weekend at EABC on Larne Lough - County Antrim. With a good turn out despite only two travelling boats from the South of Ireland, 23 boats competed over a series of…
A French father and son who were taking part in a race to the Fastnet were rescued in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 17 June 2009) seven miles south of Baltimore Harbour. The pair got into difficulty when…
A fleet of 76 Mini Transat 6.50s are currently battling 30-knot winds having rounded the Fastnet Rock overnight in the annual double-handed Mini Fastnet. The enormous fleet of 21-footers is now spread over 280 miles, with some still rounding the…
Dublin Port Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results 16/6/09 ~ Cruisers 2 – 1 Borraine, Ean Pugh, 2 Cor Baby, Keith Kiernan et al. Cruisers 3 – 1 Cacciatore, Anne O'Callaghan et al, 2 Grasshopper 2, K & J Glynn, 3…
Held in good, sunny conditions, the 40th annual Athlone regatta to be held at Coosan Point efficiently fulfilled a busy programme of races between 8:30 am. and 7:30 pm writes Mike McCrohan. In a season where quite a number of rowing…
The E-Boat class association resurrected its class match racing challenge on Sunday with 7 boats taking on each other in head to head competition hosted by Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. Shane O’Flarthy, Aidan Cronin and Billy Collins on Wyle…
Hosted by the Royal St George YC in Dublin Bay, the Ruffian 23 National Championships took place on the weekend of 12–14 June, with a slightly disappointing entry list at 16 boats – but what a weekend’s racing those absent…
When quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister announced that roaming costs in Ireland would prevent her from keeping her Round Britain campaign website updated, it wasn't long before help arrived. Cork roaming SIM card company Maxroam stepped in almost immediately to get…
A fleet of eight SB3s, about the right size for the confined space, sailed up through the lifted Toll Bridge at 1030 last Friday to do battle in some epic racing for the 2009 Liffey Challenge . Weather conditions were…
After 21 days at sea, Barry Hurley and Italian sailor Luca Zuccoli had an exciting match-race to the OSTAR finish line in Newport this morning, with Barry hugging the shore line (a trick learned from his years sailing in Cork…
Sandy Bay Marina Ltd. have just opened new mooring facilities at 17a Shore Road, Lough Neagh, opposite Rams Island. The new 60-berth marina is three miles from the A26 (Airport Road) heading west on the Lough Road. Sandy Bay is…

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