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A Finnish built, family sports cruiser with a price that has been slashed by 45% is on the market from HM Yachts in Cork. The 2007 Finnmaster Grandezza 23DC is a good seaboat with a deep V, ideal for day… Minister Cullen Acknowledges VOR Boost
Welcoming today’s report on the Economic and Media evaluation of Ireland’s participation in the Race that was published at the Morrison hotel in Dublin this morning, Minister for the Arts, Sport and Tourism, Mr Martin Cullen TD said: “Today’s report… Stop-Over Report Finds Massive Benefit for Galway
The first ever stop over of the Volvo Ocean Race generated Euro 55 million for the West of Ireland according to a Failte Ireland report to be published this morning. The key findings and a link to the full report…
Victory for Cork in South Atlantic Leg of Clipper
AFLOAT.IE  The jubilant crew of Cork, Ireland, has arrived in Cape Town after taking victory in Race 3, the South Atlantic leg, of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. They crossed the finish line in Table Bay at…
Neptune Head of River Cancelled
AFLOAT.IE  The Neptune Head of the River, scheduled for Blessington on Saturday, has been cancelled due to a forecast of high winds. The event, which was to feature the inaugural National Sculling Head, had already been postponed from last weekend…
Ireland's Traditions, Building Crafts and Skills
AFLOAT.IE  As we attempt to look into Ireland's future, sometimes the past can become even more important. This week on Seascapes, Tom MacSweeney and his crew discuss how – and if – Ireland's traditional boats could be saved; and the…
Clipper Update: Cork Due to Royal Cape YC Today
AFLOAT.IE  The first of the ten 68-foot racing yachts competing in Clipper 09-10 round the world yacht race is expected to cross the finish line in Table Bay, South Africa between 1500 and 1800 local time (1300-1600 GMT) this afternoon…
Cork Clocks Exceptional 12-Hour Run
a>   The latest low pressure system has meant that all the teams are now speeding their way towards the finish line in Cape Town. Several of the boats have emerged from Stealth Mode and the fight for the podium…
Rowing Season Getting Underway at Blessington
AFLOAT.IE Over 400 rowers are expected in Blessington, Co Wicklow this weekend as Rowing Ireland’s new season gets underway this Saturday with a new national competition format. The competition, originally scheduled for last weekend, was postponed due to adverse weather…
Schull to Host 2011 Team Racing Worlds
AFLOAT.IE : The International Sailing Federation Conference in Korea this week has awarded Schull in West Cork the Team Racing World Championships in 2011. The event is expected to attract 25 teams and over 300 sailors and coaches to the…
DBSC to Present 90 Cups and 116 Prizes
90 Cups–some up to 100 years old–will be presented at Dublin Bay Sailing Club's annual prizegiving this Friday night in a celebration of sailing at the Royal Marine Hotel. 1665 members raced in four separate series and up to 116…
New Ronstan Swivel Head Orbit Blocks
Ronstan has expanded their award winning line of Orbit Blocks™ by introducing several new Swivel Head blocks. These blocks are exactly the same as the original Orbit Blocks™, except the soft Dyneema® Link Head system has been replaced with a…
Full Henri Lloyd Range at METS
Henri Lloyd has launched a revolutionary innovation aimed at advancing more eco-friendly marine technical apparel, taking the marine industry’s first steps to link product development and eco-friendly problem-solving, and will be exhibiting their full 2010 Marine Technical Range at METS…
Peridot Wins Opening DBSC Round
With 75 boats racing for in its first outing last Sunday now there is a real prospect that the Viking Marine DBSC Turkey Shoot Sailing Series will make 100 entries for the first time. The spectacle of boats racing in…
O'Sullivan takes over in Fenit
Brian O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan's Marine is the new chairman of Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners in County Kerry. The Chamber of Commerce candidate takes over the role amid plans to double the marina there from 100 to 200 berths. This…
Galway Stop  'Worth Euro 80 Million'
Fáilte Ireland officially puts a figure on the the economic impact of 2009's major sailing event this week when the tourism body values the Galway stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The report carried out by Deloitte will show the global…
Afloat Forum: Hats Off for a Bright Idea is giving away Henri Lloyd and Helly Hansen hats for each suggestion made on its forum thread 'Brain Waves - ideas to develop our coastline'. So far users have suggested making the Shannon Estuary a marine park, development of…
Cork Gets Good Week in the Clipper
With just over 500nm to the finish in Cape Town, Cork has secured a strong lead over the last four days with 72nm separating them from second place Hull & Humber. It is anticipated that they will arrive in Cape…
Foynes YC Win ISA Yachtsman Euromarine RIB Challenge
Congratulations to Foynes Yacht Club, winner of the ISA Yachtsman Euromarine National Rib Challenge trophy for 2009, holding off nine other teams for the prize. This is a good result for a club which decided recently to invest their time…
On The Forum: Give us an Idea & win a Hat, Team Racing and the Turkey Shoot
On Afloat's Irish Boating Forum this week: IRLontop says Irish college Firefy sailors are so fast that the Scottish organisers had to rewrite the rules to prevent Ireland winning. Skipper says that the sight of 50-plus cruisers in the sunshine…

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