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No clear leader as yet in Figaro
The Figaro fleet is expected to arrive in St. Gilles Croix-de-Vie tonight, and the finish line won’t come a moment too soon for the 52 skippers. This second leg has been one long drag race since the fleet escaped the…
OC trackers for Fastnet entrants
A record entry of 300 boats will each carry an OC Tracker for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts from Cowes on Sunday, 9th August. The Fastnet Race is a 608 nautical mile offshore classic which sees boats ranging…
Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks move up to 17th after finishing the fifth race of the Star worlds in Sweden in 13th place this afternoon. Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody are in 22nd overall after a disappointing drop from second…
One missing and one drowned due to lake rescue attempt
One man is missing, feared dead, and another drowned after they attempted to rescue three people whose boat had capsized on Gallon Lake, midway between Virginia and Bailieborough in Co. Cavan, writes Conor Lally and Pat Tierney in today's Irish…
'Cinnamon Girl' to miss Fastnet
Royal Cork's Cian McCarthy will not start in this weekend's Fastnet race because his brand new Class 40 yacht 'Cinnamon Girl ' is still to hit the water. The solo sailor is focused instead on October 18th, the date for…
Calves Week: Unseasonal weather continues
The continuation of the unseasonal weather conditions forced the postponement of the Friday night Crosshaven–Schull raceas part of Calves Week , which eventually started at 8pm on Saturday morning, with a slight improvement in conditions. Eight boats came to the…
RTÉ Provide New Marine Weather Outlook Service
RTÉ and Met Éireann have joined forces for a new weekly Marine Outlook weather broadcast on RTÉ television. Friday night is the timeslot, after the Late News on RTÉ 1 and will be useful to the recreational boating community in…
Encouraging overall Irish result from 420 Worlds
James O’Callaghan, High Performance Director of the ISA reported Wednesday evening (5th August) from Lake Garda, where he was supervising and helping with the loading of equipment following the conclusion of the 420 World Championships which was attended by a…
Boys saved from Castlerock Caves
Two boys aged 13 and 14 were rescued last night (Wednesday 5th August) after becoming stuck in a cave near Castlerock, Co. Londonderry, reports the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. Coast Guard Rescue Teams from Castlerock and Ballycastle worked alongside…
Appeal for assistance in restoration of Asgard I
The historic first Asgard which was involved in the gun-running to the Irish Volunteers at Howth in 1914 is to be restored after a long controversy, reported Tom MacSweeney on the RTÉ News on Sunday, the 2nd of August. Raghnall…
Howth Wednesdays have Flashback
Wednesday Series saw Breen and company in the Beneteau 34.7 Flashback continue their run of successes in Class 1 IRC and HPH, while Superhero (Banahan/Byrne) and Impetuous (Noonan/Chambers) took firsts in Class 2 IRC and HPH respectively. Toughnut was first…
After four races in the Star Worlds in Sweden Irish crews are placed 18th and 24th overall. In a reversal of fortunes for Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody the Eastern European champions crashed out of the top ten after two…
North Pole here they come
Three Norwegians – Trond Aasvoll, Hans Fredrik Haukland and Finn Andreassen – have begun their attempt to circumnavigate the North Pole in a 1977 36-foot sailing yacht. Global warming can, strangely enough, contribute to their success in their endeavour to…
New gear from Musto
The great thing about investing in decent performance clothing here in the western hemisphere is that, as you’ll probably be wearing it throughout the year, you know you’ll get your money’s worth. And Musto’s layering technology is designed to let…
Weather shuffles the Figaro pack
Since yesterday’s light airs start at Coruna, the returning north-westerly breeze has comprehensively shuffled the pack, as the 52-boat fleet heads back across the Bay of Biscay on its way to the second leg finish at St. Gilles Croix de…
Plymouth to welcome sailing hero
Tony Bullimore, a British sailor famous for having survived five days capsized in Antarctica, will be berthing his 102ft catamaran, The Spirit of Antigua, in Mayflower Marina next week following an ambitious record breaking attempt. Tony will be sailing the…
New Chief Executive for Inland Fisheries
Mr Conor Lenihan, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Communications Energy & Natural Resources, has announced the appointment, on the recommendation of the Public Appointments Service, of Dr Ciaran Byrne as Chief Executive Designate of Inland Fisheries Ireland…
Dilleen and D'Urso Boss Their Heat
Ireland’s double scull of Lisa Dilleen and Laura D’Urso won their heat at the World Junior Championships in Brive in France and qualified directly for Friday’s semi-finals. The two 18 year olds had over five seconds to spare over second-placed…
Tall Ships gathering renews 'Raise Asgard' campaign
The Tall Ships head for Belfast next week but the fleet will be missing the pride of Ireland, Asgard II. The Brigantine still lies at the bottom of the sea off France. The Government has the insurance money (3.2 million…
Deilginis takes two at Howth
TUESDAY & SATURDAY SERIES 3, 4/8/2009: 17 Footer Scratch – 1 Deilginis, Massey/Others, 2 Rita, Curly/Lynch, 3 Echo, B. & H. Lynch. 17 Footer Handicap – 1 Deilginis, 2, Echo, 3, Rita. TUESDAY SERIES 3: Puppeteer Scratch – 1 Ibis,…
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