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Entrants to this weekend's Cocoon Cruiser Challenge have been invited to test their mettle against the fastest boat in the country this Friday. Can YOU port tack the Green Dragon?
Things are beginning to wrap up at Qingdao, with medals already handed out in the Finn, 470, 49er and Yngling. Ireland, however, have yet to make a medal race, and hopes for that are fading.
Their Olympics may be finished on the water, but it'll be a long time anyone forgets the two race wins racked up by Ger Owens and Philip Lawton in the 470 class. In an exclusive podcast, Phil Lawton tells us…
Star crew Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne have continued their run of good form, posting a 12th and a seventh in the first two of today's scheduled three races in Qingdao.
Irish Star sailors Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne have opened their Olympic account with a solid sixth-place finish in race one. O'Leary/Milne beat their training partners, Briton Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, into seventh.
Irish 470 duo Ger Owens and Phil Lawton posted another first place finish in the first race today in Qingdao today, bringing their overall standing to ninth at the halfway point.
Ireland's sailors have posted middle-of-the-road results so far this morning in Qingdao, with one race completed and one in progress in both the 470 Mens and Laser Radial class. The Finn class are on a rest day.
Ireland's Green Dragon Racing Team are four days into their first real ocean test, the 2000-mile qualifier for the Volvo Ocean Race. The qualified is being used to vet three new potential squad members, all Chinese, who are enjoying a…
470 duo Ger Owens and Phil Lawton took Ireland's first Olympic race win in Beijing early today, making the most of just six knots of breeze. The result puts the pair in ninth overall after the first day on the…
Lack of wind in Qingdao leaves Irish becalmed
It's not official yet but sailing looks set to be become the next extreme sport when the Olympic regatta starts tomorrow. If smog, strong currents and the absence of wind was not enough of an obstacle there's even more trouble…
The various GBR squads are still having things go their way, but the Irish are closing the gap towards the top of the Topper world - and doing it fast. Topper coach Thomas Chaix delivers us his verdict of the…
Recent forays out from Cork have been the Green Dragon's first introduction to its Irish sailing heritage. As the she made her way up the coast from Cork, skipper Ian Walker posted this report from the Fastnet Rock.
She was designed in California, made in China, assembled in England, and her spars came from New Zealand. But Ireland's Green Dragon was conceived in Galway. She's a Galway Girl, and she's home for the first time.
British sailor Eliot Hanson will wake up this morning to start his first week as the reigning Topper World Champion. Hanson came out on top of the 176-boat fleet in Tralee last Friday, putting together an enviable string of results.
Unpredictable days of sail were remembered on Dublin bay on Thursday when a Schooner with a cargo of French wine arrived into City Quay under engine.
Ciara Peelo Olympic flag bearer
National pride is the only reason Ciara Peelo would leave her boat in Qingdao and head north on a 1,000-kilometre journey on the eve of the biggest regatta of her career. When the single female sailor enters Beijing's Olympic stadium…
Underdog O'Rourke needs lifeline
Ireland’s second entry into October’s Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is sinkingbefore it leaves the dock, and a lack of sponsorship is to blame accordingto its skipper, 2007 Fastnet race winner Ger O’Rourke.The Limerick sailor confounded pundits when news of the…
After turning heads at Ireland's biggest sailing gathering of the year, the Green Dragon team will hope to put their nose out in front at the Galway Races.
Courtown's Philip Doran and Strangford sailor Christopher Eames are Ireland's top representatives at the Gul Topper World Championships in Tralee, as the event moves into the closing stages. Light, flukey airs prevented racing yesterday, allowing Doran another day to digest…

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