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On Saturday the 21st of February more than 2,300 swimmers took part in the annual Perth (Australia) to Rottnest Island swim. Two swimmers from Cork:  Jennifer Hurley and John Conroy completed solo swims and Andrew Flanagan (Galway) and David Farrell…
Three people were rescued when the RNLI All-weather lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire was called to the assistance of a yacht sinking in Killiney Bay on Sunday afternoon. The incident took place shortly after 5pm when the crew of the 54-foot…
Dun Laoghaire's emergence as an Irish sea yacht racing venue continued last night when Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin TD, launched the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) 2009 at the Allianz Boat Show, running at the RDS…
Irish ocean yachtsman Damian Foxall was announced on RTE radio last night as Ireland's Sailor of the Year for 2008.Foxall, currently racing on board the Green Dragon, Ireland's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, was selected by the judges for…
The Irish Sailing Association has purchased three Yamaha VX Cruisers on a single road trailer for training Centres around the country.ISA Training Manager Tony Wright explained why the sailing association had purchaed the jet skis: “One of the fundamental difficulties…
The boat show made headlines this morning when the chairman of the Marine Industry Federation called on the Government to support those who want to invest and create jobs in the sector.vAt the opening of the National Boat Show in…
For those longing for hot-weather water-based pursuits, this week's Boat Show will give visitors to the RDS a chance to look forward to the summer when Ireland's world-class waterways can be enjoyed to the full. Visitors to Irish WaterSafety's stand…
His boat has been passed fit, but Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking feared his team's chances of winning leg five were less than healthy when they finally started racing this morning. Green Dragon is third in a fleet of five…
Captain Tom McCarthy, who commanded Asgard II for nine years, has thrown his weight behind the Lift the lady campaign to save the sunken vessel.The longest serving Master of Asgard II says the ship must be 'recovered and restored to…
Today, Minister of State Noel Ahern TD presented Irish, US and Irish Coast Guard marching flags to a delegation of Irish Coast Guard volunteers from Killaloe Co. Clare.  The presentation of flags by the Minister is in preparation for the…
On tonight’s edition of RTE One's SEASCAPES programme you can hear of a family fishing operation in County Westmeath which is faced with closure because of the Government’s decision to close down the Irish eel fishery. 
The  IMF and the ISA have jointly been trying to rekindle interest in small boat sailing. As part of next week's show en classes are attending. As one of the most popular keelboats in the country the Flying Fifteen class…
Below the fold is footage of the last moments of Ireland's sail training vessel, the Asgard II, as she went down off the French coast on September 11, 2008. More than 950 people have now signed the petition to raise…
Just one week to go until the 25th Allianz Dublin Boat Show kicks off in the RDS Simmonscourt for five days jam packed with all the latest the marine leisure industry has to offer. The show is set to take…
The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is to push for a national maritime policy at next week's Allianz Boat Show at the RDS. It is almost 12 months since the IMF called for its introduction but there is almost no progress…
RTE's marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney claims in his weekly log that a number of issues arise from not raising the vessel, one of which is that the cause of the sinking may never be positively ascertained. Government policy, on safety…
Green Dragon has announced two crew changes for Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Qingdao to Rio, which starts on Saturday February 14th 2009. Navigator Ian Moore and helmsman/trimmer Anthony Merrington will stand down for the 12,500 mile…
Irish amateur voyages under sail to Africa and the Arctic were celebrated in Dublin on Friday February 6th at the annual awards ceremony of the Irish Cruising Club. It’s a thriving all-Ireland organization – the current Commodore is Peter Ronaldson…
Team USA 1 from the New York Yacht Club are the 2009 ISAF Team Racing World Champions, defeating the local AUS 1 team in the final in Perth, Australia to successfully defend the title they won two years ago. Ireland…
After waiting patiently over the weekend, the fleet managed to complete two races during today’s In Port race in Qingdao.  There was just enough wind to race (5 - 7 knots maximum), the teams also had to contend with very…
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