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DESPITE three wins in an 11-race series, Dun Laoghaire's Mumm 36, Jameson, crewed by an international panel, leave Italy without the Mumm 36 world championship title. They must turn their attention instead towards producing an American victory in the next…
A LACK of resources is forcing Ireland's top-placed sailor at the Atlanta Olympics out of the race for Sydney selection despite the recent announcement of a £10,000 outstanding sports-person's grant towards her 2000 campaign. Aisling Bowman (28) became the first-ever…
A LIGHT AIR win, secured in the dying airs of yesterday evening, will do much to bolster Robin Hennessy's Dragon Gold Cup campaign when the international event gets underway on Dublin Bay in just seven weeks time. Yesterday, racing in…
DESPITE leading the fleet for the whole Sports boat race, Colm Barrington's decision to defy the premature start rule cost him the opening race of the Carlsberg RAYC Superleague on Dublin Bay yesterday. In fickle winds, Barrington and his crew…
CRITICISM has been levied over the Irish Sailing Association's decision to mete out the first ever eligibility ban on an Irish yachtsman for alleged gross misconduct. A Dublin University helmsman has received a suspended ban but his Trinity team-mates have…
THE sailors of Royal Cork YC showed their skills in heavy airs on Dublin Bay this weekend. Conditions became so blustery for the 100 boats in three series that yesterday afternoon's racing had to abandoned. At least three boats were…
EARLY SEASON sportsboat competition and a forecasted fleet of 30 boats for next month's 1720 East coast championship will make 1997 a watershed year for the Category B class in only its third season afloat. The Cork harbour design makes…
ICEBERGS, growlers, a broken boom and ripped sails have combined to thwart the progress of intrepid skipper Tom O'Connor on the fifth leg of the BT Global challenge. In a report from on board Pause to Remember this week, O'Connor…
DESPITE the buoyancy of the marine leisure industry, which is clearly evident at Boat Show 97 in the RDS this week, and the recent ERSI figures which show that over 80,000 people are involved in coastal boating, there is still…
THERE are 49,000 participant's in coastal sailing according to an ERSI survey. The figure is among one of a number of positive disclosures by the Minister for the Marine and Defence, Sean Barrett, this week. In addition to the appointment…
A SERIES of nationwide seminars to explain the most fundamental changes to the racing rules for 50 years begins next week at locations across Ireland. Top rules experts, including an international judge and umpire, will deliver eight seminars that hope,…
DBSC BROKE with over 100 years tradition when they elected Margaret Woods as club commodore. By allowing sponsored boats race under the DBSC burgee the club are also breaking new ground on the race course and plan shore-side innovations for…
ON the eve of one of world's largest winter regattas, at Key West, Florida, the US Sailing Association has confirmed that Dun Laoghaire's Mumm 36, Jameson, will sail for the US in July's Admiral's Cup series off Cowes. In a…
A £500,000 plan geared towards the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the formation of the next Olympic sailing team will be top of the agenda at the Irish Sailing Association's Olympic forum next week. Hosted by Richard Burrows, chairman of…
PLANS to introduce a week long regatta on Dublin Bay to be known as Dun Laoghaire Week - hinge on the readiness of Dun Laoghaire's 500 berth marina promised for the 1997/98 sailing season. The co ordinated plan to host…
SYDNEY-BASED champion Skiff sailor David Cummins has been having discussions with ISA officials about a place in the Irish Olympic team. Cummins is said to be keen to secure the nomination in the new Julian Bethwaite-designed 49er Skiff dinghy discipline…
IN A season remembered partly for disputes over professional eligibility, the Royal Alfred Yacht Club made a fitting confirmation of its allegiance to amateur sailors when it named Cracklin' Rosie as yacht of the year for its 1996 performances over…
A RECORD turnout to compete in the 26th DMYC Frostbite series and the announcement of a new high performance Olympic dinghy provided a shot in the arm for Irish dinghy racers this week. There were few more pleased than Howth's…

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