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According to research just conducted by the Irish Marine Federation (IMF) at ast month's London Boat Show, buying a new boat in Sterling is not cheaper than buying a new boat in Euro. The survey conducted by the industry body…
Simon Coveney TD, a sailor and Fine Gael front bencher has added his voice to the Raise Asgard campaign but fears the worst for the brigantine, lost in French waters five months ago. "It looks like the Government is getting…
Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea will decide on Friday whether the national sail training vessel Asgard II will be salvaged, following its sinking off the northwest coast of France last year. Mr O’Dea told the Dáil that the board of…
The move is on to bring boats to Galway and organisers want boaters  to form an orderly queue for the best spots in the harbour. There's already been some decent chat about it here on the forum. The upshot is…
Friday the 13th may not be the best day to try adventure sports, that’s a given. However, watching adrenaline fuelled adventure films is the perfect way to safely spend the evening. Following the success of WAFF 2008, the organisers have…
High profile signatories to Afloat's Raise the Asgard campaign have caught the attention of the national media this morning including musician Jimmy Crowley whose song 'My Love is a Tall Ship' has been adopted as the anthem for the campaign.…
Battered and bruised but more than able to smile, the crew of Green Dragon arrived in Qingdao last night with their heads held high after finishing fourth in a leg fraught with set-backs. They always knew this stage was going…
Mark Mills of County Wicklow, international boat designer, is Afloat's "Sailor of the Month” for January, with his star on the ascendant after sweeping victories in the Key West Regatta in Florida. Boat designers need to be many things. Obviously…
Green Dragon are just over 20 miles away from completing Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race. It has been a real test for machine and men as they battled storm conditions, damage and the prospect of not making it…
A Parliamentary Question (QUESTION NO: 132) from David Stanton TD today asked the Minister for Defence about his plans to proceed with a salvage operation on the Asgard II; and if he will make a statement on the matter. The…
Figures released by the RNLI today Friday 30 January 2009, on RNLI SOS day, show that last year Irish lifeboats launched 863 times and rescued 993 people. Despite a disappointing summer the demand on Irish volunteer lifeboat crews remained high,…
Jimmy Crowley's song about the sailing ship Asgard II, My Love is a Tall Ship, was adopted as an anthem for sailors everywhere and was used in the documentary film on the Tall Ships’ Race made by RTE. Now it's…
Six Mills Design IRC yachts raced in IRC 2 at Acura Key West Race Week 2009, with San Francisco owner Dan Woolery driving his beautifully prepared new King 40 Soozal to take the top spot from Tony Buckingham’s Mills 40…
After another punishing day on the race course, only five boats remain on track for Qingdao.  The attrition rate continues, as Ericsson 3 fell victim to the challenging conditions. Skipper Magnus Olsson discovered a series of cracks in the bow…
The crew of Ericsson 3, one of two Ericsson Racing Team entries in the Volvo Ocean Race, is making way for Taiwan after discovering cracks in the forward port side of the hull. All 11 crewmembers aboard the Volvo Open…
Afloat magazine readers voted overwhelmingly for the Asgard to be lifted in an online poll. Disappointingly, three months on, she remains at the bottom of the sea. Now in February 2009, Afloat have opened an online petition to provide a…
The newly formed Swim Ireland National Open Water Committee was ratified at a Swim Ireland board meeting last weekend with a remit for the promotion and development of open water swimming in Ireland. At the inaugural meetingNed Denison was elected…
Children Leah Cleer (7), Kaitlin Dunne (8) and James Hegarty (9) were on hand this morning to help launch the HB Let’s Sail Competition, as part of the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover 2009. Primary and Secondary school students throughout…
Update from Green Dragon at 1500: The Dragon maybe wounded but they are determined to sail across the finish line in Qingdao. The pit stop in the Philippines allowed the crew to work around the clock to repair the damaged…
The mooring jetties situated on the left bank south of the Killaloe-Ballina bridge where construction work is in progress are out of bounds to the public until further notice. Masters and Owners of vessels should not berth at this facility…
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