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Calling all sailors. UK holiday company Vitalise Holidays is offering exciting sighted guiding opportunities to dedicated enthusiasts. National charity Vitalise is seeking enthusiasts of all descriptions to accompany groups of visually impaired people on holidays throughout the UK, Europe and…
Leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Singapore to Qingdao in China, one of the toughest legs in the race, has claimed its first victim. Ian Walker/GBR and his crew were in fourth place and sailing in 17 knots…
Minister of State and Clare T.D., Mr. Tony Killeen has confirmed that agreement on the purchase of a suitable sitefor the proposed new Doolin Search and Rescue Headquarters has been reached. The North Clare T.D. received notification of the agreement…
Is Ger O'Rourke's participation in the Volvo Ocean Race not good enough for them? Now other members of the ‘Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland’ have confirmed their participation in the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge set for Manhattan…
The move to bring the biggest ever cruise fleet to Kerry is underway. Online entry is now available for both the Irish Cruiser Racing Association ‘National Cruiser Championships’ 11th – 13th June 2009 and the West of Ireland Offshore Racing…
Beneteau's Swift Trawler 52 has won an award in the trawler category in the Motor Boat of the Year Awards announced at a glitzy dinner in London's Waldorf Hilton Hotel.The French made boat is distributed here by BJ Marine of…
Update from Green Dragon, Monday, January 19th. Over 24 hours into Leg 4 and the fleet are lined up like ducks as they head north into the South China Sea. The first day has been tough on Green Dragon as…
Update from Green Dragon, Monday, January 19th. Over 24 hours into Leg 4 and the fleet are lined up like ducks as they head north into the South China Sea. The first day has been tough on Green Dragon as…
Update from Delta Lloyd, 14.00hrs Monday January 19: The early stages of leg 4 in the Volvo Ocean Race is always a tense  affair where the high performance racing yachts tease out the strategy  and course for which they will…
The show must go on
In the last month or so, it has become much harder to take out our wallets without feeling guilty. No one in authority has told us not to spend. But people are scared, and that fear is showing up in…
Six young sailors heading to Perth, Australia, on the 26th January for the World Team Racing Championships. They qualified for the event in April 2008 by doing well (2nd/12) in the Team Sailing National Championships and getting through to the…
Waterways Ireland’s new Headquarters building in Enniskillen was officially opened earlier today by Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs together with his colleague Gregory Campbell MP, MLA, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern…
RTE's SEASCAPES readio show sets sail on a new night this week and, in the weeks ahead, several new aspects to the programme will be introduced. Tonight at 10.30 p.m. on SEASCAPES, RTE Radio 1, you will hear –•    An…
Howth Yacht Club is the Irish Independent/Mitsubishi Motors “Sailing Club of the Year” for 2009, and will be holding the title through the coming season in celebration of a remarkable year during 2008, in which the east coast club saw…
Ericsson 4 won the UBS Challenge for the In-Port Race in the Volvo Ocean Race in Singapore today after finishing second in race one and winning race two. Green Dragon was fifth and Delta Lloyd last in the seven boat…
Figures for the numbers of people completing ISA training courses in 2008 indicate healthy growth with a total of over 17,000 certificates issued say the Irishy Sailing Association. The Small Boat Sailing Scheme remains the busiest with some 11,500 people…
Following a long period of cold, settled weather the CEO of Irish Water Safety John Leech wishes to raise awareness with Commercial Fishing Skippers of their responsibilities in keeping their vessel afloat this winter. The first Gale of the New…
The Show was officially launched at 11.00am today by model, actress and TV presenter Kelly Brook. On declaring the Show open, Kelly said: “It’s a great privilege to be here today and to open the London International Boat Show. There…
IMF show under way
Not many of us will need to be reminded that 2008 represented the toughest set of business circumstances in decades. Few will be sorry to see the back of it. Senior members have make the point that that these times…
Ericsson 4 will not be penalised under the protest filed by the Rule Management Group against the team. The International Jury found the team was not obliged to inform the Measurers of changes made to the bow of its boat,…
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