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Dun Laoghaire Councillors united across party lines to unanimously support the town regatta, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Week, that aims to have a massive fleet of over 600 boats when it kicks off for the third time in July 2009.
With just 64 days left until the start of the Olympic Games, doubt still hangs over one of the sailing nominations - the Star. Both Irish Star teams are racing in Croatia this week, but will return to face the…
The 100ft maxi, Leopard, has lopped eight hours off the transatlantic sailing record for yachts with powered sail systems. The transatlantic record, Leopard's second in two years, bodes well for its bid to take the Round Ireland course record later…
Royal Cork brother-and-sister team Richard and Amy Harrington took the top spot at the first major RS Feva event to be held in Crosshaven. Superb sailing conditions, and Dayglo sails meant high-action, high-vis racing was the menu for the bank…
Mike Slade's 100-foot maxi ICAP Leopard is en route to set another record today as it makes its way to the Lizard and the finish line in a transatlantic bid. The record, for superyachts with powered winches, stands at eight…
Ger O'Rourke will travel to Lanzarote this week to make final checks on Black Betty, the VO70 formerly known as ABN Amro 1, before closing the deal to use the boat as Ireland's second Volvo Ocean Race entry. Black Betty…
When Hallowe'en sailed into Dun Laoghaire harbour this June bank holiday weekend her Irish owners moved into the forefront of the international classic boat world with the beautifully restored vessel. The 70ft William Fife designed and built bermudan cutter of…
Tiffany Brien, a 17-year-old Laser sailor from Belfast, will sail solo from Northern Ireland to Scotland this June to raise money for a Belfast sailing charity. The youngster, part of the ISA Academy, hopes to raise enough to buy Sailability…
Howth Yacht Club’s annual regatta takes place on Saturday 7th June with the traditional Lambay Races - sponsored by Citroen and its local dealer Tom Walsh Motors in Baldoyle - expected to attract its usual large fleet of up to…
It has been confirmed that Ireland will have a second entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. Fastnet winner, twice Afloat sailor of the year, and national offshore-sprint hero Ger O’Rourke will use the title-holding boat, ABN Amro 1 (aka Black…
The Irish Times reports this morning has confirmed that a second Irish entry in to the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) will be made this week following the purchase of the winning boat from the 2005/6 race by offshore sailor Ger…
With six weeks to the first gun at ACCBank Cork Week the Class divisions are beginning to take shape with handicap bands in the big boat fleets forecast to be similar to 2006.
The organisers of Ireland's Volvo Ocean Race stopover have launched their website for the event as the countdown passed the one year mark. Lets Do It Galway, chaired by Enda O Coineen, is now seeking volunteers and spectator craft for…
ICRA Commodore Fintan Cairns says no proposal has been received by Irish national champion Dave Dwyer to try and form another Irish Commodore's Cup team in spite of a press statement from the Mariners Cove team stating they are keen…
The quays of the River Liffey play host to Ireland's biggest docklands festival this bank holiday weekend, as the nautical world moves slightly upstream and into the city centre for three days of festivities.
Olympic Laser Radial sailor Ciara Peelo has launched a new website in a bid to secure some final sponsorship ahead of her appearance at the Olympic games. The Malahide sailor is currently at the Olympic venue in Qingdao, along with…
The Optimist class maintains its standing as Ireland's strongest one-design fleet, with a swarm of 127 teenage and pre-teen sailors buzzing about Galway Bay last weekend for their Connacht Championships. For grown-ups to even come close to those numbers, it…
Ireland's fleet may not have taken the top prize in Tarbert, but with six of the nine podium spots in the top three fleets going to the Emerald Isle, Ireland's cruiser racers are still there in numbers.
What will likely be the two fastest entries to the Round Ireland race are currently on the move, east and west of Ireland respectively. The radical Russian entry has hit the water in Lymington, and Leopard 3 is in the…
Ireland's long rein as holders of the Scottish Series Trophy ended this evening as the trophy went to France for the first time with Gery Trentesaux and his crew on the new Philippe Briand designed First 45, Lady Courrier, topping…
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