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Rival sailmakers topped the leader board at the Flying fifteen European championships in Kinsale as the competition reached the halfway stage yesterday.
Aiming high for Ireland at Qingdao
No surprises who ruled the waves in Qingdao, and we'll be hearing about it for some time to come. But as Team GB’s final medal tally rose to four gold, a silver and a bronze, Ireland – without any results…
World champion Mike Hart crewed by Richard Riggs of England opened his account with two wins in yesterday's opening races of the Flying fifteen European championships at Kinsale YC that is so far dominated by British entries.
As Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne finish their last race in Qingdao, it's time for the Irish team to bid farewell to China, and look back on what has come to pass. With not-so-lofty goals set ahead of the games,…
Entrants to this weekend's Cocoon Cruiser Challenge have been invited to test their mettle against the fastest boat in the country this Friday. Can YOU port tack the Green Dragon?
Things are beginning to wrap up at Qingdao, with medals already handed out in the Finn, 470, 49er and Yngling. Ireland, however, have yet to make a medal race, and hopes for that are fading.
Their Olympics may be finished on the water, but it'll be a long time anyone forgets the two race wins racked up by Ger Owens and Philip Lawton in the 470 class. In an exclusive podcast, Phil Lawton tells us…
Star crew Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne have continued their run of good form, posting a 12th and a seventh in the first two of today's scheduled three races in Qingdao.
Irish Star sailors Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne have opened their Olympic account with a solid sixth-place finish in race one. O'Leary/Milne beat their training partners, Briton Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, into seventh.
Irish 470 duo Ger Owens and Phil Lawton posted another first place finish in the first race today in Qingdao today, bringing their overall standing to ninth at the halfway point.
Ireland's sailors have posted middle-of-the-road results so far this morning in Qingdao, with one race completed and one in progress in both the 470 Mens and Laser Radial class. The Finn class are on a rest day.
Ireland's Green Dragon Racing Team are four days into their first real ocean test, the 2000-mile qualifier for the Volvo Ocean Race. The qualified is being used to vet three new potential squad members, all Chinese, who are enjoying a…
470 duo Ger Owens and Phil Lawton took Ireland's first Olympic race win in Beijing early today, making the most of just six knots of breeze. The result puts the pair in ninth overall after the first day on the…
Lack of wind in Qingdao leaves Irish becalmed
It's not official yet but sailing looks set to be become the next extreme sport when the Olympic regatta starts tomorrow. If smog, strong currents and the absence of wind was not enough of an obstacle there's even more trouble…
The various GBR squads are still having things go their way, but the Irish are closing the gap towards the top of the Topper world - and doing it fast. Topper coach Thomas Chaix delivers us his verdict of the…
Recent forays out from Cork have been the Green Dragon's first introduction to its Irish sailing heritage. As the she made her way up the coast from Cork, skipper Ian Walker posted this report from the Fastnet Rock.
She was designed in California, made in China, assembled in England, and her spars came from New Zealand. But Ireland's Green Dragon was conceived in Galway. She's a Galway Girl, and she's home for the first time.
British sailor Eliot Hanson will wake up this morning to start his first week as the reigning Topper World Champion. Hanson came out on top of the 176-boat fleet in Tralee last Friday, putting together an enviable string of results.
Unpredictable days of sail were remembered on Dublin bay on Thursday when a Schooner with a cargo of French wine arrived into City Quay under engine.

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