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It was a good day onboard Green Dragon as Ian Walker and his crew stormed over the scoring gate picking up 3 valuable points along the way.  This now places them joint second overall alongside PUMA as they make the…
Staging the boat show
Last week I asked my bank manager if there was any danger of his bank going bust. Thankfully, he assured me it was in fine shape but it’s an indication of the times in which we live. A small marine…
Despite the broken boom, 3 knock downs and a leaking daggerboard case,not to mention colds and sore throats, Green Dragon is positively charging towards the scoring gate. Skipper Ian Walker, confessed to feeling a bit nervous this morning, but added…
"Four days into leg two and the Southern Ocean is living up to its name. One broken steering system, one Chinese gybe, one broken boom and now three knock-downs, but we are still charging along for the scoring gate at…
Green Dragon are assessing the damage to the boom and are working towards constructing a temporary boom in order to stay on track towards India. This involves the crew attempting to repair it with splints etc made from bunks and…
Green Dragon have reported that during a 50–knot squall the boom has broken. The crew are attempting to repair it using splints..
Skipper Torben Grael and the crew of Ericsson 4 are the bookies 7/4 favourites after the first leg of the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race. Bookmaker Paddy Power has the Green Dragon Racing team, as 4/1 third-favourites behind the Puma Racing…
Ian Walker reports from Green Dragon: Conditions have progressively got harder over the last 24 hours as we head towards the Southern Ocean. For Green Dragon things were getting better. At 10 am we crossed ahead of Puma by about…
Battlebridge Lock-North Shannon: Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels that Battlebridge lock will close for essential maintenance during the winter season from Thur 20 Nov until Sun 1 Mar 2009. The lock and its associated lead-in jetties…
Sarsfield Lock-Limerick: Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels that a pontoon with a large Christmas tree erected on deck will be anchored off then navigation channel between Sarsfield Lock and Shannon Bridge in Limerick City from mid-November…
Hundreds of well-wishers gathered at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth on Saturday 15th November to wave goodbye to Michael Perham as he set off on his bid to become the youngest person ever to sail single-handed around the world. Michael Perham is…
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSRRC) confirmed today that Ericsson 4 were the holders of the new Monohull 24-hour record. Ericsson 4 recorded 596.6 nautical miles in 24 hours between a start position at 290 49.21 S; 230 42.41…
The Irish Sea Offshore series (ISORA) organised by Peter Ryan of the National YC has published its 2009 series dates for IRC and White Sail Classes:
After a slow start to Leg 2, the fleet are now roaring along as they try and stay hooked into the low pressure system from the south.  The system is thrusting the fleet east in reaching 20 – 25 knot…
A West Cork artist has taken an unusual approach to highlighting the plight of Cork's beleaguered fishing industry. Sheelagh Broderick teamed up with lighting designer Chantelle Stewart and a band of volunteer torchbearers, photographers and videographers to light an abandoned…
Before they ever took to the water on Saturday for the start of the second leg to India, Ericsson Racing Team lent the Dragon team vital parts to enable the Galway team to reach the start  after a training incident …
The ISAF Council voted on the boat classes to be used as equipment for the 10 sailing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games during the second day of their meeting at the ISAF Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain.
Under the gaze of a huge spectator fleet, and a clutch of helicopters buzzing in the sky,  the 4,450 nautical mile leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Cochin in India got underway today at 1120GMT…
GREEN DRAGON EMAIL: 'NORMAL FIRST DAY BLUES, GETTING USED TO FOOD AND SLEEP PATTERNS' writes Ian Walker in the second day of the leg to India. "Compared to our first 24 hours leaving Alicante the first 24 hours of this…
Green Dragon shredding and steaming
On the podium in Cape Town, after two shredded spinnakers and a high speed collision, Ian Walker easily shrugs off the age-old superstition that painting a boat green brings bad luck. What's more, the British leader of Irish hopes in…

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