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The top end of this year's Round Ireland is filling up with some high-powered, high-octane craft. Latest to be added to the list is the Russian Volvo Ocean Race entry, to take on the 2008 Fastnet winner and also the…
Currently undergoing sea trials, but bound for Dun Laoghaire, is one extremely stylish and sophisticated 63-foot motor cruiser from the pen of Nigel Irens. The boat was commissioned by a leading Dun Laoghaire yachtsman, with an interest in classic yachts.
Ever since the days of St Brendan, Irish descendants have undertaken the most ridiculous of ocean voyages. If it's cold, wet, endless misery you're planning, Irish blood in your veins acts a sort of spiritual antifreeze. On that note, meet…
A win by Tino Hyland's Sail4Cancer crew at the Saab Cruiser Nationals proves that boatspeed and a good rating isn't always a matter of spending the mortgage on carbon fibre and cutting-edge cloth. A brand new production J109 will do…
MGM joins a number of Irish marine firms who are expanding overseas as the Irish Marine industry grows in strength. Last week reported MGM marine's appointment as Meridian yacht dealers for Ireland. MGM's Martin Salmon has now confirmed the…
Ireland's Olympic squad have had mixed results at one of the last major regattas before the Olympic games. The Delta Lloyd regatta in Medemblik, Holland, better known simply as SPA, has tested crews with variable and tricky conditions.
Just one week ago, America's Cup supremo Russell Coutts was chatting amiably to a group of Irish Oppie sailors on the deck of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. But yesterday the Kiwi legend was talking to doctors about the nine…
Just one week ago, America's Cup supremo Russell Coutts was chatting amiably to a group of Irish Oppie sailors on the deck of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. But yesterday the Kiwi legend was talking to doctors about the nine…
Shannon cruise operator Emerald Star has been criticised by a Marine Casualty Investigation Board report for putting a group of customers at risk after their vessel ran aground. They were cited for failing to inspect the vessel, or equip it…
Galway, host city for the first ever Irish visit of the Volvo Ocean Race, opened its doors to journalists and well-wishers today as it officially launched the Galway stopover. Green Team skipper Ian Walker was on hand for a Q&A…
The dispute over Ireland's Olympic star nomination continues, with an official appeal lodged yesterday by rejected contenders Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks.The appeal was filed just an hour ahead of the official deadline, 5.30pm, and only ten weeks ahead of…
The skipper of Quokka, the small boat in the English Commodore's Cup team, came to the Irish IRC Nationals because he was keen to run a rule over the opposition before next month's Commodore's Cup. Peter Rutter, a former Commodore…
Anthony O'Leary is swapping spinnakers on Antix Eile for this week's Scottish Series after finding out to his cost that current arrangements were not fast in medium wind strengths in Howth.
The anticipated appeal against the Irish Sailing Association's Olympic Star nomination was due into ISA headquarters yesterday evening before a 5.30pm deadline. While we await confirmation that the appeal has been lodged on time, it's worth casting your eyes over…
It was all smiles at the Kilbride offices of Mark Mills designs when Mariners Cove took the silverware in Howth at the weekend.
An impressive fleet of well over 100 boats gathered at Howth Yacht Club for the fifth Saab Irish Cruiser National Championships last weekend. Louay Habib was there to profile the venue, guage the mood and sample the atmosphere on Afloat's…
A Saturday afternoon afloat is a welcome release from the weekly grind so it is infuriating for sailors when rival fixtures, at the same venue, in the same class, on the same weekend, split fleets in half on Dublin Bay…
Although 23 different clubs in Ireland and the UK were represented at the Howth Saab Cruiser Nationals this weekend, the eight national titles at stake were shared by boats from Cork (two), Dun Laoghaire (four) and the host club.
The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will not consider the Star keelboat Nomination made by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) until after an appeal, expected from Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks this morning, has been heard. News of the OCI…
The Saab Cruiser Nationals, kicking off in Howth tomorrow, has topped the 100-boat entry mark, with entries from 23 clubs around Ireland and the UK. The event has attracted the cream of Irish cruiser-racing, with last year's Class Zero winner,…

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