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Afloat publishes its official guide to this month's Lombard On-the-Water boat show. The 144 page bumper issue contains boating news from around the coast. Click below the fold for a list of this issue's highlights.
Ireland's Star sailors made certain of qualifying for the Olympic games at Qingdao yesterday, finishing with a flurry at the World Championships in Miami. Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks qualified the nation, finishing the event in 14th place overall with…
Year-long sailing on the cards for Dublin Bay
Year-round yacht racing in the capital is on the cards, according to the bay’s biggest leisure user, if major development plans in Dun Laoghaire harbour go ahead. In a tradition stretching back to 1884, Dublin Bay Sailing Club launches its…
The man from Derrynane
SOUNDINGS – APRIL/MAY 2008 It is a place of enchantment, and best visited in a cruising boat. Derrynane in southwest Kerry sets its own style – and its own agenda. It has been the favourite place of some remarkable people…
Islanders who can't see the sea
SEASCAPES – APRIL/MAY 2008 Life on Valentia Island and around Malin Head in Donegal is much different to that in Dublin. It is arguable that there is a better quality of life in the coastal regions, free from the everyday…
This September's SB3 Worlds in Dun Laoghaire will be the "biggest single class, single club event this country has ever seen," according to event chairman, Rory Byrne.Byrne told Afloat today that the event had reached max capacity at 120 entries,…
A brief, resigned email from Olympic Star hopeful Prof O'Connell in Miami said it all yesterday evening, as the fleet wrapped up after the penutimate day of World Championships racing."Fourth at top mark today to find out that we were…
It was all change in Miami yesterday for the three Irish Stars battling it out for Olympic qualification at the Star World Championships. Top Irish crew going into race four were Crosshaven sailors Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne, with the…
Afloat publishes its official guide to this month's Lombard On-the-Water boat show. The 144 page bumper issue contains boating news from around the coast. An editorial synopsis follows.
Looking back at Olympic sailing success
Although sailing's record was overlooked at home in the sports pages over Easter it coincided with a string of strong results abroad that have resurrected sailing's Olympic spirit.   Sports journalists referred to Sonia O’Sullivan’s attempt to surpass the record…
Foxall aims for Extreme 40 circuit
Having completed eight Round the World races in the last eight years, this summer Barcelona World race hero Damian Foxall is staying inshore. Foxall is back in Ireland next week attending the Maritime Ball at Dun Laoghaire, hosted by the…
Entries are now being accepted for the annual Classic Malts Cruise – a unique two-week sailing voyage along the spectacular coastline of north-west Scotland from July 12 to 25. The UK’s biggest non-competitive sailing event, the annual Classic Malts Cruise…
A team of emergency paramedics will now be available to treat people injured in marine accidents on board a Coast Guard helicopter. Paramedics will no longer have to wait on land for those injured at sea while the Coast Guard…
‘Scaoil Seol’, a new six-part reality series for TG4, will show the viewing public how easy – or difficult – it is to start sailing when it follows the efforts of ten novice sailors as they learn to sail from…
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Ger O'Rourke Sailor of the Year
Springtime may be the start of the season but Irish sailors were back on the waterfront in force this week to applaud Ger O’Rourke when he lifted the Cork Dry Gin Sailor of the Year award, while abroad Dubliner Ciara…
The call of the sea ignored by government
It was a source of pride to the country's sailing community when Damian Foxall went to Aras an Uachtarain last month, because the visit brought state acknowledgement of the biggest sailing achievement in years. Sailors believed it was through this…
The ISAF has produced a one-page set of introductory rules for racing to help newcomers to the sport. The move is aimed at making it as easy as possible for beginners to take up and compete in sailing, and so…
Feast or famine for Star class
You wait all day for a bus and then two come along at once. Just like the Number 7, there's a queue formed for the chance to represent Ireland in the men's keelboat class at the Olympics. Slow, lumbering and…
Damien Foxall - professionalism and endurance
It was, by all accounts, Damian Foxall’s most daunting voyage so far. But pictured wearing shorts and shades and tucking into chocolate, the modest Kerryman would be uncomfortable with the suggestion that his achievements in the past three months merit…

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