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New Grand Canal Route Opens
A route that follows the Grand Canal on the inland waterways being opened today provides access for walkers and cyclists from West Dublin right into Dublin centre. Details of the new route – that cost Euro 25 million – is…
No Wind Forces Cancellation of DBSC Thursday Racing
Sea Kayaks were the only things moving on Dublin Bay last night as Dublin Bay Sailing Club cancelled Thursday evening's Club race due to lack of wind.
70 Squibs Head for Dun Laoghaire
More than 70 Squibs will converge on Dun Laoghaire this weekend for the start of its  SF Marinas sponsored UK national championships.  The championships, which are held in Ireland every five years, will see some of the top competitors in…
High Praise for Race Management at Sigma National Championships reported on the Sigma 33 National Championships earlier in the week and now the class association has provided extra details of the ten race series.The format of the event consisted of ten races with 1 discard   Included in the…
Extended Offshore Special Podcast
With the Round Ireland Yacht Race starting on Sunday, we have an extended podcast for you including a look at the weather, interviews with competitors and news of a new Irish offshore race coming to western shores very soon.
Round Ireland Sailors - We Want to Hear Your Voices
Here at we want to be able to connect Round Ireland sailors with the sailing community even while they're racing around Ireland (and all her rocks and islands). So we've set up a simple way for any competitor with…
Team Pulsar Show Strength in Around Ireland Powerboat Challenge
Around Ireland Race organiser Justin McInerney's Team Pulsar Racing had two boats in this month's inaugural Around Ireland Powerboat Race, a powrboat race that lived up to its billing as a tough one. Reliability and consistency were key components that…
No Blue Flag for Athlone Marina
Athlone Town Council will not apply for a Blue Flag for its 87-berth inland waterways marina until a new drainage scheme is put in place. The marina lost its blue flag in 2009 due to occasional sewage spillages from the…
Recall for XM Liferaft Batch
Navimo have recalled a batch of XM liferafts due to mini-leaks that could affect the liferafts' performance. The problem is confined to a limited batch of XM liferafts manufactured in the Far East carrying part numbers 53871 to 53876. This…
24-hour Lake Race Starts Tomorrow
Lough Derg YC hosts its first ever 24-hour pursuit race starting tomorrow evening at 5pm, with dinghies and cruisers racing around a loop on the lake for a full 24 hours, stopping only to rotate crew members. The event is…
Cork Clipper Boat Leaves for Transatlantic Leg
The Irish entry in the Clipper Round the World Race, Cork, leaves Cape Breton Island in Newfoundland today to get a head start on the fleet as it heads across the Atlantic to Kinsale and Cork. The new Cork Clipper…
Sutton Dinghy Club to Stage Dublin Bay Sponsored Sail
Dublin bay's Sutton Dinghy Club is staging its first annual sponsored Sail between 3-6pm on 3rd July, a fundraising venture for a new rescue boat. The sail will follow a 10km route from the Dinghy Club down the creek to…
Cote Tops Quarter Ton Cup Fleet
Sun, wind, great competitors and a tense finish that went right down to the closing seconds of the final race made the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2010 an absolute stunner. After nine races in conditions, off…
Exhibitors Line Up at Swansea Boat Show
More than 140 exhibitors are putting the final touches to their stands today at the South Wales Boat Show in Swansea ahead of curtain-up tomorrow morning. The show opens to the public on Friday at 10am with the official opening…
Channel to Close on Lough Erne
Erne system users on the inland waterways have been advised by Waterways Ireland that the channel east of Castle Island on Lough Erne will be closed from Monday 21st to June 30th. The full notice is attached.
Round Ireland Yacht to be Blessed
An entry in the Round Ireland Yacht Race will be blessed in an interdenominational ceremony in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Friday, prior to departing for the race. The blessing of boats going to sea is an Irish tradition practiced all…
Graduation Ceremony at National Maritime College of Ireland
The NMCI, Ireland's only purpose built Maritime Training Centre, and a constituent college of CIT will, tomorrow afternoon, host the conferring of graduates in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. For the first time in the history of the Naval Service and the…
Irish Trio Head for UK IRC Championships
The RORC UK IRC National Championship includes a trio of Irish boats that adds spice to an event that alos draws competitors from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Competing on tight Solent courses there is no…
Low Water Levels Warning Issued for Inland Waters
Waterways Ireland has issued a warning to users of all navigations that water levels on the inland waterways have fallen in recent weeks. Masters of vessels, particularly those with deep drafts, are advised to proceed with due caution and prudence when…
Round the World Yachts Will Challenge for Round Ireland Title
The biggest boat in Sunday's Round Ireland Yacht Race has sailed between the Arctic and Antarctic. It  is Celtic Spirit of Fastnet, a sturdy 72-foot Cruiser/Racer. Its skipper Michael Holland became Afloat's first Sailor of the Month in 2008 after he voyaged…

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