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ISAF has published the Notice of Race for the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, being held in Buzios, Brazil from 9-18 July 2009. The event has an added Irish significance now because it is to be staged here…
Fáilte Ireland recently held a Customer Care Service Workshop for front of line staff members of the Irish Boat Rental Association and Irish Marina Operators Association. Poolbeg Marina were hosts for the day on Tuesday 9th December for the Irish…
The Green Dragon Team has announced two crew changes for Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cochin to Singapore, which starts on Saturday. Navigator Ian Moore and Pitman Tom Braidwood will stand down for the short 10 day…
PUMA Ocean Racing, led by Skipper Ken Read (USA) is ready for battle in leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. Having undergone essential structural repairs in Cochin, India over the past week, PUMA’s il mostro was today lifted…
Last Thursday, December 5 2008, Isle of Wight – a British speed sailing craft Vestas SailRocket, piloted by Australian Paul Larsen, became the world’s fastest sailing boat* by attaining an average speed of 47.36 knots over a 500 metre record…
As the Cork Week fleet crossed tacks along the Cobh shoreline, passing the naval dockyard at Haulbowline last July, few would have realised they were cruising past one of Ireland’s environmental hot potatoes.
Team Delta Lloyd shore manager Jeff Condell from Limerick has confirmed that their boat will have a new mast in Qingdao. The team came into the race with a weakened mast because of damage sustained when the boat was still…
Unfortunately the winds were unusually poor for the week of the World Cup final stage held in Waterford so an official stage didn’t take place, but many of the top sailors took to the Irish waters for the first time…
Unfortunately the winds were unusually poor for the week of the World Cup final stage held in Waterford so an official stage didn’t take place, but many of the sailors took to the Irish waters for the first time and…
After a crossing of just under 14 days in light and variable conditions, the first yacht to finish in ARC 2008 arrived at Rodney Bay, St.Lucia yesterday, Sunday 07 December. Karsten Moller's Swan 82, DreamCatcherKM, skippered by Jarrod Cripps, took…
UCD Sailing Club is marking a double this year, celebratin the arrival of a new fleet of boats and 60 years in existence. Although the college colours are blue, the varsity sailing spirit is entirely positive in Belfield as the…
From now on, we'll be giving a chosen topic from our forum a leg-up on the front page each Friday, giving you something to think about over the weekend. This week, we're looking at club membership fees in Ireland, and…
At approximately 12:30 GMT yesterday (December 1), Jonny Malbon and Artemis Ocean Racing II ploughed into a large animal under the water line, most likely a whale, whilst charging along at over 15 knots in the South Atlantic. It was…
Fine Gael Defence Spokesman, Jimmy Deenihan TD, warned yesterday (Wednesday) that the delay in raising the Asgard II is endangering the chances of the ship being salvageable. Deeinhan called on the Minister for Defence to immediately outline what advice the…
There has been initial Irish support for RORC efforts to breathe new life into the Admirals Cup (AC) even though the rekindled event is likely to draw from the professional ranks of the Mediterranean and America's Cup circuits. News of…
Taoiseach Brian Cowen has ruled out a reduction in VAT rates. The dismissal of the The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) suggestion was made yesterday in the Dail. The IMF last week called on government to immediately reduce the top rate…
The Minister of State for Transport, Noel Ahern T.D. today announced that the Government, having considered the matter fully and taken into account the various views expressed has decided to retain the present configuration for the delivery of Marine Rescue…
While Torben Grael and Ericsson 4 romped to victory with more than half a day between them and the second placed boat Telefonica Blue, things were much tighter and lighter for the remainder of the fleet including the Irish Dutch…
After a hard fought battle in the final miles, Green Dragon have crossed the finish line off Cochin, India in seventh place of Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09.  It has been a very challenging leg for the…
Ian Moore of Carrickfergus, navigator on Green Dragon, is “Sailor of the Month” for November. The 37-year-old expert, who is now based in Cowes when he isn’t calling the tactical shots on some of the world's leading sailing machines, has…

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