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Plans for the biggest sailing event of 2009 are well underway - even though there is still 246 days to go. Online entries opened on November 1st for next July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta . At least half a dozen…
As part of Ireland’s biggest regatta in 2009, Volvo Dun Laoghaire week will host the first ever White Sail World Cup and now the race is on to assemble the world’s biggest fleet. The east coast port is set to…
Coming to race in Ireland next summer? If you’re fed up being charged at a rate of knots when you come ashore, then read on. Dun Laoghaire is living up to its claim of having the best facilities at a…
It says a lot about the build of the Green Dragon that she survived the impact with an underwater object on the run in to Cape Town. Still, there was a great sense of dockside relief when she was hauled…
The Howth Yacht Club website www.hyc.ie has been shortlisted in the best “Sports & Leisure” website category in this year’s Golden Spider Awards. The Golden Spider Awards are sponsored by eircom and are the ‘Oscars’ of Irish web design and…
Ireland’s Ger O’Rourke’s last minute Irish/Dutch entry, Team Delta Lloyd safely crossed the finish in Cape Town to night at 2303 GMT (0103 local time), to finish the leg in seventh position. Although they have been at sea for just…
In Spain, at this week's world sailing conference conference in Madrid, Ireland will propose that the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) should designate a percentage of it's annual budget to develop the sport in third world countries. 44 per cent of…
Hanseboot 2008 went significantly better than we could have expected in view of the daily media reports on the financial and economic crisis,” said Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, in his summary of the 49th Hamburg…
Inis Meáin off Co Clare has recently seen a new 14 million euro harbour completed. Thousands of giant X-shaped concrete blocks which were cast from moulds by islanders were used in the development on the Aran Island.
It has been a harsh opening leg for first-timer Ian Walker. The team found itself parked for hours off Gibraltar and the good lead they built up was lost when PUMA and Telefónica Black sailed right up to them in…
Green Dragon crossed the finish line in Cape Town at 07:12 GMT to be the fourth boat home on the first leg of the 2008-09 race. Due to the points' penalty handed out by the International Jury to Ericsson 3,…
The Green Dragon has 260 miles and a couple of gybes to go before arriving in Cape Town. Ian Walker reports: "We are now moving OK but still 10% slow due to whatever damage is under our boat. This should…
Ireland's match racing champion Nicholas O'Leary steered his college, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to world championship success on Friday in the final day of the Student Yachting World Cup at La Trinite-sur Mer, France.
After Alex Thomson’s yacht, HUGO BOSS was dramatically struck by a fishing vessel 15 days ago, Alex thought his four years of preparation and training, and his dream of the Vendée were over. However, today there is hope for the…
The latest videos on Sailing-TV include comments from Brad Butterworth of Alinghi, highlights from the RC44 World Cup, TP52  Worlds, rounds 7 and 8 of the World Match Race Tour, final stages of the IShares Cup & Julius Baer Challenge,…
On board reports coming from the south Atlantic make thrilling reading including how yesterday (Thursday) a 25-knot collision with an underwater object brought Green Dragon to a virtual standstill. The net result appears to be some rather worrying ongoing hull…
Record-breaking runs for VOR and windsurfing champ
It's an ill wind that doesn't blow some good. In the south Atlantic and alsoin county Waterford, winter gales have produced record results for sailorsthis week while a record-breaking run, set in a summer gale, will be toastedin Wicklow tomorrow…
TG4's coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race will continue on Saturday morning at 10am with an hour-long highlights programme reviewing the race since it started in Alicante (this is the Monthly Highlights show which will be broadcast at the end…
Green Dragon Skipper Ian Walker has lost third place in the run into Capetown. Here he describes a night of nosedives and increasingly disturbed seas: "I don't really know where to start, as the last 24 hours has been so…
Ericsson 4 has broken the 24-hour speed record set by ABN-AMRO 2 in the last Volvo Ocean Race, three times in the past twelve hours. At 0355GMT Ericsson 4 reached 565 nautical miles in the previous 24 hour period, breaking…

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