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With just a week to go before the first on-the-water action in Alicante, Green Dragon watch leader Damian Foxall gives us a run-down of the campaign, his sideline projects, and what the next year holds for him.
An English jetskier has been slapped with almost £2,500 in fines after buzzing 'three queens' in Southampton at more than nine times the harbour speed limit.
Simon McGrotty and Doire Shields won the 2008 Fireball Munsters over 20 / 21 September at Lough Derg Yacht Club. For the third time this year, Fireballs were cheated a day's racing because of light airs, sailing all four races…
A series of near collisions between yachts and shipping this summer in Cork harbour has led to a mandatory attendance for yachtsmen at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday.
After the qualification stage, Craig Burlton said that the forecast light airs would open up the racing even further. How right he was. We spoke to yesterday’s two race winners in the gold fleet, Jerry Hill and Ian from the…
Dublin bay is a mill pond this morning with a light southerly wind of two knots exactly as forecast. Visibility is much improved on this time yesterday. Winds are expected to go into the west and increase to eight knots…
Dublin Bay threw a bone to the locals today as the SB3 World Championships entered its final phase.Crews were held onshore for the morning, with little wind available to shift the fog that had settled on the water since dawn.…
'Humbling’ was how some crews described the intensity after day three of the SB3 Worlds Championships, which enter their endgame tomorrow (THURSDAY) with qualification stages out of the way.
While it's all union jacks flying at the top of the SB3 fleet, only 13 points separate first and tenth after six races. On the water, it seems, no-one is giving an inch.
Call it straight-laced but what should organisers do about drawing the line on questionable boat names? There's rules governing sponsorship names on boats but is there any to cover names that may cause offence?
Just a few weeks ago, Gareth Flannigan was top Irish boat at the 80-boat Irish national championships, but he's finding things trickier at the SB3 Worlds. We talk to Flan in an exclusive podcast.
It's another bright and light morning in Dun Laoghaire for the crews competing at the SB3 Worlds. Yesterday was a long one on the water, and here, a top contender give us his views on day one.
If day one is anything to go by, it’ll be five days of nip-and-tuck racing in Dun Laoghaire for the SB3 World Championships, running until Friday out of the National Yacht Club. The 136-boat fleet was split in two today…
The final stages of the SB3 Worlds will be broadcast live, with online pictures streamed in real time over the internet. Live-regatta.com will fit the top 20 boats with trackers and cameras.
In Alicante, Spain the Green Dragon team unveiled their new livery and sponsors but more importantly for race fans the Chinese-Irish entry the team also went live with a new website.
Ger O'Rourke has called on the expertise of North Sails’ designer Gautier Sergent to complete Delta Lloyd's sail wordrobe. North Sails designed and built sails for both ABN Amro boats in the last race but even so making the sail…
With a run of 49.84 knots, American kitesurfer Rob Douglas beat the outright World Speed Sailing Record over 500 metres at the weekend at the speed strip at Luderitz in Namibia. The result puts paid to the outright world speed…
When Mike Sanderson last sailed ABN Amro 1 he demolished the opposition. Now the winner of the last VOR has given his thumbs up to Ger O'Rourke's participation in next month's race in his old boat. Here he tells the…
The largest keelboat fleet ever assembled in Ireland was afloat for the first time this afternoon for the practice race of the SB3 World Championships. The event runs until Friday (September 26th) on Dublin Bay.
England's Craig Burlton and his two man crew are back on Dublin bay two weeks after the trio lifted theIrish SB3 championship in convincing style here two weeks ago. The result was an indication of British prowess in the class,…

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