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The Dublin Bay Mermaid class was designed by JB Kearney in 1932 and still going strong today. From the oldest Amy (No. 1) to the youngest Azeezy (No. 189), this 17ft clinker built wooden dinghy provides challenging and exciting sailing…
J/24 – The world’s most popular One-Design Keelboat      Whether your style is weeknight beer-can racing or competing on the world stage – the J24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat to make waves around the world. This…
March 2009 and Afloat's Graham Smith wrote: "Static yet still thriving best describes the Howth 17 Footers but with an 18th boat currently being built and due for completion this winter, the class will, for the first time in its…
GP's have the largest and most active two person senior dinghy racing fleet in Ireland and we can prove it, by counting active boats and fleets. The GP is a one-design 14ft dinghy, raced by a crew of two. It…


23rd September 2009 Classes & Assoc
There are 26 Glens in Ireland, split evenly between Dublin Bay and Strangford Lough, although that balance will tip in favour of Dun Laoghaire in 2009 when a project to restore one boat, Glenfern, which was severely damaged in a…
About the Irish Etchells Class The Irish Etchells class was hatched by a few Dublin sailors over pints in late 2003 and a number of sailors committed to buy boats for the 2004 season. By the end of the 2004…
Dundalk Hosts Ports Conference
Dundalk Port Company hosts The Irish Ports Association Conference this week at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk at a time when the efficiency of seaports is being improved by a general change of its role from one central to…
The Enterprise is a 4 metre, two sail sailing dinghy designed by Jack Holt. Its popularity is due to its excellent qualities both as a cruising and a two-man racing boat. The International Enterprise Class Association is based in the…


23rd September 2009 Classes & Assoc
Graham Smith wrote in the March 2009 Afloat: "Clontarf and Skerries are the two promoters of the E-Boat and between them have 27 boats which race competitively at both club and open level. That number includes two boats which returned…
Water Wags
The historic Water Wags are the most popular senior class of two man dinghy in Dun Laoghaire or elsewhere in Ireland. Unlike other dinghy classes in Dun Laoghaire which sail under the burgee of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club on Tuesdays…
Dublin Bay Dragon Fleet – 2009 Officers Admiral – Martin Byrne Hon. Secretary – Tim Pearson Record Keeper – Daniel Murphy Hon. Treasurer – Peter Bowring Irish Dragon Association c/o Tim Pearson, Secretary, 44 Orpen Green, Stillorgan Grove, Blackrock, Co.…
Bucking the trend of classes remaining static or with just a few additions, the 420s have seen a remarkable spurt of an extra 20 boats to bring the national fleet up to the half-century mark. Many other classes will watch…
New Study to Put Figure on Marine Sector
A high level project that aims to place an economic value on the marine sector is underway and firms in the sector have been contacted and asked to complete a confidential survey.The Marine Institute on behalf of the government are…
Royal Cork Yacht Club Royal Cork YC. Photo Bob Bateman William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin, and his five cohorts had the maritime inspiration to coin it The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork. Now, a name-change and couple…

Tralee Bay Sailing Club

22nd September 2009 Clubs
Tralee Bay Sailing Club Tralee Bay Sailing Club (TBSC) situated in Fenit, Co. Kerry was founded in 1956 by a group of local enthusiasts. From rudimentary beginnings the Club has grown and now boasts a vibrant and expanding membership together…
Cork Clipper Sets out for Rio
Today Tuesday 22 September, the Clipper Round the World Race started from La Rochelle for the second leg of the race to Rio de Janeiro where they should arrive around 18 October depending on conditions they encounter as they cross…
Ministers Announce Support for Rural Development Organisation
Éamon Ó Cuív T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Minister of State, John Curran T.D., confirmed today that funding would be made available to support the creation of a single representative organisation for all rural and local…
Malahide show promises great value
With luxury sales at an all-time low and boats sales particularly badly hit, Irish dealers are fighting back and looking beyond the gloom to what 2010 has to offer. The results in many cases are some remarkable deals that would…
West Coast Cruising School, 14 Castlelawn, Tulla Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tel: 087 235 1976, email: [email protected], web: WEST COAST CRUISING SCHOOL – AN ISA ACCREDITED TRAINING CENTRE FOR SHOREBASED COURSES West Coast Cruising School was established in 1994…
VDLR 2011 - Promo Video Released
Dun Laoghaire Regatta has already started work on its 2011 regatta by releasing a promo for the biennial event. The country's biggest regatta will be the focus of a 30-minute TV documentary to be aired in November. More details on…

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