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Lough Derg Lifeboat Rescues Two
At 21.00hrs on Saturday 19 September, the Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat Vera Skilton brought two persons and their dog to safety after their vessel went aground on Sunk Island, just north of Illaunmore on Lough Derg. The lifeboat launched following…
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat rescues 3 people swept out to sea
Bundoran RNLI lifeboat last night (Saturday 19 September 2009) saved three people who were swept out to sea off the coast of Bundoran in county Donegal. The three included two swimmers and a member of the public who went to…
Free Sailings on Liffey Voyage
To celebrate Culture Night, on Septmber 25th, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority is sponsoring two evening sailings on the Liffey Voyage , which will depart from Bachelors Walk at 5.15pm and 6.15pm on 25th September. The 48 passengers on each…
European Speedsailing heads for Waterford
The European Speedsailing Championships will take place in Dungarvan, County Waterford with windsurfers and kite-boarders due on October 17-23. The event is being arranged on a rollover basis with a week in November also allocated should suitable wind conditions not…
Who is Sailing The All Ireland Champs?
The ISA is hosting its 'All Ireland' Sailing Championship at Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co Cork on 25th, 26th & 27th September 2009. They've yet to announce the invitees but wants your views on who SHOULD be there…
Seascapes: Cork-Swansea Ferry Restored
This Friday Tom MacSweeney reports on the restoration of the Cork-Swansea ferry company on his Seascapes Radio Show  broadcast on RTE One at 10.30pm. The programme also interviews a Dubliner who is sailing for Cork in the pay-your-way Clipper Round…
Ryan Seaton and Matthew McGovern, competing in the 49er class, were 21st and 25th in race 4 and 5 respectively at the conclusion of day three of the Olympic Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth yesterday. Irish sailors are competing…
Cork Second But Protest Looms
Ireland's entry in the Clipper Round the World Race has finished second after the first leg of the race to La Rochelle but a protest against them and the first place boat from Finland looms. The Finnish skipper, Eero Lehtinen,…
O'Leary Third in First Race of New York Cup
Cork's Anthony O'Leary lies third after race one of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and Dublin's Michael Cotter is in seventh after a blustery open to the event yesterday. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) won today’s opening…
Closure of Ardnacrusha lock deferred
Inland Waterways news has learned that Waterways Ireland have issued a notice (Marine notice no. 98 of 2009) Masters that the Electricity Supply Board has deferred the closure of Ardnacrusha Lock until Thurs 15th. Oct 2009
New York Cup about to Kick Off
Newport, R.I., USA (Sept. 15, 2009) – Seemingly overnight, the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court facility has transformed into an international village teeming with hundreds of people, including sailors from 14 nations who have arrived to compete in the…
Python taken from Slaney river
Waterskiing on the Slaney next weekend? It might be time to think again. A dead python measuring 10ft has been pulled from the river Slaney estuary. The snake, believed to be an aggressive African rock python, was recovered at Ardamine…
'Cinnamon Girl'  Goes Sailing
Royal Cork's Cian McCarthy has launched his Class 40 yacht in preparation for Route de Chocolat, a transatlantic race from France to Mexico. After initial trials the boat, the first of a new design from Merfyn Owen and a sistership…
Dun Laoghaire's Annaliese Murphy , competing in the Laser Radial class, is in ninth place overall at the end of day two of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. The Under 21 World Champion, who won Afloat's Sailor of the…
Round Ireland 2010 adds inshore race
The 30th anniversary of the Round Ireland Race gets a shake-up next June with Wicklow organisers set to run an inshore race for competitors prior to the 704-mile circumnavigation on Sunday June 20th.The change in format has been announced on…
Vessels Rescued from Rocks
Lough Deg RNLI lifeboat with helm Eleanor Hooker, Robbie Garland and Colin Knight on board, launched on Monday 14 September at 20.00hrs. The air was calm and it was dusk. The lifeboat located the vessels, which had been travelling together,…
21 Irish sailors have travelled to Weymouth, which will be the home of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta. They are competing, in the Sail for Gold Regatta (14th – 19th September 2009), across 5 different Olympic classes (Star, Radial, 49er,…
'Tsunami' Is the 2009 ISORA Champion
The last race of the 2009 series at the weekend, from Pwhelli to Howth decided the Overall ISORA Champion for 2009. The National Yacht Club and Beneteau First design boats took the first three places with “Tsunami”, Vincent Farrell’s First…
New Powerboat Record Set Round Ireland
Last Friday (11th Sep 2009) saw Team Pulsar-Racing attempt the Irish National and UIM World Powerboat Circumnavigation of Ireland and Islands (excl Rockall) record.  The 704 nautical mile circuit was completed in 19 hours, 9mins and 50 seconds beating the…
Classic Yachts Get New Life in France
Dun Laoghaire Sailor Chris Craig says his Villefranche Classic Sailing is an organisation dedicated to promoting Classic Sailing in one of the World's most idyllic locations. The website reveals that it was America's Cup winner Dennis Conner's idea to put…

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