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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…
Light Airs for First HYC Autumn race
Autumn league – race Number 1: The weather forecast for the first race in the 2009 Howth Yacht Club Autumn League, jointly sponsored by Crystal Holidays, Irish Life Investment Managers and Today FM, was as accurate as it gets –…
RIB Sets 19-hour Round Ireland Record
A new record time of 19 hours has been set for the circumnavigation of Ireland by motorboat at the weekend. The fine weather gave the perfect weather window for a three man crew from Cork to set out from Mizen…
H.M.S. Bounty Docks in Cobh
The famed H.M.S. Bounty , led by Captain Robin Walbridge and a crew of 18, will arrive in Cobh at the Port of Cork on Thursday evening the 17th, 2009. The ship will be available and open for the touring…
Asgard - an unhappy anniversary
A year after Asgard II sank Tom MacSweeney's RTE One Seascapes programme last Friday night featured the unhappy anniversary of the sinking of the National Sail Training Vessel. A programme podcast is here and the Asgard story is the first…
All Aboard for Surf and Sea Festival
Nip down to Tramore next the weekend (19/20 of September) and join in the fun at the Tramore Oceanic Surf and Sea Festival and take part in the Ladies Surf Weekend. Supported by the Women in Sport initiative and the…
L'Hydroptere - 51 knots and Flying, the video
L'Hydroptere' sailed by Alain Thebault and his French crew set a new, yet to be ratified outright sailing speed record in Hyeres (FRA) with a run at 51,36 knots. L'Hydroptere has touched 55 knots but on this September 2 run…
Byrne wins Dragon East Coasts
Only one point separated Martin Byrne from Andrew Craig after a light air East Coast Dragon Championships on Dublin Bay. Third was Neil Hegarty. The top three competitors, in a fleet of 13, all hailing from the host Royal St.…
Cotter Clinches Maxi Title
After five splendid racing days with stable conditions featuring north to northeasterly winds, sunshine, blue skies and choppy seas, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 has drawn to a close.  Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with…

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