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The Red Funnel Easter Challenge is the ‘must do’ tune up event starting a very busy racing season with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The 18th edition of the Red Funnel Easter Challenge regatta will kick off with seven races…
Teams of six students from schools all over Connaught will compete against each other to qualify for the National Schools Team Racing Championship. The event will be run by Galway Bay Sailing Club in association with Bow Waves Sailing and…
Irish artist Jim Clary, based in America, is offering progress images of  his upcoming original painting. The Thomas W. Lawson, with thirteen letters in her name, was the only seven-masted vessel in the world. Known as "Lucky Seven," the   steel…
One month into the longest leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the PUMA Ocean Racing team are preparing to face heinous conditions over the next four days, as they make their way towards Cape Horn. With 1,700 nautical miles to…
The toughest endurance powerboat event on the international circuit – the 2010 Round Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race – will take place from the 8th to the 15th of May 2010, it has been confirmed. Circumnavigating the entire 800-mile coast of…
Tonight's RTE Seascapes programme highlights Stena line's investment of a €15m ‘make over’ of its Irish fleet but announces redundancies in Dun Laoghaire. In a separate item on Tom MacSweeney's show, as the date for arrival of the Volvo Round…
Olympic Star campaigners Peter O'Leary and Tim Goodbody are just three points off the top three going into the last day of the Bacardi Cup.The new pairing, currently lying fourth, have racked up three fourth place finishes en route to…
It has been a case of ups and down for the chasing pack today.  Last night saw them all make significant gains, Green Dragon had pulled back over 150 miles on current leg leader Ericsson 3. But conditions today have…
Fisheries Minister and Clare T.D. Tony Killeen has sent his best wishes to the Killaloe Coast Guard Unit ahead of their scheduled participation in the annual New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Green Dragon remains the most southerly boat in the fleet, at 50 degrees South the conditions onboard have become uncomfortable as the temperature has dropped.  Being this far south also means the threat of icebergs and so far the crew… is the first and only powerboat school on the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin City centre. Directors, Felix Finlay and Ann-Marie White are passionate about boating and envisage others appreciating and celebrating the beautiful and enticing waterways…
Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks are the only sailors listed by the Irish Sports Counil (ISC) as 'World Class' athletes in its list of contracted and world class athletes published this week. The Dun Laoghaire pair who campaign a Star…
Foynes Yacht Club has taken the decision to postpone their annual Cruiser regatta due to a clash with the Volvo Ocean Race stop over in Galway. The original dates for the Annual Cruiser Regatta were Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st…
The Tall-Ship, Etoile de France bringing wine from France under sail is due to arrive later today around 13.30hrs in Dublin Bay and berth at Sir John Rogerson's Quay.
The waters off Skerries are littered with shipwrecks, and their dead lay all around us, writes David Diebold. From the highest point in old Holmpatrick graveyard, up by the ruined church ower where little more than a murder of crows…
The Glenavy River which until recently was so polluted it was designated as ‘dead’, was successfully brought back to life on Saturday thanks to the determination of the Glenavy Conservation and District Angling Club who released 500 large Brown Trout…
Further to Marine Notice No. 3 Waterways Ireland has advised masters and owners of vessels that the revised date for completion of work at Athlone lock is now Tue 31st March. 
Skippers are advised by Waterways Ireland that the stretch of navigation from Banagher Bridge southwards to the first adjacent Red (Port) and Black (Starboard) navigation marks, a distance of approximately 600m will be closed to navigation from 20.00 hrs until…
Today Minister Noel Ahern TD welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of the Third Maritime Safety Package.   The Minister said: "The implementation of the Package will result in fewer poor quality ships entering Irish waters. This will improve safety and reduce…
Sailing breathed a sigh of relief today when the Irish Sports Council announced that they are continuing their investment in sailing as one of their identified focus sports when they allocated €450,000 to the Olympic squad.

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