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Four Irish crews made it through to tomorrow’s semi-finals of elite events at Henley Women’s Regatta by winning their heats today. In eights events, the senior crews from Galway and Trinity made theirexits, but Portora’s junior crew won.
Conor O'Gallagher's 'Flying Machine' made the best of the blustery northwesterly winds in the Beneteau 31.7 class on Dublin this afternoon. Condititons were expected to decrease but instead increased reaching 20 knots for a time. O'Gallagher won both on ECHO…
Ireland took a bronze medal on their World Cup debut in Adaptive Events at Munich today. Emer Patten, Shane Ryan, Kevin Du Toit, Sarah Caffrey and cox Laura Purdy battled well to take third in the Legs,Trunk and Arms mixed…
A fleet of 50 cruisers sailed in the 'Summer Madness' festival at Royal Cork last night. The large gathering included a white sail fleet competing in the Union Chandlery /Masts and Rigging league. The fleet raced for the added bonus…
An accident involving injury to ligaments in her arm has forced Mary O’Loughlin to suspend sailing through to August including the Dublin Match Racing Open. Her place will be taken by Alex Barry. Alex is another graduate of the Irish…
With under three weeks to go 450 entries have been received so far for the biggest sailing event of the season, Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta . The four day event on Dublin bay from July 9–12 continues to flex its…
Inis Cealtra, a 22m long, 5.6m beam multi-purpose work boat has arrived on Ireland’s inland waterways to begin life as a Waterways Ireland work boat. Entering the Shannon from the sea, en-route from the boatyard in Killybegs to its new…
If activity is your adrenalin rush then Loughfest has much to offer, from Wakeboarding to Water-skiing, including Water-ski displays from the Tampa Bay Show Skiers plus much more. On June 20th and 21st the first of many events to take…
This summer, Belfast has been chosen to be the finish port for the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge, an international event that links Europe, the Caribbean, North America and Canada. The Event, which will be one of the most memorable and…
With over 100 years of history behind them the Wags are backs as a key part of the heritage section in VDLR 2009 . Although the Water Wag Club was founded in Shankill in 1887 it prospered in Dun Laoghaire…
The Howth 17 footers are 111 years old this year, and the oldest one-design keelboat class in the world continues to race from its original home port. One of the nine boats that Dublin Bay Sailing Club commissioned in the…
There are 14 IDRAs entered in this years VDLR. First raced in 1947 from Dun Laoghaire, the IDRA 14, now equipped with a trapeze and spinnaker, remains one of the most popular two-person adult dinghy classes racing in Dublin Bay,…
There's a chance to see the 2007 TV documentary 'The Regatta' again on Setanta sports channel. The programme, based around the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta 2007, captures the action on Dublin Bay, features the 500 boats afloat and interviews many…
The biggest classes in this weekend's Lambay race is Class 3 (24) and Puppeteers (20) and there are 130 entries to date. Among the favourites will be 'Kinetic' (Colwell/Murphy) in Class 2, having just retained their ICRA National title and…
There are 12 entries for tomorrow night's Lee Overlay Royal Alfred overnight race to Rockabill. A briefing will be held in Dun Laoghaire at 6.30 pm prior to racing.
For maritime topics of interest, tune in to Seascapes this Friday (June 19) at 10.30pm on RTE Radio 1 – Tom MacSweeney reports on what happened to the compensation money for Asgard; the views of the great Alan Villiers on…
Bill Foster and Steve Molloy from Carrickfergus will be joining the Tall Ships as they sail into Belfast this August, finishing port of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. The duo have been sponsored by Sailability, the charity which supports disabled…
The Flying Fifteen Northern Championships was keenly contested last weekend at EABC on Larne Lough - County Antrim. With a good turn out despite only two travelling boats from the South of Ireland, 23 boats competed over a series of…
A French father and son who were taking part in a race to the Fastnet were rescued in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 17 June 2009) seven miles south of Baltimore Harbour. The pair got into difficulty when…
A fleet of 76 Mini Transat 6.50s are currently battling 30-knot winds having rounded the Fastnet Rock overnight in the annual double-handed Mini Fastnet. The enormous fleet of 21-footers is now spread over 280 miles, with some still rounding the…

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