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Thousands of people will enjoy Ireland's waterways this Bank Holiday weekend but hazards associated with Spring tides and water temperatures averaging 10 degrees Celsius will increase the risk of water related accidents and tragedies. Those boating over of the holiday…
Starting on Good Friday, up to 60 yachts will battle it out over three days of racing for the Red Funnel Easter sailing Challenge on tight Solent courses run by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
With the purse strings of most financial institutions remaining resolutely tight people are turning instead to the age old tradition of barter to get deals done. Perhaps boat sales or boating holidays in Ireland this season will be completed this…
Last weekend Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, has said cost cutting measures are essential for the future of the race, a point very much in the mind of Galway stop over organisers right now. The comments were…
Limerick yacht Delta Lloyd (owned by Ger O'Rourke) took third in the weekend's Rio de Janeiro In port race after missing the last three months of the race around the world. Visiting 11 ports over nine months, the Volvo Ocean…
Solo sailor Cian McCarthy of Cork will launch his new Class 40 yacht later this month in plentry of time towards an entry in the Route de Chocolat at the end of the year, designer Merfyn Owen reports. Cian is…
Éamon Ó Cuív T.D., Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs today congratulated SIAC Construction Ltd. on winning the Irish Concrete Society’s 2008 Infrastructural and Overall Award for Excellence for the Caladh Mór sheltered harbour project, an important landing post…
Waterways Ireland in partnership with Longford County Council and Fáilte Ireland have announced the development of a boating and tourist destination at Richmond Harbour, Clondara, Co Longford. The Richmond Harbour development will consist of visitor facilities (information office, showers, toilets),…
Waterways Ireland has confirmed that work has been completed at Camus on the Lower Bann Navigation with the installation of 20 metres of floating jetties. The jetties which will open to the public from beginning of April 2009 will add…
Irish surf documentary, Waveriders premieres in cinemas across Ireland today.The film includes scenes of the biggest swell ever ridden in Ireland and the British Isles, which hit the north-west of the country in December '06, as well as footage of…
North Sails have launched their dedicated Irish website, www.northsails.ie, Irish reps Maurice O'Connell and Nigel Young have announced. The new site contains regular news from North in Ireland, starting with a J109 training weekend run in tandem with Dun Laoghaire…
Tralee Bay Sailing Club is participating in the national pastime of 'keeping costs down' by extending the reduced entry deadline for the ICRA nationals until April 14th. The West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association and the Irish Cruiser Racing Association…
Ireland’s marine leisure industry cannot hold out against unfair VAT rates and weak Sterling without significant job losses, a representative organisation has warned. Highlighting the difficulties now facing an industry in which 5,000 people are employed, the Irish Marine Federation…
The newly elected Olympic boat class Elliot 6m celebrates its Match Race debut in Kiel. Once again the sailing world is looking at Germany, especially the female sailors pin their hopes on Kieler Woche (20 - 28 June) which will…
US President Barack Obama wants the carbon zero benefits of sailing taken into consideration when business grants are being doled out in a bid to strengthen the failing marine industry.
Afloat has learned that the government is considering including sailing and boating equipment in a new ‘luxury’ VAT bracket during the next budget. As much as 45% could be tagged on to items relating to what are perceived as ‘exclusive…
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today that the Women's Match Racing events and new Elliott 6m equipment have been confirmed for the final events of the 2008-2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup but so far there there has been no…
The volume of shipping traffic through Irish ports declined by as much as 20 percent in the second half of 2008, according to the latest edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, which was unveiled at an industry briefing in…
Following the news that the tanks in the centre of the Galway docks area are to be moved, Lets do it Galway have issued the following statement:
At a time when well known boat builders are experiencing major difficulties, one West Cork based boat builder has launched a new business. Roeboats based in Ballydehob Co. Cork, in the heart of the irish riviera has just announced the…

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