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Ireland's big-wave surfers took another step towards safety last week with a full course in jet-ski rescue. The course, the first of its kind in this country, put Irish surfers through their paces when trying to launch and rescue surfers…
Galway County Council has published draft legislation banning jet skis from within 200 metres of 21 Galway beaches. The legislation bans kiteboards from Loughrea lake, and also places several restrictions on surfers, windsurfers, kayakers and other boat users near swimmers.
Afloat publishes its official guide to this month's Lombard On-the-Water boat show. The 144 page bumper issue contains boating news from around the coast. Click below the fold for a list of this issue's highlights.
This September's SB3 Worlds in Dun Laoghaire will be the "biggest single class, single club event this country has ever seen," according to event chairman, Rory Byrne.Byrne told Afloat today that the event had reached max capacity at 120 entries,…
A brief, resigned email from Olympic Star hopeful Prof O'Connell in Miami said it all yesterday evening, as the fleet wrapped up after the penutimate day of World Championships racing."Fourth at top mark today to find out that we were…
It was all change in Miami yesterday for the three Irish Stars battling it out for Olympic qualification at the Star World Championships. Top Irish crew going into race four were Crosshaven sailors Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne, with the…
Ireland's Star sailors made certain of qualifying for the Olympic games at Qingdao yesterday, finishing with a flurry at the World Championships in Miami. Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks qualified the nation, finishing the event in 14th place overall with…
Afloat publishes its official guide to this month's Lombard On-the-Water boat show. The 144 page bumper issue contains boating news from around the coast. An editorial synopsis follows.
Entries are now being accepted for the annual Classic Malts Cruise – a unique two-week sailing voyage along the spectacular coastline of north-west Scotland from July 12 to 25. The UK’s biggest non-competitive sailing event, the annual Classic Malts Cruise…
A team of emergency paramedics will now be available to treat people injured in marine accidents on board a Coast Guard helicopter. Paramedics will no longer have to wait on land for those injured at sea while the Coast Guard…
The controversy over Ireland’s Olympic selection in the Star class looks set to get worse before it gets better, with one of the crews in the running set to appeal the Irish Sailing Association’s nomination. Royal Cork helm Peter O’Leary…
Lifeboats on either side of the country were called into action over the bank holiday weekend, with RIBs in distress off Dublin and Galway. Sunday saw three men picked out of the water near Kilcolgan Point after they fell out…
‘Scaoil Seol’, a new six-part reality series for TG4, will show the viewing public how easy – or difficult – it is to start sailing when it follows the efforts of ten novice sailors as they learn to sail from…
How easy is it to learn? You can leave your slippers on. Anyone can pick up the basics in a week’s tuition and can continue on their own after that. Will I know it all then? They don’t call it…
Starting off in sailing is easy – the difficult bit is deciding what part of the sport to try. If anchoring in a secluded cove or a BBQ from the deck of a yacht sounds like a far-fetched idea this…
Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire are Irish agents for La Rochelle-builder Harmony Yachts, who claim a new manufacturing process that gives them the ability to offer a high standard of finish at a competitive price.

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