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If we wanted tangible evidence of the way that Ireland is changing in prosperity, then this energetically revised 11th Edition of the Irish Cruising Club’s East and North Coast Guide provides more than enough to be sailing along with. Describing…
Entries for July’s ACC Bank Cork Week are already stacking up, and in addition to a rush into the Laser SB3 Class at the south end of the size band, there’s a formidable line-up of seriously-raced big boats. The word…
The ISAF has produced a one-page set of introductory rules for racing to help newcomers to the sport. The move is aimed at making it as easy as possible for beginners to take up and compete in sailing, and so…
Sunseeker’s Portofino 47 makes its debut at Malahide boat show and already there’s plenty of talk about the company’s decision to offer the choice between conventional shaft drive or Volvo IPS engine arrangements. The version on show will be IPS…
The pick of Ireland's Optimist fleet have finally completed trials to select teams for this year’s World Championships in Turkey and European Championships in Italy’s Lake Garda. Ireland's top 69 sailors in the world's premier junior class faced off over…
Fastnet-winning sled Chieftain, renamed Lee Overlay, will take part in the first race of the new RAYC/Lee Overlay Partners offshore schedule this weekend. The canting-keel Cookson 50 has been bought by Dun Laoghaire sailor Adrian Lee and will be skippered…
GT Marine will display two new models at the on-the-water show, the Delphia 29.2 and the award-winning Delphia 33. Both yachts are made by Delphia Yachts, Poland’s largest boat builder.
Donal McClement of Crosshaven is showing up to three models from French builders Dufour. Two of these are the 40, a Performance version, and the brand new 425 that has sold 100 boats in its first year of production, a…
Both the Hanse 320 and 350 are designed by Judel Vrolick and follow the strong customer demand for even more stylish deck lines plus extra light, vision and space in the main saloon area.
In an innovative move, Irish Sea Ray agent BJ Marine has begun pricing its Sea Ray stock in dollars. It’s to prove transparency on price, according to managing director Bernard Gallagher, who promises to sell in dollars if customers want…
The Sun Odyssey 45DS has picked up another award, this time at the Norway Boat Show. With a modern interior design by Philippe Briand and pure, fluid lines drawn by the Garroni Designers, this new Jeanneau sailboat was awarded the…
Portumna Marine, the newly appointed dealer for MasterCraft Ireland, has taken delivery of an MasterCraft X14 and will shortly receive the MasterCraft X2 for viewing and demonstration.
There may have been no clubbers, no frantically cheering crowds, but a 70-foot yacht which berthed in Galway docks yesterday (wed) received a warm west coast welcome writes Lorna Siggins Marine Correspondent of the Irish Times.
JANUARY COLM BARRINGTON Image The first Sailor of the Month in 2007 was Colm Barrington, with his overall win in the IRC Division in the Key West Regatta in Florida. Barrington’s Magic Glove was profiled as the boat to beat… spoke to John Chambers, co-skipper of J35 about their prospects for the Round Ireland, on the eve of the race.
Two former Olympians will both head off from Wicklow today (Saturday) on what is, for both, their first Round Ireland yacht race. One is from Ireland, the other from Brazil.

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