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Changes made to the 2018 Show highlighted a renewed confidence in the future of the London Boat Show say British Marine
The 2018 London Boat Show drew to a close yesterday (Sunday 14 January 2018) amidst incredible sales reports, a vibrant atmosphere, strong visitor numbers and the fantastic launch of the all new Boating & Watersports Holiday Show. The changes made…
3Di NORDAC is a breakthrough polyester sail built with North Sails unique and patented 3Di technology
North Sails, the worldwide leader in sailmaking technology is pioneering a revolution in Dacron sailmaking. For thousands of years, sailcloth has been made by the ancient process of weaving fibers into a finished material. For over 60 years, Woven Polyester…
The World Championship winning Melges 24 team that included Prof O'Connell.
Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland will give a talk in the Royal Irish Yacht Club tomorrow night (Fri 12th Jan) on "The 'Embarr' Journey to winning the Melges 24 World Championship"  that recounts his 2016 victory with RIYC skipper…
Stella Blue helmed by Steve Benjamin won the 2017 Etchells Worlds in San Francisco with the help of North Sails’ expertise
#NorthSails - As previously reported, North Sails celebrated a record-smashing year for offshore yachting titans competing with its 3Di performance sails. But clients of the sailmaker — with a longstanding base in Myrtleville, Co Cork — also had a big…
Monkstown Laser sailor Charles Dwyer
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club had what the sailors taking part described as a “tremendous start” to its Laser Winter League in Cork Harbour, sponsored by CH Marine. A forecast of 30 knots didn't put anyone off, as sailors were greeted…
BJ Marine Group Sales Manager James Kirwan onboard an Oceanis 41.1 yacht at BJ Marine's Greystones Harbour Marina base. The Oceanis range goes on show as part of the Beneteau display at the London and Dusseldorf Boat Shows this month
Irish Beneteau dealer BJ Marine is back on the water early in 2018 after a strong run of boat sales brought 2017 to a buoyant close for the County Wicklow firm.  As Afloat.ie reported earlier, last Autumn's Cannes and Southampton…
Francois Gabart and his MACIF, sailing with North Sails 3Di, took the outright solo around-the-world record last month
#NorthSails - North Sails Ireland is looking back on a record-breaking year in 2017 for the global sailmaker's offshore clients, all of whom were using its 3Di performance sails. Last January, Armel Le Cleác’h sailed Banque Populaire VIII around the world…
First yachts are arriving – “Big Willi“ is flexing its muscles for Boot Düsseldorf 2018
Boot Düsseldorf 2018 is starting in 32 days and the initial boats are already on their way to the city on the Rhine. Ship crane “Big Willi” is being used to lift two elegant Italian yachts and one sleek Dutch…
The overall winner Mermaid IV,  a Beneteau 50
Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, held on to her overall lead in the predominantly heavy weather series to clinch the Christmas Turkey First Prize at the Royal…
The haven under the hill. Howth will be pulling out all the stops to make its new Wave Regatta from June 1st to 4th 2018 a user-friendly success
A successful new development in the national sailing programme will inevitably be something of a revolution. Yet if those managing the event handle it in the right way, the changeover can take place without people thinking that anything really revolutionary…
A Rash'r Vest. Rash'R an Irish company which designs and manufactures the 'brightest rash vests on the planet'.
The winner of November's Viking Marine Rash'R vest competition is Eileen Dooley of Dublin.  Congratulations to you, Eileen! Your prize of a Rash'R vest will be winging its way to you shortly!  Stay tuned for more prize competitions on Afloat.ie!  Rash'R…
SCORA Commodore – Kieran O'Connell
After a few negative years, resulting in some despondency about the future of cruiser racing, the annual meeting of SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, had a more positive atmosphere, with a good attendance of skippers, boat owners and…
Mermaid IV rounds a leeward mark at this year's Turkey Shoot
Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, has increased her overall lead of the series after five races sailed and one discard applied. Download results below. Mermaid IV is now on 43…
The new comfort in winter sailing from Zhik; Overgloves
Right now, on Sunday mornings, do you feel your fingers are about to drop off at Cork Harbour's Winter Leagues? Or Dublin Bay's Turkey Shoot or DMYC Dinghy Frostbites? Innovative Australian sailing gear manufacturer Zhik think they have the answer…
Paul O’Higgins (second left) with the crew of Rockabill VI in Dingle after winning the race from Dun Laoghaire
Paul O’Higgins (RIYC) is November’s Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Offshore)” for the sporting way he campaigns his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI. He knew when to make it serious to win the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, but equally…
Viking Marine’s Advent Calendar Is In Full Swing
Viking Marine is four days into its Advent calendar on Facebook, highlighting a different gift idea for your favourite sailing enthusiasts each day until Christmas. Stocking stuffers featured thus far include the new Gloma Nautica Rope Bracelets, Dexshell waterproof socks,…

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