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Building The Ilen, a mysterious and ancient craft
It would be a dream come true for some people – working with some of Ireland's few remaining traditional shipwrights, refitting Ireland's sole surviving sea-going sailing ship: The Ilen. Photos: Courtesy of Kevin O'Farrell and Gary MacMahon/AK Ilen Company  Ketch…
Free Windsurf, Wakeboard and Kitesurfing Lessons
Ever fancied learning how to windsurf, wakeboard or kitesurf, but just couldn't find the time or money? Now you can do it for free, and all you have to do is get to the European Speedsailing Championships in Dungarvan, Co.…
Irish team complete Channel Swim in just under 13 hours
Last weekend Glenn Treacy and the relay team landed on French soil (see photo over the fold) completing their channel swim relay in 12 hours 59 minutes. Their two other teams made it which may be a channel swim record.…
Sea Weed Flavouring Developed by Cork Firm
A range of natural flavoursome food products that rely neither on added salt or monosodium glutamate may soon be available thanks to a Cork-based company exploring the food potential of a major Irish natural resource – seaweed. The company, CyberColloids…
Traditional Boyne Boats lecture
The Old Drogheda Society Annual Corcoran Garry Lecture this year will be on 'Traditional Boats on the Boyne', which will include the Stone Age Boyne Currach, or Coracle, and the Boyne Canoe. Put it in your diary for Wednesday October…
Irish Slalom Champ will compete at Euro Speedsailing Championships
The 2008 and 2009 Irish Windsurfing Slalom Champion Pearse Geaney will be putting up a challenge to some of the world’s best speedsailors when they compete at the European Speed Sailing Championships to be held off the coast of Dungarvan,…
Could Sailing be Bigger than Football?
It’s often said that sailing will never be a spectator sport, but Secretary General of the Danish Sailing Association, Dan Ibsen, begs to differ. “New technology is making it easier to convey the excitement of sailing competition in a way…
Harbour Company Letter Sets Out Plans for Carlisle Pier
As demoliton work on the Carlisle Pier reveals views over the Victorian harbour not seen for generations, the Chief Executive of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company , Gerry Dunne, has a letter published in the Irish Times this morning rebutting…
Italian Entry for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Italy is back in the world’s premier ocean race for the first time since Brooksfield entered the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1993-94.  Italy’s Giovanni Soldini (43) has been named as the skipper of the Italia 70 team, which…
McCarthy Out of Route du Chocolate
Cork's Cian McCarthy is out of the Route du Chocolate before it even starts because French organisers have scratched his class out of the transatlantic race. McCarthy and Steve McFeely currently sailing on Cinnamon Girl are heading off into the…
New Afloat in shops now
TALL TALES >>> Belfast′s maritime festival drew more than a hundred thousand visitors to the city but, with Coiste an Asgard facing the axe, did it give a lie to the future of sail training on this island? Voice your…
Dundalk Hosts Ports Conference
Dundalk Port Company hosts The Irish Ports Association Conference this week at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk at a time when the efficiency of seaports is being improved by a general change of its role from one central to…
New Study to Put Figure on Marine Sector
A high level project that aims to place an economic value on the marine sector is underway and firms in the sector have been contacted and asked to complete a confidential survey.The Marine Institute on behalf of the government are…
Weils Disease can be fatal, warns Water Safety Body
Irish Water Safety (IWS) is highlighting the dangers of Weil's disease during this week's National Ploughing Championships. Farmers and others are at risk of contracting Weils disease and IWS are distributing an awareness leaflet at the Championships to highlight the…
Cork woman first Irish person to swim English Channel both ways
Lisa Cummins from Cork is officially the 20th person worldwide to swim the English Channel both ways – but the first Irish person to do so! You can read all about Lisa's preparations on her blog here, but we can…
Kinsale Swim Challenge attracts record entries
A record 220 swimmers gathered in Kinsale on Saturday (September 19) for The Edge Sports Sandycove Island Challenge 2009, enjoying one of the best days of the year with calm seas, water temperature heading 15 degrees and sunshine that arrived…

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