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2018 sees North Sails completes a ten–year move from 3DL string laminates to 3Di 'moulded composite sail structures'
The beginning of 2018 marks a milestone for North Sails as the international sailmaker completes a ten–year transformation from 3DL string laminates to 3Di moulded composite sail structures. It's a development that North Sails Ireland chief Nigel Young says is…
Conor Fogerty receiving the Volvo Irish Sailor of the Year Award for 2017 at the RDS tonight
#SailorOfTheYear - Conor Fogerty has been named Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year for 2017 for his astonishing performance in the Single-Handed East-West Transatlantic Race last summer during what was a particularly strong year for Irish offshore sailing. June’s Offshore…
Heavy weather sailing at the DBSC Turkey Shoot last December on Dublin Bay. Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers Ireland shares some sailmaking 'nuggets' below
In every industry there are 'nuggets' of information which can completely change how you look at things. Sailmaking is no different. Sometimes these nuggets are so obvious that you kick yourself for not noticing them before but often they only…
The Dubarry Shamrock boot features an elastic gusset on the back of the boot to cater for the average and over average calf measurement with ease
Ireland's Dubarry is the go-to brand for sailing boots amongst the seafaring fraternity across the globe, successfully combining the finest performance materials with specially developed technologies and design features. Dubarry has updated its original award-winning, unisex, performance sailing boot, Shamrock. Crafted…
Marine Electronics Manufacturers End Three-Year-Long Legal Dispute
Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® brands and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced today that they have ended a three-year-long legal dispute relating to sonar and auto guidance patents. The agreement…
The Mercy stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz and will be released here on Friday
Dublin artist and round–the–world solo sailor Pete Hogan reviews The Mercy, the sailing movie starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz that is to be released in Ireland on Friday. I was invited to the premier of this movie in the Lighthouse cinema…
At the Irish boatyard of Safehaven Marine, (Cobh) Cork is the officially named ‘HMS Magpie’ for the Royal Navy. Afloat adds the name given for the Wildcat 60 catamaran was announced in recent days by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
#Boatyard - On Irish shores in Cork a boat being built for the UK's Royal Navy reports the Evening Echo has been named and is only a few weeks away from being launched. It was revealed in August that Cobh…
A screen shot from the Oyster Yachts website
Leading UK sailing yacht brand Oyster Yachts has gone into liquidation. The reasons for the crash are not yet known but around 150 jobs are thought to be at risk. A statement on the yacht builders website from CEO David…
The Irish National Sailing School has launched a new cruiser–racer training programme
Go–ahead sailing school, the Irish National Sailing School based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, that has already opened a new base in Malahide for 2018, announced this week it will stage a new cruiser–racer training programme designed to bridge the gap between introductory sailing…
The Zhik sailing clothing sale continues at CH Marine
While stocks last CH Marine Chanldery is continuing its Zhik marine clothing sale. The Cork store has value across the Australian brand range including a Superwarm skiff suit €195 and a Superwarm Top €155. Other examples include Microfleece skiff suits €169, Aroshell…
Scroll down the page for a 'Starting Strategies with Mike Marshall' vid from North Sails
The first two minutes of a race is arguably the most important. Those first two minutes will define where you start on the line, and how much space is around you to accelerate. This makes starting one of the hardest…
Sir Kenneth Branagh on board HMS Caroline, Belfast Port where the actor film director yesterday introduced a screening of his Oscar nominated film 'Dunkirk' to unsuspecting guests. The Belfast-born actor who received the 'Freedom of Belfast' in the Ulster Hall is seen in the port above with Jamie Wilson from The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister.
#BelfastLough - A surprise visit by Sir Kenneth Branagh was made to HMS Caroline in Belfast Harbour on Tuesday - surprising a group of movie-goers who were on board to watch his turn in the Oscar nominated Dunkirk. The actor…
 Scroll down for 'The Mercy' - Official Trailer (2017) starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz
The trailer for the much awaited film, The Mercy, which stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz as Donald and Clare Crowhurst, have been unveiled. The movie opens nationwide on 9 February. The film recounts the story of Crowhurst disastrous attempt to…
Friends Of Tragic Kayakers Raising Funds To Bring Their Remains Home
#Ecuador - Friends of two Irish kayakers who died in Ecuador last weekend have raised more than €27,000 to bring their bodies back home. According to Joe.ie, the crowdfunding campaign was set up by friends of David Higgins and Alex…
Finn Lynch at speed downwind in the Laser Class in Miami
Florida's Biscayne Bay proved a tough but valuable testing ground for both of Ireland's Laser sailors on the road to Tokyo 2020 at the Miami Sailing World Cup this week. Once the breeze was on in day two, the National Yacht…
A slight touch of maturity…….Dun Laoghaire’s Sean Craig – Helmsman’s Champion of Ireland in 1993 – racing in the Laser Masters Worlds in Croatia last September. This year’s mega-fleet Masters Worlds will be in Dun Laoghaire from 7th to 15th September.
We’re living longer than ever. But as the years advance, are most of us really living, really alive? Or are we merely existing, and allowing our diminishing physical abilities and shrinking mental interests to be dictated by out-of-date concepts about…

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