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Clydeport was host to a major gathering of international navies prior to conducting Joint Warrior, one of the largest military exercises of its type to be held in the world which is taking place early this month off western Scotland
#newsupdate - Clydeport downriver of Glasgow was host to a large international gathering of navies prior to participating in a major military exercise currently underway off the west coast of Scotland. The navies according to Peel Port Group which operates…
The boat tourism sector sector has created close to £6bn in sales from boating-related tourism, a 65% growth since 2013, according to British Marine
New figures out today from British Marine, the leading trade association for the UK leisure marine industry, highlight how the marine sector has created close to £6bn in sales from boating-related tourism expenditure in 2018, a 65% growth since 2013.…
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A busy Viking Marine store in Dun Laoghaire
It's like Christmas with the number of boxes full of our new summer stock arriving into Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay this week! We have new product ranges, new suppliers and ongoing innovation from current and new -…
The new RS21 keelboat
Irish National Marine Services have announced a demonstration day of RS Sailing craft on Sunday 28th April at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire. Included in the line up will be the new RS21 keelboat, with opportunities to…
Finn Lynch in his new Laser dinghy in Palma. The Rio veteran is currently second overall in his 187-boat fleet
Two seconds for a delighted Finn Lynch puts the Laser sailor second overall in the 187-boat fleet in the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma this morning. It's an explosive start as the Dublin Bay sailor goes in search of Olympic qualification…
Viking Marine Olympic Sailor Finn Lynch Endorses New High Performance Centre
Rio Laser sailor Finn Lynch who is campaigning for a place in Tokyo 2020 and who is a Viking Marine Brand Ambassador has endorsed the opening of the new Irish Sailing High-Performance centre (pictured above) for the Olympic Sailing team at Dun…
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Customise Your Own X49 With X-Yacht’s X-Configurator
X-Yachts customers and window-shoppers alike can now configure their own X49 thanks to a new online tool. The X-Configurator provides all the customisable options available for one of the latest additions to X-Yacht’s luxury Pure X range — and one…
British Marine Trades Association Buisness of the Year 2019 Winner
Some of the UK’s best leisure marine businesses and achievers were last night (26 March 2019) celebrated at the British Marine Trades Association Awards 2019. Following a hugely successful first day at the inaugural British Marine Expo, in association with…
Marine Engineering Traineeship Launched in Kerry
A Marine Engineering Traineeship was launched this month with the overall aims of attracting new employees into the marine industry and providing them with the basic skills to allow them to work effectively from the start of their employment.  The training programme…
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Barry Hayes (second from left) trimming on the Swan 45 Devocen
West Cork native Barry Hayes took over the UK Sailmakers Ireland loft a year ago From Des McWilliam, having returned to Crosshaven from an international career in sailmaking. Afloat.ie asked him about his own sailing background and the changes he has…
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Ian O'Meara (left) with Paul Adamson of Oyster Yachts
For the last 45 years, Oyster Yachts have built a reputation for signature performance blue water cruising yachts built to the finest level of craftsmanship. This is a company that is not just building but are creating through personalisation and…
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Prisca Bags' sailcloth washbags are just the thing for your next getaway
A new business launched by a well-known sailor on the Water Wags scene uses upcycled sails to create quirky travel washbags. Prisca Bags is the brainchild of Amanda Chambers, who repurposes old fabric from many different sources into a variety…
Finn Lynch in an upwind Laser training run in Palma that includes multi world champion Robert Scheidt of Brazil
Tokyo 2020 trialist Finn Lynch who has returned home to Dublin just home is telling of one of the highs from his week Laser training in Palma de Mallorca. Lynch, a Viking Marine ambassador told Afloat.ie 'When nine-time Laser world champion Robert…
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Viking Marine Going Green For St Patrick’s Weekend With New Ecoworks Range
It’s St Patrick’s Day weekend and Viking Marine is going green! Check out Viking Marine’s new green Ecoworks range of cleaning products just in time for getting your boat ready for the new season. These environmentally safe cleaning products come…
RYANI Launches ‘Women On Water’ Programme For 2019
Marking International Women’s Day last Friday (8 March), RYANI launched its popular Women on Water programme for 2019. The initiative, which sees women of all abilities take to the water, is being run in conjunction with a number of sailing…
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This is the RCYC Under 25 sailing Team testing out some new 3Di 1720 Nordac sails back in Feb. This picture shows very nice light airs trim albeit with a slightly over-tight rig for the current conditions. This picture shows the full 3Di structure and the smooth flying shapes of the molded sails in all their glory.  Despite the tight rig the entry on the Jib is still quite OK but just a touch on the shallow side.  A softer rig with more sag would allow a little more depth and power into the Jib making it easier for the helm to find an easy groove to steer. To read more info on how to make headstay sag your friend see below...
Following on from our last piece last week on the J24 Class, the subject of headstay sag has come up on several occasions writes Nigel Young. Headstay sag plays a large part in all sailboats and especially here in Ireland on…

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