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When you are maneuvering during the pre-start make sure your inhaulers are fully off. Inhaulers are a great tool for improved trim, but only when sailing fully upwind. Read down for more tips on headsail trim
The headsail trimmer is a crucial member of a boat’s “speed loop” along with the mainsheet trimmer and the helm. But often headsail trim is overlooked and is reduced to “pull it in and hike” mentality. Without good headsail trim,…
Appeal For Wetsuit To Help Rehabilitate Young Woman With Brain Injury
The family of a young woman with a brain injury are seeking a specialised wetsuit to continue her water therapy, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Aisling Brady (28) from Trim, Co Meath was working as a teacher in Dubai when she experienced…
Toppers ready to go afloat at the NYC
The Viking Marine sponsored Topper Winter Regatta at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire attracted a record turnout for a four-race, one discard event. As Afloat.ie previously reported, sailors attended from across Ireland.  In the 43-boat Topper Full rig class, Royal…
Seán Waddilove (right) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and 49erFX partner Robert Dickson at Howth Yacht Club in December
Joint Irish Sailor of the Year for 218, Seán Waddilove, will be part of a panel discussion this Thursday afternoon (28 February) with the men and women of elite sport at TU Dublin who are busy preparing for qualification bids for…
Map of the Old Salmon Weir on the Shannon where the incident occurred
RTÉ News reports that a 12-year-old girl was hospitalised after an incident on the River Shannon in Limerick city yesterday morning (Saturday 23 February). It’s understood that she was one of four girls on a boat that overturned in the…
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The North Sails Ireland team on the water at Howth last season. Next Tuesday, the NSI team of Nigel Young, Shane Hughes and Prof O'Connell will demonstrate the theory and practice of upwind sail trim and how to optimise your set-up
North Sails Ireland will bring their "Upwind Sail Trim And Escaping From The Start" to Howth Yacht Club next Tuesday on Feb 26th. Using "North U" Sail Trim simulation software and supporting video, the full North Sails team of Nigel Young, Shane…
Anne Taylor of Belfast Lough Sailability
#Sailability - Anne Taylor of Belfast Lough Sailability was one of three winners of this year’s Exceptional Contribution Awards in the RYA Sailability Annual Awards last weekend. Held at the Sailability National Conference and Awards dinner at Wyboston Lakes on Saturday…
Investment In Blue Innovation Driving Ireland’s Marine Sector: Marine Institute
Robotics, Internet of Things and data analytics are set to play a key role in Ireland's blue economy, according to the Marine Institute. The national funding agency for the marine research industry recently awarded financial investments in two marine technology…
Silhouette Swimmer - Photographer Michael Chester's winning photo in the PPAI Sports Features category
Dun Laoghaire-based photographer Michael Chester, an Afloat.ie contributor, won first place in the “Sports Features” category at the Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) awards last Friday night. The Judges said Chester's photograph of a swimmer showering down after completing the River Liffey…
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Finn Lynch in training on Dublin Bay
Viking Marine, the leading Chandlery and ‘go to’ for all things sailing in Dun Laoghaire have just announced Olympic sailor Finn Lynch as Brand Ambassador. Just home from a great campaign in Miami this month, Finn was back in action training…
Australia SailGP Team celebrate their win in the home water’s of Sydney Harbour on the first stop of the inaugural race series
More than 20,000 people turned to for the inaugural SailGP event on Sydney Harbour this past weekend, with the home team Australia — helmed by local hero Tom Slingsby — beating Japan in the final to clinch the first victory…
Ian Walker Director of Racing at the RYA will present the prizes at the RYA NI awards tonight in Belfast
Sailors and boaters across the country are getting ready for RYANI’s Annual Awards, which take tonight at Belfast Harbour Commissioners. The awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements made over the last year by clubs, teams and individuals across…
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Get Ready For The New Season With Viking Marine’s Pre-Launch Checklist
With the countdown to launch well under way, Viking Marine provides a handy checklist below to help with your own to-dos getting your boat ready for another season’s sailing. Stock is now arriving in-store and online at VikingMarine.ie for all…
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BJ Marine's Beneteau range is heading for the Angling Show in Swords, County Dublin this weekend
Following on from the success of last year's show and the positive reaction to the Barracuda 6 BJ Marine have decided to double our presence at this weekend's Angling Show at Swords in County Dublin. BJ Marine will have the…
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The original X 79 - over 500 have been built since 1979
The 10th February 1979 was a big day in the life of Danish Yacht Firm X Yachts. Niels Jeppesen and Birger Hansen officially started up the company at precisely 8 am. Lars Jeppesen, having recently finished his education as a…
Red Bull’s cliff divers are also returning to Polignano a Mare in Italy this year
Sunday 12 May is the date to save for the debut of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. The capital hosts the annual high diving series for the first time after three previous visits…

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