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The X-332 Dexterity was the Class One IRC Overall Winner at WIORA on the Shannon Estuary
Having sailed in several WIORA regatta’s in the past, One Design Expert and founder of North Sails Ireland, Nigel Young looked forward to getting back into the fleet this year in Foynes on the Shannon Estuary last week and took…
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Conor Doyle's Freya, the XP-50
The local interest part for me in this year's Fastnet Race is Conor Doyle with Freya the XP-50 and Derek Dillon and his Son Conor in the two-handed division sailing Big Deal the Dehler 34 writes Nigel Young of North Sails…
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Chris Frost’s Swan 36 “Finola” GBR 23806 at the start of Saturday’s RORC Channel Race. Crew aboard: Chris Frost, Ollie Frost, Roger Frost, Graham Curran, Bryan O’Donnell, Robert Kerley
"Twist" is one of the many buzzwords in sailing. We might know what it is and when it's needed – and when it’s not – but why do we need twist in the first place? And what effects does it…
Two Star keelboats training in Cork Harbour
It looked like we were seeing double when we spotted two Star keelboats in Cork Harbour yesterday writes Bob Bateman Both boats bore the same sail number 8527 of the O'Leary's 'Dafne', the high-end Irish Star that has featured so…
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IRC One winners Joker II (John Maybury)
I am just back from a very successful VDLR regatta for our North Sails clients. Four days of racing on a very tricky Dublin Bay was a real test for the sailors and crew and as always, the fastest boats…
Survey conducted at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
In a survey of competitors at the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay, 60% of respondents said the Irish boating portal 'Afloat.ie' was their 'go-to' website for Irish sailing & boating news. Nearly 200 sailors were polled from…
The dolphin landed across the bow of a boat in Tralee Bay earlier this week
O’Sullivan’s Marine have shared with us a photo of the surprise moment when a dolphin landed on the bow of one of their boats. The sudden encounter was all the more startling as the marine mammal almost knocked a child out of…
North Sails Service Team Attend Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
North Sails Ireland service crew will be on hand in force for the VDLR regatta 2019. Since way back in 2004 North Sails Service Team have been on hand at every major Irish regatta to keep our clients and any…
Fifteen thousand miles from Dublin in a magic year of cruising – George & Mary Coombes’ Lagoon 450s Realta Bheag moored off Bora Bora in mid-Pacific in French Polynesia
Dublin couple George and Mary Coombes have achieved the cruising dream writes W M Nixon. Having departed from an increasingly wet and windy Ireland in late July of last year, their Lagoon 450s catamaran Realta Bheag has now sailed more…
Marine Institute Seeks New Chief Executive Officer
The Marine Institute, the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland, is recruiting for a new chief executive to succeed Dr Peter Heffernan. Reporting to the chair of the board of the Marine Institute, the…
Hal Sisk at the helm of Peggy Bawn competing in the 2017 Classics Dun Laoghaire Regatta. The historic Cutter is on the market at €300k
The famous cutter Peggy Bawn that last raced on Dublin Bay at the 200th-anniversary harbour regatta in 2017 is up for sale with an asking price of €300k. Northern Ireland builder John Hilditch built the 36ft G L Watson-designed cutter in…
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John Murphy and Richard Coldwell’s J 109 Outrageous from Howth on her way to winning class 1 at this year's Sovereigns Cup. Matrix S2 symmetrical spinnaker and Uni Titanium Mainsail. 
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland goes through the options for racing boats to go Symmetrical or Asymmetrical with their spinnakers. Barry sailed aboard George Sisk's XP44 WOW from Royal Irish Yacht Club at this year's Sovereigns Cup, where WOW…
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X-Yachts’ New X4° Put Through Its Paces In First Sea Trials
X-Yachts has released details and images from the first sea trials of its new X4°, the latest and smallest member of the successful Pure X range. Since its first appearance for the media at Boot in Düsseldorf this past January,…
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The flying jib set on Wow
The XP44 'WOW' stormed home to win the Coastal Class of Sovereigns Cup 2019 this month. The prize giving ensued after which began the bar talk debrief of the week between sailors from all boats writes Graham Curran of UK Sailmakers…
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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
MGM Boats is staging an ‘Open Boat’ event onboard its new 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 this weekend. The ‘Open Boat’ will take place on Saturday the 6th, from 11:00 till16:00 on Kinsale Yacht Club Marina. MGM Boats will be on hand to walk you…
Paal Janson, chairman of the Irish Marine Federation
Feedback from the public and interested stakeholders is being sought on the Government’s Marine Planning Policy Statement by Friday 9 August. The statement sets out efforts to bring marine planning “into the mainstream of Government functions” as issues surrounding land…

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