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The Dublin Bay J/99 Juggerknot II racing double handed in an ISORA race. Four is the maximum crew number permitted on the J99 model for the UK-based J Cup this September
The J Cup, a regatta for all J/Boats, that was rescheduled from July to the 3rd of September looks set to be one of the first 'fully crewed' sailing events that will be held in the UK this year. In…
The new and the traditional – Clifden Boat Club is saluted by classic Galway Hookers
Clifden Boat Club is the primary sailing and boat sports access point for the picturesque town of Clifden, the natural capital of Connemara, the “Land of the Sea” on Ireland’s far west Atlantic coast. While the club’s history goes much…
The new Code D Gennaker is easy to use. See Video below
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland has been showing off a new 'Code D' gennaker that's been designed for simple and easy use. The Cork Harbour sailmakers say the cruising sail furls easily every time as he demonstrates in the…
Busy times at the new North Sails service loft in County Wicklow
North Sails Ireland is reporting that the new service location in County Wicklow is off to a flying start writes Nigel Young. In the first 21 days, Shane Hughes and his team have serviced over 75 sails and they do…
Depending on the type of sailing you’re doing, be it racing, cruising, or some combination thereof, your choice of headsails may differ
Having the right headsail for the job is important. Quantum’s Chris Williams from the US and Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland help demystify the different types of headsails and when to use them for optimal performance. Depending on the…
The new Zhik mask - When it gets wet with the spray of the bow, it still feels very comfortable
In the light of the new July ruling's about face coverings, Piet Poelmann, CEO of Zhik, the Australian marine clothing brand, has introduced a new face mask that is weatherproof, washable and comfortable. It is not just another face mask.…
Dara Calleary is Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo
Dara Calleary has been named as the new Minister for Agriculture and the Marine following last night’s dramatic sacking of Barry Cowen from the post. RTÉ News reports on the new appointment confirmed today (Wednesday 15 July) by Taoiseach Micheál…
The new Rodman Spirit 31 at Crosshaven Boatyard
Crosshaven Boatyard — the Irish agents for Rodman Boats — yesterday took the wrapping off a new Rodman Spirit 31 at their Cork Harbour yard and marina. The hardtop inboard model comes with 320HP Volvo diesel engine, slightly different from…
Get Out & Have Fun On The Water With Jobe Towables From CH Marine
With the weather looking up from this weekend, there’s no better time to get out and have fun on the water with a Jobe towables from CH Marine. The range includes inflatable chairs like the two-seater Anura, now only €239…
UK Sailmakers Ireland: Headsail Trim & Vertical Camber
In this article, Barry Hayes (UK Sailmakers Ireland) and Pat Considine (UK Sailmakers Chicago) explain headsail vertical camber and why it’s so important to boat speed and performance of the boat. In reality, understanding headsail vertical camber is the modern…
Barry Cowen is Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly and had been in the role of Minister for Agriculture and the Marine for only two weeks
Ireland’s new Marine Minister has been sacked from his role amid controversy surrounding a three-month road ban he received for drink-driving in 2016. RTÉ News reports that Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen’s appointment as Minister of Agriculture and the Marine…
For sale: One Seal 22 in aid of the RNLI
Thanks to the generosity of Ivon and Jane Roberts from Rosscarbery, County Cork, you now can be the next owner as the couple has donated their boat Decade to Union Hall RNLI. Ivon and Jane bought Decade on their tenth…
Irish-Made Lifejacket Is Latest Addition To O’Sullivans Marine’s Range
The Mullion Stream 150N is the latest addition to the range of competitively priced, Irish-produced lifejackets at O’Sullivans Marine. The Mullion Stream 150N automatic inflatable lifejacket is a constant-wear, all-weather lifejacket for general use with foul-weather clothing. It comes in a…
UK Waters: The Home Office said at least 480 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel on Sunday, where AFLOAT adds above is a UK Border Force Coastal Patrol Cutter (CPV) Eagle. The agency has staff at airports and ports among them a base in the Port of Dover. The next busiest ferryport in the UK is Holyhead, Wales where Afloat tracked just over a month ago another such craft, CPV Active which departed Liverpool to arrive at Holyhead Boatyard. Also in port were a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class training boats, HMS Biter (P270) and HMS Charger (P292) which departed Holyhead Marina in the west of the harbour and when bound for Liverpool. Today another Archer class HMS Tracker (P274) is berthed at the facility.
Migrants in record numbers, reports BBC News, have crossed the [English] Channel on the day the home secretary announced a "new operation approach" to dealing with small boat crossings. The Home Office said 180 migrants made the crossing to the…
Class Two winner Black Velvet (blue kite) on port gybe shortly after the start of the second race of the ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Series
Reigning ISORA Champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) took a one-minute 35-second margin on corrected time to win the second ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race on Dublin Bay this afternoon. The JPK10.80 was the IRC overall and Class Zero winner according…
ISORA's Race two course
Race 2 of the Viking Marine Coastal Race this morning will be a shorter 24-mile course from Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 0955. From a start, at Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy, the expected 20-boat fleet will pass the Muglins on the…

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