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Afloat, Ireland’s only dedicated watersports magazine, hits the shelves this week, with a bumper 120-page Annual. Packed with all the latest news and reviews from across the sailing, motorsports and watersports worlds, Afloat’s 2008 Annual also reviews a year of…
The fastest men and women on water in the world will converge on Dungarvan, county Waterford, over the coming days as the countdown begins to the final stage of the World Production Speed Sailing Cup 2008.  The event is the…
Two Irish boats were among 211 yachts from 21 different nations that sailed across the ARC start line off Las Palmas de Gran Gran Canaria yesterday headed for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.…
The first ever conference on traditional boats and currachs in Ireland will take place in Ennis, County Clare, on Saturday, 6 December 2008. “Boats, Place, People” will feature presentations from nationally renowned maritime experts, including writer and broadcaster Críostóir Mac…
Nick Bubb says his personal highlight of the race so far on Team Russia was the other morning; big rolling seas, overcast sky, freezing water, 40 knots of breeze, A6 (fractional spinnaker) and 2 reefs, fully stacked aft, Mikey on…
It was only two years ago that the Irish Marine Federation rolled out its biggest ever show. How times change. Demand for exhibitor space in 2007 was at an all-time high, even with an increase in space of over 20%.…
The Ennis-based weather forecasting business, Nowcasting International, has had a major win for its Askmoby.com initiative.Askmoby.com has been awarded the 2008 Silver Award for the Most Innovative Business Model at the Mobile Search Awards in London. The service provides a…
The Irish Marine Federation intends to reform the Irish Association of Sail Training (IAST) as a specialist sector within the Irish Marine Federation (IMF). The group was formerly headed up by the late Kevin Byrne has not been active in…
The Irish Marine Federation has supported An Garda Siochana's proposal to establish an on line assets register for stolen property. The Garda Siochana plan was originally intended to be confined to plant and machinery but with the spate of stolen…
The 2009 Allianz Boat Show at the RDS next February 18-22 will have a different look and feel to the previous national shows with emphasis on new entrants to boating. The IMF are working on putting together  show packed with…
It was a good day onboard Green Dragon as Ian Walker and his crew stormed over the scoring gate picking up 3 valuable points along the way.  This now places them joint second overall alongside PUMA as they make the…
Despite the broken boom, 3 knock downs and a leaking daggerboard case,not to mention colds and sore throats, Green Dragon is positively charging towards the scoring gate. Skipper Ian Walker, confessed to feeling a bit nervous this morning, but added…
"Four days into leg two and the Southern Ocean is living up to its name. One broken steering system, one Chinese gybe, one broken boom and now three knock-downs, but we are still charging along for the scoring gate at…
Green Dragon are assessing the damage to the boom and are working towards constructing a temporary boom in order to stay on track towards India. This involves the crew attempting to repair it with splints etc made from bunks and…
Green Dragon have reported that during a 50–knot squall the boom has broken. The crew are attempting to repair it using splints..
Skipper Torben Grael and the crew of Ericsson 4 are the bookies 7/4 favourites after the first leg of the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race. Bookmaker Paddy Power has the Green Dragon Racing team, as 4/1 third-favourites behind the Puma Racing…

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