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    Rudder from a Quarter Tonner

    Monday, May 17th, 2010

    This rudder is from a 30 year old David Thomas-designed Quarter Tonner and it’s a bit wet.  Wet on the outside is perfectly normal.  Wet on the inside is a problem.  The owner consulted a marine surveyor who suggested a repair would be a very good idea. And so it came into my hands, and […]

    Sports Council funding for high performance sailors

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010

    The Irish Sports Council has released details of its €2.65 million high performance grants.  That sum will be divided amongst 273 top athletes in 20 different sports. Irish sailors are included: Peter O’Leary — Star — World Class — €20,000  (€12,000 in 2009) Annalise Murphy —  Laser Radial — World Class — €20,000 Tiffany Brien — Laser Radial — €12,000 […]

    Finally, First Frostbite of 2010

    Monday, January 18th, 2010

    Yesterday was an absolutely fabulous day in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a bit chilly but sunny and fine with 10 – 12 knots of breeze.  Goodness Gracious was looking particularly fine with Louise and Grattan aboard: Here’s a view of part of the Fireball fleet on the starboard tack layline to the windward mark: And, I […]

    AnnaLise Murphy in the Irish Times

    Friday, January 15th, 2010

    SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR/DECEMBER: Mary Hannigan talks to December’s award winner, outstanding young Dublin sailor Annalise Murphy. ANNALISE MURPHY knew it was going to be a challenging year, her first on the senior circuit. And despite a hugely encouraging 2008, the highlight being her fifth-place finish at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, she expected […]

    Solo Sailing Races In France

    Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

    An evening of talks at Alliance Française, Thursday 4 February 7.45pm Irish Sailor Paul Ó RIAIN competed solo onboard his yacht “CityJet” in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2007, a gruelling 1,800 mile 4 stage yacht race between France, Ireland and Spain. Come and hear Paul speak about racing in the world’s most competitive solo […]

    Update from the Solo & Double Handed Sailing Forum

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

    Update from the Solo & Double Handed Sailing Forum Meeting 16th December 2009 With over 85 expressions of interest and some 35 sailors of all ages gathering in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on Wednesday the 16th December to meet, discuss and commit to short handed yacht racing in Ireland.  It looks like […]

    Final Frostbite of ’09

    Monday, December 14th, 2009

    I was on Weather Mark duty during yesterday’s Frostbite race in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Always a good place to be and I sometimes hand out I-can-repair-it business cards following a bit of argy-bargy.  Here a few photos. Good fun, results on the DMYC website

    RRS Amendments for 2009 – 2012

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

    The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 – Amendments Effective 1 January 2010 The International Sailing Federation announced today that, as a result of actions taken by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee and the ISAF Council during the ISAF Annual Conference, several changes in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 will take effect on […]

    North U Race Tactics Seminars

    Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

    Prepare for next season at this 4-hour seminar covering everything from Starting Tactics, Upwind Trim, Wind Shift Strategy to Spinnaker Trim and Handling and more. Learn proven approaches to solving boat speed problems, and gain insight into proper tactical positioning to take advantage of windshifts and gain control. You can spend a lifetime learning to […]

    Shorthanded Sailing Forum Scheduled

    Thursday, November 19th, 2009

    Solo & Double Handed Sailing in Ireland Forum Meeting, Wednesday 16th December at 1900hrs The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin In the past two years Ireland has seen remarkable success on the sailing world stage.  Two of these successes have occurred in short handed ocean racing with Damian Foxall winning the double handed […]

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