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    €8,000,000 invested, €55,000,000 Return

    Friday, November 13th, 2009

    Those are the numbers for the Volvo Ocean Race stop over in Galway last June.  The government stumped up the seed money and the region profited hugely. The impact was 30 per cent above initial estimates by consultants Deloitte LLP, with €45 million in direct expenditure and €10 million in indirect expenditure in Galway and […]

    Recycle your broken spars

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

    In the past week I was speaking with two different sailboat racers who explained they each took their broken masts to the public amenity recycle centre in Ballyogan. And they each paid €20 for the privilege of dumping their spars! Aluminium is a commodity and scrap metal merchants will purchase bent and broken masts and […]


    Sunday, November 8th, 2009

    A brilliant afternoon of racing in the Harbour.  Two races 10 – 12 knots of breeze, lovely sailing.   Here are a few quick photos, Louise and Hermine followed by Noel and Seamus. EDIT to add:  Results

    Off round the world

    Thursday, November 5th, 2009

    Franck Cammas and his crew aboard the giant 31.5 meter trimaran Groupama 3 have set off on their challenge for the Jules Verne Trophy.  I’m a fan of these giant racing sailboats and envious of how French sailors can attract such a huge public following which in turn provides huge sponsorship.  Groupama SA is a […]


    Sunday, October 25th, 2009

    Over the years, I’ve done the foredeck on a variety of boats, from Ruffian 23 to J24 to Benny 31.7 and 36.7.  It’s always a challenge, good fun, but hard work. At the windward mark, I’m so busy I don’t see any of the boat on boat close contact as I set the pole and […]

    Irish in the Rolex Middle Sea Race

    Thursday, October 15th, 2009

    Legally Brunette, the X-41 owned by Dubliners Cathal Drohan and Paul Egan is the sole Irish entry in the 77 boat Rolex Middle Sea Race which starts at noon on Saturday from Grand Harbour in Malta.  The race is hosted by Royal Malta Yacht Club. Starting from Grand Harbour, the boats will sail a course […]

    VOR Notice of Race and Rule changes

    Saturday, October 10th, 2009

    Will the Green Dragon return for the next edition? Or will the syndicate sell her. Will there be an Irish entry in 2011? Portsmouth, England – 9 October 2009 — The new look Volvo Open 70 Rule, published today along with the Notice of Race, confirm changes set to enhance the fleet racing in the […]

    Howth to host 2011 J24 Europeans

    Thursday, October 8th, 2009

    Howth Yacht Club has been awarded the rights to host the J/24 European Championship in 2011 by the International J/24 Class Association at its World Council Meeting (WCM) in Malmo, Sweden, last weekend. The Club was invited to make the bid by the Irish J/24 Class Association and it received full support from the Irish […]

    Nin in again, dad just behind

    Monday, September 28th, 2009

    Nicholas O’Leary is the All Ireland Sailing Champion for the second year in a row and his dad Anthony is again in second place. Nicholas O’Leary, winning champion for the second year in a  row of the All Ireland Sailing Championship, holds the trophy aloft.  Pic shows L. to R. Mike MacCarthy Admiral RCYC, Ed […]

    NCB Ireland — Never Coming Back

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    That was the epithet for Ireland’s first foray into the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.  Now known as Athina and for sale in Barbados for $380,000. I took these pictures as the the boat was being moved from the Ballymun factory where it was built to the south side of the Liffey to […]

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