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    Asgard II to Stay Sunk

    Sunday, February 8th, 2009

    “The national sail training vessel Asgard II is to remain in its watery grave in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France after it sank mysteriously last September.” That was journalist Don Lavery writing in today’s Sunday Independent.  Read it here. Bugger.

    Green Dragon Arrives in Qiangdao

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    The Irish-Chinese backed Green Dragon arrives at the finishing-line at the end of leg 4 from Singapore to China in the Volvo Ocean Race at Qingdao. Guo Chuan, crew-member on Irish-Chinese backed Green Dragon and the first-ever Asian participant at the finish of leg 4 from Singapore to China in the Volvo Ocean Race at […]

    Petition to Raise Asgard II

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Afloat magazine has established an on-line petition asking Minister for Defense Willie O’Dea to pull his finger out and raise the ship from the French seabed. Click here to view and join the hundreds of names already online. Asgard II sailing in the Mersey with one of sculptore Anthony Gormley’s mighty men in the foreground.

    In the Marina, yesterday…

    Friday, January 9th, 2009

    Two degrees Celsius, nil breeze. Today, The Irish Times reports: “The tide seems to have come in for Michael Chadwick’s investment in Dún Laoghaire Marina. This is judging by the latest accounts for his company, Marina Marketing Management Ltd, which runs the 800-berth facility that opened in 2001. Accumulated profits almost doubled to €920,525 in […]

    Galway tanks need to be demolished soon!

    Friday, January 2nd, 2009

    Lorna Siggins, in today’s Irish Times: FIVE MONTHS before the Volvo around the world fleet sails into Galway, the event’s hosts are confident that a breakthrough is “imminent” in preparations for Ireland’s first stopover of the race to date. Difficulties between Topaz and Chevron Ireland over relocating to a new oil terminal have stalled work […]

    Happy New Year

    Thursday, January 1st, 2009

    Sailmaker Des McWilliam is one of the good guys, now associated with OneSails, so a New Year’s Day shout seems appropriate. Des dressed the Corby 36 Rosie which was selected as Irish Cruiser Racing Association joint “Yacht of the Year.” And he has also designed the sails for Dinah with great attention to detail.

    New Racing Rules from 1 January

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    The new Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009 – 2012 come into play on New Year’s Day. Download the complete Racing Rules of Sailing from the ISAF site here. Rules expert Dick ROSE gives his view on the new edition of the RRS here. Bryan Willis has published a well-illustrated guide to the new Rules, […]

    Amazing rescue in the Med

    Monday, September 22nd, 2008

    Twenty-nine solo sailors were about eight hours into the second leg of the Figaro Cap Instanbul Race when word arrived at race headquarters that one skipper had apparently fallen overboard. The incident occurred last Friday in the Mediterranean south of Sardinia. Chistophe Bouvet’s Figaro Beneteau II 33-footer Sirma had been spotted by another competitor with […]

    The Green Dragon – Volvo Ocean Race Team arrives home to Galway

    Monday, July 28th, 2008

    Green Dragon’s international crew includes top Irish ocean sailors Damian Foxall, Justin Slattery and Ian Moore and is skippered by double Olympic medallist Ian Walker Green Dragon, the Volvo Ocean Race entry, was welcomed to its homeport of Galway by a fantastic flotilla of boats from Galway Bay Sailing Club. Sailing onboard the Green Dragon […]

    In the lane

    Thursday, July 24th, 2008

    We had a great week delivering Dinah from Camaret to Lymington.  We port-tacked this eastbound tanker in the English channel.  We made the crossing at an average of 8 knots, beam reaching with one reef in the main and number 4 jib, both old dacron sails. More at Dinah’s website.

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