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    Archive for August, 2007

    Last Thursday

    Friday, August 31st, 2007

    Last night was the final race of Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s Thursday evening series. It was a bit windy and wild, but great fun.  Cheerful people are the only types allowed on our boat.

    Carbon crunch

    Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

    On the right: a new carbon bowsprit (gennaker pole) by Selden. On the left, the old one which broke when I stuck into another boat, snagging it between the bottlescrews. The other boat was going upwind, I was sailing downwind. Fortunately, it was a light wind race and nobody on the other boat was hurt. […]

    Park the boat

    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

    That’s Trinculo of Howth, a Sigma 44, having a personal moment at her home harbour.

    Fireballs are away.

    Monday, August 20th, 2007

    Many of the top Irish Fireball sailors are away for a fortnight, racing on Lake Garda in Italy and then to Silvaplana in Switzerland for the 2007 World Championship. After two races, Kenny Rumball is the lead Irish boat in 8th place. Details are here. Below: Noel Butler and Seamus Moore at the 2005 Worlds […]

    Chieftain to win?

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Looks like it. Ger O’Rourke’s canting keel Cookson 50 seems set for has taken overall victory in the 2007 Fastnet race. At 08h 58m 53sec local time, Mike Slade’s new 100-foot super maxi crossed the finish line off the Plymouth breakwater under spinnaker, breaking the Rolex Fastnet Race monohull race record that has stood since […]

    And they’re off

    Monday, August 13th, 2007

    The Fastnet race has started, after a 25 hour delay due to a lousy weather forecast. RORC is offering a nifty tracker service, as above. That’s Vincent Riou and Sebastien Josse on PRB in the lead at bottom left with Estrella Damm on their port hip. Irish interest: –Ger O’Rourke’s Cookson 50 Chieftain, one of […]

    Blow me down!

    Saturday, August 4th, 2007

    The Irish Times features sailboat racing on the front page of today’s sports section! Ireland’s Justin Slattery was among the crew. Caption: The Extreme 40 catamaran Basilica lifts a hull high out of the water as they head towards the beach during the IShares Cup race on the opening day of the Cowes Week Regatta […]

    Lots of water in Ireland

    Friday, August 3rd, 2007

    Nicely edited video, I don’t know who the pilot was or what type of aircraft… [update:  upgrade to WordPress 2.2.2 has caused a bug in embedding YouTube…]

    Paul O’Riain in La Solitaire Afflelou

    Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

    Irish sailor Paul O’Rian is competing for the first time in this single handed race on his boat City Jet. The course for La Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro 2007 follows the Solitaire’s long tradition, made up of 4 legs between three countries. France, Ireland and Spain are the countries and will be covered in 13 […]