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    Archive for January, 2009

    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.

    I stole this sign in 1969

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    Nothing to do with sailing, but given the day, what the hey! Forty years ago, no parking for Richard Nixon’s inauguration.  I was at University then.

    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.