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    Archive for November, 2009

    Things to do with your broken mast…

    Friday, November 27th, 2009

    This is a Laser dinghy broken top mast serving as support for our Monstera Deliciosa, commonly known as a swiss cheese plant. It is supported top and bottom with a turned timber disc hollowed out with a hole saw. We recycle!

    Howth Lifeboat in Dun Laoghaire

    Thursday, November 26th, 2009

    Sunny day in the Harbour and the Howth Lifeboat is on the hard for quick powerwash of her hull. It’s an all-weather Trent Class designed to lie afloat at deep water moorings or at berth. The sheerline sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery and the hull is of a ‘hard chine’ design Name: Roy […]

    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 […]

    €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 […]