19th January

Regatta returns major economic benefit for Dún Laoghaire

Over 470 boats and 2,500 sailors gathered in the east coast town of Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, for the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta.

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Cruising classes, traditional and classic vessels, tacked across the race courses during the 2017 Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta . Photo Gillian Mills 

Seven race courses, 290 races and almost 4,000 results were staged over four days of mostly light sea breezes at Ireland’s biggest sailing event.

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Cool Route cruising from Ireland's south coast to Norway

A sailing route from the southcoast of Ireland along the west and north coasts, western Scotland, the Faroe Islands and western Norway, is being promoted to develop new business opportjunites for enterprises located in these peripheral coaastal communities.

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Baltimore, West Cork, is a popular destination for local and visiting yachts

'Mile for nautical mile, the Cool Route boasts a wealth of archaeological, historical, cultural, musical and culinary treasures and experiences, combined by it amazing scenery, mountainous shorelines, the best pubs and distilleries in the world,' according project leader, the Hincks Centre of Entrepreneurship Excellence, in Cork Institute of Technology.

The project comprises eight partners located in each of the participating countries, specifically targetting the yacht, superyacht and the small liner market. 

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Varadkar supports effort for national sail training vessel

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed support for a national sail training vessel for Ireland as part of the Atlantic Youth Trust movement.

The announcement follows the inclusion of the initiative in the 'A Fresh Start The Stormont House Agreement and Implementation Plan'; The Programme for Government and Capital Investment Plan. 

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Hildegarde Naughton TD; Neil O'Hagan and Owen Moorehead, Atlantic Youth Trust, on board Irish Lights vessel, Granuaile at Seafest 2017, Galway

The new vessel will be modelled on the Spirit of New Zealand which has over 40 years operational experience and is credited with one of the core youth development assets of the country. 

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Watersports Inclusion Games launched in Dún Laoghaire

Mark Pollock, Commonwealth medal winner in rowing; Round Ireland sailor; adventurer and Cure for Paralysis activist, has launched the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games, organised by the Irish Sailing Association.

Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire (June 25-26), this free event of sailing, rowing and canoeing, aims to attract people of all abilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual and learning difficulty spectgrums, to try watersports. 

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Mark Pollock is accompanied by Oisin Putt, member of the Sailability Paralympic Pathway Team and Nadine Lattimore, London 2012 Paralympic athlete at Poolbeg Yacht Club. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Pollock, who lost his sight at 22 and was paralysed after an accident in 2010, said that watersports plays a significant role in his life.

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Volvo Irish sailing awards

Olympic Silver medalist, Annalise Murphy, was honoured 'Volvo Sailor of the Year' at the annual awards event, before a 300-strong crowd from across the sailing community. 

Volvo Sailor of the Year

Annalise Murphy, Volvo Irish Sailor of the Year' 2016. Photo Gary Carr, Inphotography

The shortlist included Vendée Globe sailor, Enda O'Coineen; Olymic sailors Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern, and Conor Clarke and crew of Embarr (winners of the Melges 24 World Championship in Miami).

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