18th December

Teaching young gaffers old tricks.....

Tim Magennis DBOGA Area president

According to Tomas de Bhaldraithe’s classic Irish-English dictionary ‘Óg’ is a two-word letter in the ancient Irish language meaning ‘young’.

For some time now, the current president of the Old Gaffers Association (Sean Walsh) has been scrambling his brain as to how ‘Óg’ could be introduced into the OGA’s official title, without offence, as a kind of recruitment drive to attract Irish youth into membership.

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Learning to sail onboard Tir na nÓg of Howth with Sean Walsh

While DBOGA Óg seemed to initially fit, somehow the impact wasn’t there and so the thinking process continued. Over a weekend in May, a group of ten, 15-17 year-olds travelled from Cork to Poolbeg YBC and marina on Dublin’s River Liffey where DBOGA members provided gaff-rigged vessels for sailing experience and instruction.

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Cork has potential to be a global yacht racing hub

Twice world record holder, yachtsman Alex Thomson (British), told delegates attending the 2014 IMERC Innovator of the Year Award, that Cork has the potential to be a global yacht racing hub due to its "perfect harbour allowing protection and natural depth, as well as access to the Atlantic."

The award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and EY, was presented by Minister Simon Coveney to start-up company Jospa, which has developed Adjustable Break Fin technology that may double the output from wave energy devices at marginal extra cost.

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Minister Simon Coveney, Alex Thomson and Stewart Hosford (Alex Thomson Racing) at the IMERC 2014 Innovation Awards

"Like all great innovations, the Jospa innovation is very simple but has the potential to have a profound impact on the wave energy sector. I will certainly keep an eye on how they progress," remarked Ian Venner, EY.

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Annalise Murphy confirms Ireland's qualification for Olympics 2016

Annalise Murphy, Providence Team IRL, became the second sailor (Sept 17) to qualify Ireland for the 2016 Olympics. Competing at the first Olympic Qualifier in Spain, Murphy finished 20th overall from 120 boats and 16th nation. Only the top 19 nations of a pool of 58 earned their country the chance to compete at the Games in Brazil in two years’ time. 

The first qualifier was James Espey who qualified earlier this week in the men's single-handed class.


Annalise Muphy (23) from Rathfarnham, Dublin,  competing in the Laser Radial class Photo: ISAF

“I started the regatta pretty badly so it was difficult to go back out on the second day and make Gold fleet. But I had a really good day and then continued to claw my way back up the fleet,” commented Murphy.

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Windsurf to anchor off Dún Laoghaire for final cruise call of the season

The arrival of Windsurf – the largest ship in the Windstar Cruises fleet – at Dún Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow (4/9) marks the final cruise call of the season to the harbour.

One part sailing yacht and one part upscale cruise ship, Windsurf has seven triangular, self-furling, computer-operated sails and carries 312 guests and 191 international staff.

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 Windsurf visits Dún Laoghaire during the 2013 heatwave. Photo Gilian Mills

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company foresees 2015 to be its most successful year ever in terms of attracting cruise passengers to the harbour with a confirmed 23 cruise vessels and an expected record 66,867 passengers.

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Cruise business bonanza predicted for Dublin Bay 2015

Twenty-three cruise vessels are confirmed to visit Dun Laoghaire in 2015, bringing a record 66,867 passengers. With Dublin Port expecting to welome 60,751 passengers, it will be a record year for Dublin Bay and the first time the Borough's passenger footfall will exceed the City, according to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

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Dún Laoghaire gears up for a record number of cruise liners in 2015. Photo Gillian Mills

“The great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port is to work collaboratively, to emulate the success of Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015,” remarked the company's CEO, Gerry Dunne.

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