16th July

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.

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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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Ireland takes silver at ISAF Youth World sailing event

Séafra Guilfoyle, Crosshaven, Co Cork, has won silver at the 44th ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Portugal. The 18-year-old was competing against 56 nations in the boys laser radial class and is the third only Irish sailor to take a medal at this event.

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"My plan with my coach Russell was to sail as fast as I could and I went out there and won the race. I nearly had gold but in the last minute, Joel moved up to finish fourth. I tried my best and I'm thrilled with the result," he said. 

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Local boat lies 4th in world race as yachts head for Irish finish line

In the final 2,800nm leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race from New York to Derry, local boat Londonderry-Derry Doire curently lies in first position and remains in hot contention to take 'virtual' line honours on Sunday. 

Due to the stationary high pressure system centred over the west coast of Ireland and a head wind before the fleet, racing will cease at 1300 on Sunday when distance to finish at that time will be used to award places and enable boats to make 'best speed' to the finsh by motor-sail.

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Londonderry-Derry Doire skippered by Sean McCarter and 11 other identical 70 ft clipper boats have endured mountainous seas, freezing temperatures and gael force winds since the race began in the Thames Estuary on September 1.

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