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Amid concerns over reduced water levels this year on the Grand and Royal Canals, reader and former Oireachtas policy advisor Cathal Murphy fears for the future of Ireland’s inland waterways… Water levels on the canals plummeted over recent months.…
Tipperary's Aisling Keller on her way to securing Ireland's place at the Tokyo Olympics in the Laser Radial class at the 2019 World Championships in Japan. The subsequent handling of the 2020 selection process for Radial nomination to the Olympic Federation of Ireland should be the subject of an independent review, according to former Irish Sailing President Roger Bannon.
Irish Olympic performances have again failed to meet expectations, writes Roger Bannon, so perhaps the High-Performance support structure needs to be changed. In the wake of the Tokyo Olympics, it seems very timely for some dispassionate reflection on Ireland's sailing…
Yachts tied up at Royal Cork marina in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour Reader Robin Bateman questions the continuation of the 'no recreational use of the water' advisory issued by the Coastguard and the RNLI Sir, It seems to me that Irish Sailing is in a bind regarding its “return to…
Day cruising off Jura in Scotland
Afloat reader Peter Mullan suggests how rules for boaters could be relaxed in any adjustment of COVID-19 regulations The blunderbuss approach to the lockdown on exercise is necessary to keep us safe. The time will come when restrictions can be…
Splendid isolation: A harbour full of boats and an empty Dublin Bay. Dun Laoghaire Harbour is Ireland's biggest boating centre. Lift in of keelboats for the summer season begins on April 1
It's nice to be out there with the wind and the waves and as one letter writer to the Irish Times mentioned when he spotted boats sailing on Dublin Bay this week - 'what a way to isolate!'  We think the…
Waiting for the wind on Dublin Bay. Author Ken Read argues in this article that If there’s enough breeze to fly the postponement flag there is enough breeze to fill sails. With imagination and initially a little courage from regatta organisers the standard of weather information available in 2020 is good enough to prevent much of this waste of time (and fuel). Today’s met models are good enough to allow oceanic racers to duck and dive around low-pressure systems at will so it’s not that the technology is not already there. Suitcase wheels – blindingly obvious but it was at least 200 years before anyone caught on?
Ken Read, the President of North Sails, argues that the changes needed for sailing to adapt to today’s time-greedy society are not so difficult… if we can stop obsessing with creating the perfect race, and replace it with the objective…
Balancing the different demands for using the sea including the need to protect the marine environment must be the work of a dedicated Department of the Marine
You come across many references in this General Election 2020 to Ireland as an 'island nation' – the 20th largest island in the world in fact – but what are our politicians genuinely doing about this 'vast maritime potential'?  This island…
Dragons racing at Cork Week
This was the subject of some discussion aboard our Dragon at the recent Volvo Cork Week. We had a UK Dragon sailor with us who also happens to be the organiser of the British Dragon Association East Coast Championships later…
  #HaveYourSay - With Ireland making a big push for this country's marinas at the London Boat Show this week, reader Conan Breslin came to us with the following question about mooring for visiting boats in Ireland: There seems…
#CourtesyFlag - An Afloat reader contacted us after spotting the German naval corvette F264 Ludwigshafen am Rhein, currently docked at Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin. However, he noticed that the ship was flying her Irish courtesy flag on her…
Time to Move the Sailing Games Out of Rio
Dear Country Leaders in Sailing: You all are responsible for the choice to have the Olympics sail in Rio de Janeiro. Last week you held the Aquece Test Event. How did it turn out? Last year you had competitors fall…
Which Is Ireland's 'Most Famous' Lifeboat?
#marystanford – Sir, With regard to your news item on Summer edition of Afloat magazine, I have to take issue with your news article stating that the former Donaghadee lifeboat is Ireland's most famous. The former Ballycotton boat – Mary Stanford…
Finn Lynch wins U19 World Laser Standard title
#FinnLynch - Three forthcoming transatlantic trips over six months aren't the only items on Olympic hopeful Finn Lynch's list of expenses. Apart from the burden of the long-distance hauls required in trials for Ireland's Laser spots at next summer's Rio…
'Sea Change' Water Safety Stats No Excuse For 'Draconian' Regulations
#WaterSafety - The Government's 'Sea Change' consultation contained sobering statistics on boating fatalities in Irish waters, prompting calls for much tighter water safety regulation. But as Irish Cruising Club spokesman and Sailing Directions Editor Norman Kean writes, that view is…
Transforming Ireland into a Pre-eminent European Sailing Nation
#irishsailing – After tweeting 'neither Afloat nor the Irish Sailing Association understand the makeup of sailors in Ireland', author Alex Blackwell gives his personal view on this week's ISA Public Meeting in Galway and on the way ahead for Irish sailing.…
Former Sailing President Calls For Sport to 'Regrow in a Balanced Way'
#sailing – A leading Cork sailing official who praises the reform of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has raised concerns over a new initiative to raise €2.7m for Irish Olympic and ISA pathway sailing.  The comments follow a reader piece…

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