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NORTHERN Ireland's Jim Rogers and Shane McCarthy, sailing Zimmer, survived a disqualification to win the five-race Carlsberg Irish Flying Fifteen championship at the National Yacht Club over the weekend. Racing for the 32-boat fleet was marred by light and fickle…
BRITISH entries will add extra spice to a 40 boat Irish fleet for the three day Carlsberg Flying Fifteen national championships which starts today at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire. The two man keelboat regatta was won in 1995…
Red Bay Boats new 11-metre Flybridge Stormforce RIB will be unveiled to the public at the RIBEX show in Cowes this weekend. The new design, a concept up to now, is the first RIB from the Antrim-based yard to feature…
Silk II leads Hawk and Surfin' Shoes By DAVID O'BRIEN THEY call it handicap racing but the battle for overall honours in Class 0 had all the hallmarks of a one design fight and Bashford Howison 41s occupy the top…
RCYC's eligibility rule due for overhaul By DAVID O'BRIEN CORMAC TWOMEY'S decision to withdraw Sarah J from Ford Cork Week following disqualification on an eligibility ruling, may have wider implications for the Beneteau 42 S7, which is the leader in…
Two more sailors are disqualified by RCYC By DAVID O'BRIEN SARAH J's progress in class 1 of Ford Cork Week faltered yesterday following a ruling from the eligibility committee that the tactician, Mark Pettit, was a professional and was therefore…
Sarah J makes the most of her position By DAVID O'BRIEN CORMAC TWOMEY'S Sarah J from Dun Laoghaire maximised her extreme leeward position on a congested start line for the second race in Fleet A of Ford Cork Week off…
Cork week could be bigger than Cowes By DAVID O'BRIEN THE POPULAR sailing centre of Crosshaven is set to burst this weekend as organisers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club report a 40 per cent increase in entries for its…
Sarah J and Surfin' Shoes neck and neck By DAVID O'BRIEN THREE QUARTERS of a point separates Sarah J from Surfin' Shoes after five races in class zero of the Carlsberg Superleague, which heads for its sixth outing under the…
A classic race with dangers By DAVID O'BRIEN SIXTY ONE entries will be gone with the wind at 2.0 p.m. today in Wicklow in the ninth and biggest outing of the Cork Dry Gin Round Ireland Race. From small beginnings…
Keating leads Irish hopes as UK championships move to Howth By DAVID O'BRIEN AIDAN KEATING'S straight win in last week's Irish Squib championship at Howth Yacht Club puts the new champion in the hot seat for Sunday's first race of…
Speedy winter inspires real awe By DAVID O'BRIEN SUITABLY christened Awesome, Gerry Donleavy and Margaret Conway's new Flying Fifteen keelboat, launched for the first time on the morning of the Carlsberg National Yacht Club regatta, showed instant pace to take…
Water Wags turn out to celebrate centenary By DAVID O'BRIEN ONE hundred-year-old Erica, the oldest-known boat in the class, will lead the Water Wags off the starting line for tomorrow's special regatta organised to mark her 100th year. Founded in…
McAleavey and Murphy champions By DAVID O'BRIEN THE Portsmouth yardstick handicapping rule declared the husband and wife team of Cathy MacAleavey and Con Murphy, in a Hurricane 5.9 catamaran, the 1996 Carlsberg Irish Multihull champions. They triumphed by a single…
Teaming up to sail past the world's best By DAVID O'BRIEN A FROZEN credit card, a £40,000 campaign desperately in need of funding and a Draconian weight loss gain programme are just some of the frustrations brought about by Denise…
Irish entries set sail for Scottish regatta By DAVID O'BRIEN A POTENT force of 43 Irish entries set sail on a feeder race from Bangor, Co Down for the Scottish Rover series yesterday to swell tomorrow's Tarbert starting line to…

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