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Afloat, Ireland's sailing and boating magazine
Ulster duo’s Flying start to Worlds
McKee and SmythNorthern champs Brian McKee and Ian Smyth currently lead Irish hopes at the Flying Fifteen Worlds, lying tenth in a 120-strong fleet that organisers have controversially split in two.
No half-Cock start for National 18s
National 18 action The largest ever fleet of National 18s to grace Cork has been gearing up for the Cock O’ the North championships, with local boat Aquaholics starting out today as the one to beat.
Sanya seals place as ‘Irish’ VOR entry
Team Sanya YouTube link With fewer than 100 days before the start of the next Volvo Ocean Race, green-tinged Team Sanya has named its first Irish crew member while rival Open 70s fine-tune for Alicante.
Beached whales returned to sea
BBC video link Rescuers saved 44 stranded pilot whales at the weekend after a mass beaching, but Bangor’s ‘black penguins’ haven’t been so lucky — with the colony reportedly wiped out in a turf war.
MOD TV link Offshore racing legend Roland Jourdain ties up in Dun Laoghaire next week as he puts some mileage on his new MOD70 trimaran Veolia — the second of a fleet of 12 — before the Fastnet. Word is he’s looking for crew too.
The App Fab guide to sea navigation
Dag Pike with iphone Famed navigator Dag Pike explains why, with the right apps loaded, the iPhone can replace your hand-held GPS and VHF and become the most complete seafaring tool on your boat.
Boat of the Week: Freeman 33 Tobago
ICRA Nationals 2010 pic Although over 25 years old this rare Flybridge model is in excellent nick and, with it’s 80hp diesel engine, is suitable for both waterways and coastal cruising. A good buy at £39,950.
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