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#edinburghcup – Day two of the 2015 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Largs proved to be a long drawn out and extremely frustrating affair as the wind gods played cat and mouse with the fleet. After yesterday's strong winds the opposite was delivered today. Early morning brought sunny skies, unusually warm temperatures for the region and a forecast fo...
#RNLI - The RNLI will have a fully operational lifeboat station in Belfast City from 9am tomorrow 2 July right through to Sunday evening 5 July for the Tall Ships Races. With up to 750,000 visitors expected in Belfast over the next four days, a number of volunteers from Bangor and Red Bay lifeboat stations will be on call to provide a 24-hour search and rescue service during th...
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI brought four people to safety on Sunday afternoon (28 June) after their racing yacht began taking on water after striking rocks near one of the islands off Skerries. Volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson shortly after 4pm when reports were received by Dublin Coast Guard that a yacht had struck rocks near Colt Island. The lifeb...
#squib –  Yesterday there was no racing at the National Squib Championship in Howth due to a rough sea state and winds of 29knots. Today we had the opposite conditions, with not enough wind. Race officer David Lovegrove had his hands full with the unsuitable weather conditions that he had to deal with. Did he rise to the occasion? The answer is yes, He and his team made ...
#Rowing: Portora Royal School brought Ireland’s winning total to two on the first day of Henley Royal Regatta. The crew from Enniskillen got off to a good start against King’s College School from Wimbledon in the Princess Elizabeth for schoolboy eights and stretched their lead to one length. But the Wimbledon boys would not give up. They ate into the lead coming up to the l...
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:05

Clipper Race London Start Announced

#clipperrace – At 60 days before the start of the tenth edition of the biennial classic Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, details have been revealed of the spectacular departure planned from St Katharine Docks in front of Tower Bridge, London, on Sunday 30 August. Race Director Justin Taylor has announced details of the departure programme with a parade for all twelve 70-fo...
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 13:51

ISAF Appoints Peter Sowrey As New CEO

The world governing body for sailing, International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has appointed former Managing Director of Business Process Outsourcing and Sales for Accenture as the new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. ISAF President Carlo Croce said, "Peter has vast experience in business and working at the top level with major companies across the world. The decis...
#Kayaking - It hasn't been the best summer for long-distance kayaking in Ireland, what with Manx duo Keirron Tastagh and George Shaw being forced to abandon their round-Ireland effort three weeks ago. And that's not to mention exhaustion getting the better of pizza-oven maker Hendrik Lepel on the first leg of his voyage from Kinsale to Germany. But two expeditions currently und...
#fireball – On the last Tuesday night before the Nationals (Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July, with Flying Fifteens and 420s), six Fireballs were in action in DBSC racing last night. Yet again the Race Committee was able to get two races completed in a breeze that started in an Easterly quarter and moved round to the North. This was in contrast to ...
#Rowing: Trinity had a convincing win in the first round of the Temple Cup for student eights at Henley Royal Regatta today. The Dublin crew started well and powered away from the lighter crew from two colleges in Cambridge, Pembroke and Caius. Trinity were in command down the course into a headwind and came under no pressure. They won by three and one quarter lengths. Henley R...
#MarineWildlife - Two friends were caught by surprise by a playful pod of dolphins off Donegal's Malin Head in recent days. And as UTV reports, one of them was quick enough to capture the exciting encounter on video. “Apparently this area of sea is a migrating route from north to south," said Belfast fishermen Neil McCann, who was holidaying in the area with a friend. "If you...
#USschoolship - Cobh which is synonymous with cruiseships is host to a US training schoolship with up to 300 students on board, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 12,524 tonnes schoolship State of Maine is understood to have departed her homeport of Portland Me on 13 June. She is berthed at the Cobh's Deepwater Quay during an annual Summer Training Cruise for the Maine Maritime Aca...
#Jobs - Deadlines to apply for a number of jobs with the Marine Institute are coming up over the next two weeks. Those interested in the role of Oceanographic Services Manager have until 5pm today (Wednesday 1 July) to submit their applications. Tomorrow (Thursday 2 July) at 5pm is the closing date for two Team Leader positions, in Data Management and Software Development. Grad...
#NewChiefOFstaff - Rear Admiral Mark Mellett DSM writes The Irish Times has been nominated by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney for the appointment by the President as chief of staff of the Defence Forces. Rear Admiral Mellett was appointed to the position of deputy chief of staff of the Defence Forces in November 2013. From Co Mayo, he joined the Naval Service in 1976. His fi...
#Rowing: Henley Royal Regatta did not yield any early joy for Irish crews this morning. In the Wyfold Cup coxless fours, Lady Elizabeth were beaten by Nottingham Rowing Club ‘A’. The English crew cut across from their station at the start and took a lead which they did not relinquish. Lady Elizabeth tried hard in the warm conditions, but their young opponents held on to the...
#CanadianFrigate– HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) a Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate with a crew of 250 personnel of all ranks is on a visit to Cork City Quays having arrived in recent days, writes Jehan Ashmore. The frigate berthed at J.J. Horgans Wharf has an extensive suite of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare weapons. In addition sensors to complement their su...
#Tragedy - A descendent of the Penney's retail empire has been hailed as a hero after attempting to save the lives of his son and his son's girlfriend in a tragedy off West Cork yesterday (Tuesday 30 June). As the Irish Independent reports, 51-year-old Barry Ryan dived into the sea off a popular Baltimore beauty spot to try to rescue his son Barry Davis Ryan (21) and his son's ...
#fullmoon – The warm weather has brought many people out to enjoy the seaside and coastal walks, however the CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech is warning the public that there is a full moon tomorrow 2nd of July which is causing high spring tides which poses a higher risk of being washed in to the sea or being dragged out to sea by a rip current. A danger foreseen can avo...
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 09:16

Belfast’s £5m Lagan Weir Bridge Opens

#NewLaganBridge - A new bridge across the River Lagan in Belfast reports UTV News has been opened by Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA.  Connecting Donegall Quay with Queen's Quay the new Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge replaces the old footbridge and represents a £5m investment in the city from the department. Speaking at the official opening, Minister...
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:56

Naval Service Rescues More Migrants

#EithneMedCrisis - In operations that took place in two separate incidents writes The Belfast Telegraph, about 50 miles north-west of the Libyan capital Tripoli, men, women and children were taken off two wooden barges. The crew of the LE Eithne (P31) took part in the first search and rescue after transferring a group of 593 migrants to HMS Bulwark (L15). The first rescue start...
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 07:20

Ladies Rule At Larg's Dragon Edinburgh Cup

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#dragon – The opening day of the 2015 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup in Largs certainly lived up to the Clyde's reputation for being able to deliver almost every weather condition within a matter of moments. The weather gods threw everything from less than three to almost thirty knots at the twenty strong International Dragon fleet in rapid succession and Ra...
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