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#royalcork – Royal Cork Yacht Club has retained its Five Gold Anchor Marina award as well as an ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) Clean Marina Award. The Royal Cork became the first Yacht Club in Ireland to be awarded this prestigious title in 2011 and further to a recent inspection, the Club has again retained this status. Ratings range from one ...
#sailoroftheyear – That final decision on the ISA/Afloat.ie Sailor of the Year 2014 award will be announced at the Sailing Awards celebration in Dublin on the afternoon of Friday March 6th March at a ceremony which will also see each Sailor of the Month individually honoured, the ISA Youth Sailor of the Year awarded, the ISA Training Centre of the Year honoured, and the ...
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:00

Grounded Cargo Ship Moved To Safer Anchorage

#Shipping - Stricken cargo ship the Lysblink Seaways was set to be moved to a safe haven yesterday afternoon (25 February) in advance of poor weather. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 120m-long vessel ran around near Ardnamuchan Point in Scotland's West Highlands a week ago while en route from Belfast to Norway. The ship later refloated in high tide a day after her hull...
#Rescue - Gardaí were swift on the scene in Howth Harbour to rescue a man whose car entered the water in the early hours of Wednesday morning (25 February). As the Irish Examiner reports, the driver had managed to get out of his vehicle before it sank - and was retrieved from the water by local gardaí before he succumbed to the cold. Howth Coast Guard and the harbour's RNLI l...
#volvooceanrace – Victory in the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race was so close that Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier (FRA) could almost taste it on Thursday, but with just over 500 nautical miles (nm) to go, he was taking nothing for granted. The fleet is expected to arrive at their destination, Auckland, on New Zealand's North Island, on Saturday afternoon loc...
#laser –  The invention of a new bolt-on foiling kit means the foiling experience is open to more sailors than ever before. As Afloat.ie previously reported in 2013 after four years of product and design testing, Peter Stephinson and Ian Ward launched the Glide Free Foil kit for Lasers in 2013.  The key element of the kit is a horizontal lifting foil that's con...
#TransportIreland – Transport Ireland 2015, the annual conference now in its eight year running represents the transport sector in this country and is to open a month from today, 25 March. The conference is to be held in the Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin and between the hours of 9am to 2pm. The venue (located close to Pearse St Railway Station) is t...
#LÉAoife - Cork county councillors have called for the decommissioned LÉ Aoife to be turned into a floating museum after Maltese military brass branded the vessel as "junk". "Past its sell by date" is how some members of Malta's armed forces see the 35-year-old OPV that's set to be gifted to the Mediterranean island country to shore up its naval capacity, as previously report...
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has issued a joint statement with fellow marine wildlife conservation groups on what's been labelled as "an unusual mortality event" involving Cuvier's beaked whales in Scotland and Ireland. Last month, scientists in Scotland said they were baffled by the "unusually large number" of strandings of the deep-water whale sp...
#Zillah - The inquest into the death of a retired schoolteacher in a sailing accident off West Cork last summer has heard he was "very safety conscious". As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the body of 66-year-old Douglas Perrin was recovered from the water near Sherkin Island on the morning of 14 August 2014 after a 12-hour search and rescue operation. Coroner Frank O’Conne...
#StenaSuperfast – Stena Line's latest flagship, Stena Superfast X which is to make her debut on the Dublin-Holyhead route next month is on her delivery voyage to the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to her master, Captain Richard Davies said "It is great to be back at sea and looking forward to bringing this magnificent vessel to her new home on the Irish Sea." The ...
#FerryDryDocking – Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort on Little Island, sold recently by Colliers International to new owners of the scenic River Suir estate located a mile downriver of the city is temporally without it's private car-carrying ferry, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 14 car-capacity ferry, Mary Fitzgerald which otherwise normally brings guests to the 4-star hote...
#NewChairman - Belfast Harbour has a new chairman, David Dobbin, who has been on the port's board from 2012, made his first statement since his appointment last month. Taking the helm of the harbour's new pilot boat, built by local boat builder Red Bay Boats, Dobbin took the opportunity to set out his vision for the business. "Belfast Harbour is first and foremost a major port ...
#InisÓirr - The Aran Islands might typify traditional Ireland for many at home and abroad. But it may surprise you to learn that one of Ireland's most modern buildings can be found right at the entrance of Galway Bay on Inis Oírr. Writing in The Irish Times, Gemma Tipton describes Brigid Keane's two-storey house on the island, with views across to the Cliffs of Moher, as "an ...
#rorc – Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3 crossed the RORC Caribbean 600 finish line in Antigua at 20:35:30 AST yesterday in an elapsed time of 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds. Phaedo 3 has broken the multihull race record set by Claude Thelier and John Burnie's ORMA 60, Region Guadeloupe by 6 hours, 35 minutes and 35 seconds....
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:30

Craigavon Lakes To Host Angling Worlds This May

#Angling - Craigavon Lakes will host this year's World Championships for Predator Bank Fishing with Lures, as the Lurgan Mail reports. The event will attract angling competitors from as far afield as Russia and South Africa from 20 May, ahead of two training days, till the final day of the two-day competition on 24 May. It's expected that both north and south lakes in the Armag...
#ulstercanal – Waterways Ireland has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys that she has secured Government approval for the restoration of an initial section of the Ulster canal from Lough Erne to Castle Saunderson. Waterways Ireland has received planning permission for this work. Work on the Ulster Canal will involve...
#aquecerio – Ireland is expected to issue details of its selection trials shortly for The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015, the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Only one athlete per country can be represented with a major fight already on the cards between Finn Lynch and James Espey for the single Irish mens L...
#kayakireland – One of the country's kayaking operations, Kayaking.ie appears in a new Failte Ireland 'Living Bay' tourism initiative for the capital's waters. The youtube video captures the magic of interacting with marine wildlife on Dublin Bay. There are a wide variety of kayaking classes and tours in the Dublin area. ...
#aquatictourism – The British Marine Federation is launching a Marine Tourism Strategy in March at the Scottish Tourism Week National Conference. Over 500 decision makers and key players in the tourism industry will be attending the event. By 2020, the BMF say they want Scotland to be: "A marine tourism destination of first choice for high quality, value for money and memorab...
#irishsailing – There are just 17,000 registered leisure sailors in Ireland at present. There has been a decline in sailing, the level of activity has weakened, clubs are losing membership and several marinas have space available for the first time. The only official participation figure available is for those 17,000 members of clubs registered with the Irish Sailing Associat...
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