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#NewLoLoService - A new shipping service from Scotland to The Netherlands via Irish Sea deepwater ports will open up new routes to market businesses in Glasgow. The new Greenock-Rotterdam service via Liverpool and Belfast will also open up new opportunities to the west coast of Scotland looking to export products to the rest of the World. The route could prove a boon to the wes...
#rnli – Howth RNLI launched both the All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat yesterday to reports of a sailing yacht with two men and two women aboard aground at the entrance to Malahide estuary.The all weather lifeboat was on scene and located the casualty vessel just before 12.00noon. The small XP inflatable boat was launched and went alongside the casualty vessel to inve...
#rys200 – The Royal Yacht Squadron's Bicentenary International regatta is complete. "Four seasons in one week," was the apt summary from crew member Richard Mason of Dorade of Monday's gales, and a gradual wind reduction to the windless afternoon that ended the regatta yesterday. IRC Class 1's course was shortened from five to four legs at Saltmead in the western Solent. The ...
#gp14 – Greystones Sailing Club's Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson made it two races out of three for the Irish at Zhik GP14 UK Nationals in Brixham. A 1st and 5th leaves them lying 2nd overall. A 7th & 8th today for Sutton Dinghy Club's Alan Blay & David Johnston leaves them fourtth overall. Winner of the 3rd race Flynn & Frogget (Chase SC) are overall leader a...
#mermaid – Mermaid Week got off to a blustery start at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary on Saturday. The first race in the classic clinker dinghy class was won by Paddy Dillon's Wildwind, second was Jim Cathy's Vee and third was third was Darragh McCormack's Innocence. Full results for the race are downloadable below. Today's racing in the 22–boat fleet at Foynes ha...
#lifeboat – Dun Laoghaire Inshore Lifeboat crew had a fast launch today and were on scene off Sandymount on Dublin Bay just 15 minutes after the pagers sounded at 1144 for two walkers and a dog cut off by the incoming tide.The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter that was in the area landed nearby and took one person on board while the ILB approached. However the shallow water m...
#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 would surely qualify for that title. The Mary Stanford was stationed in Ballycotton from 1930 to 1959 during which time she ...
#belfastlough – During two days stolen from this summer's weather, Belfast Lough Sailability and Carrickfergus Sailing Club ran the Hansa 303 Irish Championship 2015 off Carrickfergus, Belfast Lough over the weekend 1 & 2 August. Competitors with their supporters and fans had arrived from all over Ireland. The furthest travelled, from Kinsale Yacht Club and Galway Bay Sai...
#Rowing: The Ireland lightweight double of Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for July. The crew won the B Final at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne, placing seventh and putting themselves firmly in the picture to secure qualification for the boat for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. This will be secured if they place in the top 11 ...
#survivalatsea – The Royal Cork Yacht Club has another maritime author in its ranks. Brown, Ferguson Ltd., recognised as one of the leading specialist maritime publishers In the world, has published "BROWN'S GUIDE TO SURIVAL AT SEA," written by Capt. Cormac MacSweeney of Crosshaven. "For seafarers, knowledge is key and this book is essential in understanding the basics of sea...
#dbsc – Being the Bank Hoiliday weekend there was no dinghy racing but the Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen class Captain Ronan Beirne used the opportunity to catch up on some of the more 'social' races that had been postponed during the season. There were a number of prizes up for grabs, the Captains Prize, the Lifeboat Pennant Race and a special prize put up by DBSC. Commodore ...
#RNLI - Portrush RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched yesterday (Sunday 2 August) to reports of a dinghy in difficulty at Portballintrae in Co Antrim. Conditions were good, with a stiff offshore wind and a relatively calm sea. The inshore lifeboat crew quickly arrived on scene, and transferred the casualty onboard the lifeboat. They then attached a towrope to the ding...
#RNLI - Three young adults had a lucky escape last night (Sunday 2 August) after their boat capsized off Calf Island at the northern end of Strangford Lough. The three had been out on an 11ft Dory when it broke down and capsized leaving them to make their way to the nearby Calf Island and raise the alarm. The call for help was made by mobile phone and the Portaferry RNLI lifebo...
#YouthSailing - A narrow miss for Howth Yacht Club's Ewan McMahon in the battle for U17 European Laser Radial title in Portugal last week capped off the busiest period of the summer for Irish youth sailing. Indeed, the 16-year-old believed he had done enough to claim the gold - before a protest from his closest rival but a damper on proceedings. "It was a massive shock when the...
#Kayaking - Kayak instructor David Horkan writes on his blog about setting the benchmark for the 'Shannon Sprint' -- paddling as fast as possible from start to finish on Ireland's longest river. With no precedent for any such speed-run along the length of the River Shannon, Horkan's research turned up a Naval Service boating challenge for new recruits racing from Battlebridge i...
#CliffFall - A German teenager is being treated in hospital for leg and head injuries after falling from a cliff on the Loop Head Peninsula in Co Clare on Saturday (1 August). According to TheJournal.ie, the 14-year-old holidaymaker was walking at the Bridges of Ross with his parents when he slipped and fell 10 meters down the cliff face onto rocks. The boy's rescue was subsequ...
#gp14 – Sutton Dinghy Club's Alan Blay & David Johnston won the first race today of the GP14 UK Nationals at Brixham. Greystones Sailing Club's Shane McCarthy and Andy Thompson were third. The nine race series at Brixham Yacht Club runs through to Friday 7th....
Sunday, 02 August 2015 18:33

Teasing Machine Wins RORC Channel Race

#channelrace – Despite a light and shifty forecast, the Royal Ocean Racing Club provided a cracking race for a magnificent fleet of 87 yachts taking part in the Channel Race. Effectively the 130 nautical mile course featured two windward leeward sections. The course took the fleet from the Squadron Line upwind into the Western Solent and up to the DZB Buoy off Anvil Point. Th...
#Rowing: Ireland completed its medal tally at the Coupe de la Jeunesse today as the junior women’s double scull and single sculler Dervla Forde added silver and bronze to the gold won earlier by the men’s quadruple. The double of Aoife Casey and Emily Hegarty took second behind Austria and comfortably ahead of Belgium while Forde was third in the junior single scull. In a b...
#Rowing: The Ireland quadruple scull won gold for the second day running at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Szeged in Hungary. The crew of Colm Hennessy, Eoghan Whittle, Andrew Goff and Patrick Munnelly beat Italy into second by over two seconds. The junior men’s double of Shane O’Connell and Ronan Byrne won their B Final convincingly, while the junior men’s pair finished fif...
Four Ireland crews will compete in A Finals on the second day of the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Szeged in Hungary. The junior quadruple of Colm Hennessy, Eoghan Whittle, Patrick Munnelly and Andrew Goff finished second in a close heat – less than a second covered the Netherlands, who won, and Austria, who were third. There were also second places for the junior women’s double ...
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