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#baltimorewoodenboatfestival – The Ilen School Gandelow crew are celebrating back in Limerick after taking the big Rowing prizes at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival last weekend. Rowing races at the West Cork festival included on Sunday a Pilot Race Event under sail and oar; a race to land a pilot on an incoming sailing boat in the Harbour then race back to finish at t...
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 07:23

Team Brunel Edge Home Ahead in Volvo Ocean Race Transatlantic Leg

#vor – Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) completed a triumphant Leg 7 early on Wednesday to bolster their hopes of finishing with a podium place in the Volvo Ocean Race and also keep alive the possibility of overall victory. The Dutch boat sailed a near faultless transatlantic stage, edging MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) into second, just under 22 minutes behind. Behind them, Dong...
#rssailing – Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Alex Barry and Richard Leonard got the jump they needed when they won the final race of the RS400 Euro–cup in Carnac, France yesterday. Two races were scheduled for the final day of the Cup. With First gun at 10:30 and no warning signal allowed passed 13:00, it was a tight window. One race was eventually sailed in 5 – 8 knots from...
#isora –Following our post race ISORA report on Monday, Peter Ryan follows up with an indepth report on last weekend's very frustrating, sociable and enjoyable offshore racing weekend.  Race 4, from Holyhead to Douglas, started at 19.20 on Friday evening 22nd May. Race 5 was the return race from Douglas to Dun Laoghaire and started at 06.35 on Sunday 24th May.To fac...
#dbsc – Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Results for Tuesday, 26 May 2015 CRUISERS 2 - 1. Borraine (Ean Pugh), 2. Bendemeer (L Casey & D Power), 3. Jambiya (Ryan & Lattimore) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan), 2. JiminyCricket (M Tyndall), 3. Yeehaa (McCabe Cramer Carey Whelan) Ensign - 1. INSS 2 (G Williams), 2. NYC2 (B Mathews), 3. INSS ...
#sailDLR2015 – Ten Irish Laser sailors are fighting for two places at this year's Olympic test event in Rio in August but it is the London 2012 incumbents who are producing the results on a windy day one of an Irish trial, sailed as part of the massive 700–boat Delta Lloyd regatta in Holland. Dun Laoghaire's Annalise Murphy, sailing in her optimum conditions, open...
#safehaven – Now here's is a harbour-hog deterrent to absolutely Die Another Day for. Afloat.ie reported on the The Bond-style interceptor earlier this month, the brand new design boasts a 40-plus knot top speed, stealthy low-radar profile, nightvision cameras, ballistic crew protection and even a remotely controlled machine gun that pops up from below deck. Above is the late...
#FullFerryService – A full ferry service to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis resumed last week with the reopening to vehicular traffic following work at Ullapool on the north-west of the Scottish mainland. The resumed car-ferry service on the Outer Hebrides route that began last Monday of the previous week followed a four-week closure. Work to replace the harbour's link-span in...
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 18:52

Kevin O'Regan 1926–2015

Kevin O'Regan
Cork Harbour sailing has lost one of its most colourful characters with the death of Kevin O'Regan in Mallorca at the age of 89. His joy in boats and sailing remained undimmed, and he was all of 87 years old when he finally came ashore a couple of years ago, after spending his retirement years living aboard the distinctive ten metre Macwester ketch Bloody Mary, which he co-owne...
#1720 – No sooner had Baltimore Sailing Club announced its 1720 National Championships last week than Royal Cork Yacht Club unveils its Union Chandlery sponsored 1720 European Championships to be held in the first week of September. The nine race regatta will run from September 3rd to 5th and the proposed schedule of races is: Thursday 3rd of September up to four races; ...
#TallShips - Dun Laoghaire Marina has put out a reminder to watch for a special visitor to the harbour this coming Thursday 28 May in the shape of the tall ship Kaskelot. The Baltic Trader, which dates from 1948, was converted to replicate a traditional barque for film and TV productions such as Return to Treasure Island and Shackleton, and later restored at Gloucester's histor...
#3Queens - More than one million spectators were estimated to throng Liverpool's UNESCO listed Three Graces waterfront to witness Cunard Line 's Three Queens celebrate a 175th anniversary with a spectacular maritime display yesterday on the Mersey, writes Jehan Ashmore. For the first time in the prestigious history of the famous liner company founded by Samuel Cunard, that the ...
#clipperrace – Organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have gifted Derry City and Strabane District Council with a unique opportunity for two community workers or volunteers to win a place on board the Derry~Londonderry~Doire yacht for the 2015-16 race. Entitled 'Voice of the Community', the bursary invites organisations across the city and district to nominate s...
#WarRiskSurcharge – The world's third largest container shipping operator CMA-CGM has announced the implementation of a War Risk Surcharge on all shipments to Hodeidah, Yemen. The charges of US$300 per 20-foot and $600 per 40-foot containers are applicable with immediate effect. CMC-CGM said: "For all cargo already discharged in Hodeidah, or at sea on the way to be discharged...
#dbsc – The missing Dubin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) mark that led to the cancellation of a Thursday night yacht race a fortnight ago has been recovered. Merrion mark that is located in the western Bay area broke its anchor chain and was washed ashore on Sandymount beach during recent north–easterlies that produced steep seas, leading to the buoy breaking its anchor chain. DBS...
#FerryTruckStop – A new 200-space 'truck stop' facility outside the Port of Holyhead costing £6.5m has now opened for business. The facility approximately 1 mile from the north Wales port on Anglesey, provides a range of much needed facilities for the transport industry. The truck stop initiative has been developed by Roadking, a company owned by Bet Fred owner Fred Done, an...
#RS400 – After seven races sailed at the RS400 Cup in Carnac, France, Cork Harbour pair Alex Barry and Richard from Leonard from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club stay fourth after counting a three and a six in yesterday's two 15-knot races. Two more races to complete the series are scheduled for this morning but with a first gun at 10:30 and the breeze typically not arriving in the...
#mythofmalham – Over the Bank Holiday Weekend, a tense, tactical and complex yacht race played out along the south coast of England. 141 yachts, racing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race, enjoyed a dress rehearsal for the start of this year's famous Rolex Fastnet Race. The Western Solent was a magnificent sight with over a hundred spinnakers flying, heading ...
#scottishseries – On form Waterford Harbour Yacht, 'Fools Gold' skippered by Rob McConnell, is toasting Scottish Series success in Tarbert tonight after taking overall victory in IRC class two and the overall Scottish Series title for best performance. The McConnell crew returned to Tarbert with some unfinished business on Loch Fyne having finished second in 2014. McConnell's...
#trysailing – Galway Bay Sailing Club held the West of Ireland's first " Try Sailing " launching over the weekend, with up to 400 people getting on the water yesterday for the ISA's new initiative, which is part of an Access and Participation programme linked with Irish Water Safety to promote water safety and sailing. Developed from a suggestion from Muriel Rumball of the Ir...
#lifejacketawareness – Inflatable Lifejackets are without doubt the most convenient and unobtrusive PFDs available but they do need regular checks and servicing for their safe operation when needs. Leading Lifejacket supplier CH Marine is holding a Life Jacket Awareness Week this week and offering information and guidance on the safe use and care of Gas Inflation Lifejac...
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