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#vor – After 19 days & 3,000 miles sailed in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, the top three teams can still see each other as they approach Cape Town, south Africa and the end of leg one. Irish sailors on two leading teams are blogging about their latest experiences including some good insights from Abu Dhabi Team Director Jamie Boag from Belfast, here. Also giving ...
#MarineWildlife - Seal pup deaths around the Isle of Man are at their highest level in six years, prompting concerns for the health of the marine mammals on the Irish Sea island, as BBC News reports. "Particularly harsh" weather conditions battering the usually sheltered islet frequented by female seals rearing pups have been blamed for the "greatest number of mortalities" sinc...
#MarineWildlife - The swimmer who suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by Doolin's formerly resident dolphin has spoken of the "pure terror" of the incident last summer. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the woman was hospitalised after being stuck by the snout of Dusty the dolphin, whose behaviour had grown increasingly hostile towards swimmers in the Co Clare ha...
#Shipwrecks - Mail Online is hosting some astounding photographs of wrecks lost off Malin Head during the World Wars as captured by amateur diving enthusiast Steve Jones. The Welshman made his way around the final resting places of four military and supply vessels – HMS Audacious, SS Justicia, SS Empire Heritage and SS Laurentic – off the Donegal coast during a recent dive ...
#Surfing - Winter surfers are reminded to beware of dangerous currents upon news of the tragic deaths of three people off Newquay at the weekend. RTÉ News reports that the two men and one woman were part of a group of seven who got into difficulty while surfing at Mawgan Porth Beach in the popular Cornish surfing town. Local surf school owner Peter Abell described conditions o...
#Angling - Mark 15 & 16 November in your calendar as the dates for the fifth annual Irish Fly Fair, once again hosted at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill and featuring some of the best international fly casters and fly dressers in action. Returning celebrity anglers Hywel Morgan, Glenda Powell, Peter O'Reilly and angling guru Charles Jardine will be on hand among the many e...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Irish Ports: Cork Port Receives Recognition for High Environmental Standards – (as previously reported on Afloat.ie), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) was delighted to congratulate the port of Cork, for achieving the Port Environmental Review System...
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure is the Afloat Rower of the Month for October. The Old Collegians sculler lifted Irish Rowing to a new level when she was invited to be part of the ‘Great Eight’ at the Head of the Charles River in Boston. The crew, made up of some of the top women’s scullers in the world, went on to win the Championship Eight  by a margin of almost 20 seconds ...
#MarineScience - The first underwater TV (UWTV) survey of the Bay of Biscay Nephrops grounds was carried out on the RV Celtic Voyager from 20-29 September. This survey involved collaboration between the fishing industry and IFREMER, the French equivalent of the Marine Institute. The Celtic Voyager was chartered for this survey by the French fishing industry (CNPMEM). The team o...
#Rescue - BreakingNews.ie reports on the rescue of a man from the water at Dollymount Strand on Monday morning (27 October). Emergency services were dispatched to the scene after a passer-by expressed concern for a person seen in the cold water at the Bull Island beach. Some 30 minutes later the casualty was sighted by Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and winched on boar...
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) reports on a recent encounter with a humpback whale that's no stranger to our shores. Marine mammal observer William Hunt was on the RV Celtic Explorer along the south coast where Cork meets Waterford last Wednesday 22 October when the boat came upon HBIRL3, better known as Boomerang. This marked the first sighting of t...
#Sailbots - The University of British Columbia's robotic sailboat team is looking for help from marinas on the West Coast as they make plans for next year's Microtransat Challenge. The Canadian engineering students have taken first place two years running in the World Robotic Sailing Championship, which this year was held in Galway Harbour and hosted by NUI Galway. But the holy...
#optimistworlds – After eight races sailed of the Optimist World Championship at Club Nautico San Isidro, Argentina, Royal Cork's Harry Durcan is lying 22nd from 70 in his red flight of a massive 210–boats. The Munster youth had a difficult start to his regatta counting two starting penalties in his first two races but by race eight had bounced back to take a ninth, hi...
#HSSresumes – Stena Line sailings will resume on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route for the Christmas Season and early New Year period. The HSS fast-craft Stena Explorer returns to service having ceased summer sailings in early September. Stena Explorer will sail over the Christmas period on the following dates, December 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and ...
#mothsailing – Irish sailing superstar Annalise Murphy was Moth sailing at the weekend, participating in the latest round of the Irish Moth circuit at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A combination of high speed video action from a chasing RIB plus and onboard shots shows how the Laser ace also had the skills to win the Women's World Moth champs at Hayling Island in ...
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted three periwinkle pickers who were in danger of being completely cut off by the rising tide on their return from Shenick Island last Friday evening (24 October). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat Louis Simson at 6.30pm following reports to Dublin Coastguard from members of the public that several people appeare...
#MiddleSeaRace - As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Irish-crewed boats made the podium in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race that came to a close last week. But they didn't mark the only Irish involvement in the gruelling offshore challenge. Howth Yacht Club was represented twice among the fleet, with one team chartering Lucy Reynolds' Beneteau First 40, Southern Child, and HYC s...
#dublinbay – The recent, ongoing and intense exchanges in Afloat.ie about Dublin Bay sailing may well be driving readers from elsewhere crazy. But when you study the shape of the bay and particularly how much of an artificial presence Dun Laoghaire Harbour is in it, you begin to get an understanding of the uneasy but productive and creative relationship the town has with the ...
#Offshore - RTÉ News reports that the Canadian yachtsman slowed in his crossing of the Atlantic by last week's storm conditions has made landfall at the Aran Islands. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, 67-year-old Erkan Gursoy had been looking forward to a pint once reaching his intended landfall at Dingle after an eventful few months solo navigating the Northwest Passage. A...
In his Sailing on Saturday blog of August 23rd, Afloat's W M Nixon reported on a sail test of the new-to-Ireland Lagoon 52 cruising catamaran, which was undertaken with a crew of all the talents, including 1993 Round Ireland Record Holders Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey - their time of 44 hours for the circuit with Steve Fossett's 60ft trimaran Lakota still stands, despite bei...
#mothsailing – Foiling Moth's took to the waters of Dun Laoghaire for the latest round of their 2014 Tour this bank holiday weekend, producing the now familiar thrills'n'spills. Race Officer Con Murphy from the National Yacht Club captured the action. Scroll down for photo gallery below. ...
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