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#Superyacht - For those with the cash to splash, chartering a superyacht for a luxury getaway or exclusive party has never been easier thanks to a new smartphone app that makes the process a simple matter of swipe and click. Mail Online has more on the YPI Selection app from Yachting Partners International - one of the world's biggest yacht brokers - which lists the nearest ves...
#MarineWildlife - There's some great news for Leon - or Leona - the loggerhead turtle, who will finally be jetting off to her new home next week. According to RTÉ News, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has arranged special transport with Aer Lingus for the turtle, who spent much of this year being nursed back to health by Galway Atlantaquaria staff after she was found ...
The opening day of racing at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has been described as spectacular, fantastic and perfect. Smiles were present before racing at the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, on the waters off of the Corniche and around Lulu Island and back ashore upon the conclusion of racing. Although three Irish sailors were ...
#MCIB - Wearing a personal flotation device could have helped save the life of a fisherman whose body was found at the Saltee Islands off Co Wexford this summer months after his disappearance, according to marine accident investigators. As RTÉ News reports, the body of Paddy Barry, 56, was discovered on the shore of Great Saltee Island on 4 May more than five months after his ...
#18,000containerships – According to LloydsList.com, French global containership giant, CMA CGM has joined the small group of container lines to produce good results in the third quarter, with a threefold increase in net profits to $201m as cargo volumes reached an all-time high. Several other leading carriers lost money in the same period, the exception being Maersk, which o...
#IMERCconference - Energy Cork and Irish Maritime Energy Resource Centre (IMERC) are to host a major one-day conference 'Energising the Region' next month in the National Maritime College of Ireland. The conference on Friday 12 December, is to acknowledge and celebrate Cork Harbour in particular its unique role in national energy supply and innovation in addition to our environ...
#ManxWinterSchedule – Isle of Man Steam Packet's winter season sailing schedule started earlier this month. The winter schedule sees ro-pax Ben-my-Chree operate two Heysham services daily from Monday to Friday, with Saturdays and Sundays involving one Heysham and one Liverpool (Birkenhead) sailing on each day, as she has done in recent years. Ben-my-Chree will operate through...
#WAW – A pilot project that has resulted in the development of a heritage trail on 60km of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is being hailed as a template for future similar developments along the West of Ireland coastal route from Donegal to West Cork. Clare County Council, in partnership with Loop Head Tourism, The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland, today launched the Loop Hea...
#TableQuiz - The Glenua and friends monthly winter lectures for 2014/15 resumed last month in the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Dublin and instead of a talk for December, a Christmas Table-Quiz in aid of the RNLI is organised for Thursday 4 December at 8pm. During last year's lecture season, a total €837 was raised for the RNLI. Kieran Cotter, Coxwain of the RNLI Baltimore l...
#BringViolaHome - SMS Towage Limited, the East Yorkshire based towage operator which entered the Belfast Harbour towage market last year, announced today that they are throwing their marine expertise behind an ambitious project. For more than a decade Dr. Robb Robinson of Hull University has campaigned to bring the 'Viola' (launched 1906), a derelict and abandoned trawler from ...
#dbsc – With three races to go in the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot series, the 67–boat fleet is preparing for light winds this Sunday. The latest starts and handicaps have been revealed by the organisers and are downloadable below. Overall results to date that show Mermaid IV leading are here....
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:43

Dickie Brown 1933-2014

Dickie Brown of Portaferry
Dickie Brown of Portaferry, builder of the Ruffian range of yachts and one of Ireland's most accomplished sailors, has died at the age of 81 after a long and well-lived life. His three abiding passions were his family, his boats and their interaction with the sea, and devoting his working career towards increasing the prosperity and quality of life in his home town of Portaferr...
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:53

Howth Yacht Club to Host Irish Match Racing Open

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#matchracing – In little over a fortnight Howth Yacht Club will host the Irish Match Racing Open bringing to a close a year that has seen reinvigorated participation in the discipline by Irish sailors. Many of the female sailors who took part in June's Women's World Match Racing Championships in Cork have been active through the rest of the year at WIMRA events while in the m...
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:19

L.E. Aoife to Be Auctioned in February 2015

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#AoifeAuction –  L.E. Aoife (P22) the Naval Service's oldest OPV unit has finally been given a timeframe for its disposal by public auction (if not previously sold) in February 2015, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Cork based auctioneers, Dominic J. Daly, they have been instructed by the Department of Defence to dispose of the offshore patrol vessel which entered serv...
#RNLI - Three members of Lough Swilly RNLI recently made a very special trip to check on the progress of the station’s new state-of-the-art Shannon-class lifeboat. The group visited Lymington in England, where the finishing touches are being put to their new €2.4 million lifeboat in time for its arrival into Inishowen next year. Lough Swilly lifeboat operations manager John...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Irish Ports: Container shipping volumes rose by 9% in Q3 2014 - As previously reported on Afloat.ie, container shipping volumes Lo/Lo, rose by 9% in Q3. Ro/Ro experienced a 6% growth and Break Bulk volumes grew by 16%. This is in contrast however to total traffic volume...
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:19

18 Model Boats Skippers Contest Ulster IOM Title

#modelboats – Despite an uneasy weather forecast and torrential rain during the week model boat skippers heading for the Ulster IOM championships just couldn't complain about the weekend as we had light wind, a good few sunny spells and no rain at all writes Gilbert Louis. With this in mind we had more skippers than last year's Ulster's championships. They came from the Repub...
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:58

Flying Fifteen 2015 Fixtures List Announced

#flyingfifteen – The Irish Flying Fifteen fixtures for 2015 has been announced for 2015. There are two events in Northern Ireland and two in the Republic with the premier event, the Championships of Ireland, confirmed for the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on September 11th. There is no announcement yet on a return to Lough Derg's for the Freshwater Regatta in October. ...
#dbscturkeyshoot – A Beneteau First 50 is being chased hard by two J109 designs for the overall lead in DBSC's Turkey Shoot fixture. The fifth race of the series is this Sunday and after four races sailed and some changing handicaps, the overall scores are getting very interesting.   Mermaid IV has an overall lead of six points from Dear Prudence. A J/109 sistership...
#ArklowGreenNewbuild – Arklow Shipping's latest B class newbuild with 'green' credentials, Arklow Brave which is designed with a bulb-less hull form is to be christened and launched next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Brave follows a quartet of bulk orientated general cargo ships sisters, starting with leadship Arklow Bank launched in January from the Ferus Smit B.V. Net...
#Lusitania - A special memorial cruise celebrating the Lusitania on the centenary of its sinking will visit Cobh next summer, as the Irish Examiner reports. May 7 is the date to mark in your calendars to see the Cunard cruise liner Queen Victoria dock at expanded facilities in the Cork Harbour town amid a host of events to mark the anniversary. The 'Lusitania Remembered' cruise...
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