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#ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene, where the longest cargoship ever to dock in Drogheda Port, Rusich-5 at over 420ft berthed under the shadow of the railway viaduct. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is to introduce added freight capacity later this month as previously reported on Afloat.ie, on the Douglas-Heysham ro...
#WaterSafety - The crew of Bundoran RNLI's lifeboat, together with local fishermen and members of Irish Water Safety, recently welcomed a group of students from Lucan, Co Dublin who created a new school’s guide to water safety in Ireland’s rivers, lakes and seas. The group of students from St Joseph’s College in Lucan are participating in the 2014 Young Social Innovators ...
#fireball – The table above sets out the various combinations of hulls, sails and fittings, together with crew weights of the top six boats in the recently concluded Fireball Worlds in Thailand writes Cormac Bradley. It is a table (also downloadable below as an excel file) that details very few surprises except maybe the use of Irwin sails by Heather MacFarlane & Chris Pa...
#youthsailing – Sole Irish skiff duo Sean Donnelly and Patrick Crosbie took fifth overall in a highly competitive British youth nationals fleet in Weymouth yesterday. After eight races and one discard in the week long event, the National Yacht Club pairing counted seven top ten results, inlcuding a third place in race six in a 64–boat fleet. And in the 420 dinghy, Ewan McMa...
#cruiserracing – For the ordinary participant, sailing events just seem to happen. All they have to do personally is simply turn up, and get involved each year in a programme which somehow fits together both locally and nationally. But a lot of effort goes on behind the scenes to make events run smoothly, and innovative thinking has re-shaped the annual fixtures list. W M Nix...
#DredgingDrogheda - Most ships serve a career spanning three-four decades, however Hebble Sand still remains in service more than half a century later and in the same role since 1963, as a dredger carrying out her latest work at Drogheda Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 757 tonnes Hebble Sand was sold to Abco Marine in 2012 following her sale...
#Surfing - The Belfast Telegraph reports that surfers across Northern Ireland are being sought to help break a unique surfing world record later this year. Portrush surf school proprietor Carl Russell is planning the bid to set a new record for the most people standing on the same wave at the same time - currently standing at 110 surfers, set in South Africa in 2009. Stability ...
#Festivals - If you enjoyed last year's FlightFest on the River Liffey, mark Sunday 20 July on your calendars - as organisers have announced details of this year's Bray Air Display. The Hunter, the Sabre, the Yaks and the Vampires are all set to make their Bray aerial debut at Ireland’s largest free air show, organised in association with Bray Summerfest and the Irish Aviatio...
#FerryGearsUp -With the Giro d'Italia, one of the world's most prestigious cycling events heading to Northern Ireland in May, P&O Ferries has put together special offers for travellers arriving from the UK for the major cycling event. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, earlier this month the InCAT built 91m P&O Express reopened the 2014 season of the Troon to Larne se...
#matchracing – Two womens team are to go forward from three entries at last weekend's Irish trials for the the ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club in June.  After a short notice event in Howth last weekend Mary O'Loughlin (and her team of Karena Knaggs, Lynn Reilly and Niamh McDonald) Laura Dillon (and her team of Maria Coleman...
#insc – It's been a busy last few weeks and weekends in the Irish National Sailing School based on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour writes centre manager Kenneth Rumball. After wrapping up a successful DBSC Spring Series in the 1720 Sportsboats as part of our winter racing programme, our instructor trainees for 2014 were nearing their pre-entry exam for their Royal Yach...
#dbsc – The country's largest yacht racing club is surveying members on dinghy sailing requirements and has also moved to correct a perception that it operates an 'age bar'. It follows a national debate on the state of dinghy racing that has led to sweeping change at the Irish Sailing Association. Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Commodore Pat Shannon says that the perception t...
#BrittanyFerryCraft – Brittany Ferries reopen Portsmouth-Cherbourg seasonal services by Normandie Express, the fast-craft adding another alternative to their English Channel routes among them, as previously reported the new "économie" services to France and Spain, writes Jehan Ashmore. The first sailing is this afternoon's 17.00hrs (local time) departure from Cherbourg to Po...
#powerboat – Irish offshore powerboat racer John Ryan has been announced as driver and throttleman of powerboat entry HTS Apache Perkins in the Venture Offshore Cup London to Monte Carlo Powerboat Race 2014. This epic adventure last took place in 1972 and was won by the same boat in which Ryan is now driving and throttling. The Legendary HTS Apache Powerboat is...
#DutchNavyLargest – Following last weekend's visit to Dublin Port of Royal Netherlands Navy (LPD) landing platform dock ship HNLMS Johan de Witt and (AOR) auxiliary replenishment tanker HNLMS Amsterdam, the latter is to be replaced by the Dutch Navy's largest vessel, a newbuild in 2015, writes Jehan Ashmore. HNLMS Amsterdam and HNLMS Zuiderkruis, also an oil-fuels replenishme...
#Angling - The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) will host its annual Senior Canals Championship on the Grand Canal at Daingean, Co Offaly in two weekend's time on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, just before the bank holiday. Sponsored by Waterways Ireland, the championship and the biggest canal angling event of the year, attracting participants from all over t...
#Surfing - The News Letter has the lowdown on this weekend's Causeway Coast Surf Festival in Portrush. This marks the second year of the festival, hosted by the Causeway Coast Surf Club, that mixes surfing with beach and street sports plus music, film and photography, with plenty on offer to entertain the whole family over the Easter weekend. Aside from the action on the water,...
#clipperrace – Preparations are well underway for the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race with one of the most exciting events planned for the year, a weeklong LegenDerry Maritime Festival from 21-29th June 2014. The Foyle Quay is set to transform into a summer promenade, complete with race village, marine marquees, award winning continental market and host ...
#flyingfifteen – The Kia sponsored Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen fleet continues to expand with a number of new boats to the fleet as well as some crews upgrading their boats. For the first time in a long number of years the fleet has expanded to include boats in the DMYC.  Current National champions Ian Mathews and Keith Pool may not have it all their own way with some n...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Irish Trade: Food exports to UK - The UK imports over 30% of its food consumption and remains the largest export market for Irish food and drink, with 42% of Irish food and drink exports destined for the UK market in 2013. The value of these exports rose 8% in ...
#Asbestos – While carrying out routine maintenance of a Naval Service patrol vessel, it is now being claimed that 30 more civilian workers could also have been exposed to potentially lethal asbestos, writes The Irish Examiner. That's in addition to another seven naval personnel who also have been exposed to the dust while they were working on the LÉ Ciara (P41) at the navy's...
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