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#tallships – Last July, eight youngsters from Ireland that were taking part in a voyage on the Tall Ship "Astrid" got more than they bargained for when the ship got into difficulty near Kinsale during an Irish Sailing Association 'Gathering Cruise' and foundered on rocks. Nine months later, the 100–year–old Dutch ship's journey finally came to an end in a skip when it was...
#burren – The successful management and promotion of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark as a sustainable destination has been officially recognised by one of the world's foremost tourism and travel award schemes. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has named the Geopark as one of 18 finalists for its 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, the winners of which will be...
#FerryFault- RTE News reports that passengers numbering around 1,000 had to spend the night on board an Irish Ferries vessel in the French port of Cherbourg after the crossing to Rosslare was cancelled. Tonight's sailing from Rosslare to Cherbourg has also been cancelled. The 1987 built cruiseferry Oscar Wilde of 31,914 tonnes, was due to leave the French port at 8pm yesterday ...
#oceanenergy – Conor Haughey is to Chair the Irish Wave Energy Device Developers Association (IWEDA) following its inaugural meeting on 18 April, 2014 at NUI Maynooth. The organisation is made up of 11 Irish companies who are all developing different Ocean Energy Technologies. The aim of the association are• To promote the establishment a viable Ocean Energy Indus...
#dunlaoghairelifeboat – Both RNLI lifeboats at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay were called out yesterday afternoon following a 999 emergency call that a two-person canoe was drifting close to shore off Dalkey. The Irish Coast Rescue 116 helicopter at Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard Unit were also tasked due to concern for the occupants of the craft. The incident occu...
#modelboatracing – Further to the IOM model yacht class development in Northern Ireland thanks to Brian O'Neill who joined the fleet about 3 years ago and who has rallied other people from the North to our activity, a new club has emerged over the winter of 2013 in Belfast Waterworks writes Gilbert Louis. This location is not new to model boats as the activity started in 1933...
#squib – The Royal St George Yacht Club hosts the Irish Squib East Coast Championship 2014 from 24-25 May 2014 writes Squib captain Rupert Bowen. The Dun Laoghaire class  welcomes Squib sailors back to the club, which hosted the Irish Squib Nationals in 2012 with 32 entries and the UK Squib Nationals in 2010 with over 70 entries. 15-20 entries for the Easterns ...
#lifeboat – Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist a family of three on board a 36ft cruiser, suffering engine failure. At 7.15pm on Tuesday evening, March 22, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist a family of three on board a 36ft cruiser, suffering engine failure and adrift by Hare Island. The lifeboat launched at 7.26pm with Helm ...
#celticchallenge – Less than two weeks away from the start of the Celtic Rowing Challenge and a couple of strong contenders for suport boats for a Dun Laoghaire bid on the Irish–Wales race have fallen through. As Afloat reported earlier, over the May bank holiday weekend (2nd-5th May), St Michael's Rowing Club have teamed up with GOAL to send two crews across the Irish Sea ...
#InlandWaters - Four weeks after its review by a joint Oireachtas committee, there is still an "information vacuum" regarding feedback on the proposed changes to Ireland's canal bye-laws, according to the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). A meeting organised by the IWAI at a rally in Hazelhatch on the Grand Canal over the Easter weekend heard surprise among member...
swchyeres – There are big improvements in results for the Irish Olympic sailing team in France this week as the qualification stages of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres concluded today with Gold fleet racing tomorrow. Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern are fifth overall, Annalise Murphy Sailing is 15th and Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey 18th in the 49erfx. It was an u...
#rescue – Two men have been rescued after their small dinghy overturned in the Firth of Clyde. They clung onto the hull before being swept away from the dinghy by the choppy waves. Belfast Coastguard asked a Royal Navy minesweeper on patrol near Ailsa Craig, which lies about 10 miles off the Scottish coast, to rescue the men there this afternoon. The men let off a distre...
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Empowering Coastal Communities Conference

#FLAGseminar – Empowering Local Communities is a two-day conference next week (April 30-1 May) which is to be held in the Haven Hotel, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. The focus of the conference is a working seminar for coastal communities in which The Waterford Estuary Communities Network (WECN) is hosting the event as part of the EU FLAG (Fishing Areas Local Action Group) init...
#quarterton – The success of the revived Quarter Ton Class has been nothing short of remarkable and the class continues to go from strength to strength. To mark the tenth anniversary of the revival a special edition of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup will be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes, from 25 to 27 June 2014. To mark the occasion the organisers are planning ...
#TrawlerDetained – LÉ Roisin (P51) a Naval Service OPV detained a Spanish registered fishing vessel last week for alleged breaches of fishing regulations. The fishing vessel was detained approximately 100 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head and headed to Castletownbere, Co.Cork at the weekend and from where she was handed over to the Gardaí. So far this year, the Naval ...
#DoolinPier – A new Atlantic seaboard pier sought by ferry operators and fishermen at Doolin in County Clare is expected to be completed by mid-2015 following the signing of a major marine infrastructural project today. Brendan Howlin, T.D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform was in Doolin this afternoon to visit the location of the proposed €6m pier project fo...
#iphone – Navigating with the iphone is on the cards for Saturday's first ISORA race of the season with courseoptions for crews on both sides of the Irish Sea. Dublin offshore sailors will race from Dun Laoghaire to North Arklow buoy and back while Welsh counterparts are to race a similar distance along the Welsh coast. In deploying the new mobile technology ISORA has teamed ...
#NaomhEanna - The fate of heritage vessel Naomh Éanna still hangs in the balance as moves are made towards a structural survey of the former Aran Islands ferry. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the historic boat has been earmarked for scrapping - with both Waterways Ireland and the Department of Heritage said to be reluctant to have anything to do with the restoration of t...
#dalkeyisland – Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says Dalkey Island harbour slipway works on Dublin Bay (as previously reported by Afloat.ie) are expected to be completed by the end of May. In his latest newsletter to Dun Laoghaire constituents, the local TD says the €63,500 worth of minor safety improvements to the harbour 'will once again make this valuable local amenity accessible...
#kinsale – Kinsale's magnificent harbour provided the protection required to get the penultimate day of the MMD Spring Series underway as winds reached gale force along the souith coast. It proved to be the wildest day so far with several dramatic broaches on the race course. Fortunately all returned to shore safely with nothing more serious than a few ripped sails. The ...
#swchyeres – After missing the gold fleet cut at both Miami and Palma ISAF World Cup regattas this year, Ireland's Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy showed the depth of her ambition in France this afternoon when she opened her Laser Radial account at the final round of ISAF's World Cup in Hyeres with a race win and a third place to lie just two nett points off the...
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