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#RNLI - Last Friday (11 April) was a busy night for the volunteer crew of Kinsale RNLI as they collected two West Cork community awards for bringing to safety the 30 crew members of the training ship Astrid that sank outside Kinsale harbour in July last year. The first honour of the night was bestowed at the 25th anniversary awards ceremony in Bandon’s Munster Arms Hotel, org...
#InlandWaterways - Some of Britain's most famous inland waterways can now be followed on Google Street View thanks to the internet company's latest bit of kit. The Canal & River Trust reports that it was the first organisation in the UK to take loan of Google's Trekker, a backpack device with a camera that captures images in all directions every 2.5 seconds wherever the wea...
#dlmarina – A year after yacht clubs reacted to a cut in Dun Laoghaire Harbour's swinging moorings, the Royal St. George, has vacated it s long held east bight moorings at the request of the Dun Laoghaire harbour Company and relcoated to the town marina. The harbour company requires the east bight area to facilitate visiting cruise ships, a new area of revenue for the ha...
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:28

Drowning Tragedy In South Dublin Reservoir

#Drowning - Emergency services have recovered a body at a reservoir in Bohernabreena after a 16-year-old boy went missing while swimming with friends yesterday (Tuesday 15 April), according to TheJournal.ie. The teenager - named by the Irish Mirror as Shane Boggans - was reportedly snagged in pipe fittings below the surface of the reservoir, where swimming is prohibited. The Ir...
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:08

Two Dead As Ferry Sinks Off South Korea

#SouthKorea - At least two people have died, with some 300 still unaccounted for, after a ferry capsized and sank 100km off the coast of mainland South Korea yesterday (Tuesday 15 April). According to RTÉ News, the passenger and car ferry Sewol began to list to port as it approached the island of Jeju and sank quickly. A rescue operation is still underway, with some 160 passen...
#oldestyachtclubintheworld – Following WM Nixon's latest blog on Afloat.ie where he gives an account of early Irish yachts and yachting, leading yachting historian Hal Sisk has added to the story of how the sport was formed with claims the amateur sport of sailing became established in the 1850s on Dublin Bay. Sisk also reveals that contrary to the conventional foundatio...
#SeafoodWineEvent – A mouthwatering seafood cookery demonstration and wine-tasting event extraordinaire takes place at the National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire next week. The evening event on Thursday 24 April between 7.30-10pm will see Peter Caviston demonstrate the skills to prepare monk fish, crab and other choice fish dishes. Also lending a hand will be Robert Mitchell...
Over the course of 12 days this July, a flotilla of powerboats will set off from MDL's Queen Anne's Battery Marina in Plymouth on a 1500 mile voyage around the British/UK coastline that includes a stop-over on Belfast lough writes Hugo Montgomery–Swan. Navigating the course as one flotilla, the Challenge teams will take on all that the elements can throw at them as they ...
#ManxEasterSailings – Isle of Man sailings to and from Douglas to Dublin and Belfast ports, start this week in advance and during the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Firstly Douglas-Dublin Port sailings set off tomorrow early morning from the Manx capital served by fast-craft Manannan which returns back to the Isle of Man for a lunchtime arrival. Manannan i...
There are just over 10 weeks to go to the start of the 17th Round Ireland Yacht Race writes Peter Shearer, Commodore of Wicklow Sailing Club. There is talk of a Volvo 70 chasing line honours, although the record of just under two days and 18 hours established by Mike Slade in ICAP Leopard in 2008 will be hard to beat. However, a Volvo Ocean yacht has already been ente...
#rayc - Saturday 12th April was a busy day for the Royal Alfred Yacht Club, being actively involved in simultaneous events on the Liffey and in Howth. On the Liffey the Royal Alfred was coordinating the on-the water part of the highly successful Colours Race between UCD and TCD. Royal Alfred committee member Eunice Kennedy, working with the overall event organiser, UCD Sailing ...
#HowthGunRunning – A lecture entiltled 'Local Aspects of the Howth Gun Running' will be presented by Diarmuid Ó Cathasaigh on Tuesday 22 April at 8pm. The lecture will no doubt draw great interest and as the topic surrounds a period in our history a century ago when munitions were secretly landed from the Asgard for the Irish Volunteers in 1914. All are welcome to the lectur...
#LargerSeatruckShip – Seatruck Ferries will be launching a larger 'P' class 14,000 tonnes freight vessel on the Dublin Port-Heysham route later this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The much larger capacity vessel with space for 110 units will replace the 84 unit Arrow which is currently operating on the route linking the Irish capital and the North Western English port in Lancas...
#MarineWildlife - "There is no light and I've forgotten my headtorch. The walls close in and within a few seconds we are in total darkness. Something sparkles when I paddle. I put my hand in the water and spin it around. Suddenly an entire galaxy of stars explodes from my fingertips, sending fading constellations of pale blue lights swirling out into the black." If that got you...
#PortOfCork - Have you ever wondered about the functions of the Port of Cork, the kind of people who work there, what they do and how many ships visit Cork every day and the types of cargo on board? You can find out when you tune in to new 'fly on the wall' TV documentary series Cork Mega Port on TV3 starting Monday 28 April at 9pm. Goldhawk Media produced the series of four ho...
#Seaweed - Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has promised to review legislation pertaining to right for harvesting seaweed in Connemara over recent local concerns over commercial interests in the region. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, coastal communities north of Galway Bay fear their rights to the traditional activity would be threatened by allowing larger businesses - su...
#RNLI - The volunteer lifeboat crew from Donaghadee RNLI rescued a personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiast from rocks near Millisle in Co Down on Saturday evening (12 April). A member of the public reported the craft in difficulty south of Millisle lagoon and the RNLI responded to a request for assistance from the coastguard. The Donaghadee all-weather lifeboat Saxon was at sea wi...
#mothtour – The Irish Moth fleet planned a weekend away in Lough Ree for our third ever event! Ronan Wallace (moth newbie) and myself (Annalise) arrived down to Quigley's Marina in Killinure early on Friday afternoon which gave us time to set up our boats before easily launching off the pontoon (staying nice and dry!) and heading out into the main lake for a great sail up and...
#tallships – While lathes are turning in Washington State, dozens of riggers have begun working on the standing rigging that will faithfully support the three masts of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. The 200-foot square-rigged Tall Ship is Rhode Island's official Sailing Education Vessel, the largest of its kind to have been built in this country in the last 100 years. The ship's hu...
#sailforscience  – Solo non-stop 2012 circumnavigator of the Americas record-holder Matt Rutherford, homeport Annapolis USA, and Ocean Research Project founder, surveyed the Atlantic Sargasso Sea Gyre for plastics pollution in 2013, is now venturing to do the same in the Pacific for the first ever continent-to-continent (Oakland, California to Fukuoka...
#rssailing – David Rose, a new member of the RS class, sends these comments on the weekend's Eastern Championships at Greystones. As one of the new members of the RS400 class in Ireland, and someone who has not sailed a dingy for a while, I arrived at Greystones for the Irish RS-Eastern Championships not fully knowing what to expect. What I found was a very welcoming club and...
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