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Finn Lynch racing in Croatia. In May in Mexico in a last gasp chance he took the Irish Mens Olympic place in the Laser class.
W M Nixon
The rise of Finn Lynch into the top ranks of Irish adult dinghy sailing has been meteoric. It was as recently as May 18th in Mexico that he secured the right to become our Olympic Men’s Laser representative in Rio,…
The Irish Naval Service has rescued more than 10,000 people in the Mediterranean Sea since the navy's vessels were first deployed to the humanitarian operation in May 2015 Photo: Defence Forces
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, this week we talk to Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett about the humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean rescuing migrants in a week…
IWDG's Celtic Mist at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club
Island Nation
I love an opportunity to call into Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, “the real Dublin sailing club,” as I have been told by those fortunate enough to be members. There is always an easy, friendly welcome and a chat. No…
A good start. “WHEN the Admiral will have the whole Fleet to Chace, he will hoist Dutch colours under his Flag, and fire a Gun from each Quarter; if a single boat, he will hoist a Pendant, and fire as many guns from the side as the Boat is distanced from him. WHEN he would have the Chace given over, he will hawl in his Flag and fire a Gun……” While the original Sailing Orders for an early race by the Water Club of the Harbour of Cork in the 1700s might not have worked for this fleet of a hundred at the start of the Harbour Race in Volvo Cork Week 2016, the spirit of the great pioneers of sailing was being properly celebrated
W M Nixon
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon won’t divulge when he first sailed into Cork Harbour, but he claims to have taken part in an early version of Cork Week as long ago as 1970. And he also claims that, at the Week…
The Royal Navy arrive in Cork Harbour for the Beaufort Cup
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of Seascapes – your maritime programme, we’ll be talking to the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett at Naval Headquarters in Haulbowline about the inaugural inter services Beaufort…
Oil Companies want to explore In Polar waters
Island Nation
Polar waters are the new maritime frontier so it should be a matter of pride for the Irish maritime sector to know that an Irishman is to the fore in drawing up operational regulations in these waters.He is Michael Kingston,…
The spirit of Volvo Cork Week as expressed in 2014. Francois Giroud’s Open 750 Bois Dresses II from France revelling in great sailing off Cork Harbour
W M Nixon
Awareness of Cork Harbour’s long and colourful history of sailing has become so widespread and generally acknowledged that there’s a risk that the Irish and global sailing community will take it all for granted. Equally, the wonderful natural harbour of…
Seascapes Podcast: Glandore Classic Boat Summer School, Sailing in West Cork, SmartBay & Open Water Swimming
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – this week we talk to sailing instructor and yachtsman Niall McAllister in Adrigole in West Cork; we have music from Eleanor Shanley and “Sail Away To The…
Sail training at Dun Laoghaire
Island Nation
It was a glorious day in Dun Laoghaire. I could see young sailors clustered on boats around a pontoon. The sound of their enjoyment at being afloat drifted across the water. I was there because Alistair Rumball, who set up…
The jib topsail blossoms to drive Dickie Gomes’ Ainmara on her way as she sails fast to collect the “Best in Show” award at the RUYC’s 150th Anniversary Sail-past, fifty years after she took part in the same Club’s Centenary Regatta in 1966 with the same crew on board
W M Nixon
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon grabbed only a few hours sleep after his almost continuous coverage of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 before haring off to Bangor in County Down to sail in the RUYC 150th Anniversary Regatta on Saturday…
Gary Sargent back In Schull after rounding Ireland on a Laser dinghy
Island Nation
Being a maritime correspondent can be encouraging, disheartening and frustrating.Preparing the current edition of THIS ISLAND NATION I experienced those emotions.I heard a sailor praise the coastal communities he had met during a 42-day voyage around Ireland. He described them…
The coolest stage for an awards ceremony…..George David’s Rambler 88 comes astern close in off the Wicklow pierheads immediately after finishing in a new record time to claim mono-hull line honours, the mono-hull round Ireland open record, the Volvo Round Ireland Race mono-hull record, and – eventually – 1st Overall IRC in the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016. Just stepped aboard amongst Rambler’s rugged crew are Theo Phelan and David Ryan of Wicklow SC with a jeroboam of Astoria. After this informal yet effective ceremony, when Rambler 88 sailed north back to Dun Laoghaire she took a group of Wicklow schoolchildren with her for the sail of a lifetime
W M Nixon
At 704 miles long, with a course along coastlines of almost infinite variety, the Round Ireland Race was always a complex event for post-race analysis even when fleets amounted to only three dozen or so. But for 2016 in the…
The Round Ireland Speed Record holder passes the Wicklow coastline
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, we have music from Fairport Convention and “ A Sailor’s Life ” …..we visit the brand new Seafarers Centre in Dublin Port withMission to Seafarers – ships visitor…
Ballast water discharges can carry invasive species
Island Nation
Five years ago the Department of Transport told the United Nations agency dealing with safety at sea and the marine environment that it was preparing to ratify a treaty drawn up by the UN intended to control the spread of…
RTE's Marcus Connaughton (left) interviews Round Ireland Race organiser Theo Phelan of Wicklow Sailing Club
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes ... we have music from Starboard Home and an exclusive wide ranging interview with the Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company – Eamonn O’ Reilly on the life of…
The mighty one. Rambler 88 and her formidable owner-skipper George David are at the core of a remarkable team. He reckons that the Round Ireland course record set by Mike Slade’s 100ft Leopard is well within Rambler 88’s potential as the weather for todays racing, and in the day or two ahead, continues to take better shape for speed. And barring accidents or breakages, the record should in any case be very comfortably bested by the three MOD trimarans.
W M Nixon
Today sees the start off the Wicklow Pierheads of largest and most varied fleet in the 36-year history of the biennial Round Ireland Race from, which in its 19th edition takes on board sponsors Volvo Car Ireland for the first…

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