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ISORA offshore racers will also compete under ECHO handicap this season. It is hoped the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes'
ISORA
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) will trial the Irish based “Progressive ECHO” rating in all its races this season. ISORA Chief Peter Ryan says the performance based rating will 'produce a greater spread in the results and prizes. Most…
The spirit of Dun Laoghaire. J/109s giving it all they’ve got on Dublin Bay. For 2017’s festive Dun Laoghaire Regatta event from July 6th to 9th, the J/109s have very sensibly decided to opt for participation in the open division, adding the interest of racing against boats of other types while being secure in the knowledge that their own stand-alone National One Design Championship (2016 edition pictured above) will be held later in the year. If their “most serious series” is thus planned to be at another place and another time, why not allow them to finish at least one VDLR race within Dun Laoghaire Harbour?
W M Nixon
For the summer of 2017 at least, it looks as though Dun Laoghaire Harbour is going to remain free of the threat of the installation of a new liner berth. W M Nixon reckons this provides a unique opportunity for…
Black Box Recovered From Rescue 116 Wreck Site
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - Search teams have successfully recovered Rescue 116’s flight recorder, or ‘black box’, from the sea bed off Black Rock on the North Mayo coast. The flight recorder is now in the custody of the Air Accident Investigation Unit…
Trinity's senior eight competing at Erne Head of the River.
Rowing
#Rowing: The Eights Head of the River in London, which was set to take place tomorrow (Saturday) has been cancelled. In the a statement, the organisers said: “The Committee have been monitoring the weather forecast over the last few days…
Drogehda's maritime buoy - L to R   Austin Campbell, Resettlement Officer Drogheda Homeless Aid, Jene Hinds Kelly Artist, Paul Flanagan Murtaghs of Drogheda,  Paul Fleming CEO Drogheda Port Company.
Drogheda Port
The maritime buoy located at the Mall area of Drogheda town is now well established as a unique artistic canvas and a talking point since it was first used as a canvas back in 2012. St. Patricks Day marked the…
Pictured on the Waterford Greenway ahead of the official opening of the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland is Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Adam Wyse along with Joshua Moran-Davy (10), Leah Moran-Saunders (5) and Reuben Moran-Davy (7) from Passage East, Co Waterford
Coastal Notes
Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland, is to officially open tomorrow, Saturday (March 25). The eagerly awaited €15 million project stretches 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western Railway…
Tom Kelley brings his decades of innovation expertise to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway this June
News Update
#OurOceanWealth - Tom Kelley of award-winning global design and development firm IDEO will encourage leaders in Ireland's marine sector to engage in creative thinking at the 2017 Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Galway this June. Kelley is regarded as a…
The accused US Navy chief petty officer is attached to the USS Donald Cook based in Cadiz, Spain
News Update
#Crime - A US naval officer is in Garda custody over an alleged sexual assault in a Dublin hotel, as Navy Times reports. A spokesperson for the US Embassy confirmed that the alleged incident was reported on Wednesday 22 March…
Newport Sea Angling Club’s youngest participant Cian Moran, waiting patiently for his first fish of the day during the 2016 National Junior Competition/Daniel Peacock Memorial supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland's Sponsorship Scheme
Angling
#Angling - A total of 79 angling initiatives — almost double the number of recipients in 2016 — will be supported to the tune of €30,000 in Inland Fisheries Ireland’s (IFI) 2017 Sponsorship Scheme. This year’s recipients were decided with…
Molly B on the river Liffey, Pete Hogan's self–built 30' gaff rigged ketch which he sailed solo round–the–world
Cruising
Dublin Bay Glen Sailor Pete Hogan will give an illustrated talk tomorrow evening in Lough Derg Yacht Club, County Tipperary on ‘The Log of the Molly B’. Hogan sailed the self–built 30' gaff rigged ketch solo round–the–world, one of only a…
Firefly dinghies will be used for Saturday's Leinster Schools Team Racing Championship at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Team Racing
The first four teams at this Saturday's Leinster Schools Team Racing Championship on Saturday at the Royal St. George Yacht Club will qualify to compete in the Irish Schools National Championships which will be held in Schull, Cork on April 28th/29th.…
The LÉ Aisling which was decommissioned has attracted just two bids at Cork auction today.
News Update
#AislingSold -Former Naval Service offshore patrol vessel Aisling, has been sold at a public auction in Cork for €110,000, reports RTE News. There were just two bids for the OPV, which was bought by a representative of a Dutch company…
TULCA Education co-ordinator Joanne McGlynn with Èabha, David, and Lauryn from Cregmore NS as they ‘rediscover’ the Moytirra hydrothermal vents as part of the Build Your Own Unknown art/science project
Marine Science
#MarineScience - Fourth-class pupils from Cregmore National School in Co Galway are creating a marine science and art installation and short film with artist Louise Manifold that re-enacts the 2011 discovery of the Moytirra deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Build Your Own…
Dun Laoghaire/Kingstown200: Local Artist Peter Pearson will join a group of local artists to exhibit their works of the Harbour at an exhibition held over May-June 2017. It was in May, 1817 that the first stone of the pier (East) was laid by the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. A visit to see the harbour under construction by King George IV took place in 1821 which led to the renaming of the town that remained under that name until 1920.
Dublin Bay
#dlharbour200 - To mark the 200th anniversary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour (formerly Kingstown) a summer of celebrations have been organised. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event. The…
The former CIE operated Aran Islands passenger/freight ferry Naomh Eanna languishes in Dublin (Grand Canal Dock Basin). A campaign is underway to return the veteran vessel to her original homeport of Galway.
Historic Boats
#NaomhEanna - The Minister for Transport is being urged to back a campaign to bring Naomh Eanna back to Galway, writes The Connacht Tribune. The ship once carried passengers (and freight) between the city and Aran Islands, before being withdrawn…
Olympic silver medalists from Rio, Gary and Paul O'Donovan, (pictured centre) launch the new Wild Atlantic Challenge' on Kenmare Bay in County Kerry
Coastal Rowing
WAC (Wild Atlantic Challenge) Kenmare is a new coastal rowing event taking place on Saturday, 13th May on Kenmare Bay. It is a multi–craft rowing event for competitors of all abilities, with a distance to suit your crew and boat. Whether you are…
The newly-restored 1937-vintage Arklow-built Maybird racing in the Fastnet in 2011
Historic Boats
The 43ft 1937 Tyrrell of Arklow-built gaff ketch Maybird has become a familiar sight in Irish waters in recent years writes W M Nixon. Bought in New Zealand in 2002 by Darryl Hughes (who hailed originally from Wales, but carved…
Dun Laoghaire Regatta launch: (l to r) David Thomas (Managing Director, Volvo Cars Ireland), Don O'Dowd, David Lovegrove (President, Irish Sailing Association),  Councillor Cormac Devlin (An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council), Tim Goodbody (Chairperson, Volvo Dún Laoghaire Regatta), and Alan Moore (Spirit Motor Groung at the official launch of the Regatta 2017 in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland last night. See photo gallery below
Volvo Regatta
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will be among the biggest sporting participation events in Ireland in July, eclipsed only by the city marathons, when a massive fleet of over 400 boats sets sail from Dun Laoghaire Harbour. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the…
Up to five sailors will be chosen at the ISA Youth Pathway Nationals to join the ISA 4.7 Squad at Ballyholme Yacht Club
ISA
Annalise Murphy is just one of four evening talks taking place at the ISA Youth Sailing National Championships, being held at Ballyholme Yacht Club, 19-23 April. As Afloat.ie reported previouslty, it is the first time the event has been sailed…
Dix 38 for sale
Boat Sales
The South African-born boat and yacht designer Dudley Dix may now be based on the sedate shores of the Chesapeake on the east coast of the US writes W M Nixon. However, he learnt his sailing in the breezy Western…

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