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Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) was in the Aegean Sea on NATO anti people-smuggling duties and is set to visit Dublin Port this weekend
Naval Visits
#DutchFrigate – A Dutch navy frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) equipped with surface and anti-submarine warfare systems is to visit Dublin Port this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 3,353 tonnes Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy is…
Dublin’s Merrion Strand is one of the areas singled out by the EPA for poor water quality caused by raw sewage discharge
News Update
#Pollution - Cork Harbour, Ringsend in Dublin and more than 40 other Irish riverside or coastal towns and cities in still fail to meet EU sewage standards, according to a damning new EPA report. RTÉ News has details of the…
Fishing fleet at Howth Harbour
News Update
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 46 of 2016 advises that piling works were set to commence at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre, weather permitting, on or around this past Monday 21 November. The works involve the installation of 3 No. circular…
L-R Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, John Hogen, Chairman of the GMI, and Can Akaltan, General Manager at Cesme Marina
Irish Marinas
The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Amsterdam (17-19 November 2016) provided the ideal backdrop for the presentation of the latest two Global Marina Institute (GMI) certificates. Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, was awarded the Certified…
RS Dinghies at the INSS league. See video below.
RS Sailing
Eight RS dinghies made it on the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the first of a five one day monthly race days 'Super Series' hosted by the Irish National Sailing Club working closely with the RS Committee. The series…
A general cargoship departs Fenit in July with Liebherr container crane parts on board
Ports & Shipping
#FenitExpansion? - A feasibility study to explore the possible expansion of Fenit Harbour is to carried out next year according to Radio Kerry. Kerry County Council will spend almost €1 million in 2017 on the operation and promotion of the…
A section of the 74–boat DBSC Turkey Shoot fleet competing in ideal conditions on Scotsman's Bay last Sunday
Turkey Shoot
John Maybury's Joker II, the ICRA class one champion, leads the 74–boat Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot at the half–way stage of the Dublin Bay based series. After three races sailed, the J109 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club…
Passengers mustering aboard Costa Concordia during emergency
Island Nation
It may have to take another disaster of Titanic proportions before lifesaving provisions on board cruise ships are improved.That might seem like a bit of hyperbole – an exaggerated statement or claim not meant to be taken literally, but it…
The INSS has recently acquired the J109 race boat Jedi
Offshore
Building on the growing numbers in the ISORA racing throughout the last season and in response from boat owners and crews alike, the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School has announced an all new programme for ISORA and sailors all…
Coast Guard Helicopter in Long Range Evacuation
Coastguard
The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter has completed the evacuation of a crewman from an Irish fishing vessel located 160 miles West of Loop Head, Co Clare. The injured man has been taken on-board the Coast Guard helicopter, R115 and…
The Red Ensign flying at County Antrim Yacht Club
News Update
#YachtCode - The UK’s Red Ensign Group (REG) of shipping registers is developing a new regulatory framework for yachts, as British Marine reports. The rebranded Red Ensign Group Yacht Code will consolidate an updated version of the Large Yacht Code…
The houseboat was spotted at Cross Beach on the Mullet Peninsula
Coastal Notes
#Houseboat - The Canadian houseboat that washed up on the northwest Mayo coast earlier this month could be repurposed as a tourist attraction for the region. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the vessel drifted across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to…
Humpback whales like this one off the US coast are regular visitors to Norway’s Arctic fjords
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A small Norwegian community in the Arctic Circle recently had a whale of a problem with their internet connection - literally. As New Scientist reports, a subsea internet cable in the Kaldfjorden north of Tromsø which should have…
Stormy seas has led to the Stena Europe having to take shelter in Cardigan Bay, Wales before another attempt is made to dock at Fishguard around 12 noon today
Ferry
#StrandedFerry - A Stena Line ferry reports RTE News will make another attempt to dock at the Port of Fishguard, Wales at around midday today - weather permitting. The ferry, with 87 passengers and 59 crew on board, departed Rosslare…
The Academy supports talented sailors and trains them in the skills of short-handed offshore racing such as Strangford Lough's Hammy Baker (above)
Offshore
Britain's only shorthanded offshore & ocean racing 'school' - The Offshore Academy - starts a new chapter today under the ownership of the Cowes-based company, Fourth Cape Ltd. Led by Charles Darbyshire, Fourth Cape has taken over the Academy from…
Dun Laoghaire harbour – Ireland's marine leisure capital where pooling yacht club resources will be key to the future growth of the sport
Dublin Bay
Combining efforts and pooling resources are key to securing the future of yacht racing from Dun Laoghaire’s legacy waterfront clubs, writes David O’Brien Welcome to Dun Laoghaire, the cradle of world yacht racing. It's here that the modern rules for…
A total distance of 140 miles, Phil will be attempting to break the outright monohull record of 12 hours 1 minute and 31 seconds
Offshore
British offshore sailor Phil Sharp is on standby to attempt the outright monohull Sailing Speed Record for the English Channel. At a time where the winter gales start to relentlessly beat up the shores of the British Isles, and boat-owners…
This Friday evening, 25th November, sees the Class having its end of year dinner and prize-giving in the National Yacht Club
Fireball
After the third Sunday of the 2016/17 Fireball Frostbite Series, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the points table is as shown below writes Cormac Bradley. As the numbers show, there is one shining example of consistency – Noel…
Night time scene as a RIB crew on Friday assist in the ongoing humanitarian search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea
Navy
#MigrantRescues – Two search and rescue missions (SAR) tasked by LÉ Samuel Beckett last week saved almost 100 migrant refugees off the Libyan coast. According to the Naval Service the most recent SAR took place on Friday night following a…
Enda O'Coineen crosses the equator in Irish Vendee Globe entry Kilcullen Voyager
Vendee Globe
Yesterday evening Enda O'Coineen reached the first major milestone in the Vendee Globe by crossing the equator. This is the first of many milestones in the solo non-stop round the world sailing race considered the Everest of the Seas. The…
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