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 Aerial footage of St.MichelVirbac sailing off Devonport (Tasmania)
Vendee Globe
For the first time ever in the non-stop solo round the world Vendée Globe race's history, a competitor has gone through Bass Strait to avoid a storm in the Southern Ocean. Frenchman Jean Pierre Dick (St Michel-Virbac) is the first…
Sea Adventurer, the one time Clipper Adventurer that made a historic first cruiseship call to Drogheda Port in 2012, is to undergo a major $8.5 million investment to extend the career of the veteran vessel after four decades in service. She is to emerge as the renamed Ocean Adventurer in July 2017.
Cruise Liners
#MajorUpgrade - Polar small cruiseship operator, Quark Expeditions’ whose Sea Adventurer under another guise made a historic first but only cruise call visit to Drogheda Port is to undergo a major renovation, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former Clipper Adventurer then…
Lighter winds on Day three of the Fireball Worlds
Fireball
Day 3 of the Fireball Worlds in Mossel Bay, South Africa, saw the competitors treated to a more genteel 10 knots southerly that built during the day to 17 to 20 knots for the third race. Sea conditions were reported…
Afloat adds that controversy arose as the public where at the scene of cargo from MSC Napoli (62,000grt) that washed ashore at Branscombe Beach, Devon UK. The 4,419 TEU containership during a storm suffered structural damage and was deliberately run aground at nearby Lyme Bay almost a decade ago on 20 January 2007. The 275m (900ft) vessel was one of the largest to be decommissioned at Harland & Wolff having been dismantled at their dry dock.
Belfast Lough
#Decommissioning - For many UK ports writes EnergyVoice, developing the facilities needed for large-scale decommissioning projects is a quest they are just embarking on. But for the Belfast based Harland and Wolff (H&W) shipyard, the asset it describes as the…
Ireland has a 14% increase in a €86m Mackerel quota
Fishing
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today secured 233,500 tonnes of quotas worth €280 million for Irish fishermen for 2017. This represents an increase of 17,390 tonnes over 2016. The Minister secured the deal in…
Was Galway Port Sabotaged? (Podcast)
Island Nation
In my last Podcast, I expressed the opinion that it is strange how things happen. This was again underlined for me as I prepared the new edition of my maritime programme which you can listen to below. Galway Port Company…
Irish 49er duo Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern –  the Belfast pairing have split after Rio to pursue separate campaigns
Olympic
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has responded to a UK Sport Funding announcement for sailing, which will underpin the sport's World Class Programme there for the 2017-2020 Olympic cycle. As a multi medal-winning sport for the fifth consecutive Olympic Games…
Coastguard Volunteers Want Safeguards From Government
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Coastguard volunteers are calling for the service to be designated as a ‘standalone primary response agency’, as the Irish Examiner reports. A four-person delegation representing some 1,000 volunteers with the Irish Coast Guard pleaded their case with front…
Creed Talks Concerns Over Quota Cuts Before Annual EU Fisheries Negotiations
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed expressed his concern at the potential impact on Irelands’ whitefish fleet, ahead of the annual EU fisheries negotiations in Brussels, scheduled to conclude today (Tuesday 13 December). “If the commission’s quota proposals remain unchanged,…
A RIB of LE Samuel Beckett during a rescue mission. Speaking at the award ceremony An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ‘This is a special tribute that endorses the efforts and sacrifices our personnel make’.
Navy
#EuropeAward - The Irish Defences Forces were presented The European of the Year award writes The Irish Times. The award was given by the European Movement Ireland in recognition of the Defence Forces’ contribution to international peacekeeping and humanitarian work.…
Heavy weather Freball sailing in Mossel Bay
Fireball
The big breeze of Day 1 was still around for the second day of the Fireball Worlds in Mossel Bay, South Africa. The Facebook site for the regatta reports that the fleet launched into a stiff south-westerly accompanied by a…
English sailor Rob Greenhalgh repeated his win at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta
Moth
Moth Sailor Rory Fitzpatrick from Dun Laoghaire enjoyed a great end fo a great season in his foiling dinghy when he placed tenth overall at the MS Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda last week. The National Yacht Club sailor…
The final race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series takes place this Sunday
Turkey Shoot
1720 Sportsboats occupy two of the top three places overall with one race to go in the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. The 1720 Zelus on 49 nett points tops the 74–boat fleet leading the Beneteau…
Royal Cork's inaugural Irish Mist Trophy was presented at the weekend
Royal Cork YC
The final day of racing in the O’Leary Insurance Group Winter league at Royal Cork Yacht Club was shrouded in a thick blanket of fog. The Race Officer Clem McElligott postponed the start of the race by one hour in…
Scotline's newly acquired 90m general cargoship Scot Leader joins a fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers. Only this day last week a fleetmate Scot Ranger departed the east coast port which likewise of the shipowners are heavily involved in trading timber products.
Ports & Shipping
#NewcomerShip – Short-sea operator Scotline have acquired Odertal this month and renamed as Scot Leader joined the company fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 90m general cargoship Odertal registered in Antigua and Barbuda underwent drydocking…
The Try Sailing Team at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Volvo Cork Week in July
ISA
Looking back over the past season, two things stand out for me – the success of our Olympic sailors and the ISA’s Try Sailing initiative. Our Olympic sailors gave us marvellous inspiration this summer and showed our young sailors what…
HYC outgoing Commodore Berchmans Gannon (left) presents the office holder’s burgee to incoming Commodore Joe McPeake
Howth YC
The 121-year-old Howth Yacht Club, which has one of the largest yacht or sailing club memberships in the country, saw Joe McPeake succeed Berchmans Gannon unopposed as Commodore at a very well-attended Annual General Meeting in the club on Thursday…
Fireballs are getting great conditions in South Africa for the World Championships
Fireball
The penultimate Sunday of Series 1 of the DMYC’s Frostbite Series 2016/17 saw a mirror-like appearance on the inner reaches of Dun Laoghaire harbour and the light air nature of the day was confirmed as the” keelers”, sailing their Turkey…
16 DBSC Turkey Shoots racers were given estimated times for this fifth race as the wind died before the finish.
Turkey Shoot
Yesterday's penultimate DBSC Turkey Shoot race was completed but only after Race Officers chased the wind across Dublin Bay. After a wait for wind yesterday morning the DBSC flagship was moved from the outfall buoy off Dun Laoghaire's West Pier…
Close up of a typical Airtonic heater installation on a yacht
Boatyards
A generic guide to the important differences between marine and vehicle heater systems. At this decidedly chilly time of year, the regular use and expected performance of your boat’s marine heating system will no doubt be at the forefront of…

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