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Cork headquartered Mainport Group acquire Ocean Spey (seen at Cork Dockyard) which since has been introduced to serve Kinsale Gas Field platforms replacing the smaller standby support service vessel Pearl
Cork Harbour
#MainportKinsale - Afloat first reported of Ocean Spey operating at the Kinsale Gas Field last Wednesday and now it can be confirmed the standby supply support vessel is to be reflagged under the Irish tricolour having been acquired by Mainport…
Enda O'Coineen – detour around the Canaries did not help his overall position
Vendee Globe
Britain's Alex Thomson lead the eighth edition of the Vendee Globe solo non stop around the world race into the Southern Hemisphere when he crossed the Equator at 1905hrs UTC this Tuesday evening. The solo skipper of Hugo Boss sets…
Kevin Hennessy with Ben Aken, General Manager of Barrus, the UK’s largest engine distributor which is distributing the Outboardwaren protective system with their engines
Island Nation
I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance of protecting your boat and marine equipment.Since then I have been talking to a man who has developed a unique system to prevent thieves stealing outboard engines, of which thefts there…
The CityOne Training Dinghies designed by Theo Rye on the Shannon in Limerick in company with one of the Ilen Boatbuilding Company’s new-built traditional gandelows in September 2014
News Update

Theo Rye 1968-2016

15th November 2016
Irish sailing has lost one of its best friends and greatest mentors with the passing at the weekend of Theo Rye. Maritime historian, technical expert, yacht designer and repository of much arcane lore in all areas of old and classic…
Applications Open For 2017 Waterways Heritage Community Grants
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has launched its 2017 Heritage in the Community Grants Programme in support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020. The Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan provides, for the first time, a strategic framework for the integration of…
A wild salmon leaping in Northumberland, England
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has given statutory notice of his intention to make the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations 2016 to provide for the…
The Mustang 30 Peridot is sixth overall in a fleet of 74 at the DBSC Turkey Shoot series. Download results below.
Turkey Shoot
Royal St. George YC 1720 class yacht Wolfe leads the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey shoot series after two races sailed. Results are downloadable below. With 74 entries now registered there was a buoyant turnout of 66 boats for Sunday…
The Altagoan joins the Moyola River northeast of Draperstown
Angling
#FiskKill - Heavy rain over the weekend slowed the investigation into a fish kill on a tributary of an important salmon and trout river for Northern Ireland. As BBC News reports, a slurry discharge in the Altagoan River near Magherafelt…
Alex Thomson Extends Lead in Vendée Globe
Vendee Globe
British sailor Alex Thomson this morning has strengthened his first position as he continues to lead in the Vendée Globe 2016. As Ireland woke up this morning, Alex found himself 65 Nautical Miles ahead of the next competitor Armel l’Cleac’h,…
Image of the new 1,885 passenger /165 freight vehicle cruiseferry on order to German yard FSG which is on schedule for delivery in May 2018
Ferry
#IrishFerries - Irish Ferries a division of owners Irish Continental Group (ICG) reported a 1.6pc rise in revenues in the year so far, and said it has a low level of exposure to sterling.As the Independent.ie writes the company behind…
ICG container division EUCON and lo-lo fleet vessel Elbetrader (974TEU) docked at Dublin Ferryport Terminal (DFT) facility. Elbetrader departed the port today and is bound for Rotterdam.
Ports & Shipping
#LoLoTrade - Irish Continental Group (ICG) total revenue in Container (Lo-Lo) and Terminal Division recorded in the period 1 January to 31 October 2016 amounted to €105.0 million, an increase of 5.7% on the previous year. For the year to…
The 2017 ISORA race schedule is designed to encourage new participants into the Irish Sea offshore scene such as the large turnout that entered September's DMYC kish lighthouse race on Dublin Bay
ISORA
'ISORA is at the cutting edge of race management' said ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan in the 2016 ISORA AGM and dinner which was held in the National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday 12th November. The offshore body is on…
The Arranmore lifeboat crew is a community affair
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Jimmy Early has taken over as coxswain of the Arranmore RNLI all-weather lifeboat following 41 years of service. Early, who is just weeks into the job, is currently furthering his training at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.…
The houseboat was spotted at Cross Beach on the Mullet Peninsula
Coastal Notes
#Houseboat - Just days after reports of fatty balls on Mayo beaches comes word of a houseboat that’s washed up on the county's northwest coast after crossing the Atlantic from Canada. RTÉ News reports that the houseboat was set to be…
Castletownbere RNLI guided the local coastguard team to the casualty trapped on a ledge in the Dursey Sound
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Castletownbere RNLI’s lifeboat was tasked just before noon yesterday (Sunday 13 November) to go to the aid of a man trapped a ledge on the shore in the Dursey Sound. The lifeboat, under the command of second coxswain…
In April 1916 the S.S. Tynwald transported the Sherwood Foresters Regiment to Kingstown Harbour
Coastal Notes
#1916rising – A 1916 Easter Rising maritime themed exhibition entitled ‘Portals of Unpreparedness’ was launched today (14 November) in the Dun Laoghaire Lexicon Library. The exhibition focuses on the arrival on the morning of 26th April 1916 of the Sherwood…
World Sailing's new president Kim Anderson
World Sailing
Kim Andersen has been elected as World Sailing President at World Sailing's General Assembly as the 2016 Annual Conference drew to a close in Barcelona, Spain. Anderson's election resulted in the defeat of incumbent President Carlo Croce (ITA). After a year…
The Irish organisation received their award from San Diego-based non-profit industry association The Maritime Alliance (TMA) at the annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit in San Diego
Marine Science
The Marine Institute and IMERC have been presented with the International Maritime Partner award by the Maritime Alliance. The Irish marine science organisation received their award from San Diego-based non-profit industry association The Maritime Alliance (TMA) at the annual Blue…
A new Lough Derg Canoe Trail will be established in 2017 on Ireland's third biggest lake
Canoeing
Canoe facilities and services blocks are being provided at various locations around Lough Derg as part of a new inland waters initiative aimed at promoting water-based activities on Ireland’s third largest lake. Clare County Council has confirmed that the proposed…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram lead the Fireball Frostbites at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
Fireball
The Irish Fireball “Frostbiters” were almost at full strength for the second Sunday of the 2016/17 Series and were rewarded with a mild day, temperature-wise and a very shifty day wind-wise. In stark contrast to the opening session of the…

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