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At the Foynes YC celebrations on Sunday were (left to right) Tom Neville TD, Patrick Finucane Hon Treasurer FYC, Simon McGibney FYC, Harry Hermon CEO ISA, David Lovegrove President ISA, Elaine O'Mahoney FYC, James McCormack Commodore FYC, Patrick O'Donovan Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Adam Teskey Limerick County Council, Kieran Keary Limerick County Council, and Kevin Bartley Secretary FYC.
Shannon Estuary
Leading figures in sailing, national politics and regional industry and commerce joined with many members at Foynes Yacht Club on Sunday in honouring its award of the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year title for 2016 at the FYC…
Team Averda (GBR/Andrew Baker) are on 10.5 points after the third round of the Sailing Tour of Arabia
Racing
Northern Ireland sailors Andrew Baker and James Espey are fighting hard in the Sailing Arabia Tour onboard Team Averda but it is a veteran crew that saw off spirited attacks from rivals Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA) and Team Zain…
Plastical classical…..Shipman 28s in Dublin Bay
Racing
It’s an interesting thought that some of the individual wooden classic boats which will be making a feature of their vintage origins in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary regatta from July 6th to 9th will actually be quite a…
The Archaeology of the Erne Waterways Talk
Inland Waterways
Lough Erne Heritage will hold a free talk at 2:00pm, on Saturday 25 February by Claire Foley on ‘The Archaeology of the Erne Waterways’. Claire Foley, an archaeologist of some 45 years’ experience, working first from Dublin when she excavated Parkes Castle…
The J Class in its full majesty
Racing
Just over one hundred years on from the advent of the Universal Rule, to which they were originally built, the J Class will this year get to race its first ever World Championship. The J Class Association has recently become…
Cape 31 Sailing in SA
Boat Sales
With the launch of ‘Flame’ the first Cape 31 in South Africa last week, Mark Mills Design’s latest high performance design from County Wicklow was revealed. Conceived and brought to fruition by Cape Town resident and prominent sailor Lord Irvine…
County Clare dominated at the life–saving championships
Water Safety
County Clare lifesavers emerged as the dominant county despite strong challenges from some of Ireland's fittest Lifesavers competing at Irish Water Safety's National Lifesaving Championships in the University of Limerick this weekend. The championships attracted a record entry of 327.…
Record RORC Caribbean 600 Fleet Ready for Action (Video)
RORC
A record fleet of 80 yachts will be competing in the 9th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 starting from Antigua this morning. This year's race will see the most spectacular line-up of high performance boats and crews racing from…
Firefly practice for Saint Andrews College, Dublin ahead of the Leinster Schools Team Racing event in Dun Laoghaire
Team Racing
Although the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships may have been postponed at the weekend, it did not stop Dublin's Saint Andrews College from putting in a busy practice session in the Royal St. George Yacht Club Fireflies dinghies on Saturday…
Louis Smyth at the helm of his Fireball dinghy during Sunday's DMYC Frostbites which saw two excellent races
Fireball
Sunday's DMYC Frostbites saw two excellent Fireball races in lively conditions in Dun Laoghaire harbour. According to the DLH weather site the wind was mostly westerly about 10-12 knots but gusting at times more than 20 knots. In both races…
Racing was extremely challenging for all sailors on the water at Kinsale
Kinsale
Light conditions saw a fleet of 29 boats leave Kinsale Yacht Club Marina and Dinghy Park this morning for Week 2 of the Osean74 Frostbite Series writes Michele Kennelly. No racing took place last week due to 29 knots blowing…
Youghal RNLI recovers the kayaker from the sea a mile off Redbarn beach in East Cork
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Youghal RNLI has rescued a man who was found clinging to his kayak yesterday afternoon (Sunday 19 February) after he was in the sea for up to 45 minutes. The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore…
Hannah Scott
Rowing
#Rowing: Hannah Scott of Bann produced the outstanding performance at the Ireland junior Assessment at Lough Rynn in Leitrim. Scott rowed the six kilometre course in 25 minutes 32 seconds – a remarkable 89.10 per cent of projected world best…
NEW ROUTE: Construction underway at Greenore, Co. Louth for a new cross-border car-ferry service due to open this summer on Carlingford Lough
Ferry
#NewRoute - A ferry service which has been long awaited between Greenore and Greencastle, linking both sides of Carlingford Lough, will launch early this summer, writes the Argus. 'Construction work has commenced and we're planning to have the ferry service…
Tours of the replica 19th century museum tallship, Jeanie Johnston begin next week. The barque is seen in Dublin Port earlier this week under tow following a historic drydocking and has since returned to a usual berth on the Liffey along Custom House Quay. On the right is the 'molassas' carrying tanker MS Simon which was reported on Afloat.ie also today: see under heading of Dublin Port
Tall Ships
#TallshipTimes - The reopening of a Dublin city centre tourist visitor attraction, the tallship Jeanie Johnston has been deferred by a week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As reported earlier this week the replica of the 19th century famine-emigrant tallship followed a…
Sanita Puspure
Rowing
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure and Monika Dukarska both produced good times as they placed first and second in the women’s single sculls trial at the Ireland Assessments at the National Rowing Centre. Dukarska, returning to the system she left last year,…
A View from the Bridge: This great on board view clearly demonstrates the complexity of a tanker's pipe network as the vessel headed up the channel fairway within Dublin Port last week.
Dublin Port
#TankerSnap – The above photograph is not of the red-hulled tanker Iver Ability which anchored in Dublin Bay for more than five months and in doing so drew much mainstream media attention, writes Jehan Ashmore. So what is the identity…
Daire Lynch
Rowing
#Rowing: Daire Lynch, who is just 18, was the fastest heavyweight competitor at the Ireland Assessment at the National Rowing Centre in Cork today. Paul and Gary O’Donovan topped the rankings as the fastest single scullers, but Lynch slotted in…
This dolphin was found on the beach at Fenit, Co Kerry this past Wednesday
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Not even two months in and 2017 is already the worst year on record for whale and dolphin strandings, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). As of Friday 17 February, a whopping 56 cetacean standings…
In this dry-docking scene at A&P Falmouth is cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde. Another ship, but from the energy sector is occupying a neighbouring dry-dock while in the background is a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ‘Bay’ class Landing Ship Dock support vessel, RFA Mounts Bay (L3008).
Ferry
#DryDocking - Ireland-France cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde will resume seasonal services next month but in the meantime the ship is undergoing routine maintenance in a UK shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to a source following a visit to Falmouth, Cornwall the…

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