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#FerryToCruiseship- Of the quartet of cruiseships in Dublin Port today, Ocean Majesty (as pictured) has the most unconventional background, having been launched in 1966 as a side-loading car ferry for Mediterranean service, writes Jehan Ashmore. In her current role, Ocean Majesty with a 672 capacity has German passengers on board who embarked on 17 August from Hamburg on a char...
#RORCSRBI - The Royal Ocean Racing Club has declared Jens Kellinghusen's Ker 51 Varuna (GER) as the overall winner under IRC of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Race sponsors Sevenstar Yacht Transport have also awarded Jens Kellinghusen with a $20,000 voucher to ship Varuna to their selected destination worldwide, which will be used to transport the boat to Ma...
#Angling - National policies for the management of trout, pike and bass, were launched today (Friday 22 August) by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). “These policies are the first national species policies to be issued from IFI and in this regard represent a new era for fisheries management in Ireland," said Brendan O'Mahony, chair of the State agency responsible for the protect...
#Shipping - BusinessETC.ie brings our attention to this amazing video of the Maersk cargo vessel that's set a world record for the most containers carried on a single ship. Brand new cranes were required at the Spanish port of Algeciras to load the Triple-E Mary Maersk, which departed for Malaysia on 21 July with an incredible 17,603 containers -- 20-foot equivalent units, or T...
#sb20 – A gusty Force 4 westerly tested the SB20 fleet on Dublin Bay yesterday evening for the penultimate Thursday race of the season... Now that we have arrived at the business end of the season, the three points leaders in Thursdays series two, Alert Packaging (Justin, Jerry and Darren), Venuesworld (Ger, Chris and Rory) and Should Be... (Michael, Eric and Gavan) were out ...
#rorcsrbi – Irish duo Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive continue their two–handed lead in the Round Britain and Ireland Race and send Afloat readers this morning update off the Scilly Isles, giving them under 300 miles to go and an expected finish sometime tomorrow...  'Day 10 (I think), Winds filled in quicker at Mizen head than we expected. Thank god we still have th...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 2. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 2. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 3. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Wow (George Sisk), 3. Loose Change (P R...
#CruiseQuartet- Following yesterday's busy cruise trio line-up to Dublin Port, among them the 5-star luxury sail-assisted Sea Cloud II, even more callers are due when a quartet are to dock tomorrow morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leading the quartet will be Ocean Princess, one of a pair of the smallest units of the Princess Cruise fleet, having only 672 guests. Built in 1999 for...
#DennisConner - Howth Yacht Club took two places in the final top 10 at the sixth Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge in New York City last weekend, where the honours went to South Africa's Royal Cape Yacht Club. HYC's Team 1 made a very respectable fifth place on 43 points – only five points off the third-place Swiss squad – while Team 2 placed 10th on 67...
The British Royal Yacht Squadron Racing (RYSR) has had its challenge accepted by the America's Cup defender, the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco. RYSR is the affiliate club of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the challenging club for Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), now the official British entry for the 35th America's Cup in 2017. The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), having won the...
#rorcsrbi – The Plucky National Yacht Club duo that have experienced major gear failure in the last 48 hours are still leading IRC Four and the Two-Handed Class of the Round Britain and Ireland Race with 360 miles to go. Liam Coyne, racing two-handed with Brian Flahive on First 36.7, Lula Belle, is making good speed across the Celtic Sea. Werner Landwehr's Figaro II, Des...
#flyingfifteen – The Flying Fifteen Championships of Ireland take place in Portaferry Sailing Club on Strangford Lough tomorrow. Up to 30 boats are expected with boats travelling from four sailing centres across Ireland; Antrim, Carlingford, Dun Laoghaire and Dunmore East. Reigning National champions Ian Mathews & Keith Poole of Dun Laoghaire will be one of the favourites...
#RNLI - Arklow RNLI’s volunteers were alerted by pager at 9.22am yesterday morning (Wednesday 20 August) and launched the lifeboat Ger Tigchleaar within minutes to a call for help from a local fishing vessel with engine problems. In a moderate sea, the lifeboat crew – coxswain Ned Dillon, mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, Roger Tyrell, John Bermingham, Andy O'Loughlin&...
#rorcsrbi – Dublin offshore two handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive are heading for the finish line of the Round Britain & Ireland Race on Saturday even though they have had a series of gear failures over the last 72 hours. Now – on day 10 – their engine, used to power batteries, will not start. Coyne sent this latest update to Afloat.ie this morning: "When we though...
#hyc – A solid entry list of 22 boats and counting has built up for this Saturday's inaugural double-hander at Howth Yacht Club, the brainchild of noted helmsman Simon Knowles. He so enjoyed racing two-handed in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle last year with clubmate Colm Buckley on the Elan 333 Blue Eyes that he got to thinking how the concept might be transferred to a long day ...
#marineinst – In the six years between 2007-2013, 111 Irish research groups (including SMEs) have participated in 210 competitive EU-funded marine projects; winning over €70 million in grant-aid. "These figures", said Marine Institute, Chief Executive, Dr Peter Heffernan, "are even more impressive when one realises that the drawdown by the Irish marine research community (...
#ForumGalaDinner - The Irish Institute of Master Mariners (IIMM) has posted details on their website of their members Annual Marine Ball which will be replaced this year instead by a Gala Dinner to be held at Cork City Hall on Friday 26th September. The change of the annual event is to facilitate the Gala Dinner in conjunction with the previously reported inaugural Irish Mariti...
#laser – Next week will see one of the most competitive sailing events seen in Northern Ireland for several years as the Olympic Laser class hosts its Irish Championships on Belfast lough.  This summer has seen the best Laser Radial sailors from Ireland including many well know faces from Bangor compete across Europe. Séafra Guilfoyle from Cork won the Silver medal at t...
#InlandWaters - Donald Trump isn't the only American billionaire eyeing up Ireland's premier waterside golf courses, as the Belfast Telegraph reports Tony Saliba has purchased the championship-calibre Lough Erne Resort. Despite going into administration just four years after its opening in 2008, the five-star hotel and its accompanying Faldo Championship Golf Course will be the...
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:37

Doolin Coast Guard Moves Into New Station

#Coastguard - More than a year after getting final approval from then Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, the new coastguard station at Doolin has opened at last, as the Irish Examiner reports. The 25 volunteer members of the Irish Coast Guard's North Clare unit began their move into the state-of-the-art €1.9m facility on Monday 18 August, after previously operating out of a...
#inlandfisheries– National policies for the management of trout, pike and bass, will be launched on Friday 22nd August by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the state agency responsible for the protection, conservation, management and promotion of Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources.  The three policy documents have been formulated, through a rigorous consu...
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