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#rs400 – Royal St. George's Emmet Ryan is lying sixth in a fleet of 45 at the RS400 EuroCup at Fraglia del Garda, Italy after three races. Ryan, sailing with Jay Stacy, counts a 9, 6 , 6 at the Italian lake venue. The Dublin crew are one of two Irish boats competing. Royal Cork's David Rose and Ian Heffernan are 11th. Racing continues today. Full results are here....
#SillySeason - If you've been around either of Dublin's canals in the past couple of weeks, you may have seen some excited groups of young people gathered around the locks clad in wetsuits and launching themselves into the water. The Irish Times has a video report on this latest trend that some city kids are making into a summertime sport - made possible thanks to the ready ava...
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:57

Ireland's Coasts Are Waiting For Summer Whale Spotters

#MarineWildlife - Though the winter months comprise Ireland's major whale-watching season, this time of year brings more people to the coasts to witness Ireland's bounty of marine wildlife. And if you're not sure where to look, BreakingNews.ie has a guide to some of the best opportunities for cetacean spotting. Whether boating off Baltimore, kayaking off Kerry or simply hogging...
#terns – 2014 has been the best breeding year on record for one of Ireland's rarest seabirds, the little tern. The County Wicklow birds are protected and enjoy 24–hour monitoring because for many years they were a species on the brink. There are now 111 breeding pairs and 213 chicks, a record since monitoring began 30 years ago at Kilcoole beach, one of the few remaining li...
#rorc – Irish offshore duo Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive will rub shoulders with IMOCA 60 Skipper Robin Knox Johnston and MOD 70 skipper Sidney Gavignet when they join the panelists at a pre–race press conference for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the sole Irish pair, who will race on Lula Belle, a First 36.7, set off ...
#dbsc – CRUISERS 2 - 1. Black Sheep (E Healy), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson & C Nicholson), 3. Borraine (Ean Pugh) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Capilano (S Soran), 2. Syzrgy (R Fogarty), 3. Yikes (J Conway) Ensign - 1. INSC1 (K Rumball), 2. INSC2 (A Rumball), 3. RIYC 2 (Mark McGibney) FIREBALL - 1. No Name (S Oram), 2. No Name (B McGuire) GLEN - 1. Glenshesk (Walker\Faulkner\Hende...
RNLI – A special Ecumenical Service will be held at Knock Shrine in county Mayo next weekend to mark the 190th anniversary of the RNLI The service which will take place in the Basilica at 12 noon on Saturday 9 August will celebrate the charity's work in saving lives at sea while commemorating those who gave their lives in the service of others. The celebration will be le...
#portofcork – Following on from the huge success of TV3's– 'Cork Mega Port' in April 2014, TV3 have commissioned a second series with another four episodes, due to air in 2015. This fly on the wall style documentary will once again follow the staff at the Port of Cork, but this time through the summer months. As well as the many scheduled container ships and bulk carriers, ...
#Kilkenny - A Kilkenny man opposed the construction of a new road bridge over the River Nore in the city is entering the second day of his on-the-water protest, according to TheJournal.ie. The protestor has erected a tent on his makeshift raft emblazoned with the words 'No CAS', in reference to the new Central Access Scheme for the city that some locals fear will bring more tra...
#rorc – Ireland's sole Round Britain and Ireland Race competitors Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive are up against famous British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the epic race that starts in 11 days time. As Afloat reported earlier this month, Irish offshore duo Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive, veterans of the Round Ireland and Malta's Middle Sea Ra...
#Drowning - The death of a 68-year-old man who drowned while apparently attempting to remove Irish tricolour flags from an island in a Co Armagh pond has sparked new political tensions in Northern Ireland. According to RTÉ News, Oswald Bradley died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Bessbrook Pond, near Newry, yesterday evening (Monday 28 July). UTV LIve quotes lo...
#rio2016 – Ireland's Annalise Murphy has arrived in Rio for next week's Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2014, the first test event of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games that takes take place from 2-9 August from the Marina da Gloria. The Dubliner touched down in Brazil and was reunited with her boat and container that shipped to Brazil some weeks earlier. Un...
#moth – Five Irish sailors – including three Olympians – got a lesson in the complexities of International Moth sailing at the Hayling Island class world championships last week. In an event won convincingly by Australian Nathan Outteridge, the National Yacht Club's Rory Fitzpatrick was one of two Irish skippers to make the 70–boat gold fleet. Fitzpatrick finished ...
#fireball – Although the seascape at 07:30 this morning suggested otherwise for the Fireball Europeans, Principle Race Officer Bruce Leask was able to get the three races he had programmed for the day completed here in Lerwick, thus allowing the regatta to get started writes Cormac Bradley. The day had started off with a postponement of one hour but shortly after 12 noon that...
#lifeboat – The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat has now completed its rescue of the Stricken 66 Ft Belgium Yacht "Tom" that sought help at 3.20pm this afternoon 23 miles south east of Courtmacsherry Bay. The Lifeboat took the casualty in tow at 4.20pm and has now berthed the large Schooner at the Courtmacsherry Pier. The Yacht was on passage from Newlin in Cornwall to Ireland wh...
#sb20 – The 2014 SB20 One Design National  keelboat Championship was hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club. The event was generously sponsored by Dubarry Shoes and Dinghy Supplies. Conditions proved ideal for the 22 competing boats with winds ranging from 5 to 15 knts. The high standard of race management ensured that the racing was exceptionally close throughout. PR...
Monday, 28 July 2014 15:48

Elderly Beachgoer Dies At Lahinch

#Coastguard - A man in his 70s has died after collapsing in the shallows at the popular beach at Lahinch, Co Clare yesterday afternoon. As The Irish Times reports, the man suddenly collapsed and was quickly pulled from the water by fellow beachgoers. Beach lifeguards reached the unconscious casualty within a minute and used a defibrillator to try to revive him, while the Doolin...
#BelfastLough - The Belfast Telegraph reports on the weekend visit to Belfast Lough paid by the Royal Navy's latest warship HMS Duncan. Along with Dundee in eastern Scotland, Belfast is an adoptive city of the 152m-long vessel, which docked at quayside in Belfast yesterday (Sunday 27 July) after sailing up Belfast Lough on Friday to conduct a number of official engagements. The...
#RNLI - A busy weekend for the volunteer crew with Lough Ree RNLI began on Friday evening 25 July when the lifeboat launched at 6.30pm for a cruiser with engine problems near marker no 9 north of the Quaker Island. When the lifeboat arrived on scene it found the 34-foot cruiser was at anchor. There were two adults on board and the engine had overheated. The casualty vessel was ...
#burnhamweek – With less than a month to go before the start of Burnham Week (23-30 August) final preparations are underway to welcome visitors to the town, and provide competitors with challenging racing at this popular east coast sailing venue. Although the Burnham Week 'festival' takes place over eight days, the three-series racing format (first Bank Holiday Weekend series...
#asgard – The successful shipment of 1500 German-made Mauser rifles in 1914 by Erskine Childers and his associates in support of the Irish Volunteers and their defence of Home Rule was commemorated in a re-enactment yesterday at Howth attended by President Higgins. There were further ceremonies at Kilcoole in County Wicklow, where 600 of the rifles were later landed. The...
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