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#Rescue - Mail Online has more on the dramatic rescue of Aran Islands fishermen from an Irish trawler that sank off Scotland's Outer Hebrides last week. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, three of the five crew were airlifted to hospital with suspected hypothermia after the Iúda Naofa began taking on water some 48 miles off Lewis in the far north-west of Scotland. But new vi...
#dlregatta –The race is on to muster a viable handicap dinghy class after Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta dropped its Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) dinghy class start from July's biennial event on Dublin Bay. The organisers say they are limited by resources and personnel but hold out hope that the class could be reinstated if they 'receive written entries from eight compati...
Sunday, 25 January 2015 08:58

Irish Olympic Sailors Prepare For Miami Battle

#SWCMiami15 – At the turn of the year, Olympic sailors took to Instagram, posting a picture that states '2013 was practice, 2014 was the warm up, 2015 is game time.' That's a scenario that just about sums up the situation for a dozen Irish Olympic crews in Florida this weekend preparing for their first race of the 2015 season. 13 Irish sailors are signed up across f...
#lifeboat – Volunteer lifeboat crew at Newcastle RNLI were called out last Wednesday after a distress call from a fishing vessel in the Irish Sea. The All Weather Lifeboat crew were tasked by Belfast Coastguard to assist Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat crew after the skipper of the 24 meter steel hulled vessel reported his boat had lost all power. The callout was a particularly spec...
#Philip Doyle was the fastest competitor at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at The University of Limerick. His time of six minutes 1.7 seconds was a personal best but left him disappointed that he had not broken the six-minute mark. Lisa Dilleen beat US single sculler Genevra Stone to win the women’s open category, while Siobhán McCrohan was the fastest in the lightwei...
#VoyageVideo - Arklow Bay, the second of six 'B' class cargoships with 'green' design credentials built for Arklow Shipping's Dutch subsidiary, is captured on video as she makes a spectacular passage through the stunning Norwegian fjords, writes Jehan Ashmore. The speeded-up video footage courtesy of Chief Officer Lopatin, was taken last July from the Arklow Bay's bridge overlo...
#rorc – London's unique position at the crossroads of world sailing communications makes it a focus of attention in the winter months. Organisations of international standing will be having key administrative and decision-making meetings in the short non-sailing winter days, decisions which will impact on the coming season and the years beyond. Sailing's world body, the Inter...
#MarineWildlife - As protections on endangered whale species help buoy their numbers in the world's oceans, the chances of a blue-water encounter – while still slim – are getting better every year. But at the same time grows the fear of a collision with one of these ocean giants that looms at the back of every offshore sailor's mind. However, as Yachting World reports, ther...
#Port&Shipping - Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene, where China had approved foreign-flagged to ply coastal waters under Beijing's pilot project to liberalise the country's cabotage restrictions. European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) meets the new EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc. Among the EPSO delegation was ESPO Vi...
#historical18 – Ireland features in this week's Historical 18's Australian Championship in Sydney Harbour thanks to Royal Cork Yacht Club yachting legend Harold Cudmore at the helm of Yendys, one of 11 of the fantastic craft photographed here by Christophe Favreau. Carrying a crew of seven or more these early skiff designs date back as far as 1892. In a re...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is hosting a series of free site visits on Ireland's navigable waterways during Engineers Week 2015 on 7-11 February.  The site visits are on offer to primary and secondary students at the following locations: The Shannon Navigation at Tarmonbarry Lock on Monday 9 February. Tour times are 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Each tour lasts for 90 mi...
#keywestraceweek – Irish skipper Conor Clarke competed in Key West for the first time and came away with an impressive victory in Melges 24 class yesterday, winning eight of 11 races and beating the second place boat by 23 points. Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes, who are mounting a 470 Olympic campaign together, were helmsman and tactician aboard Embarr. "It's a fantastic feelin...
#VOR - Some 160 nautical miles separate the first and last place boats in the Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet plies the South China Sea towards their destination of Sanya. But it's not over till it's over, as race leaders Dongfeng Race Team know all too well after the job broke loose yesterday evening (22 January), threatening to ruin the sail and take them out of the running. Qu...
Friday, 23 January 2015 17:48

Medevac For Skipper Of Trawler Off Dingle

#Fishing - A fisherman with a suspected case of appendicitis was airlifted from a trawler off Dingle yesterday, as the Irish Independent reports. Valentia coastguard co-ordinated the medevac of the skipper of the fishing vessel Ellie Adhamh, which was some 120 miles off the Kerry coast when be took ill. The rest of the trawler's seven-man crew were expected to return to port in...
Friday, 23 January 2015 17:20

First Woman Elected To Lead Master Mariners

New Master Mariners president
#MasterMariners - The Irish Institute of Master Mariners, the professional body for shipmasters, has elected a woman to lead the organisation for the first time. Capt Sinead Reen was also the first woman to qualify as a deck officer, having studied at CIT Cork where Nautical Science courses were held before they were transferred to the new National Maritime College at Ringaskid...
#ISA - Wicklow's Norman Lee has "very positive" feelings for the new course plotted for Irish sailing in the ISA's new strategic plan. But the dinghy sailor echoes Afloat blogger Magheramore's comments earlier today that lasting change in the sailing scene requires real commitment from our clubs and classes. Speaking to Afloat.ie, Lee says that "unless boat owners and other peo...
#isastrategicplan – Afloat's occasional blogger 'Magerhamore' listened to the recent presentation of the ISA Strategic Plan and question and answer session in Dun Laoghaire last Wednesday and the following thoughts have come to mind: The ISA seems to have radically transformed it's attitude. The Strategic Plan sets out clear strategies for developing sailing. However, at the ...
#tallships – Sail Training Ireland host its third Annual Launch and Prize Giving Event in the Mansion House in Dublin, courtesy of Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke tomorrow. Master of Ceremonies is Afloat.ie's William M. Nixon who recently blogged on the topic of a New Tall Ship for Ireland.  Having formed in 2011 to replace Coiste an Asgard as Ireland'...
#matchrace – The Notice of Race for the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing Match Racing World Championship set to be held in Swinoujscie, Poland from 15 – 19 September 2015 has been released. Organised by the Polish Match Tour in conjunction with the Polish Yachting Association and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), this ISAF Grade W event will welcome 12 skippers racing in ...
#teamvestas – Team Vestas Wind today announced that navigator Wouter Verbraak is no longer a member of the crew for the Volvo Ocean Race. The Dutchman was on board when the team was run aground on November 29 during Leg 2 on a reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean, causing major damage. In the same announcement, Team Vestas Wind also stated that the remaining members of the ...
#keywestraceweek – It's basically a battle for second place in the Melges 24 class as Irish skipper Conor Clarke and his crew aboard Embarr have built a commanding 18-point lead. However, the runner-up position is very much up for grabs with Canadian skipper Richard Reid and his crew on Zingara holding a two-point lead over Mojo (Steve Rhyne, Kemah, Texas) and Team RRH (...
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