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#IslandNews - Could Star Wars be coming to the Skelligs? According to some reports, the 'Force' is with the Co Kerry islands - specifically Skellig Michael. The Daily Edge has confirmed with the Office of Public Works that a film production is indeed scheduled to take place on the island, which houses one of Ireland's earliest monastic settlements. But as yet it's still hearsay...
#WaterSafety - The mother of a boy who tragically died from cold water shock while swimming in open water has called on the public to be mindful that warm weather does not equal warm water. Dylan Ramsay, 13, drowned while swimming with friends at a quarry in Lancashire three summers ago. Though the sporty youth was regarded as a capable swimmer, Dylan was overcome by the coldne...
#SoloSailing - The first leg of the Solo Offshore Racing Club's 2014 Celtic Sea Challenge is already under way, with the fleet of 18 confirmed entries making their way to Kinsale from Falmouth. The programme continues tomorrow (Friday 25 July) with the soloists heading to Islander's Rest on Sherkin Island via the Old Head of Kinsale, while on Saturday (26 July) the fleet will p...
#rorcbdcc – Ireland's three boat Commodore's Cup team has taken a commanding lead on the Solent, leaving four British and four French teams in its wake. This afternoon, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) team extended it's lead to 99.5 points clear of GBR Red after three windward-leeward races. Three windward-leeward courses were sailed in testing condition...
#Rowing: Ireland’s men’s four reached tomorrow’s semi-finals of the World Under-23 Rowing Championships by finishing third in their repechage today. Belarus and Serbia finished first and second, with Ireland showing their determination to stay in the Championships by taking the final qualification spot.  Russia, who are a bigger crew than the Irish, lost out by finis...
Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:16

Kayakers Hitch A Ride on Back of A Whale

#kayakingwhale – Youtube footage captures the moment two kayakers, a father and daughter were lifted clear out of the water after a whale surfaced underneath them. The two were paddling in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, when they spotted two whales swimming nearby. One of the kayakers had a camera and was able to record as the whales turned arou...
#disabledsailing – Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC), for the first time in it's history, very proudly hosted an "All Ireland" sailing event for sailors with a disability. This national event brought together the largest collection of disabled sailors ever assembled in Galway and in Ireland for a great weekend of competitive sailing.This was the first time in Irish Sailing histo...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Gary O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll produced a dramatic sprint finish but just missed out on direct qualification for the A/B Semi-Finals at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Varese in Italy this morning. The France lightweight double of Pierre Houin and Eloi Debourdeau powered away from the rest early on and won well, while Italy and Ireland c...
#MaritimeConvention -Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, have announced this week the ratification by Ireland of the Maritime Labour Convention, which sets standards for working and living conditions for seafarers. The Convention will improve working and living conditions for shi...
#Rowing: Denise Walsh of Ireland finished fourth in her heat of the lightweight single sculls at the World Under-23 Championships in Varese, Italy, this morning. The two direct qualification places were taken by Anna Ioannou of Cyprus and Julie Marechal of France, whose battle at the head of the race drew them away from the rest of the contenders. Britain’s Emily Craig was th...
#optimist – Anyone looking at the 254 young sailors – mostly thirteen to fifteen year olds – milling around at the closing ceremony of the recent Optimist European Championships in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay last weekend might wonder what future participation in sailing holds for them writes David O'Brien. No crystal ball is available but it is possible to research with ...
#multihullsnews – In a novel move from MGM Boats, the Irish boat sales firm have brought in a Lagoon 52 Cruising Catamarans from France for a ten week demonstration period around the Irish coast. From the above picture it's clear she's already done the rounds off Cork and is now heading to Dublin Bay for several weeks of demo–sail appointments at Dun Laoghaire.The Lagoon 52...
#icra - What should have been a long inshore race along The Solent in the Commodores Cup today turned into a waiting-game with no reward at the end in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup at Cowes as racing was abandoned for the day.  Ireland remains the event leader after three races including the high-scoring offshore event that finished in the early hours of Tuesday morni...
#fishkill – Inland Fisheries Ireland and Dublin City Council are today (23.07.14) continuing to monitor the River Tolka following a significant pollution incident which occurred yesterday, Tuesday 22nd July. A definite line of inquiry is being followed in relation to the source of the pollution incident which resulted in an extensive fish kill in the river. Further samples ha...
#coastalrowing – St. Michael's Rowing club, Dun Laoghaire, will host round six of the East Coast, Coastal Rowing Championships on Sunday 27th July, 2014. The regatta will take place from the West Pier to the North of Seapoint Tower. With more than 80 teams competing from all over the East Coast, this will be an action packed day. There will be 14 races of all age groups ...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Container Market: Ultra-large vessel orders slow - Ordering of new containerships slowed significantly during the month of June, as European traffic demand began to increase, signalling a potential change of fortunes for the sector. Seatrade Global reported tha...
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan won his heat of the lightweight single sculls at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships at Varese in Italy today. Britain’s Sam Mottram held the lead in the middle stages of the race, but O’Donovan passed him and won, with Brazil and Japan taking the other qualifying places for the quarter-finals. The Ireland four of Richie Bennett, Kevin Neville,...
#clareisland – Buoyed by the recent profile received by Clare Island in the Irish Times Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland competition, Clare Island Adventures are planning an exciting new event for the August Bank Holiday weekend. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to put together a water-loving team of four to six people to build a raft and then race it around a...
#Astrid - Engine failure led to the grounding of the tall ship Astrid off the Cork coast a year ago, according to an interim report by marine investigators. The 42m Dutch brig's 30-strong crew, most of them sail trainees, were rescued in a major operation after it ran onto rocks between Oysterhaven and Kinsale in choppy seas during last summer's ISA-organised Gathering Cruise. ...
#rnli – Both the Dun Laoghaire RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched yesterday evening (Tuesday 22 July) when three teenage girls, who were walking on Sandymount Strand on Dublin Bay, became disorientated when a heavy fog rolled in and they became cut off by the incoming tide. The teenagers found themselves surrounded by water with little visibility and tempera...
#sb20 –  A competitive fleet is expected for the SB20 National Championship in The Royal Cork Yacht Club this weekend writes Kieron O'Connell. All the usual suspects will be present in what looks to be a wide open competition with many strong teams travelling to the event. Fresh from their victory in the Northern Championship the Manama crew of Graeme Grant, Ronan Downin...
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