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#calvesweek – Gas Calves Week 2015 began today with six fleets taking part in a windward/leeward course around the islands of Roaringwater Bay in a stiff south westerly gusting up to 30 knots and a 2/3 metre Atlantic swell. The prevailing weather conditions this summer had prevented a number of crews travelling from clubs from the Western and Southern shores in the days befor...
#prolific – Ocean Youth Trust South, one of the UK's leading sail training charities for young people, has announced that the charity has just agreed the purchase of Prolific – a stunning vessel with real beauty and genuine character. Prolific was built in 2005, as a tribute to the herring-fishing vessels in operation along the Norwegian coast during the 19th century. The s...
#CancelledCruiseCall - Royal Princess had to cancel a call to Dublin Port as it is understood that strong winds today would have had impacted on the safe navigation while attempting to enter the port astern i.e in 'reverse', writes Jehan Ashmore. The decision to cancel avoided the difficult berthing procedure of the giant ship which is 330m long and coupled by the 142,000 tonne...
#fishkill – At the sitting of the District Court held at the Four Courts on Monday, 27th July 2015, Judge O'Neill convicted detergent company Alma Hygiene Ltd. of the discharge of deleterious matter to the River Tolka on 22nd and 23rd July 2014. In addition to the fine of €250, the company was directed to pay legal costs and expenses to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Du...
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 15:57

No DBSC Tuesday Dinghy Racing Tonight

DBSC have declared that as this is the Tuesday of a Bank Holiday weekend there will be no dinghy racing tonight....
#coastalrowing – For coastal rowers along the east coast of Ireland, August bank holiday Monday means one thing; the Wicklow Regatta. This year, crews and clubs from Skerries in the North to Arklow in the South came together to battle each other – and some tough Rowing conditions – for the coveted silverware and the last few championship points of 2015. In the end, Stella...
GEORGE SISK IS AFLOAT'S RACING SAILOR OF THE MONTH FOR JULY George Sisk of Dun Laoghaire (pictured top) is the Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month (Racing)" for July 2015. By July 9th, an exceptional record had already been logged by his Farr 42 WOW when she was declared Top Boat at the conclusion of the often breezy four-day Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. To achieve this, WOW an...
#loopheadlight – Loop Head Lighthouse's status as a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way and as one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland will be promoted over the airwaves throughout the world next week. A group of amateur ham radio operators are making their annual pilgrimage to the West Clare lighthouse where they will communicate via radio and Morse code with ...
#DryDocking - An Irish flagged cargoship that operates a UK-Channel Islands service has completed an intermediate dry-dock survey in Dublin Port from where she departed yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The work was carried out by Dublin Graving Docks Ltd on the Dundalk registered Huelin Dispatch, a 2,597 tonnes dry-cargo vessel that since 2012 has operated a Southampton-Channel...
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:43

Who Will Win The 2015 Fastnet Race?

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#fastnetrace – With a record-sized fleet of 335 in the running, the question 'who will win the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race on handicap is a tough one writes James Boyd.  As ever, the corrected time prize is raced under IRC, which this year aims to equalise a fleet as diverse as Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's VPLP-Verdier 100 Comanche (with a IRC TCC of 1.975) to the mode...
#minitransat – Following an intensive season of racing along the French Atlantic coast, Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan has succeeded in qualifying for the renowned solo transatlantic sailing race, the Mini Transat 2015. After almost three thousand miles of shorthanded racing, Tom finds himself in 10th position in the general rankings as well as 'second rookie'*. "My aim at the s...
#CallforBerth - Improved berthing facilities at Dunmore East and greater investment in the region's port infrastructure are vital reports the Irish Examiner, because cruise liners find it too risky to launch passenger tenders offshore in rough weather, said a Waterford councillor. Eddie Mulligan, Fianna Fáil, said: "Three liners opted for alternative destinations this summer a...
#NewLoLoService - A new shipping service from Scotland to The Netherlands via Irish Sea deepwater ports will open up new routes to market businesses in Glasgow. The new Greenock-Rotterdam service via Liverpool and Belfast will also open up new opportunities to the west coast of Scotland looking to export products to the rest of the World. The route could prove a boon to the wes...
#rnli – Howth RNLI launched both the All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat yesterday to reports of a sailing yacht with two men and two women aboard aground at the entrance to Malahide estuary.The all weather lifeboat was on scene and located the casualty vessel just before 12.00noon. The small XP inflatable boat was launched and went alongside the casualty vessel to inve...
#rys200 – The Royal Yacht Squadron's Bicentenary International regatta is complete. "Four seasons in one week," was the apt summary from crew member Richard Mason of Dorade of Monday's gales, and a gradual wind reduction to the windless afternoon that ended the regatta yesterday. IRC Class 1's course was shortened from five to four legs at Saltmead in the western Solent. The ...
#gp14 – Greystones Sailing Club's Shane McCarthy & Andy Thompson made it two races out of three for the Irish at Zhik GP14 UK Nationals in Brixham. A 1st and 5th leaves them lying 2nd overall. A 7th & 8th today for Sutton Dinghy Club's Alan Blay & David Johnston leaves them fourtth overall. Winner of the 3rd race Flynn & Frogget (Chase SC) are overall leader a...
#mermaid – Mermaid Week got off to a blustery start at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary on Saturday. The first race in the classic clinker dinghy class was won by Paddy Dillon's Wildwind, second was Jim Cathy's Vee and third was third was Darragh McCormack's Innocence. Full results for the race are downloadable below. Today's racing in the 22–boat fleet at Foynes ha...
#lifeboat – Dun Laoghaire Inshore Lifeboat crew had a fast launch today and were on scene off Sandymount on Dublin Bay just 15 minutes after the pagers sounded at 1144 for two walkers and a dog cut off by the incoming tide.The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter that was in the area landed nearby and took one person on board while the ILB approached. However the shallow water m...
#marystanford – Sir, With regard to your news item on Summer edition of Afloat magazine, I have to take issue with your news article stating that the former Donaghadee lifeboat is Ireland's most famous. The former Ballycotton boat – Mary Stanford would surely qualify for that title. The Mary Stanford was stationed in Ballycotton from 1930 to 1959 during which time she ...
#belfastlough – During two days stolen from this summer's weather, Belfast Lough Sailability and Carrickfergus Sailing Club ran the Hansa 303 Irish Championship 2015 off Carrickfergus, Belfast Lough over the weekend 1 & 2 August. Competitors with their supporters and fans had arrived from all over Ireland. The furthest travelled, from Kinsale Yacht Club and Galway Bay Sai...
#Rowing: The Ireland lightweight double of Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for July. The crew won the B Final at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne, placing seventh and putting themselves firmly in the picture to secure qualification for the boat for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. This will be secured if they place in the top 11 ...
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