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#Rowing: Ireland’s Lisa Dilleen and Helen Hannigan finished sixth in their heat of the women’s double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in France this morning. Germany made an early bid to collar the one semi-final qualification place on offer, but New Zealand’s Eve MacFarlane and Zoe Stevenson owned the second half and won well. Ireland are set for...
#GalwayPort - Courtesy of Galway Tourism's Twitter feed, here's an incredible overhead time-lapse video of the oil tanker Galway Fisher arriving in port at Galway Harbour recently. Compressing the ship's meticulous series of manoeuvres down to under a minute – compare with the real-time video here – the video shows the comsummate skills of her captain and crew in ...
#RNLI - Following last week's callout to a yacht troubled by rough weather, Larne RNLI assisted four men on another yacht that got into difficulty in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 30 August). The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat under coxswain Norman Surplus at 1.37am following a request from Belfast Coastguard to go to the assistance of a 36ft ...
#FerryNews - Revenue for ICG, writes The Irish Independent for the period rose to €143.1m from €130.7m. Passenger volumes rose 2.6pc to 701,600. Roll-on, roll-off freight (vehicles) grew by 11.5pc. The company said it "has benefited from the continued improvement in the economies in our sphere of operations and lower global fuel prices." "Sterling strength was a positive fo...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll finished fourth in their heat of the men’s lightweight pair at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in France and must negotiate a repechage if they are to qualify for the semi-finals. Italy took charge early and won, and Ireland came out on the wrong end of a battle with Spain and the United States for th...
The International 12 Foot championships took place in Dun Laoghaire on 30th August under the burgee of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. It is a number of years since a Class Championship was held in Ireland, but since the class centenary in West Kirby in 2013 there is a serious revival of the class, not only in Ireland but also on inshore and lake venues on continental Eur...
#clipperroundtheworldrace – Hundreds of amateur sailors from around the world passed under Tower Bridge yesterday at the start of a 40,000 nautical mile global race, between six continents, which will take almost a year to complete in the longest and toughest ocean endurance challenge on the planet Tens of thousands of well-wishers filled the international Race Village at St ...
Sunday, 30 August 2015 21:56

Financially Flush Fireballs?

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#fireball – Afloat.ie has had an email from "a concerned reader" who fears that the supposedly very-economically-minded International Fireball Class have lost the run of themselves entirely this past week at their Worlds across in Abersoch. Our anonymous viewer was astonished to see the Fireballers kitted out in the full fig for a black-tie end-of-championship dinner in the S...
#greystonesharbour – The Wicklow coast was forecast for no wind today and unfortunately for the 'Taste of Greystones' Regatta and an entry of some 120 boats it proved correct. Race officer Jack Roy took the big fleet out to sea for two hours but with only two knots of wind and two knots of ebbing tide it was always going to be a hopeless case. It is understood GSC will attemp...
#Shannon - Two men have died while working on a crane performing bridge works on the River Shannon in Limerick city yesterday afternoon (Saturday 29 August). As BreakingNews.ie reports, the men were in a cage attached to a crane being used for remedial works on Thomond Bridge when the cable holding the cage snapped. The cage then fell into the river, trapping the men underwater...
#Missing - Emergency teams have reportedly found a body in the search for two Japanese tourists missing off the Clare coast for more than a week. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Eiji Takagi (61) and Ushio Azaki (61) have not been seen since Saturday 22 August, when they checked out of their hotel in Spanish Point. Their rental car was found on Tuesday 25 August at Byrnes C...
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure took second in her heat of the women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships at Aiguebelette in France and qualified comfortably for the quarter-finals. There were three places available and Mirka Knapkova of the Czech Republic made first place her own early on. Puspure contented herself with second and held off Lisa Scheenaard of the Netherl...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe won their heat of the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in the fastest time of the day. They led from early on and held off a challenge from Britain coming up to the finish. Four boats qualified for the quarter-finals. Britain’s Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor had set the world ...
#isora – After yesterday's two ISORA off races from Pwllheli and Dun Laoghaire into Greystones in Co Wicklow a big showdown is in prospect for the final race of the ISORA season in two weeks time between the National Yacht Club's Ruth and Andrew Hall's Pwllheli based Jackknife. Full results for both races are downloadable below.  The ISORA / RAYC Irish Hospital Supplies ...
Sunday, 30 August 2015 11:13

Royal Cork Yacht Club 'At Home' 2015 Photos

#royalcork – Royal Cork Yacht Club's Annual 'At Home' Regatta is being held this weekend at Crosshaven writes Claire Bateman. Photgraphy by Bob Bateman. Following on yesterday's glorious sailing conditions, Sunday produced light winds to the extent that dinghy racing was abandoned. However, a light breeze filled in and the cruisers got one race in. However, whatever was lacki...
#RNLI - A man in his 70s has died after a boat capsized off the south Wexford coast yesterday evening (Saturday 29 August). But nine others who were travelling on the 18ft leisure craft were rescued by Kilmore Quay RNLI volunteers after a five-hour ordeal at sea. The alarm was raised with the lifeboat station's coxswain at 11.15pm by a person known to the missing party after th...
Saturday, 29 August 2015 19:01

Greystones Regatta Kicks Off With Cruisers 2 & 3 Yacht Racing

#greystonesregatta – Howth Yacht Club's recently crowned Half Ton Cup champion Checkmate XV marked her return to Irish waters today with a stunning performance on the Wicklow coast at the Cruisers 2 & 3 championship, a forerunner to tomorrow's Taste of Greystones Regatta.  Dave Cullen's vintage 1985 Humphrey's design established a good lead on the water in both races...
#dbsc – Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 29 AUGUST 2015 BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 2. Prospect(Chris Johnston), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath& I Schuster), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power) CRUISERS 1 - 1. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al), 2. Something Else(J....
Saturday, 29 August 2015 13:24

Sixth Place in European Final for Liam Jegou

#Canoeing: Ireland Under-23 competitor Liam Jegou finished sixth at the canoe slalom European Championships today in Krakow, Poland. Jegou went off second last in the running order of the C1 (Canadian canoe) final thanks to an excellent performance in the semi-final. However, Kirill Setkin of Russia set a remarkable time of 81.91 seconds, and while Jegou came down the course wi...
#Canoeing: Liam Jegou qualified for the finals at the European Under-23 Championships in Krakow in Poland this morning. Jegou, in his C1 (Canadian canoe) finished second of the 10 qualifiers in the semi-final, just .33 of a second behind Kilian Foulon of France. The competitors will go off in reverse order in this afternoon’s final. European Canoe Slalom Under-23 and Junior C...
#CalMac- Ferry firm Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has become the first such operator in the UK and the first major transport company in Scotland to achieve Living Wage accreditation. The accreditation has been earned by David MacBrayne Limited - CalMac's parent company - underlining and enforcing the company's commitment to its 1450-strong staff, many of whom live and work in r...
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