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#B+IlineReunion – A B+I Line reunion is to be held at the Clifton Court Hotel, Eden Quay, Dublin on Saturday November 15th starting at 20.00hrs, writes Jehan Ashmore. The British and Irish Steam Packet Company otherwise commonly known as simply 'The B+I Line' was founded in 1836 and was later sold by Coast Lines Ltd to the Irish Government in 1965. Former employees of the sta...
Saturday, 25 October 2014 15:26

Jennings Tops Rankings at Ireland Trial

#Rowing: Sinéad Jennings topped the ranks of lightweight women at the first Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre in Cork today. The St Michael’s woman took first from Siobhán McCrohan in the final, with Denise Walsh third. Claire Lambe, who was second to Jennings in the heats, just pipping McCrohan, pulled out of the final with an injury niggle. Lisa Dilleen won the ...
#TT2015sailings – A boost to sailing capacity driven by demand for TT2015 will see Isle of Man Steam Packet Company charter P&O Ferries fast-ferry Express to assist in the annual splurge of traffic heading to the prestigious annual motorcycle races. The charter will allow the Steam Packet Company to revise its schedule and increase the number of sailings. An extra four re...
#Exhibition - The Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts are hosting a Community Arts Exhibition at the Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre which opened this October Bank Holiday weekend and will continue to Sunday 2 November. The exhibition opening times are daily between 12 noon and 6pm which forms part of the Wexford Opera Festival Fringe Events. The centre promotes the local m...
#PollockHoles - Kilkee personality Manuel Di Lucia takes The Irish Times's Lorna Siggins on a tour below the depths to see the renowned Pollock Holes, a unique marine environment on the Irish coastline that he believes deserves special protection. The collection of tidal ponds in the reef off Kilkee in Co Clare have been described as a "rich ecological resource" and by local di...
Saturday, 25 October 2014 07:45

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Put Equator Behind Them

#VOR - All seven teams in the Volvo Ocean Race have crossed the Doldrums into the Southern Hemisphere as they make tracks towards Cape Town on the first leg of the 12 edition. And for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's onboard reporter Matt Knighton - the only one of the fleet never to have crossed the Equator before - there was time for a fishy initiation as per Royal Naval tradition, w...
#RNLI - Due to popular demand, the RNLI Reindeer Run returns this year to raise funds for the lifeboat institution and its volunteer crews in Dublin. The charity event encourages people to have fun while supporting the RNLI in their work saving lives at sea. This year the Reindeer Run is being held on Sunday 30 November at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham with a Santa Saunter, 1.5km an...
#loughderg – Lough Derg's annual Keelboat Freshwater Regatta in October is meant to round out the season with some gentle lake sailing for salty folk in big boats. But 2014's event last weekend was just too near a ferociously active bad weather system which had lows sometimes down to the 950s spinning around each other out in the Atlantic close to Ireland's West Coast. T...
#NewUCCcentre – According to a report in the Irish Examiner, University College Cork has been granted permission to facilitate site works for the development of a major maritime research centre on the southside of Cork harbour. The university applied at the end of July for the works, on a site of 15 acres next to Cork Institute of Technology's National Maritime College of Ire...
#ManxWinterSchedule – The Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.'s fast-ferry Manannan will take the final sailing of the 2014 summer season on her Liverpool service on Sunday, 2 November. The sailing next month marks the start of the Manx operator's winter schedule. The winter schedule will see ro-pax ferry Ben-my-Chree operate two Heysham services per day from Monday to Friday, with ...
#marinegallantry –  Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Paschal Donohoe, TD, hosted the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2014 yesterday evening (Thursday) at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. The Awards recognise outstanding acts of heroism, courage, skill and initiative in the context of marine emergency incidents within the Irish S...
#mothsailing – After the International Moth class worlds in Hayling Island this Summer it was back to the drawing board for the Irish Moth building development programme. Chris Allen of Voodoo Boats in County Wicklow has made another 50 modifications to the hull, deck and rig based on earlier trials and lessons learnt from entering the boat at the Hayling Island event. &...
#sywoc – The UCD Sailing Team, led by Philip Doran, has placed fourth overall for Ireland in the annual Student Yachting Worlds which concluded on Wednesday night at La Rochelle on France's Biscay coast. In a highly pressurized and very international event which Ireland has twice won overall within the past decade, it was the third year in a row that UCD had won the right to ...
#Rowing: The Ireland trial will go ahead this Saturday at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, but the programme has been altered to take account of the forecast of poor weather. The organisers say there may be a window of opportunity early in the morning and have scheduled events around this possibility. If water assessment is ruled out the plan is to have a rate-capped ergo as...
#AoifeAuctionUpdate – L.É. Emer (P21) which was sold at public auction this day last year to Nigerian interests for €320,000, was to be followed 12 months later with the disposal of sister L.É. Aoife (P22) however this has been postponed, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting to Afloat.ie as to the decision to defer the auction date this autumn, the Naval Service said that the...
#middlesearace – Two Irish crewed boats took podium positions in October's Middle Sea Race that concluded this morning. Racing as part of a Maltese crew Irish offshore sailors Kenny Rumball, Andy Boyle, Philip Connor and Barry Hurley are provisionally second overall and first in class three as part of Xpact, an Xp44. After probably the toughest 24 hours in the 46 year history...
#BantryHarbourPlans - The Port of Cork Company is to embark shortly on what it hopes will be the first phase of a €24m redevelopment by the port for facilities at Bantry Harbour which will encourage more seaborne trade and cruise line business. The first phase of the plan will be a €7m upgrade of facilities at the town pier, which needs remedial work, and widening to accomm...
#Offshore - Canadian sailor Erkan Gursoy, who recently navigated the Northwest Passage solo, says he's looking forward to a pint once he reaches Irish waters, as RTÉ News reports. The 67-year-old boat builder from Vancouver is currently some 500km off the west coast in his 11m yacht Altan Girl after riding out the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo that brought heavy winds to Irela...
#MarineScience - Seabed mapping activity and developments during 2014 will be showcased at the annual seminar of Ireland’s national marine mapping initiative, INFOMAR, was opened yesterday (Wednesday 22 October) at the Tower Hotel in Waterford. The INFOMAR programme, dedicated to increasing awareness of Ireland’s marine landscape, carries out hydrographic and geophysical su...
#MarineWildlife - Via the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) comes news that the European Commission (EC) is asking the United Kingdom to designate protected areas for the harbour porpoise. The EU legislation on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Habitats Directive) requires member states to propose a list of protection sites for a number o...
#isafconference – The annual bunfight that is the conference of the world governing body for sailing, the International Sailing Federation(ISAF) gets under way at the start of next month in Palma, Majorca.Over 400 blazers (including a 13–strong delegation from the Irish Sailing Association) will gather to discuss the burning and not so burning issues of the day, with a syst...
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