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#Clipper - Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Elisha McCallion joined Clipper Round the World Yacht Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston earlier today (Friday 1 May) for the naming ceremony of the Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht entry in the 2015-16 edition. The ceremony at the race’s Gosport headquarters in Portsmouth Harbour also saw the yacht's sk...
#SOSDunLaoghaire - The Save Our Seafront (SOS) group says large cruise-berth 'inappropriate for our Victorian harbour' writes yesterday's Irish Times. Approximately 150 attended a public meeting in Dún Laoghaire organised to mount a "major campaign" against a proposed cruise berth in the harbour. Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is to seek planning permission to replace the...
#OceanSüdMembership - Hamburg Süd would be interested in joining the Ocean Three alliance according to Lloyds Loading List .com, if its first steps into the east-west trades prove successful. That would also mean becoming a tonnage provider and eventually contributing 18,000 twenty equivalent unit (TEU) class ships in the Asia-Europe leg of the global partnership, Hamburg Sü...
#CalMacKintyre – Caledonian MacBrayne's Ardrossan-Campbeltown summer-only service timetabled to have started yesterday has run into technical problems with cancellation of sailings today and tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. This morning's 07.35 sailing from Campbeltown was cancelled and this also applies to this evenings 18.40 from Ardrossan due to a technical problem with the...
#rayc – There was a large turnout for this week's Royal Alfred Yacht Club (RAYC) agm with a number of interventions from the floor over a number of issues. Flag Officers and Honary Officers were elected as follows: Commodore Barry MacNeany; Vice Commodore Joe Carton; Treasurer Larry Power; Secretary Deborah Horan and Sailing Sec John Hayes.&...
Friday, 01 May 2015 10:03

#MastWalk Wins Best Use of PR

#mastwalk – The latest stunt created by Alex Thomson Racing saw the single handed skipper take a dramatic dive from the tip of the HUGO BOSS mast. The #MastWalk has been a viral sensation with his channel boasting over a million views in a matter of days. The stunt required organisation and attention to detail. Alex Thomson Racing had to modify the vessel to achieve this...
#ESPOplea- The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is joining a group of transport stakeholder associations in a plea to further exploit the full potential of the short-sea shipping sector. The group of stakeholders include European association for forwarding, transport, logistics and customs services (CLECAT), The European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (E...
#MarineWildlife - Six weeks after the first sighting of basking sharks this year off West Cork comes news that a pair of killer whales have been seen near Baltimore. The Southern Star reports on the rare sight for the area of these cetaceans with a fearsome reputation, but who have never been known to kill a human in the wild. It's believed that the orca duo may be part of a bi...
Friday, 01 May 2015 08:16

SB20 Grand Slam Starts in Hyeres

#sb20grandslam – The SB20 class is looking forward to its first Grand Slam event of the 2015 season at the stunning venue of Hyères in the South of France, this morning. This is the first of four Grand Slam events for 2015, with Grand Slam regattas also scheduled at Torbole in Italy, Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and Cascais in Portugal for the one-design 20-foot keelboat clas...
#yachtdesign – Mark Mills has been honoured with the Best Yacht Designer award at this year's Asian Marine & Boating Awards. It is the second second time the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Committee member has lifted the award. The ceremony was held on the opening day of this year's Shanghai Boat Show as part of the Land Rover Gala Dinner held at the Hyatt on the...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Levana (Jean Mitton), 3. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Aurelia (Chris Power Smith), 3. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Tsunami (Vincen...
#WaterSafety - Irish Water Safety (IWS) has launched its new water safety website for primary school teachers, pupils and parents. The site for IWS' Primary Aquatic Water Safety programme, or PAWS, combines clear, simple water safety messages with material for use in classrooms, as well as free certificates for children who complete the programme. Though designed for delivery i...
#Surfing - Ireland's surfing scene gets another tribute in this new short film from surf-wear brand Billabong, via BreakingNews.ie. Matching the pulsing rhythms of a trad session at Kelly's Bar with breathtaking action from the wild waves off Lahinch in Co Clare was an inspired choice for this clip, produced by the former title sponsors of the annual Big Wave Awards. That's a c...
#VOR - What a difference a few days make! After back-marking the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Itajaí for the first week of Leg 6, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have raced into pole position. As recently at this past weekend, the crew of Azzam - including Ireland's own Justin Slattery – were still holding up the rear before the big push north that saw Dongfeng Race Team claim the l...
#MarineWildlife - Rodney is the name given to a giant river rat found swimming in a Tipperary stream last week, as TheJournal.ie reports. The three-foot rodent is a coypu, native to South America, and is the first of his kind ever found in the wild in Ireland. After his discovering in a river in Kilnasculy, Rodney is now in the care of the Kildare Animal Foundation Wildlife Uni...
#NMCI – On the 14th April, a team from the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) from Cork Harbour travelled to Le Havre in France to compete in the 'Hydro's Cup'. Invites are exclusively sent out to sea-farers or cadets training in the European maritime sector. This was the first time an Irish team has ever competed in the Hydro's Cup, and the Irish contingent were joi...
#RNLI - Portaferry RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were called out yesterday (Wednesday 29 April) to help in the search for a woman reported missing to police. The RNLI lifeboat, an Inshore Atlantic 85, was launched at 5.05pm and the volunteer crew were on scene, just off Strangford village on the shores of Strangford Lough in Co Down, two minutes later to commence their search ...
#Coastguard - Waterford's Rescue 117 helicopter evacuated a fisherman with a crush injury to his leg from a trawler some 180km off the Irish coast yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 29 April). The Irish Independent has dramatic video of the Irish Coast Guard medevac operation south-west of Kinsale, recorded by an Air Corps Casa as it provided search and rescue cover. The fisherman ...
Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:07

RORC Publish 2015 GB IRC Events Calendar

#rorc – RORC has published a list of GBR IRC Championships for the coming season. There are plenty of opportunities for boats and their owners to become Spinlock IRC champions around the country this summer, says Jenny Howells, Technical Manager of the RORC Rating Office in Lymington. "Now in its 6th year, the GBR IRC Championship circuit has a variety of events to offer IRC ...
#kitesurf – Medal winning Irish kitesurfer Jade O'Connor, who finished third overall in the Formula Kiteboarding Class in the important Palma Eurosaf regatta a month ago, launched a new campaign video in Clontarf last night. O'Connor, who was named 'Woman Of The Year 2014' at Outsider Magazine's Awards, had an outstanding 2014 which saw her achieve ei...
#420 – The International 420 Class has launched the Exercise e-Book, a new online training resource targeted at providing world class training techniques and strategies on Performance Improvement for Coaches and Sailors. The new International 420 Class Association Exercise e-Book provides a selection of carefully chosen performance training exercises, with accompanying v...
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