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#rorcsrbi – The five VO65s and MOD 70 Musandam-Oman Sail along with the rest of the fleet in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race power reached through the line and are now officially away for an 1800–mile blast around Britain and Ireland. Yesterday's start was posponed due to strong winds. AZZAM got the best start but Team SCA just blasted their way through to...
#topper – Royal Cork Yacht Club's Adam D'Arcy finished fifth overall at last week's British Topper National Championships held in Club Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club. The 205–boat fleet included sailors from seven different countries. Connor Quinn (Carlingford Lough YC) finished 16th and Peter Gilmore (Strangford Lough Club) finished 19th. The British National Championsh...
#howth17 – The weekend's Howth 17 Footers Championships was won by Brian & Conor Turvey's 'Isobel'. Winning two of Saturday's four races and following a lengthy protest hearing between 'Deilginis' and 'Rita' (the latter then being disqualified from Race 2) afforded the Isobel team a victory by one point from Peter Courtney's 'Oona' with Ian Malcolm and crew of 'Aura' coll...
#mermaid – Strong winds gusting to 35–knots forced the cancellation of the first race of the Mermaid Sailing Association National Championships 2014 at Rush Sailing Club yesterday.The annual event for the three man dinghy class, which typically starts with the Rockabill Trophy as a first race prize was scrubbed as strong winds hit the north Dublin venue. Racing continues th...
#westcorksailing – Balitmore Maritime Centre (BMC) was formed in 2013, in order to continue the sailing activities of Les Glénans in Baltimore, West Cork which have ceased. Here BMC chairman Michael O'Meara outlines the work of the centre since it started activities earlier this year. Both Baltimore and Collanmore sailing bases have been put on the market by Fáilte Ire...
#modelyacht – Once again there is a model yacht skipper representing Ireland at the up-coming 2014 IOM European Championships held in Lake Garda in September writes Gilbert Louis. Jeff Kay from Howth Yacht Club will be flying the Irish flag once again. Jeff is not new to this level of competition as he represented Ireland at a number of European and World Championships o...
#CANOEING: Andrzej Jezierski finished eighth of nine in his B Final of the men’s C1 200 metres at the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow today. It placed him 17th in the world. On Saturday, Michael Fitzsimons and Barry Watkins won their C Final to finish 19th overall in the men’s K2 1,000 metres, which is also an Olympic discipline. Canoe Sprint World Championships,...
#rorcsrbi – The decision to postpone this morning's Round Britain and Ireland race leaves the 1880–mile course and race record wide open, according to the co-skipper of the fastest boat in the race. Ireland's Damian Foxall, a former Volvo Ocean Race winner, says routing shows a possible three day circumnavigation time opeing up all sorts of record possibilities for the mara...
#Weather - Heavy rain overnight has brought some severe flooding to Howth in North Dublin, as this photo taken by Robin Blandford (via Irish Weather News on Twitter) early this morning shows. Strong winds from the tail end of Hurricane Bertha sweeping in from the Atlantic have destroyed the food village tent prepared for this afternoon's blessing of the boats. The flooding...
Sunday, 10 August 2014 10:56

Surfing Pig Is Making Big Waves

#MarineWildlife - If last week's video of a surfing seal wasn't extraordinary enough, how about this clip of a pig riding the waves in Hawaii? As the Irish Mirror reports, Kama the pig has gone surfing with his owner Kai Holt on the shores of Oahu since demonstrating his talent in the water after a fall into a swimming pool. Now the porcine paddler appears to be a seasoned prof...
#CoastalNotes - The Irish Independent's Kim Bielenberg recently enjoyed the hospitality of the welcoming coastal community of Strandhill in Co Sligo, where seaweed, surfing and sleeping under the stars are some of the key attractions. Strandhill is just one of the many seaside hamlets dotted along the Wild Atlantic Way, an initiative local businesses have been swift to latch on...
#rorcsrbi – Within an hour of the start of a race that is expected to last up to a fortnight the Round Britain & Ireland Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014. The race was due to start at noon today.The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure...
#Jellyfish - West Cork on Thursday (7 August) saw a young girl treated for a severe allergic reaction to a jellyfish sting, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. The Irish Examiner has more on the story of the girl aged between 10 and 12 who's believed to have come in contact with a Portuguese man o'war or similar stinging sea creature at Goleen beach. Within minutes of the inci...
Sunday, 10 August 2014 08:13

Round Britain & Ireland Course Reversed

#rorcsrbi – News that the Round Britian and Ireland course would be reversed drew a packed house to the Press Conference and Skippers' Briefing last night. It was standing room only, as world-class professional sailors and experienced offshore Corinthians listened in. The Royal Ocean Racing Club made the following announcement on the eve of the Sevenstar Round Britain an...
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 has drawn to a close with the Laser, Laser Radial and 470 honours being picked up on the final day of action. Ireland's Annalise Murphy, a one time regatta leader in the Radial, finished tenth overall after a tough medal race finish yesterday where she picked up maximum points. The Dubliner is heading home having concluded that&...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Magic (D.Espey), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) CRUISERS 1 - 1. Bon Exemple (C Byrne), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox), 3. Something Else (J.Hall et al) CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Gringo...
#rorcsrbi – The course for tomorrow's Round Britain and Ireland race has been changed and the islands of Britian and Ireland are to be left to Port (anticlockwise around). The Race Committee have released the following: "In consideration of the weather forecast for the foreseeable future showing a low pressure moving through The Channel in the early hours of th...
#CANOEING: Andrzej Jezierski finished sixth in his semi-final of the men’s C1 200m at the Canoe Sprint World Championships and will compete in tomorrow’s B Final in Moscow. Peter Egan and Simas Dobrovolskis were seventh in their semi-final of the men’s K1 200m and will go to the C Final. Jenny Egan made her exit from the K1 200m, as she finished eighth in her semi-final, ...
#MarineWildlife - Late summer brings fin whales flocking to West Cork in big numbers, with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group estimating at least 20 of the second-largest ocean species sighted between Seven Heads and Galley Head. Indeed, as IWDG sightings officer Padraig Whooley writes, the gathering "is certainly the largest validated aggregation of this species so far this yea...
Saturday, 09 August 2014 10:54

Dublin Port and One51 to Sell Greenore Port

#GreenorePort – Today's Irish Times reports that State-owned Dublin Port Company and investment company One51 are on the brink of selling Greenore Port in Co. Louth to a new owner for a figure in the low single-digit millions. The sale of the strategically located port on Carlingford Lough is being handled by IBI Corporate Finance, which is in the final stages of closing the ...
#DublinPort - A plaque commemorating the first Irishman to die in the First World War has been unveiled in his home neighbourhood of Ringsend in Dublin's south Docklands, where many of his descendants still live. As The Irish Times reports, Joseph Pierce Murphy died among 151 sailors who perished when the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Amphion was sunk by a mine in the North Sea on the...
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