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#ArdmoreNewbuild - Ardmore Sealion a 49,999dwt newbuild has been delivered to Ardmore Shipping from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd at the Goseong shipyard in South Korea. The launch of Ardmore Sealion classified as an IMO 3 product and chemical tanker took place on 26 May. She joins the Ardmore fleet, which now has nineteen vessels (see previous report on Afloat.ie). Technical manag...
#trysailing – Alistair Rumball's Irish National Sailing School is holding its first Open Day this month at its base on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier with the aim of introducing newcomers to the sport. The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School and the newly formed Irish National Sailing Club, will be opening its centre to the public on June 21st and you can try out Sail...
#alanbond – Alan Bond best known for being the first non-American to win the America's Cup sailing trophy, as well as the biggest fraudster in Australian history has died.  He was jailed in 1997 for a $1.2 billion fraud involving his takeover of Bell Resources but released in 2000 after a successful High Court appeal. In 2008, BRW magazine named him among the 200 wealthi...
#folkboat – A 26ft–clinker Built 'Folkboat' discovered after ten years in storage will go under the hammer later this month. Auctioneer David Herman of Herman Wilkinson Auctioneers in Dublin says the ex–Galway classic boat named 'WAIRINGI' is a 'fabulous restoration project opportunity'. The wooden clinker built boat is to be sold without reserve to the highest bidde...
Friday, 05 June 2015 07:50

Volvo Ocean Race Enters Final Two Legs

#vor – An independent ISAF jury's decision to impose a penalty point on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's closest rivals for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 title could, paradoxically, leave Ian Walker's crew with an unwanted headache for the final two legs. The Emirati boat's skipper had previously conceded that his tactics for the closing legs, having opened up a formidable six-point a...
#dbsc – Last night's 16-boat DBSC Flying Fifteen race consisted of nine marks all to be left to port and started with a good upwind leg to Bulloch Mark on Dublin Bay. Much was lost and gained on this first leg. The fleet got away 'all clear'. In general, the fleet favoured the right hand side of both the starting line and the upwind leg. Perhaps the incoming tide was over–c...
#liverpoolboatshow – The Northern Boat Show is a festival of boating at the heart of the International Mersey River Festival. This three-day boat show will showcase world class sailing boats, power boats and marine products and services, all set against the backdrop of the Albert Dock. The latest sailing and power boats will be showcased in Albert Dock and there will be a lan...
In late June, one of sailing's most celebrated yachts will attempt to retrace the steps of her first, and most significant, victory. The 52-foot yawl Dorade, owned by Pam Levy and Matt Brooks (Tiburon, Calif.), will join 40 other boats competing in the Transatlantic Race 2015, which starts off Newport, R.I., and finishes off the southwestern coast of England. The race is organi...
#dbsc – Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Results for Thursday, 4 June 2015 BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan), 2. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 3. Prospect (ChrisJohnston) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Bluefin Two (M & BBryson), 3. Levana (Jean Mitton) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Wow (G...
Thursday, 04 June 2015 15:38

Senior Appointment on Shannon Navigation

Éanna Rowe has recently been appointed Regional Manager for the West with Waterways Ireland, to lead a multi disciplinary team in the management, maintenance and development of the Shannon Navigation. Reporting to the Chief Executive and a member of the Senior Management Team, Éanna is also a Director of Leave no Trace Ireland, member of the National Trails Advisory Committee...
#waterwags – On 3rd June conditions were ideal for a Water Wag race within the full width of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with a six–knot easterly breeze and warm Summer conditions. Unfortunately between the five minute gun and the start, the wind disappeared completely for the twenty three Wags racing for the 100th. Anniversary Trophy (division 1A) , and the historic pictures (d...
#AnotherCancellation– Another cruiseship has cancelled a call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in favour of Dublin Port, bringing to four in total on what was to be a record season of 22 callers for the south Dublin Bay port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The giant 142,000 tonnes Royal Princess with a 3,600 passenger capacity will not be making its originally scheduled call tomorrow (5th Jun...
#whitesails – "No spinnaker" does not mean "No competition". In the cases of the White Sail Classes in Dublin Bay and elsewhere there is certainly no lack of competition with large fleets out on the racetrack throughout the summer months. Significant numbers of White Sails boats are found competing at the business end of the all-comers winter fleets giving the lie to the "No ...
#IrelandSwim - The main challenges confronting two swimmers who aim to become the first to circumnavigate the entire island of Ireland this summer will be stormy seas, rough weather and stinging jellyfish, writes The Irish Times. David Burns from Coleraine and Maghnus Collins from Limerick are seasoned adventurers having kayaked the Yangtze river, ran across the Sahara desert a...
#haulbowline – The toxic site at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour looks set to be cleaned up following a Government decision to allocate a total budget for the island remediation project of €61m. Commenting at the decision, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD said "I welcome the approval of this very significant €61m in funding to take...
#qe2 – Reports this week say that the cruise liner QE2, which was built on the Clyde and fitted out in Greenock, is languishing in a dock in Dubai and could be up for sale. Inverclyde Council's Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe is calling for UK support to explore bringing the QE2 home to the Clyde and Greenock. Inverclyde Council Leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said: "The...
#H&Wprofits – Returning to the black as Harland & Wolff have posted pre-tax profits of £8.7m following huge losses just a year earlier. The Belfast shipyard clawed back its profits by opening up business across a range of areas after its more than £4m losses in 2013, Harland & Wolff has said. Turnover for the year ending December 2014 shot up to £55m - a 70% ri...
#Ports&Shipping – The latest Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review includes the following stories outlined below. Irish Maritime News: LE Eithne rescues migrants off Libya coast as reported on Afloat- After Government deployment of a Naval Service vessel to undertake humanitarian search and rescue missions, it has just completed its first rescue mi...
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:45

Ireland Welcomes Agreement on Fish Discards

#discards – Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney TD today welcomed a new Regional Agreement (brokered by Ireland) to reduce the wasteful discarding of unwanted fish. The North Western Waters (NWW) Group of Member States (Ireland (Chair), Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) has unanimously agreed on a Discards Plan that wil...
#som – When a Round Ireland record has stood for nearly 22 years, clearly it is something very special, and the 44–hour time set by Steve Fossett's 60ft trimaran Lakota in 1993 has withstood several challenges, including three by top French skipper Sidney Gavignet. It was Ireland's own Damian Foxall – a frequent shipmate of Gavignet – who first got him hooked on the cha...
#som – May 2015 has been a good month for Dunmore East, with the confirmation that the long-awaited dredging of this pretty fishing/sailing port – a €6 million contract – will swing into action in June, and then from far-off Scotland came the news that one of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club's most popular and enthusiastic skippers had emerged as overall winner of the Sil...
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