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#rorc – Over 50 yachts from Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Holland – but not Ireland – will contest the 180 mile race from Harwich, UK to Scheveningen, Holland. The North Sea Race is the fourth race of the RORC Season's Points Championship and has a weighted points score of 1.2 towards the series points tally. The hot favourite for Line Honours will be the Dutch...
#TTracesFerry- The UK Bank Holiday last Monday, was the first day that the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company accepted bookings for the TT Races (in 2015) and where a substantial increase in traffic was booked compared with last year. According to the ferry operator, almost 7,000 passengers booked to travel in just 10 hours. The timeframe involved reservations been made from 8.30...
#rya - The RYA has announced that following the conclusion of its selection trials over the bank holiday weekend (24-26 May), four teams have been selected to represent RYA Team GBR at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014 in July, where Great Britain will aim to defend its 2012 title. With RYA Team Scotland already announced in February, the RYA retained the potential to sel...
#Surfing - Organisers of the 2014 Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival have just announced details of their programme for 27-29 June. Joining a number of top music acts will be some of the best competitors on the international circuit for Ireland’s 'biggest beach party of the year', which proved a big draw to the Donegal surfing hotspot last year. The Sea Sessions Expression ...
#RNLI - The RNLI Annual Presentation of Awards took place last Thursday 22 May at London's Barbican Theatre, and in an unusual move the charity departed from the awards ceremony to look at the story behind one particular rescue. On 18 September last year, Sam Cully's life was saved after the boat he was fishing in sank rapidly in Force 6 winds off the coast of Co Down.  Th...
#PortAward -This year, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) will be holding their 6th Award on Societal Integration of Ports. The awards are to address innovative port projects that lead to environmental improvement for the benefit of the wider port and local community. If you take innovative actions to improve literally the local environment, if your port tries try to respon...
#fireball – Here's a genuine offer to use a race-ready, competitive Fireball at an upcoming regatta on Dublin Bay. Applications are invited to sail a modern Wide Bow Winder Fireball, race ready and properly maintained in the upcoming Open and Classic Fireball Regatta at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club over the weekend of 14/15th June 2014 - 2½ weeks away. This is a genuine op...
#MarineScience - Marine-related postgraduates (MSc and PhD) across Ireland and Germany are being offered a unique opportunity to gain offshore marine research and training skills and experience acting as chief scientists of their own research voyage from 11-17 September as part of the 2014 Atlantic Summer School. The five days of research onboard the RV Celtic Explorer will foc...
The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) have unveiled a new light emitting diode (LED) light at Inisheer lighthouse on Wednesday 21st May 2014. Inisheer Lighthouse is a highly important Aid to Navigation (AtoN). This AtoN safeguards the considerable traffic between Inisheer and Co. Clare. It also marks the south-eastern end of the Aran Islands and the western side of the southe...
Top form from Munster team racers has produced second overall at a 2k team racing event in Italy. Three days of brilliant sunshine and great breeze set the backdrop for the most dramatic of 2K events. Teams from Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and Ireland gathered for what the international jury described as the closest racing the series has seen all year. Day 1 saw the Cork Ra...
#fireball – Last night's dinghy racing in Scotsman's Bay was the first "genteel" session since the DBSC season opened on 29th April. The forecast was for 4-6 knots of Easterly at 19:00 (XCWeather) but on the water the wind was coming out of the South-East, though the strength was probably about right. Some evening sunshine added to the ambience of the evening.The Fireball rac...
#corkharbour – A prize fund of €10,000 has been allocated to the top women sailors competing at next week's ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour writes Claire Bateman. Thirteen international teams are due in the home of sailing, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Crosshaven from June 3rd to 8th to compete at this year's World Cha...
#dbsc – CRUISERS 2 - 1. Red Rhum (J Nicholson & C Nicholson), 2. Graduate (D O'Keeffe), 3. Bendemeer (L Casey & D Power) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Maranda (M Kelly), 2. Solidarity (Whelan/McCabe/Cary/Cramer), 3. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan) FIREBALL - 1. No Name (S Oram), 2. Incubus (C Power/M Barry), 3. Elevation (N.Colin/M.Casey) GLEN - 1. Glendun (B.Denham et ...
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:16

Rowers Needed for Boyne Boat Race

#Rowing: As part of the Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda, coastal Rowing club Inver Colpa are hosting a 14 kilometre Rowing race from Clogherhead to Drogheda. The Boyne Boat Race is open to all Rowing clubs in the country. The Irish Maritime Festival 2014 is being held in Drogheda from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th June....
#Rowing: Colm Hennessy of Shandon Boat Club and Marie O’Neill of Cork Boat Club were the overall winners of the Cork Sculling Ladder for 2013-2014. O’Neill retained the title she had won in 2013. The presentation for all the winners of the Ladder will be made this evening by Judge Donagh McDonagh at Cork Constitution club at Temple Hill....
#dlharbour – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company announced its summer activity programme on the East Pier this morning. The summer programme will comprise a number of cruise calls, sporting events, as well as family-fun activities which will commence in early-June and run until the end of the summer. The Harbour Company is also increasing the range of concessions offering trea...
#shannon – A new festival named in honour of a Limerick man who famously completed a solo circumnavigation of the world will take place along the banks of the River Shannon in Limerick City on Sunday June 8th next. Organised and funded by the Mid West Regional Authority (MWRA) through its participation in a European Programme for developing and promoting the watersports secto...
#riversidefestival – Dublin Port Company and the Docklands Business Forum today launched Dublin Port's 2014 "Riverfest" – Ireland's premier riverside and sailing festival. The festival, which is in its second year, will take place over the June bank holiday weekend (Saturday 31st May – Monday, 2nd June) along Dublin's historic North Wall Quay and will include a mix o...
#GiantOilRig- Work is now nearing completion at Harland & Wolff which has been carrying out specialised emergency work on one of the world's biggest oil platforms, the Irish News has confirmed. Depending on the tides in Belfast lough, the 360-foot Blackford Dolphin oil drilling rig - which as previously reported on Afloat.ie, has been in dry dock on Queen's Island since bef...
#SamsonsWorldRecord - The Belfast Telegraph reports that Harland and Wolff has broken a world record at the Belfast shipyard - by performing the world's heaviest single point WaterLoad test As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the massive Samson gantry which was cast in pink lights during the prestigious Giro d'Italia, lifted an incredible 774 tonne load to certify Harland and ...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Container Market: Idle box - fleet falls but overcapacity prevalent - The idle containership fleet has edged below 2% of the overall fleet for the first time since last September. Figures from Lloyd's List Intelligence show that total capacity of inactive vesse...
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