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#topper – A strong performance from Carlingford Lough's Conor Quinn saw off a home club challenge for the Jelly Bean sponsored Leinster Topper title at the National Yacht Club on Sunday. Full results downloadable below as a pdf file. Quinn counted a  2,2,(3.0) 3, 2 and a final race win to finish the six race series on ten nett points, seven points clear of the host club'...
#gbsc – The final race of the GlenncahillCars.com April Series concluded last Wednesday with the final race a 'non-discard' to ensure it would all be up for grabs on the night. Eight boats were on the water to contest this first series of the year in a combined class at the Galway club and the weather delivered perfect racing conditions over five Wednesday evenings. Liam Burk...
#fullirsh – David Kenefick finished the Solo Concarneau in 22nd place just before six pm yesterday evening. After a valuable two days at sea, where the Royal Cork skipper was as high as 15th in the 32–boat fleet at the midway stage, the conclusion from the 'Full Irish' campaign is that the 340–mile offshore has been 'a great training race with a bit of everything in it'. ...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power) CRUISERS 0 ECHO - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 3. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 3. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS 1 ECHO - 1. Bon Exemple (P Byrne), 2. Gringo (Tony Fox),...
#Surfing - Looking for somewhere to hit the waves as summer's sunny days loom on the horizon? IrishCentral has got you covered with some spectacular videos of Ireland's top surfing spots. From the Causeway Coast to the big wave haunts of Donegal and Sligo and the more hidden surfing hubs of the East Coast, there's a spot for surfers of all skill levels....
#VOR - Team New Zealand is giving this year's Volvo Ocean Race a miss, instead fixing their sights on the America's Cup. As the New Zealand Herald reports, the team that finished second in overall points in the last edition of the VOR - and claimed victory in the final leg to Galway - was planning to mount another challenge at the round-the-world yachting title. They would...
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI's second call-out this bank holiday weekend – after Friday's early morning tow of a stricken yacht - saw two on board a 13m cruiser brought to safety early today (4 May) after their vessel suffered engine failure. The station's all-weather lifeboat was launched at 6.44am and located the vessel a short time later, two miles east of Wicklow Harbour. Volunte...
#MarineScience - The Explorers Marine Education Programme is looking for expressions of interest from those with experience in the primary education sector and an interest in the marine, to develop a range of marine-themed primary school lesson plans and worksheets. Subjects for focus under the recently expanded programme include English, Geography, Visual Art, Mathematics, Mus...
#Seafood - Marine Marine Simon Coveney has announced an award of €2.4 million in grant aid to 20 seafood processing companies under the 2014 Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme. The scheme is projected to deliver 157 jobs and €45 million in additional sales by 2016. Taken in conjunction with private sector investment, the total investment will be almost €8 milli...
#Ports & Shipping Review – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene, where French route cruiseferry Oscar Wilde had to cancel a round-trip to Rosslare Harbour due to a technical fault of a radar, which was eventually repaired leading to resumption of service. Port of Cork will this season have 54 cruise ships which despite the number of ca...
#InlandWaters - The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) said this week it welcomed Offaly County Council’s rejection of the propsed canal bye-law amendments. IWAI president Carmel Meegan said the decision was further proof that “the proposed bye-laws do not put user requirements, tourism development and local communities at the centre of the regulations.” The m...
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI launched in the early hours of yesterday morning (Friday 2 May) to bring a yacht and its crew of three to safety. The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 2.57am in response to a call for assistance from an English yacht with three people on board some 23 miles north-east of Wicklow Harbour. The alarm was raised after the skipper of a yacht...
#irishsailing – After five years of economic contraction, there are signs of recovery, and the 2014 Irish sailing season has also got off to a flying start. W M Nixon looks at various signs of new energy and initiatives, and sees how they might be affecting stories which have been run on this blog and in the Afloat.ie website during the past year. But he concedes that further...
#fireball – With the first of the DBSC races behind us – last Saturday's blow-out and Tuesday evening's sunshine session – thoughts will start to turn to the regatta season which gets underway in two weeks' time with the opening event, the Ulster Championships in Ballyholme on the shores of Belfast Lough. A club with a long tradition of sending members to the Olympics –...
#lusitania – The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Lusitania Centenary Committee is appealing to anyone or any organisation that may have Lusitania artefacts, stories and memorabilia or know of any family members of those lost or saved in the tragedy to get in contact. Next Wednesday 7 May, marks the 99th anniversary since the sinking of the Lusitania and Courtmacsherry RNLI's lifeboat...
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's domestic offshore programme starts tomorrow with the Cervantes Trophy, which takes the fleet from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line in Cowes across the English Channel to Le Havre. With a fleet of just under 60 yachts from five different countries, it is the French, with 21 boats, who are taking the challenge to the Brits in the hope of continuing the ...
#fullirish – The first night of this year's Solo Concarneau has been a tough one writes Marcus Hutchinson. The first 12 hours of the race have been a solid beat in 25 knots of wind. To add to the complexity the first few hours of darkness fell at the point on the course where the fleet had to short tack along the beach of the Bay of Audierne to avoid the strong south going ti...
#sb20 – A steady 10-14knts north-easterly greeted the SB20 fleet for the second DBSC Thursday of the season writes Michael O'Connor. Full results here. Despite the fact that we were missing Thursday regulars Justin Burke and his Alert Packaging team, another three boats did make it out to the start line this Thursday making eight starters in total this week... not bad for a T...
#waterwags – The enthusiasm of the Water Wags for the first race of the season was unrivalled in 128th season of Water Wag racing, with 17 boats turning up for the first race on Wednesday 30th. April racing for prizes allocated to the 3 divisions as follows - Division 1A The George Arthur Newsom Memorial Trophy, Division 1B the Hilpotsteiner Tankard and Division 2 The Phyllis...
#rsaero – 63–year–old Daniel McNelis of the Royal St. George YC is the proud owner of the lastest in dinghy designs following a demo of the ultralight RS Aero dinghy on Dublin Bay earlier this week. McNeilis, an amputee, who is an an RS Vario sailor, says the boat planes nicely upwind and 'tacks in a jiffy'. The RS Aero has been dubbed the 21st century Laser – with the ...
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) wants your help to improve fish habitats and make your angling experience better. Anglers across Ireland are being invited to take part in a survey as part of an international report on anglers' habits and how they rate the fisheries they frequent. "Great fishing is about the prospect of lots of quality fish while spending time enjoying...
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