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#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched following a transmission on Channel 16 from a yachtsman reporting himself lost on Lough Derg. At 8.15pm on Saturday evening, March 4, Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched following a request by Valentia Coast Guard to locate a yachtsman, after he transmitted on VHF Channel 16 that was lost on Lough Derg. The lifeboat crew were given a de...
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Close Finishes Add Spice at Neptune Regatta

# Rowing: Trinity took the women’s eights title at the Neptune Regatta at sunny Islandbridge today, beating a game Portora crew which had earlier had an easy win in the women’s junior 18 final. Trinity A beat Trinity B in the men’s senior eights final. The men’s masters eights final was a terrific race, won by Neptune by a canvas. In another fine battle, Fionnán Groome...
# Rowing: Trinity’s Ian Hurley won the the men’s senior single sculls at the Neptune Regatta in Islandbridge today, beating Colm Dowling of Commercial by half a length in the final. Elise Maurin of New Ross took the women’s title. UCD won the club one eights, while Trinity’s crew of Michael Corcoran, Patrick Moreau, Mark Kelly and Liam Hawkes, with cox Kate Salley, won ...
#trofeosofia – Ireland leaves Palma tonight with a medal in the demonstration sport of kitesurfing, thanks to the efforts of Jade O'Connor, plus two medal race finishes for the Irish Olympic sailing team. It's a considerable improvement on last year's 'rusty' Irish performance at the same venue when Annalise Murphy did not make the gold fleet cut. Unfortunately, Annalise...
#MarineWildlife - A minke whale who beached along a river far upstream from Kenmare has been rescued thanks to the timely response of locals. As RTÉ News reports, it's believed that the whale - found some 3km from the Kerry coastal town along the River Roughty – is the deepest inland such marine wildlife has ever been found in Ireland. Two local boats guided the lone whale b...
#Ports&ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene. Arklow Breeze the final of six bulk cargoships was launched from a Dutch shipyard for Arklow Shipping Ltd. The 119m hull designed with green credentials to improve operating efficiency without compromising on cargo loads was given a sideways launch from the Westerbroek yard....
#coolroutes – Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is very strongly extending its research and development into a wide range of European regions. The institute has just been awarded a significant project to develop a new maritime tourism route between Cork and Arctic Circle areas of Norway. The objective is to establish a yacht cruising route extending from Cork in Ireland...
#trofeosofia – Two Irish Olympic sailing campaigns are in action in this morning's medal races at the Trofeo Sofia in Palma, Spain. Laser Radial star Annalise Murphy and 49er skiff duo Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern will both contest the medal races. Each team can improve its overall position but neither can win. In the Laser Radial class, Belgium's Evi van Acker has secured G...
#tallships –  Rugged sailing in romantic tall ships; the camaraderie of the sea; character development. It's an inspiring combination which has gripped maritime nations for more than a century as sail has given way to more utilitarian sources of power. First there was steam. Then steam in turn was superseded by diesel and even nuclear power. And with each stage, there ha...
#sailorofthemonth – Fionn Lyden (19) of Baltimore is the new Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month" for March. He ushered in the new month by playing a stellar role in bringing University College Cork's First Team to overall victory in the decidedly breezy Intervarsity Team Racing Nationals at Schull from February 27th to March 1st. Of all forms of sailing, this is of course the mos...
#StoneRecord – One of Arklow Shipping's series of newest 'green' credential hull design newbuilds, Arklow Bay sailed from Belfast to deliver a record shipment of stone to a UK east coast port plant, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Bay, the second of the six 'green' or B class 8, 660dwt newbuilds which entered service a year ago having been launched Ferus Smit's Dutch yard, calle...
#Offshore - They say you should never leave port on a Friday – and following his rescue after more than two months lost at sea, American sailor Louis Jordan will surely be ruing that decision! As TheJournal.ie reports, the 36-year-old beat the odds when he was picked up by a container ship some 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina yesterday (Thursday 2 April). It brought...
#PhotoContest - Waterways Ireland has launched its Waterways Explorers Photo Competition for primary schools. The contest is open to entries from fifth and sixth class in the Republic and P6 and P7 pupils in the North. Entering is easy: simply take your photograph – which must be located on one of the waterways managed by Waterways Ireland – and email it to This e...
#GalwayHarbour - President Michael D Higgins performed the official opening of the Fishery Watchtower Museum at Wolfe Tone Bridge in Galway city centre last Friday 24 March. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) worked in partnership with Duchas na Gaillimhe/Galway Civic Trust in revitalising the Victorian-era structure at the mouth of the River Corrib. As owner of the tower, IFI...
#trofeosofia – Annalise Murphy of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire enters the final day of racing this morning before Saturday's medal races in third place overall at the Trofeo Sofia in Palma. Breeze lovers in all classes made the most of the conditions with some perfect scores and are closing the gap on some of the regatta leaders. Today will see the ...
#RNLI - The RNLI’s first permanent inland lifeboat station is now complete and fully operational on Upper Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh. After been housed in temporary accommodation for 13 years, Enniskilllen RNLI volunteers were handed the keys to their new building in Carrybridge this week. The modern purpose-built lifeboat station is located close to the lough to allow for an...
#BaccyBoat - It was a tale almost too good to be true when a cheeky sailor opened a tax-free floating off-licence in international waters just off the British coast a decade ago. But now Phil Berriman has written a new book, The Baccy Boat, detailing the true-life exploits of his "tax-avoiding wheeze", as the Daily Mail reports. The ebook tells the story of how Berriman mo...
#Angling - A short documentary on top fly-fishing name Glenda Powell is garnering plaudits at film festivals around the world. And as Ellie O'Byrne writes in the Irish Examiner, the film sprang out of an article on the world-champion fly-caster for that very newspaper by ecologist Carl Dixon. Unwinding is a five-minute short that illustrates Powell's love of angling on the Rive...
#CruiseLiners - Telegraph Travel reports that a passenger on the Queen Elizabeth has died after an incident while boarding the ocean liner as it was anchored off Cambodia. The female passenger, who has not been named, was boarding the Cunard cruise ship from a tender off Sihanoukville in Cambodia's south-west when she ended up in the water. Despite the tender's crew quick effor...
#RNLI - Fethard-on-Sea RNLI were diverted from a planned exercise last weekend following a report of a young man in extreme difficulty after he launched a kayak near Baginbun Head to rescue his dog from a steep gully. The young man and his girlfriend, both from Co Wexford, were walking with their dog near Baginbun Headland on the afternoon of Sunday 22 March when the dog fell i...
#rnli – Lifeboat crew from Lough Swilly RNLI are currently onboard the station's new €2.4 million Shannon class lifeboat and en route to its permanent home in Donegal from the charity's headquarters in Poole. As Afloat reported earlier, he new lifeboat is the first of its class to be put on service in Ireland and the first to be named after an Irish river, the previous clas...
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