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Gary O'Donovan
Rowing
#Rowing: The Afloat Rower of the Month for March is Gary O’Donovan. The Skibbereen man beat heavyweight oarsmen Sam McKeown and Daire Lynch in the single sculls final at the Ireland Trial. The conditions, with a cross headwind, were difficult…
Dover-based freightferry European Seaway is underway ‘dressed overall’ in the Kent port. The first of a quartet of ‘Super-Freighters’ built in 1991 to serve Zeebrugge, is to cease current Calais crossings, albeit temporally so to provide refit cover on P&O’s Larne-Cairnryan route.
Ferry
#NorthChannel – In an unusual move, a Dover-based freight-ferry is to be deployed on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan route for two months while a pair of ropax sisters are refitted on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. Sisters European Causeway and slightly longer…
Funeral Of Capt Mark Duffy Takes Place In Louth As Salvage Team Drafted To Rescue 116 Wreck Site
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The funeral of Irish Coast Guard Captain Mark Duffy took place in Blackrock, Co Louth yesterday (Thursday 30 March), as The Irish Times reports. President Michael D Higgins was among those in attendance to pay respects to the…
Ireland's largest domestic coastal freighter, the 330 gross tonnage Bláth na Mara (during dry-docking but since completed) normally operates Galway-Aran Islands. Instead a replacement vessel is running services across Galway Bay.
Island News
#AranFreighters - Ireland’s Iargest domestic coastal cargoship that returned from hull works carried out in Co. Donegal earlier this month has yet to re-enter Galway-Aran Islands services, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 330 gross tonnage cargoship Bláth na Mara normally serves…
Angling for bass is an important resource to Ireland's South East
Angling
#Bass - A Rosslare man pleaded guilty on two charges of illegal fishing for bass at a sitting of Wexford District Court on Tuesday 28 March. Fisheries officer Stephen Byrne outlined how Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) intercepted Declan Ellard in…
VO65 MAPFRE dismasted yesterday – no crew injuries reported
Volvo Ocean Race
Yesterday afternoon while the Volvo Ocean Race entry Mapfre team was sailing about seven nautical miles SW of the island of Ons (Pontevedra) near their home base in around 25–knots of wind and four meter high waves the VO65 MAPFRE's…
LÉ Eithne crew will accept the 'Freedom of Entry' honour at a ceremony held in Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza today, Friday 31 March at 13,00hrs. Afloat add that the LE Eithne's adopted homeport is Dun Laoghaire from where the public are invited to board for tours this afternoon and evening.
Navy
#FreedomShip - An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Cormac Devlin, cordially invites the public to a ceremony at 13.00hrs today (Friday, 31 March) to mark the conferral of an Honourary Freedom of Entry to the County for the…
Cruiser racing from the 2015 VDLR on Dublin Bay. The 2017 event begins on July 6 and expects to attract over 400 boats
Volvo Regatta
Ongoing technical issues with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta website this week is giving sailors an extra opportunity to avail of a discounted early bird entry fee that was due to close today. Organisers issued an apology via social media this morning…
Optimist training in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this month
Optimist
Five Irish Optimist sailors were in the top five of the UK's Spring Championships last weekend. IOCA UK and The Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted IOCA UK's first championship of the year in Torquay. 119 sailors competed in the main…
ICRA Champs launched – Event Chairman Paul Tingle, ISA President Jack Roy, ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Admiral John Roche
ICRA
A full programme of races for nine national titles at this year's ICRA National Championships was launched this week at the Royal Cork Yacht Club by Minister Simon Coveney.  Admiral John Roche and ICRA Chairman Simon McGibney were also present as…
The Viksund 260 is a sensible compromise between the needs of seaworthiness and the hope that the weather Gods are going to send a day reminiscent of the Mediterranean at its sweetest.
Boat Sales
It could well be that anyone from the coastal districts of Scandinavia has had more than enough of people making silly stereotyped comments about the Vikings writes W M Nixon. But the reality is that when it came to boats,…
Liam Glynn is racing in the Laser gold fleet in Palma
Tokyo 2020
After some stand–out performances in the qualifying rounds of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía in Mallorca this week, Belfast Laser sailor Liam Glynn sailed in the first day of the ultra competitive Gold fleet yesterday. The former Topper World Champion has graduated to…
Superimposed area of infilled Foynes Jetty Extension project, one of two contracts awarded by SPFC to Abco Marine
Shannon Estuary
#JettyExtension - Two contracts have been awarded to ABCO Marine that will involve works to be carried out in Foynes Port and at Durnish.  The contracts were secured from the Shannon Foynes Port Company. Work at Foynes Port is for…
Map showing the ADCP frame placement points; the green line delineates the sites of two tide gauges installed on 13 & 14 March
Marine Science
#MarineNotice - TechWorks Marine are deploying three trawl-resistant bottom mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) frames at three locations in Donegal Bay from this week. The frames, which will be on the sea floor between now and June, are being…
The path of the deep ocean glider SILBO as it crossed the North Atlantic Gyre
Marine Science
#MarineScience - A deep-ocean drone was recovered with the help of the Marine Institute off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork earlier this month. The SILBO autonomous glider, deployed by Teledyne Webb Research USA from Falmouth, Massachusetts in April…
The new Dodder Bridge would cross between the south quays and York Road in Ringsend
Dublin Port
#DublinPort - A new public transport bridge for Dublin’s south quays will receive more than €15 million under a new State infrastructure scheme to encourage new housing. As TheJournal.ie reports, the proposed Dodder Bridge would span between Britain Quay and…
Jack O'Keeffe's Drascombe approaching the Fastnet Rock
Island Nation
The members of the Drascombe Association celebrated 50 years of their boat in Belfast at the weekend. Five thousand Drascombes have been built and their owners enjoy sailing them. That was the message of the Secretary of the Irish branch…
One of the ISA successes in 2016 was the Try Sailing campaign to introduce new people to sailing
ISA
David Lovegrove stepped down as President of the Irish Sailing Association last Saturday, here is his third and last annual report on ISA activities. It has been three interesting years for which I am delighted to have had the opportunity of…
Liam Glynn files out of a Start line in Palma today. The Ballyholme youth lies 33rd in his 134–boat fleet
Tokyo 2020
In the Laser class, Liam Glynn from Ballyholme YC lies a creditable 33rd from 134 after four races at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía regatta in Palma today. The former Topper World Champion took a 3 and…
 Rick Tomlinson captures a busy start at the 2016 IRC National Championship
RORC
The International Rating Certificate (IRC) global rating rule is used for hundreds of events in 40 countries. In UK waters IRC competition is fierce both for the National Championship, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and for regional championships…

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