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#sailorofthemonth – Successes in the first two races of the current Volvo Ocean global contest have placed Justin Slattery in an unassailable position for our Sailor of the Month for November. Completely absorbed in his fifth world race which is itself a record for an Irish sailor (and he won in 2005-06 with ABN Amro), Slattery has had the satisfaction of seeing his Abu Dhabi...
#islandnation – On this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION podcast I question Government policy towards two aspects of the marine sphere and ask how much confidence can be placed in the much-hyped plan to create Ocean Wealth writes Tom MacSweeney. Several times the operation of Howth Harbour in County Dublin has been raised with me and on the programme I interview a youn...
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 19:17

Toppers Make a Move At Royal Cork Yacht Club

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#topper – Throughout the summer season at the Royal Cork Yacht Club some new brightly coloured red, blue and white sails have been making their presence felt on the waters of Cork Harbour writes Claire Bateman.These are the sails of the Topper Class that is attracting new support very quickly. Moving up from the Optimist Class has long been a bone of contention for both ...
#LNGferryOnHold - Brittany Ferries have been forced to suspend plans to upgrade much of its fleet which according to Ships Monthly were to operate on Liquefied Natural Gas and also put on hold construction of an LNG-powered 'Pegasis Project' cruise ferry. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the giant 52,000 tonnes LPG powered ferry proposed for the Cork-Roscoff seasonal route ...
#TourismIrelandPlans - Tourism Ireland's marketing plans to promote Ireland overseas in 2015 and beyond was launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe T.D at an event yesterday and attended by tourism industry leaders from around the country. The organisation aims to build on this year's growth in overseas tourism and to welcome 7.74 million visitors...
#urbanbeach – Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has welcomed the award of planning permission for its proposal for a floating swimming pool and urban beach at the historic East Pier of the Harbour. Permission was granted by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in recent days. The project has been inspired by the popular Badeschiff facility in Berlin, a floating swimming...
#NameFastFerry - Channel Islands operator Condor Ferries is offering islanders the chance to win a prize by entering in a competition to find a name for their new fast-ferry due to enter service in Spring 2015. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Condor 102m craft built by Austal of Fremantle, Australia, was acquired by Condor Ferries in August. The trimaran craft can acco...
#rorc – After leading the RORC fleet out of the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon the Finot-Conq 100, Nomad IV, sailed by Jean-Paul Riviere, was leading the race until gear failure forced the French Maxi to head back to the Canary Islands for repairs writes Louay Habib. All of the crew are safe and well. At about 2000 UTC on Monday 1st December, Nomad IV was approximately 11...
#marinescience – Ireland's marine researchers have won €5.5m in the latest EU Horizon 2020 competitive funding in the areas of Blue Growth and Sustainable Food and Security. This represents 4.7% of total EU budget awards and 5% of Blue Growth, a much higher success rate than the 'normal' ratio for Ireland in competitive European funding calls. Welcoming the success of Irela...
#GreenAward – The highest scoring level of platinum status has been achieved by Belfast Harbour, in this year's Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey. Now in its sixteenth year, the Survey, generated by Business in the Community's ARENA Network campaign and supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Charles Hurst Fleet Financial, annually assesses t...
#SeaLice - Ireland was cited for 39 breaches of sea lice levels at fish farms in the first 10 months of this year. And as The Irish Times reports, the figure is "more than double" that recorded in the whole of 2013. That was the message from Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA), an NGO that compiles data on fish farms across Europe. But th...
#GalwayBay - The discovery of deer antlers and horse bones dating back some 1,500 years at a beach on Galway Bay may reveal much about early Christian society in the region. According to The Irish Times, the important find was made by Brian O'Carra and Mike Williams at an inter-tidal zone west of Galway city, and indicate a possible pagan ritual custom. O'Carra and Williams hav...
#foynes – Foynes Yacht Club dinghy fleet has exploded this summer and is going from strength to strength writes Elaine O'Mahoney. It started with a conversation in the club bar in the latter part of the summer amongst a small number of members where it was agreed a revival of dinghies in the club was needed and the Laser One was the preferable choice. Club members scoured the...
#fireballsailing – Seven Fireballers headed out to the bay on Sunday afternoon for race 5 of the DMYC Frostbite series, a race in the bay gave the fireballs a chance to stretch their legs on a longer course but with the spring tides in play, some tidal calculations were needed at all the turning marks of the course. Watching the PY fleet start before, it was clear a conservat...
#volvooceanrace – This graphic picture (above) shows the stricken Team Vestas Wind from the Volvo Ocean Race lying in a reef in a remote Mauritius archipelago of St Brandon after being grounded there at the weekend. The team and race organisers are now working out the best way to recover the Volvo Ocean 65 in the Indian Ocean. Neil Cox, shore manager of the Danish team, ...
#rssailing – Gifted with a northerly breeze of around 12 knots the DMYC Dinghy Frostbite race committee set a longer than usual trapezoidal course outside the harbour, signalling five laps to the 6  RS 400s and 3 RS 200s that ventured out writes Kevin Brazel. With a large pin end bias the start was always going to be a combative affair and this was proven to be the ...
#dbscturkeyshoot – One could have been forgiven for having a severe case of déjà vu yesterday morning as the DBSC Turkey Shoot had almost the exact same conditions as in the previous weeks racing writes INSC's Kenneth Rumball. The wind was from a similar direction, however this week being more westerly than southerly and also a change in race officer with Henry Leonard taki...
#vor – Volvo Ocean Race control have been in touch with the shipwrecked Team Vestas skipper Chris Nicholson. The transcript of the above audio interview is below: Hey Chris, Mark Covell here calling from Race Control.Hey Mark, how are ya?Yeah good, and how are you?(laughs) Mate, I'm ah, I'm sitting here on a, on a, I guess a ship-wrecked island, it's beautiful, and I'm here i...
#Self-Stevedoring - A cement business with a plant in Dublin Port has been awarded a port company licence to unload its own ships to cut costs, writes The Irish Times. The first self-handling stevedoring licence issued by the port company is to the Irish cement producer Ecocem. The cement business has a manufacturing plant in the port and expects to use approximately 150,000 to...
#DunLaoghaire - Plans for an 'urban beach' at Dun Laoghaire's waterfront first mooted more than a year ago have been given the green light by planning authorities, according to the Irish Independent. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the €2.5 million scheme is inspired by the Badeschiff in Berlin and will comprise and artificial beach with a floating heated swimming pool o...
#hyc – Ronan Cull continues to dominate the 40th Laser Frostbites at Howth Yacht Club. Cull showed no let up in demonstrating a master class in Laser sailing to the rest of the fleet. Concerns that the forecast of a dropping wind would impact the second race never materialised as the light westerly wind actually increased slightly through the morning. The strong flood tide me...
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