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#Ports&Shipping – The latest Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review includes the following stories outlined below. Irish Maritime News: Cork Maritime Development News -An Board Pleanála approved planning application for Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment project that will see €100 million invested into the construction and redevelopment of the Port o...
Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist 4 people on board a 24ft yacht, aground in Sandy Bottom in Dromineer Bay last night. At 8.03pm, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist four people on board a 24ft yacht, aground in Sandy Bottom, in Dromineer Bay. The lifeboat launched at 8.12pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, Owen Cavanagh and Dean O'Sul...
#CANOEING: Ireland’s Andrzej Jezierski qualified for the B Final (places 10 to 18) of the men’s C1 200 metres at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan today. Jezierski finished sixth in his heat but improved to fifth in his semi-final. Jenny Egan will compete in the B Final of the K1 500, having qualified on Sunday. She made the semi-finals in the K1 200m but her eighth-pl...
#RNLI - Arklow RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted by pager at 6.44pm yesterday evening (14 June) to a call for help from a local fishing vessel in the station's second callout of the week, following the lifeboat's midweek rescue of a stricken sailboat. The crew consisting of coxswain Ned Dillon, station mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, John Bermingham, Scotty Heaney...
#DoverCalais – Lloyds Loading List reports that the Eurotunnel Group announced last week that it agreed to sell the main assets of its MyFerryLink maritime business, claiming that "the conditions necessary to develop freely did not exist". Eurotunnel said it had received a binding offer from DFDS for a "let to buy sale" of two of its three ferries, Rodin and Berlioz. It added...
#wmrt – Held between the 10-14th of June in a wide range of conditions on the Solent. Day One saw probably the most consistent breeze, with day two and four cut short due to a lack of wind and day three experiencing too much. Despite this, the race committee completed a full round robin along with semi finals and full decider matches for the top 6 teams. This years Grade 2 re...
#flyingfifteen – The Flying Fifteen Northern Championships hosted by Strangford Lough YC in Whiterock took place in perfect conditions at the weekend and was won by Dave Gorman & Chris Doorly (NYC) who sailed a very consistent series, Ian Mathews & Keith Poole (NYC) were in second place with Roger Chamberlain & Simon Murray from the local club in third place. Ther...
#fireball –  Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella have retained the Ulster Fireball Championships trophy after six races over two days in Cushendall. Second were Noel Butler and Stephen Oram and third were Kenny Rumball and Brian Tedz Byrne. Day one of the event saw lively NW winds of 12-18 knots. McCartin/Kinsella posted three wins that day on Olympic Triangular courses. F...
#rnli – Lifeboat crew with Union Hall RNLI had their third callout in a week when launched on Saturday afternoon (13 June 2015) to bring a 44–ft yacht with two crew onboard to safety after it reported engine problems off Galley Head. The crew onboard the yacht raised the alarm with Valentia Coast Guard after they realised they were expiring severe engine trouble and they fe...
#d2d – In previewing the National Yacht Club's 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race here on Friday morning, Afloat.ie's W M Nixon predicted that the best racing would be among the six J/109s, and that the smart money would be on the Shanahan family's Ruth. Ruth has just finished first of the J/109s at 1945 hrs, and this puts her clear first overall on the leaderboard too. Bu...
 #D2D Race – Having finished the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle at 7:45pm Ruth (Shanahan Family) must play the waiting game to see if any of the following boats can beat her corrected time of half an hour shy of two days.  While not wanting to give false hope, Afloat predicts that the challenging yachts still at sea will fall foul of the predicted dying breeze which is for...
#whitesails – The Royal St. George Team, captained by Howard Knott aboard Calypso, retained the inter-club team trophy in the KPMG sponsored, Royal St. George White Sails and Non-Spinnaker Team Challenge event sailed in the Club's home waters over the weekend. Teams representing the Royal St. George, the Royal Irish and National Yacht Clubs fought it out over a series of...
#isaf – Fifth overall for Annalise Murphy including medal race participation in the Laser Radial class of the ISAF World Cup in Weymouth today will be of some satisfaction for the Dun Laoghaire sailor given the very light winds encountered this morning. The odds were heavily stacked in Marit Bouwmeester's (NED) favour after a commanding week of racing. She held a 15 poin...
#VOR - Team Alvimedica claimed their second Volvo Ocean Race in-port race series victory in Lorient, France today (14 June) after leaving their rivals trailing following a delayed start due to lack of wind. The victory, which follows their triumph in the opening in-port race in Alicante eight months ago, bolsters the hopes of Charlie Enright’s crew to claim a much-coveted fin...
#cruiserracing – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championship has released final handicap divisions for its national championships at Kinsale Yacht Club from 24th-27th June.  Over 110 boats have entered the four-day event that will decide four national titles as well as the biennial Sovereign's Cup. Sailing instructions have also been published ...
#ruffian23 – Diane skippered by Chris Helme of the host club was the winner of a 16–boat Ruffian 23 National Championhips at the Royal St. George Yacht Club at the weekend. Entries were largely Dublin Bay based but also included regular visitors from Belast Lough.  Race Officer Colin McMullen, assisted by Suzanne McGarry and the race team aboard Albanita, kicked off wi...
#d2drace – It may sound like the title of a lost play by Sam Beckett, but that's the way it is as the first finishers in the 280 mile race from Dun Laoghaire got into a very summery Dingle in time for a late lunch. The Cookson Lee Overlay Partners (Adrian Lee, Royal St George YC) took line honours at 1357 hrs, while the Ker 40 Antix (Anthony O'Leary, Royal Cork YC & Balti...
#YeatsFinalJourney – Peter Murtagh of The Irish Times writes of a long forgotten record of the return to Ireland of the remains of WB Yeats. The records emerged from the Military Archives and is available online to coincide with the 150th anniversary on Saturday of the poet's birth. The body of the poet, who died in January 1939 and was buried at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in sout...
#MarineWildlife - A group of sea anglers off Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula got more than most would bargain for last week when they landed a shark – with video to prove it. But far from fearful at the prospect, Graham Smith and friends told the Irish Examiner that they actively seek out such fishy predators as the tope shark, a few of which they caught while out kayaking in r...
#Surfing - Strandhill in Co Sligo is the number one spot for surfing in Ireland, according to a new celebration of the best towns to catch waves along the Wild Atlantic Way. In the words of SurfHolidays.com, the small village just six kilometres from Sligo town "is an eclectic mix of surfers, locals and travellers who have now made [it] their home. If you’re looking for a sur...
#raycbloomsdayregatta – Paul Keane of the Royal Irish Yacht Club beat 17 Lasers for Bloomsday honours at the Royal Alfred Regatta on Dublin Bay yesterday. The results for all competing classes are available to download below as xcel files. ...
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