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The final day format for the 49er and the 49erFX Olympic regatta was a hotly discussed topic at the ISAF conference in Mallorca that drew to a close today. ISAF Council voted for one double points Medal Race without boundaries and a target time of 20 minutes. It was also decided that all supplied equipment at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition should be distributed after ...
#JeanieJetfoil – Jeanie Johnston, the replica 19th barque famine and emigrant museum ship reopened yesterday for guided tours at her dedicated Custom House Quay berth at Dublin City Moorings, writes Jehan Ashmore. A month ago today the Dublin Docklands Development Authority owned barque departed her berth for a night-time tow that led eventually to entering a dry-dock downriv...
#AsianClam - The Minister for Natural Resources has commented on plans for dredging at Lough Ree to deal with the recent invasion of Asian clam at Lanesborough. As reported earlier this week on Afloat.ie, the 'hot water' stretch downstream of the ESB plant near the Co Longford town has reopened to angling under strict bio-security conditions, with disinfection for anglers' gear...
#roundireland – The biennial Round Ireland Race from Wicklow is the jewel in Ireland's offshore racing crown. It may only have been established as recently as 1980, but now it is a classic, part of the RORC programme, and an event which is very special for those who take part. In fact, for many Irish sailing folk, having at least one completed Round Ireland Race in your saili...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Irish Ports: EU Programme Co-Funds - Capacity Studies on Port of Dublin. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, almost €2.5 million from the EU TEN-T Programme will fund studies into the capacity development of the Port of Dublin. Environment: Clean-up under wa...
Friday, 07 November 2014 15:55

Fancy a 2015 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i?

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#jeanneau – To celebrate their recent appointment as Jeanneau distributors for Northern Ireland, leading Irish boat sales firm MGM Boats are rolling out an Autumn/Winter sales campaign. The campaign features a 'Kickstart! 2015' offer. The offer is for a 2015 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i delivered, commissioned, launched and vat paid for just €99,950, saving the customer almost ...
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) hosts its annual general meeting at the Best Western Plus Academy Plaza Hotel at the top of O'Connell Street in Dublin tomorrow 8 November 2014. The event, which kicks off at 2pm, is open to all IWDG members (with voting on proposals for members of at least six months' standing) and will provide an opportunity for peopl...
#Canoeing - Canoeing Ireland is one of five sporting organisation to share in a €125,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, as Business & Leadership reports. The €25,000 to Irish canoeing's governing body comes via the soft drinks giant's initiative "aimed at encouraging people to incorporate physical activity into their day to day lives". It's expected that Canoe...
#asianclam – Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has today confirmed that the hot-water stretch in Lanesborough, Co. Longford has re-opened to angling, under strict bio-security conditions. Four disinfection units, funded by the ESB, have been installed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and are now operational. Two of the units are available above and below Lanesborough Bridge on the ba...
#JeanieReturns – Replica 19th century barque Jeanie Johnston has finally returned to her dedicated Dublin Liffey berth along Custom House Quay having had some delays following essential maintenance in a drydock, writes Jehan Ashmore. The good news is that guided tours of the famine emigrant museum tallship will reopen from 1100 am tomorrow (Friday 7 November). For further inf...
Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:09

Scottish Firm Taking Wind Farms Underwater

#PowerFromTheSea - The next big renewable energy turbine farm could be underwater off the coast of Scotland, as MailOnline reports. Scottish firm MayGen has big plans to install a £51 million (€65.2 million) underwater turbine project to harness the powerful currents of their country's coastal waters. This new project, earmarked for Pentland Firth at Caithness in the far nor...
#Seafood - Following a meeting today (5 November) with Chinese Vice Minister Niu Dun, who has responsibility for fisheries, Marine Minister Simon Coveney opened the largest ever Irish pavilion at the China Seafood & Fisheries Expo, which takes place in Qingdao this week. Speaking at the event, Minister Coveney said: “Ireland has some of the finest seafood in the world, wi...
#VOR - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's VOR 65 Azzam was the first yacht across the finish line in Cape Town this afternoon (Wednesday 5 November), taking Leg 1 of the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The win marks an Irish triumph, too, with VOR veteran Justin Slattery serving as bowman, trimmer and helmsman among a crew that has faced a tough battle for first place since leaving...
#rnli – World and European Medallist and three time Olympian Derval O'Rourke has joined forces with RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew and their children, to help launch the RNLI Reindeer Run, which raises funds for the charity that saves lives at sea. The popular event encourages people to have fun while supporting the RNLI in their work and this year it will be held on Sunday 23 ...
#turkeyshoot – The champion Sigma 33 White Mischief was the winner of a drama–filled first race of the 2014 DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay last Sunday. Second was Black Velvet with the A35 Another Adventure third. Full results for the Rathfarnham Ford sponsored series is downloadable below....
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:29

Barry Hurley Is Sailor of The Month for October

#sailorofthemonth – Barry Hurley, who learnt his sailing on Cork Harbour out of Cobh, is best known as a star of the short-handed offshore racing scene. But in recent years he has been carving a formidable reputation as a team co-ordinator on board fully-crewed boats, and the recent 606-mile Middle Sea Race out of Malta against a record fleet of more than 120 boats has been a...
#ESPOgreenPortAward – The Slovenian port of Koper has been awarded this year's ESPO Award in recognition of its work in creating a sustainable future for the port and its surroundings. The prestigious award ceremony was held in Brussels last night and the theme of this year's European Sea Port Organisation (ESPO) Award was Innovative Environmental Projects. Koper won the 2014...
#ArdmoreShipping - Ardmore Shipping Corporation, operators of a modern products and chemical tanker fleet, has announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and a $20 million Share Repurchase Plan. The corporation (whose principle operating office based in Mahon Co. Cork), has reported a net profit of $117,000 for the three months ended Sept...
#castletownbere – The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that a wave measuring device has been installed on the seabed, adjacent to the Walter Scott Rock, at co-ordinates Latitude 51° 38' 33.6"N, Longitude 009° 54' 20.4"W. A yellow floating marker buoy with a special mark beacon has been installed to indicate the location of the device. The wave stu...
#irishsailing – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has axed two senior roles, scrapped its annual conference, sold its jet–ski fleet and is drafting new policies to 'refocus on core activities'. The moves are part of a fundamental restructuring programme announced this week by its president David Lovegrove. The redundancies follow a far reaching strategic review ...
#RiverShannon - A documentary on the natural history of the River Shannon has won the top award at the 'Green Oscars'. Originally broadcast on RTÉ television as The Secret Life of the Shannon, the film On A River In Ireland also took the gongs for best cinematography and best script at the 2014 Wildscreen Film Festival in Bristol. The awards organisers described the winning fi...
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