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#RNLI - A week after Dun Laoghaire RNLI remembered those who lost their lives at sea, Wicklow RNLI held its annual New Year's Day service of remembrance this past Thursday. The ceremony began with a short religious prayer conducted by Fr Donal Roche and Rev Ken Rue, who blessed the flowers and wreaths. After the blessing, coxswain Nick Keogh and the lifeboat crew took the flora...
Saturday, 03 January 2015 11:09

New 'LocateMe112' Service Helps Locate Emergency Callers Via Smartphone

#Rescue - Casualties in remote or unfamiliar locations can now be found and treated quicker than ever before thanks to a new software solution for smartphones developed by the Air Corps and the HSE. The video report from RTÉ News above details the LocateMe112 system, designed by helicopter pilot Lt Colin Gallagher, which enables the GPS chip on an emergency caller's smartphone...
#Missing - On New Year's Day emergency teams entered the third day of a search and rescue operation on the north Down coast for a woman missing from her Bangor home since Monday 29 December. According to the Belfast Telegraph, a member of the public reported that the woman – in her early 30s, and believed to have experienced a recent bereavement – had swum out into open wat...
#rshyr – Ireland's fascination with the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race moved onto a new plane in 1991, when a three-boat Irish team team of all the talents had a runaway win in the Southern Cross Series which culminated with the 628-mile race to Hobart. The three skipper/helmsmen who led the squad to this famous victory twenty-three years ago were Harold Cudmore, Joe English a...
#VOR - The grounded Team Vestas Wind have declared their intention to rejoin the Volvo Ocean Race at some point before the final leg out of Lisbon this summer. Team chief executive Morten Abaek and skipper Chris Nicholson made the announcement at last night's VOR Life at the Extreme awards in Abu Dhabi as the rest of the fleet prepared for today's first in-port race ahead of th...
#MarineWildlife - 2014 brought us some offbeat marine wildlife stories on Afloat.ie, from a sea lion leaping onto a speedboat to nab himself a fish, to a French 'bad boy' dolphin's tour of Ireland's west coast. We also learned that whale poo could be the key to combating climate change, and who can forget the giant 'shrimp' pulled from Florida's waters, or the surfing pig makin...
#Lifeboats - The RNLI in Ireland has put together this thrilling looking back at its year of rescues in 2014 as their lifeboat crews saw it themselves via helmet- or boat-mounted cameras. Among the callouts featured here involving inshore and coastal lifeboat crews throughout the island of Ireland are some of the more daring night-time rescues. But there are also some of the ye...
#Angling - Ireland took the gold medal at the Chatton Lakes Home International fly fishing competition in Northumberland to close out a successful 2014. As The Irish Times reports, the Trout Angling Federation of Ireland Stillwater Bank Fly Fishing Team took on squads from England, Scotland and Wales at the prestigious fishery for the inaugural Nations Cup. And Derek Evans writ...
#Weather - It's a poor start to the New Year as Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow warning for small craft. Southerly gales have developed this morning and will be continuing throughout the day in all coastal waters, with the strongest gusts expected on the Irish Sea. For anyone who must be at sea today, be careful out there....
#RSHYR - An Australian journalist has written of her shock at being barred from the Sydney to Hobart Race media centre over an article criticising the rising cost of competing in major sailing events. Sue Neales, a rural and regional affairs reporter with The Australian, says she arrived at the press centre yesterday morning (31 December) as she had done each day since the race...
#RisingFares – According to Hellenic Shipping News, as of New Year's Day, ferry passengers are being warned to expect a sharp increase in fares in 2015 after rules curbing 'dirty fuel'. Freight and passenger rates will jump as ferry operators pass on the costs incurred by having to meet the new regulations. Ships in the English Channel, North Sea and Baltic Sea have been orde...
#fireball – In 2014, the fleet at the Fireball UK Nationals were asked to complete a Survey Monkey poll (see attached word doc below) of the event writes Cormac Bradley. Among the subjects for consideration were, course configurations, race lengths, number of races per day, use of a leeward gate, location of the finish, line starts versus gate starts and time of prize-giving....
#Livestockferry – Over 16,500 animals have been exported to Britain in 2014, an increase of nearly 65% compared to last year according to the Irish Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. The Minister said that in recent years Irish exporters wishing to export livestock to Britain were able to avail of roll-on, roll-off ferry services from Belfast or Larne. However, he said e...
#coastguard – The Coast Guard has seen a record response for 2014, with it being particularly relevant to the Shannon SAR Helicopter who flew the Bases 300th mission last week. As Afloat.ie already reported two days ago, the Coast Guard attributes the rise in the number of incidents to: 1. Prolonged warm weather during the summer2. More people taking holidays in Ireland (whic...
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 11:45

Photo Collection Documents Launch Of The Titanic

#Titanic - The year won't be complete without sharing this wonderful collection of images from the launch of the RMS Titanic at Belfast Lough in 1911, courtesy of the Belfast Telegraph. The stunning photographs were taken by John W Kempster, a senior engineer at the Harland and Wolff shipyards, as the ill-fated vessel was moved from her slipway into the lough. And they were nev...
#VOR - Team Alvimedica have won a claim for redress over time lost while diverting to assist the stricken Team Vestas Wind during the second leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, according to the official race website. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the American-led team altered course to assist their race opponents after the Team Vestas yacht grounded on shoals in the Ind...
#ebola – The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been requested to publicise the attached (downloadable below as a word file) Health Service Executive letter regarding the submission of a Maritime Declaration of Health for ships docking at Irish ports, which have called at an Ebola EVD affected area or have crew/passengers that joined the vessel from...
#HistoricBoats - A Canadian community descended from the builders of the world's oldest birchbark canoe have expressed concern that the vessel may be returned to Ireland, according to The Irish Times. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 'Grandfather Canoe', or Akwiten, was crafted by the Mailseet First Nation in Canada's Maritimes for use on the St John River valley in New...
#FerryRepaired - This morning the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ro-pax Ben-my-Chree resumed scheduled services following successful completion of repairs to the ferry's steering gear. The Ben-My-Chree left Douglas on the 08.45 sailing bound to Heysham. The Steam Packet Company brought in specialist engineers from Rolls Royce to assist with repairs to a fault which had meant,...
#barcelonaworldrace – Tuesday allowed the sixteen skippers who will start the 22,500 miles two handed Barcelona World Race to fully enjoy their final hours on dry land before taking this afternoon's 1300hrs (CET midday UTC) start. At least one of the competing skippers has a connection to Ireland thanks to a pit–stop taken on the south coast last April. The fleet includes B...
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:21

Puspure is Afloat Rower of the Year for 2014

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#ROWER OF YEAR: Sanita Puspure is the Afloat Rower of the Year for 2014. Puspure competes in the single scull, one of the most difficult of all the Olympic disciplines, yet this year she established herself as one of world's best. She took bronze in the European Championships, two hundredths of a second off silver and .28 off gold. It was a first medal for Ireland in a major Ch...
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