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#RNLI - Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats launched after 4.15pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday 24 July) to assist a vessel aground near Travelahawk beach south of Wicklow Harbour. The alarm was raised after the owner of a motor boat put out a distress call on marine VHF radio to say his vessel was aground on rocks and they required assistance. The inshore and all-weather lifeboats wer...
#Surfing - The family of an Irish surfer in Australia who went missing after he and two friends were pulled out to sea by a rip current have expressed their hope that he will be returned to them. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the incident prompted a major search and rescue effort in treacherous conditions off Tallow Beach on Byron Bay, south of the Gold Coast in New Sout...
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that annual maintenance and inspection activities will shortly be carried out on the Corrib Gas Field. The works, being carried out in conjunction with the annual pipeline and umbilical maintenance inspection and flowline installation, will commence on Saturday 2 August ...
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon (23 July) to rescue a sheep trapped in a cave and in danger of drowning as the tide rose. Two attempts had already been made to recover the sheep by its farmer, but he was unable to get down the rocks safely, so the lifeboat crew were asked if they could help. The inshore lifeboat was on scene at 3.3...
#rorcbdcc – The nine teams contesting the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup are currently racing round the Isle of Wight on the penultimate day of the seven day event in Cowes, Isle of Wight.  Ireland's team competing for the Commodores' Cup in Cowes stand on the brink of success this weekend as the 31 sailors have built an impressive 100-point overall lead. The winner of t...
#Rowing: Ireland’s men’s four finished sixth in the semi-final of the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Varese in Italy today. Romania won well and the other two A Final qualification places went to Spain and the United States, who held off Croatia’s challenge. France, who finished fifth, and Ireland were out of contention by the closing stages and dropped off the pa...
#scatteryisland  Brian Ború's 10th century invasion of the monastic settlement of Scattery Island in County Clare and the subsequent killing of the Viking King of Limerick and his two sons will be recreated this weekend. The Scattery Island Festival, which gets underway tomorrow morning and continues through Sunday, also features guided walks, lectures, music and song, an...
#coastguard –The Irish Coast Guard strongly urges people not to engage in activities that put themselves at risk by diving or swimming in places that are not recognised recreational areas and may pose underwater dangers that are not readily obvious. Swimmers are literally jumping into the unknown, and there may be submerged objects which are not visible and which may cause se...
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One Man & His Dog Rescued From Yacht

#coastguard – A Coastguard-coordinated rescue in the Bristol Channel last night (Thursday 24th) has underlined the importance of ensuring a vessel is seaworthy and properly equipped before taking to the waves. Just before midnight, the Swansea Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre were contacted by the police who had received a call from a mariner, accompanied only by his dog,...
#Rowing: The Ireland lightweight double scull of Gary O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll took their place in the semi-finals of the World Under-23 Rowing Championships this morning with a second-place finish in their repechage. Greece led virtually all the way, but Ireland moved from fourth to a clear hold on the second qualification place in the middle stages. They challenged ...
#FastFerryRepairs - According to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the ferry operator is to carry out repairs to the fast-ferry Manannan earlier than originally planned. The company plan to take the fast-ferry off service on Wednesday 6 August where only one Liverpool service will be lost on that day. Passengers are been contacted and offered an alternative sailing. This is...
#Rowing: Battleborn, skippered by Irishman Philip Cavanagh, has landed in Hawaii, completing the Great Pacific Race from Monterey in California in 45 days, seven hours and 24 minutes. The crew of Cavanagh, Britons Barry Hayes and Darren Taylor and Australian Dan Kierath were the second home in the race. Their boat, Patience, flew the Irish flag. They arrived in the early hours ...
#irishsailing – The new broom of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) board is expected to sweep clean in the coming weeks when it publishes a blueprint for an association struggling to show relevancy in a sport it claims to govern. At the heart of the matter is why approximately €1m in state and club funding is being absorbed annually to sustain ISA bureacracy. In 1998...
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan moved into the semi-finals of the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Varese in Italy by taking third place in his quarter-final this morning. Enes Kusku of Turkey and Daniel Matyasovszki of Hungary took off at pace early on and annexed first and second, while the UCD lightweight single sculler took it easier and held on to the last qualification pl...
#DublinPort - Dublin Port Company have released the 2013 Annual Report 'online'. Downloadable copies in PDF format (in both Irish and English) as well as an HTML version are now available through this LINK. In addition previous Annual Reports dating back to 2009 are available to download. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Dublin Port Company paid a dividend of €8m to the S...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Denise Walsh had an unfortunate end to her campaign in the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy this morning. The Skibbereen woman ended up in the water at about 700 metres after a capsize in the repechage of the lightweight single sculls. Walsh was pushing for a top-two place, which would have put her in the semi-finals. New Zealand and Ger...
#gunrunning – This weekend marks one hundred years since the gun running into Kilcoole Beach in County Wicklow by the yacht Chotah, as equally an important landing for the 1916 Rising but much less known than the famous Howth gun running carried out by Erskine Childers on Asgard.  It's part of a fascinating but little know maritime dimension to the Rising where yachts an...
#rnli – Lifeboat crew at Howth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Thursday 24 July) at 12.17pm following a call to the Coast Guard from a member of the public reporting that a boat with four people onboard was in trouble on the east side off Ireland's Eye, Howth. The 18ft vessel was taking on water. Conditions were described as excellent and the lifeboa...
#IslandNews - Could Star Wars be coming to the Skelligs? According to some reports, the 'Force' is with the Co Kerry islands - specifically Skellig Michael. The Daily Edge has confirmed with the Office of Public Works that a film production is indeed scheduled to take place on the island, which houses one of Ireland's earliest monastic settlements. But as yet it's still hearsay...
#WaterSafety - The mother of a boy who tragically died from cold water shock while swimming in open water has called on the public to be mindful that warm weather does not equal warm water. Dylan Ramsay, 13, drowned while swimming with friends at a quarry in Lancashire three summers ago. Though the sporty youth was regarded as a capable swimmer, Dylan was overcome by the coldne...
#SoloSailing - The first leg of the Solo Offshore Racing Club's 2014 Celtic Sea Challenge is already under way, with the fleet of 18 confirmed entries making their way to Kinsale from Falmouth. The programme continues tomorrow (Friday 25 July) with the soloists heading to Islander's Rest on Sherkin Island via the Old Head of Kinsale, while on Saturday (26 July) the fleet will p...
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