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#woodenboat – A short documentary (eight mins) about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50–year old classic wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. In March 2009 Welsford came across a 28–foot yacht dry docked on the Port of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. This long forgotten wooden boat (Lizzy Belle) had been bui...
#dbsc – CRUISERS 1 - 1. Powder Monkey (C Moore) CRUISERS 2 - 1. Borraine (Ean Pugh), 2. Bendemeer (L Casey & D Power), 3. Black Sheep (E Healy) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Grasshopper II (K & J Glynn), 2. Solidarity (Whelan/McCabe/Cary/Cramer), 3. Maranda (M Kelly) Ensign - 1. RIYC 1 (Tim Goodbody), 2. RIYC 2 (Mark McGibney) FIREBALL - 1. No Name (S Oram), 2. Incubus (C P...
#Rowing: A team of seven athletes have been selected to represent Ireland at the European Junior Rowing Championships in Hazelwinkel, Belgium on May 24th and 25th. This is the first time Rowing Ireland has sent a team to compete at this event.  The team is: Junior Women’s Single Scull: Erin Barry, Bann RC. Junior Women’s Double Scull: Eimear Lambe, Commercial RC and Ja...
#Angling - At recent sitting of Ennis District Court, father and son Peter and James Garrihy of Ennistymon, Co Clare were successfully prosecuted and fined €750 each by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) for illegally capturing salmon on the River Inagh, near the iconic falls at Ennistymon. In August 2013, IFI fisheries officers were carrying out night surveillance on the Inagh R...
#SantaMaria - Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to the Americas more than 500 years ago is almost the stuff of legend today - but now marine archaeologists think they've found the remnants of his flagship, the Santa Maria. The potential find off the north coast of Haiti - on what was then known as the island of Hispaniola - could give us a tangible connection to the sto...
#mayosailingclub – For two weeks in a row, Mayo Sailing Club has exposed loads of new people to sailing and fun on the water in the west of Ireland. If the smiles and peals of laughter are any gauge, the effort has been quite the success. At the May Bank Holiday weekend, a number of the club's boats sailed off to Inishturk to visit this very special island for the weekend. Th...
#WicklowPort – As a snapshot into the shipping activity of Wicklow Port, this morning saw the departure of Lehmann Baltic (1997/2,820grt) with a cargo of refuse derived fuel (RDF) bound for Bremen, writes Jehan Ashmore. RDF is mostly made of combustible components from municipal waste such as plastics and biodegradable waste which are shredded using waste converter technology...
#BlueEconomy - The European Commission last week presented an Action Plan for Innovation in the 'Blue Economy' to help use ocean resources responsibly and sustainably as sources of food, medicine and energy, and drive growth and jobs in Europe. Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan said the plan "reflects the importance of the oceans impact on our daily lives and ...
#CorkHarbour - Marine Minister Simon Coveney yesterday (12 May) attended the contract signing for the remediation of bridge access Haulbowline Island, a €1.85 million deal that was awarded by Cork County Council to L&M Keating Ltd. Commenting at the signing, the minister said the "major contract" is "a key infrastructural element of the remediation project" for the toxic ...
#cruiserracing – With a month to go, the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) is to implement an amendment to its professional sailor rule for its Teng Tools sponsored national championships on Dublin Bay. As David O'Brien in the Irish Times Sailing column noted last week it follows ambiguity over the regulation at its 2013 championships in Fenit, County Kerry. With 92 entr...
#cruiserracing – The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has dropped plans to create a new handicap division at the bottom end of class 1 and the top of class 2 for its IRC national championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) next month, one of the biggest events of the Irish sailing calendar. The ICRA event, that is aiming for a record entry of over 110 boats, is ...
#commdorescup – Although Ireland will be setting sail for Cowes as a potent Commodore's Cup force this July it will only be a single team as a second 'corinthian' team could not be mustered. At the Spring meeting of the ICRA executive, Commodore's Cup team manager Barry Rose made a detailed report on preparations. The meeting heard the team will sail without the support of sp...
#flyingfifteen – National Flying fifteen champions Ian Mathews and Keith Poole were dismasted during a breezy start to the Dublin Bay season last weekend. It's a set back in preparations for this weekend's first regional Flying fifteen event at Dundalk Sailing Club on Carlingford Lough which the duo are still expecting to contest. The National Yacht Club pair, ...
#kinsale – The May bank holiday event saw the inaugural 'Axiom sponsored One Design keelboat Regatta' held in Kinsale YC. Twelve Squibs and five Dragons came out to do battle for the very generous prizes and newly commissioned trophy. PRO Tony Ireson and his team provided great racing with 6 races held over the two days on a windward leeward course. Saturdays racing was held ...
#hugoboss – Alex Thomspon's Hugo Boss Yacht that called into Cork Harbour marina en route to New York from Southampton in late April has broken its mast during the Atlantic Crossing. Last Friday morning whilst sailing upwind at 25 knots, the team progress to New York has been interrupted when their mast broke. The reason for the broken mast is currently unknown; however, the ...
#slowfood – Food critic Sally McKenna, TV chef Darina Allen and food writer Dr. Prannie Rhatigan are among the participants in the 2014 Burren Slow Food Festival, details of which were announced today. Supported by the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark and also featuring members of the Burren Food Trail and the Burren Adventure, the 8th annual festival takes place in Lisdo...
#shannonestuary – On Sunday last at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary, Commodore's Day was held with a superb turnout of member's and the public to make the day one of the best in the annals of the club writes Gerry Ryan. With the weather extremely windy for the occasion, it did not dampen the proceedings that went underway. Racing started at 1.45 for all classes ...
#Energy - 'Fire ice' beneath the deep ocean off the UK and Irish coasts could prove one solution to our future energy needs - but tapping them will prove difficult for now, as the Guardian reports. Reserves of methane hydrate crystals beneath the North Atlantic are said to be "enormous" - more than all the world's traditional fossil fuels combined - and potentially exploitable,...
#Flora&Fauna - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) have been tasked by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to undertake risk assessments on certain non-native species - including a number of marine and waterways species - listed in the Third Schedule to the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2...
#CliffDiving - The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will make its long-awaited return to Ireland this summer after dazzling spectators in the Aran Islands two years ago. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, reigning champion Artem Silchenko and cliff diving's living legend Orlando Duque will be among those testing their mettle with the 27-metre dive into the Serpent’s Lair blo...
#Angling - The 39th annual Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival kicks off today (12 May) in Co Fermanagh with more than 200 fisherman angling for the title of 'King of the Erne'. This year's prize fund is worth more than £20,000 (€24,500) with venue-based, daily and aggregate prizes up for grabs. And according to the Impartial Reporter, the week's fishing should be gra...
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