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#Missing - The search was set to resume this morning for a man who fell into the sea off Co Clare yesterday afternoon (15 December). As The Irish Times reports, the missing man, a Latvian national, is one of two anglers who has been fishing from rocks near Blackhead, on the south side of Galway Bay. It's believed the second man left the scene to get help when his colleague went...
Monday, 16 December 2013 10:27

DBSC Turkey Shoot 2013 Won By a Mermaid

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#dbsc – Neither a J109 or a 1720 sporsboat could match the pace of the consistent performance of the Beneteau First 50, (Seamus Fitzpatrick) the overall winner of the 2013 Rathfarnham Ford sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot that concluded on Dublin Bay yesterday in moderate to strong conditions. The J109 Indecision (Declan Hayes and others) was second overall to Mermaid IV, by a mar...
#moth – What the Irish Olympic sailing team and other high speed fans get up to in their downtime aka 'The Irish Moth Tour' moved to Dun Laoghaire at the weekend for the Moth Christmas Cracker at the National Yacht Club. Competing off the East pier in Dun Laoghaire, Olympic coach Rory Fitzpatrick won the last event of the 2013 season against a fleet of now eight Moths to...
#Cruises - Cruise Ireland's members will meet in January to discuss controversial proposals to change the way the organisation is funded. At November's board meeting of the industry body representing interests in the Irish cruise industry, the Port of Cork's commercial manager Michael McCarthy charged that Ireland's biggest ports in Dublin and Cork should no longer be Cruise Ir...
#ChristmasFerry - Celtic Link Ferries are operating the last sailing between Ireland and France before Christmas with a sailing on Saturday 21 December departing at 18:00. The low-fares ferry company sail directly between Rosslare and Cherbourg. So to catch this ferry to France and return back home for Christmas, there will be still plenty of time to spare. "Celtic Link Ferries...
#BantryTakeover – The Cork Port Authority which is to propose a takeover of the Bantry Harbour Board on 1 January is a 'retrograde step' and is a 'huge opportunity missed for the greater Bantry area', according to Senator Denis O'Donovan. The Southern Star which has much more on this story, writes that the deal orchestrated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport un...
Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:28

Holyhead Lifeboat's Decade Of Lifesaving

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#RNLI - Holyhead RNLI volunteers are coming together to mark the 10th anniversary of their all-weather lifeboat that safeguards waters familiar to many an Irish ferry passenger. To celebrate the milestone, the volunteer RNLI crew have commissioned a decorative bell paying tribute to each volunteer who has served aboard Christopher Pearce. The bell will be unveiled to the volunt...
#AmericasCup - Sir Ben Ainslie's historic contribution to Oracle Team USA's astonishing turnaround victory in this year's America's Cup may prompt a future rule change for the yachting classic - one that would prevent its likes from happening again. The British Olympic hero's last-minute addition to the faltering American team saw their fortunes change almost instantly as they ...
Sunday, 15 December 2013 13:38

McCarthy Swaps Surfing For Spirituality

#Surfing - To most people he's probably best known for that iconic AIB television advert, riding the giant waves at Aileen's off the Cliffs of Moher. But to the surfing community in Ireland and beyond, John McCarthy is regarded as a pioneer of the sport on these shores. The three-time former Irish senior champion was one of the first to discover and surf that Co Clare giant, an...
#LauraDekker - A new documentary is bringing the inspirational story of young Dutch circumnavigator Laura Dekker to the big screen. As Scuttlebutt News reports, Maidentrip was produced by a team of female filmmakers who followed the teenager over two years of her life as she made history by sailing solo around the world, with no follow boat or support team. Dekker was just 14 y...
#Surfing - Surfers in the West of Ireland will be on standby this week as the latest weather forecasts show a significant swell heading our way across the Atlantic. According to Surf-Forecast.com, the coastline is already set to experience wave heights of 5 metres or more this afternoon (Sunday 15 December). But the best may be yet to come, with swells expected to nearly double...
#IOMferry – Seasonal sailings between Isle of Man and Dublin Port are timetabled for next weekend (21-22 Dec.) with night-time crossings made in both directions. Once again, Ben-My-Chree now in her 15th year of service, operates these winter Douglas-Dublin round trip sailings. The ro-pax ferry departs the island capital on Saturday night (19.30) on the 4 hour 45 minute crossi...
#Epsilon – Irish Ferries cite fleet dry-docking and 'operational reasons' for the delays in introducing 'Epsilon' which is to boost additional peak capacity over the Christmas season, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Epsilon was to have made her debut this week on the core Dublin-Holyhead route, bringing thousands of seasonal passengers home and overseas visitors...
#ShippingReview - Over the last fortnight Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene where the Ramsey Steamship Co. in its 100th year came to an of an era with the sale of two coasters. Earlier this year, their Ben Maye was chartered for the 'Lockout 1913' re-enactment voyage. Thamesteel I loaded with further fermentation tanks for Guinness, docked in Dun Laoghaire Harb...
With a Golden Jubilee Regatta being planned for New Zealand in 2015 to celebrate the glory years of the One Ton Cup from 1965 to 1983, W M Nixon ponders on the requirements for a genuine classic yacht or traditional boat, and makes a plea for saving a very special 12 Metre. It's said there are enough relics of the True Cross to build a full-size replica of Noah's Ark. You'd nee...
Friday, 13 December 2013 19:17

Sailing As We Know It 'Is Over'? Not Exactly

#Sailing - "Sailing as we know it is officially over" is the strongest message to emerge from the two-day World Yacht Racing Forum and Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium held earlier this week (10-11 December) in Gothenburg. But as Craig Leweck writes for Scuttlebutt, that grand statement doesn't speak for the majority of sailing enthusiasts not active in the "profess...
#IrishHarbours - Marine Minister Simon Coveney today (13 December) attended the signing of a contract with L&M Keating Ltd for the remediation and harbour improvement works at North Harbour on Cape Clear, Co Cork.   Welcoming the commencement of the project, and referring to the benefits of this significant investment, the minister said: “This initiative will pr...
#MysteryDiscount – With the holiday season underway, P&O Ferries, has launched a surprise discount giveaway for all passengers travelling between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Passengers can book their travel for 2014 on the Larne-Cairnryan/Troon routes and will receive a discount of up to 25%. To avail of offer, bookings must be made by 7 January 2014. Neal Mernock, Sec...
#Gaffers50th – A collection of sailing images taken by Gillian Mills during the 50th anniversary of the Old Gaffers Association held in Dublin Bay last June will be on display tomorrow in the Poolbeg Boat & Yacht Club, Rinsgend, Dublin. All are welcome to attend the opening that's starts at 3pm and where the display reflects in the celebration of the gathering gaff-rig cr...
#GalwayBay - Galway Bay FM reports that Galway City Council has approved a €5 million project to upgrade the city's water mains. The first phase of the Water Conservation Rehabilitation Works Programme will involve works on 15km of water mains across 17 meter areas in the city, which takes its water supply from the River Corrib that flows into Galway Bay....
Friday, 13 December 2013 13:16

Lovegrove Set For ISA Presidency In New Year

#ISA - Howth Yacht Club's David Lovegrove has been nominated to succeed Niamh McCutcheon as president of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) next spring, as The Irish Times reports. Lovegrove is a former commodore of his North Dublin club and presently one of Ireland's top international race officers, coming off what Afloat's WM Nixon describes as an "extraordinary" performance...
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