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Lloyds of London with its origins in marine insurance using a coffee house in 1688 is examining the Irish capital which remains on a shortlist as it finalises plan to deal with Brexit
News Update
#LloydsofDublin? - The option by Lloyd’s of London according to The Irish Times in setting up a subsidiary in Dublin is actively been examined, as it finalises its plan to deal with the move to Brexit. The insurance market is…
Dongfeng Race Team’s refitted Volvo Ocean 65 leaves the workshop in its new livery
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team’s Volvo Ocean 65 is the first boat to emerge from its refit process ahead of this year’s Volvo Ocean Race. The VOR website has details of the boat’s €1 million overhaul at Lisbon’s Boatyard, which…
Surfing at Lahinch in a still from ‘Beyond the Break’
Surfing
#Surfing - Lahinch-based surfing pro Fergal Smith is the subject of not one but two recent online documentaries — and neither for his big wave exploits. Smith turned to organic farming after a globetrotting surfing career, teaming up with fellow…
For almost two decades the high-speed craft HSC Jonathan Swift (underway in Dublin Bay) has loyaly served the Dublin-Holyhead since 1999. The fastferry annually clocks up an impressive 162,000kms.
Ferry
#Overhauls- Ulysses flagship of Irish Ferries departed today fresh from annual overhaul having dry-docked at Cammel Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. From Birkenhead the 50,000 gross tonnage Ulysses the 1,875 passenger/ 1,342 car capacity giant proceeded in the…
Transport Launches New ‘Seafarers’ Website
News Update
#Seafarers - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has launched its new Seafarers web resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain certification or qualification in the sector. The new website is intended…
Coastguard Helicopters In Monday Morning Medevacs
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Irish Coast Guard helicopters were called on for two separate evacuations from fishing vessels yesterday morning (Monday 16 January). In the first incident, Waterford-based Rescue 117 airlifted a fisherman who had suffered an injury on board his vessel…
Zorg Ella – a 21 metre barge originally used to transport potatoes in eastern Netherlands was transported by ship to Dublin Port as seen lowered into the water
News Update
#EscapeRoom - The ‘escape room’ business initially an Asian craze has arrived in Ireland and appears to be booming at the moment. The latest addition to the sector was launched in Dublin yesterday afternoon – and its backers are hoping…
Kenneth Rumball instructing in Dun Laoghaire harbour this Autumn. He will give a talk about taking his teaching from a hobby to a full professional career in Galway Bay Sailing Club on January 18
How To Sail
Irish National Sailing School Principal Kenneth Rumball heads west  this month to give a chat about his sailing career. All are welcome to Galway Bay Sailing Club on Wednesday,18th of January at 8pm. Here's what the Oranmore club can expect:  I…
Leader Armel Le Cléac'h has under 500 miles to the finish line
Vendee Globe
The Vendée Globe is going down to the wire with the leading pair of Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson split by just 78 miles as they enter the final 1,000 miles to the finish. Thomson has been playing catch-up…
The Boarncruiser 1300 Elegance won the Motorboat Awards 2017 in London.
Boat Sales
The annual Motor Boat Awards was celebrated last night at a gala dinner in London hosted by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine and sponsor Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance An audience of over 250 international guests saw the 2017…
Shane Mulvaney and Paul O'Donovan at the Irish Indoor Championships 2016.
Rowing
#Rowing: The entry for the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships on Saturday (January 21st) at the University of Limerick is over 200 up on last year, a new record for the event. There are 1202 entrants from 115 clubs, 63 of…
Marine artist Pete Hogan, who circumnavigated the world solo in the gaff ketch Molly B in the 1990s, has found it difficult to persuade people that he wasn’t the first Irishman to round Cape Horn single-handed – he says that it was Bill King, back in 1973.
Vendee Globe
The current Vendee Globe Race non-stop round the world is deservedly attracting enough attention without having to make over-stated claims on behalf of some of its participants writes W M Nixon. The official website is today carrying a story that…
One of the dolphins that stranded in Dungarvan on Friday 13 January
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group reports on the stranding of three common dolphins in Dungarvan at the weekend. Two of the three dolphins were still alive when found on Friday (13 January), though they were in “poor…
Accurate Forecast Puts off Fireball Participation at DMYC?
Fireball
Yesterday’s diminished Fireball fleet in DMYC’s Frostbite Series may have been a consequence of the actual weather mirroring the forecast writes Cormac Bradley. XCWeather had been predicting winds of 17 knots with gusts up to 28 knots from a WNW…
Eight new RS200s have arrived over the winter into Cork Harbour
RS Sailing
The Irish RS200 class association has announced Olympian Saskia Tidey has agreed to coach the Irish fleet for an ISA-supported class training weekend on Feb 4/5 at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Saskia competed for Ireland…
Cork Brothers Convicted Of Illegal Salmon Fishing
Angling
#Angling - Two Cork brothers have been convicted of stroke hauling a salmon last August in breach of Section 170 (1) of the 1959 Fisheries Act last August. At a sitting of Clonakilty District Court on 3 January, Judge David…
 UK 29er National Championship winners Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker are heading for Spain next month
Youth Sailing
Royal Cork's Harry Durcan was back on the water in Crosshaven, County Cork at the weekend with crew Harry Whitaker in advance of their first 29er skiff event of the year in Spain in February. The first Eurocup of 2017…
Thomson notched up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht in 24 hours
Vendee Globe
British sailor Alex Thomson – with Cork Harbour connections –  today smashed the world record for the greatest distance sailed solo in 24 hours notching up 536.8 miles on his 60ft racing yacht. Thomson, 42, is currently in second place…
 Alex Thomson (with Irish connections) is blasting towards the home straight of the solo round the world race in winds of up to 30 knots.
Vendee Globe
The race to the Vendée Globe finish line today became an all-out, neck-and-neck sprint as the leading pair's speedos rocketed into the 20s.  After several days of slow progress north in light winds, Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson (with…
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat forms this backdrop as cruiseships anchor off Villefranche-sur-Mer, south of France in 2010: (L-R) Thomson Holiday, Disney Magic (maiden call to Dublin last year) and Grand Holiday (now Magellan: see today's Afloat.ie report)
News Update
#Awards&Shows – The Irish Travel Industry Awards ceremony is to take place in Dublin on 26 January in the historic surroundings of the Round Room of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents…
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