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The Ireland Junior Quad: Barry O'Flynn, Jack Keating, Matt Dundon, James Quinlan.
Rowing
#Rowing: All the Ireland crews at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel in Belgium will compete in A Finals after a very good set of results in this morning’s heats.  The Ireland men’s quadruple and single sculler Georgia O’Brien…
Tom Dolan’s IRL 910 making a good start at Douarnenez in the mini-Fastnet in which he placed third, with his mainsail carrying the Smurfit Kappa logo for the first time
W M Nixon
The great solo sailing challenges of world sailing are acquiring added stature as sailing is enmeshed in ever-more-advanced technologies. With fully-crewed vessels, interest in the people involved as individuals seems to decline in an inverse ratio to the rising graph…
The deep sea coral Solenosmilia variabilis
Marine Science
#MarineScience - A team of scientists have discovered the deepest known occurrence of a cold water coral reef known as Solenosmilia variabilis in Irish waters. The marine scientists, led by the Marine Institute with the National Parks and Wildlife Service…
Sean Craig sailing IRL 2382 behind Finns Kristo Ounap and Ants Haavel, and Britain’s John Warburton
RS Sailing
#RSAero - It’s a seventh-place finish for Sean Craig in the Aero 7 at the Rooster RS Aero Worlds in France. After a gruelling 15 races over five days, the third discard kicked in – allowing Germany’s Marcus Walther and…
Lancer at sea in the mid Atlantic after its release from the RV Celtic Explorer on 22 April
Marine Science
#Lancer - The unmanned miniature yacht Lancer is heading back to Ireland – and may make landfall in Kerry or Cork within weeks. The 1.5m boat made the news when it was found washed ashore in Connemara by local girl…
The yacht was taken under tow and brought safely back to Ballycastle in an operation lasting four hours
RNLI Lifeboats
Red Bay RNLI in County Antrim has rescued two men this afternoon (Friday 28 July) after their 10m yacht encountered steering problems off Rathlin Island. The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 9.50am following a request from Belfast Coastguard…
Baltimore RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI launched this morning (Friday 28 July) to locate a vessel sending an alarm from their positioning beacon off the coast of West Cork. The Irish Coast Guard requested the launch just before 10am after it had…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launches to the report of a stranded cruiser near Hare Island
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI’s volunteers were surprised to find a man whose cruiser had grounded near Hare Island had spent the night alone stranded in the lake as he was reluctant to call for help. Valentia Coast Guard requested…
The Irish Optimist sailing team at Dublin Airport, early this morning, on their way to Bulgaria
Optimist
The Irish Optimist Sailing team are on their way to Burgas, Bulgaria to take part in the European Championships. Two hundred and fifty sailors will participate in the week-long event with ten races expected from 30th July to 5th August. The…
Cunard Line’s Vista class cruise ship Queen Elizabeth berthed at Cobh
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - A new cruise liner terminal for Cobh could be up and running by 2020, as the Irish Examiner reports. Port of Cork commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy says Ireland’s only dedicated cruise ship berth needs to take advantage…
Prospect (Chris Johnston) was a DBSC Beneteau 31.7 race winner
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BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster) CRUISERS 0 - 1.…
Maybe about a tenth at most of the total 220-strong fleet in the current International Moth Worlds on Lake Garda are seen going well here while the good conditions last
Moth
The fleet in the International Moth Worlds 2017 at Lake Garda have finally boiled down to “only” 220 boats after some early estimates reckoned they should be expecting between 240 and 250 writes W M Nixon. But as it is,…
The restored ketch Ilen in her new colours, and maybe smiling to herself about it all
Historic Boats
There are those who think that attributing characteristics of sentient life to the appearance of a boat is quaint to the point of serious irritation writes W M Nixon. So those opposed to such hyper-anthropomorphism may as well look elsewhere…
The combined Irish Cruising Club/Ocean Cruising Club muster in Ensenada de Barra last Tuesday, with Alex and Daria Blackwell’s much-travelled Bowman 57 ketch Aleria from Clew Bay at centre
Cruising
The sixty-boat twelve-day Irish Cruising Club Cruise-in-Company in northwest Spain comes to a conclusion in Bayona tonight after an impressive display of well-planned logistics by lead organiser Peter Haden and his team writes W M Nixon. This saw the many…
Christian Zugel’s MAT 1180 Tschüss will have four Irish crew for Cowes Week
Cowes Week
#CowesWeek - Maurice O’Connell and three other Irish sailing stalwarts are headed to the Isle of Wight to join the crew of Tschüss, Christian Zugel’s MAT 1180, for Cowes Week. Navigator Ross Monson, boat captain and pit boss Johnny Mordant,…
Sean Craig sailing IRL 2382 at Carnac
RS Sailing
#RSAero - Sean Craig, Ireland’s lone entry in the Rooster RS Aero Worlds, is currently in fifth place in the Aero 7 division after three days of racing at the Yacht Club de Carnac in France. As of yesterday evening…
Royal Cork Yachts among the fishing boats at Ballycotton
Royal Cork YC
Rounding Ballycotton Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon was satisfying, after a long beat from Crosshaven in the restored Royal Cork Ballycotton Race. Over the 15-mile course which took about three hours a Northerly breeze veered through to an Easterly whisper and then -…
Newcastle RNLI assisting the grounded yacht at Ardglass Marina in the early hours of Wednesday morning
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI volunteer crews were woken by their pagers at 3.34am yesterday morning (Wednesday 26 July) after a lone yachtsman ran aground at the mouth of Ardglass Marina in Co Down. The all-weather lifeboat Eleanor and Bryant Girling…
Dr.Michael Kennedy and the disappearance of the South Arklow Lightship
Tom MacSweeney
The Irish Lights issued a statement about the South Arklow Lightship that didn’t tell the full story. Their official explanation that it was missing off station was that it had “disappeared.” In reality it had been sunk! Dr. Michael Kennedy…
Clifden RNLI’s lifeboats on exercise
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Clifden RNLI launched their inshore and all-weather lifeboats on Tuesday night (27 July) to reports of a pleasure boat in difficulty east of Davillaun Island. The eight people on board had been to Inishbofin for the day and were returning…

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