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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…
Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who named CMV's current flagship Magellan which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season
Cruise Liners
#DirectCruises - Former resident of Bulloch, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, TV Broadcaster and radio personality, Gloria Hunniford who is godmother to CMV’s flagship Magellan is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Hunniford who lived at…
Fergal McLoughlin, An Taisce and Susan McDonnell from the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association at a public meeting on the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour Dalkey.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - Locals in Dalkey opposed to the building of a residential and retail development in Bulloch Harbour writes The Irish Times have been encouraged to lodge planning objections before the January 19th deadline. More than 100 people attended a…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: The winds have finally changed in his favour and Gavan Hennigan has been taking advantage to put distance between him and the challengers for the third place he holds in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rowing race. On the…
Herring shoals attract seals and cetaceans to the South Coast in big numbers each winter
Marine Wildlife
#PairTrawling - Winter season pair trawling has been blamed for a spate of marine wildlife deaths on the Waterford coast this week, as the Irish Examiner reports. Locals in Ardmore discovered four seals and a porpoise washed up on their…
Map showing the section of the S2S due to open in March
Dublin Bay
#S2S - The latest section of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle route around Dublin Bay will not be opened till March due to delays on water main works, as Irish Cycle reports. Once completed, the new cycle track —…
River Slaney Salmon Ban Angers Gorey Anglers
Angling
#Angling - Gorey anglers have expressed ‘outrage’ over the closure of the River Slaney for salmon fishing in 2017, as the Gorey Guardian reports. Minister of State Seán Kyne said the move was made to help replenish and conserve stocks…
Enda O'Coineen was dismasted 180 nautical miles south east of Dunedin in New Zealand on New Year’s Day
Vendee Globe
#VendéeGlobe - Just days after admitting his “dream is shattered” after his dismasting off New Zealand at the halfway mark of the Vendée Globe, Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen is already preparing for a return to the water. And as the…
Camac, a Dublin Port pilot cutter launch with a containership underway in Dublin Bay
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport’s Statement…
Alex Thomson – who spent five years of his childhood in Crosshaven – at full speed in Hugo Boss. He is expected to finish the Vendee Globe next Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Les Sables d’Olonne, and is challenging Banque Populaire VIII for the lead despite losing the starboard foil – seen activated in this photo – at an early stage of the race.
W M Nixon
Enda O’Coineen may have exited the Vendee Globe in dramatic fashion on New Year’s Day when, as he drolly put it, Kilcullen Voyager stopped stone dead as she zapped into the back of a Southern Ocean wave, but his enormous…
Racing at Howth Yacht Club's Autumn League
Jobs
#HYC - Howth Yacht Club is recruiting for the role of Sailing Development Officer. The successful applicant will help create and implement a programme that will increase participation in sailing and other marine activities, devise marketing initiatives to promote/fund the…
Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles
Vendee Globe
Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but not for British skipper Alex Thomson who has pulled back 85 crucial miles on Vendée Globe leader Armel Le Cléac'h in the last 24 hours. Thomson revealed yesterday that in order…
The UK Coastal Marina of the Year for 2017 (over 250 berths) is Largs Yacht Haven in Scotland
Irish Marinas
Largs Yacht Haven in Scotland has won the UK Coastal Marina of the Year award at the London Boat Show.  The Yacht Harbour Association (THYA), a group association within membership organisation of British Marine, announced the winners of its prestigious…
Howard Pridding, Brienc Morin and Jonathan Fielding at the London Boat Show
Marine Trade
An agreement has been made between the UK’s South West and Northern French marine businesses in a bid to boost maritime tourism amid the uncertainties surrounding Brexit. British Marine South West (BMSW), which represents 200 marine members in the region,…
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