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The partnership is a signal of the Volvo Ocean Race's commitment to the sport and future of offshore sailing
World Sailing
The Volvo Ocean Race, Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group will today become the Official Automotive Partner of World Sailing, the International Governing Body for the sport. As part of an ambitious plan, World Sailing will partner with the Volvo…
Three hulls, but not what you might have imagined,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner, revealing the choice of the next generation One Design boats, and referencing the difficult decision of whether to opt for a monohull or multihull design for the ocean legs, a subject that has been passionately debated by Volvo Ocean Race fans
Volvo Ocean Race
Billed as the 'most radical shake-up of the world’s leading round the world race since 1973', the Volvo Ocean Race today unveiled a series of radical initiatives that will create the toughest all-round test in professional sailing and strengthen the…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 11.30am yesterday morning (Wednesday 17 May) to go to the aid of a 70ft fishing vessel that sought assistance 10 miles south east of the Old Head of Kinsale in…
The campaign will be backed by Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai & Co., the Hong Kong-based owner of supermaxi yacht Scallywag
Volvo Ocean Race
The fifth entry to the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will sail under the name Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag and will represent Hong Kong, it was announced today. The campaign will be backed by Seng Huang Lee and…
Spanning the generations. At the award of the Mitsubishi Motors “Sailing Club of the Year 2017” trophy to Wicklow Sailing Club were (back row, left to right) Cillian Ballesty, Robert Bell King, Carl Somers, Kieran Fitzgerald and Ryan Fitzgerald, (middle row) W M Nixon, Billy Riordan (CEO Frank Keane Holdings), Jack Roy (President Irish Sailing Association), Frank Keane (Chairman FKH, owners of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland), Denise Cummins (Commodore, Wicklow SC (2017-2018), Hal Fitzgerald (Commodore WSC 2015-2016), and Gerard Rice (MD, Mitsubishi Motors) (front row) Jack Cummins and Hal Og Fitzgerald. Photo: Angela Ballesty
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The sun shone on a crowded Wicklow Sailing Club last night as one of the country’s smallest clubs was celebrated with the presentation of the Mitsubishi Motors “Sailing Club of the Year 2017” award to WSC in recognition of its…
Sail Training Ireland Seek Manager of Trainee Programme
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Sail Training Ireland is the national Sail Training organisation and a charity with youth development at its core.  Manager of Trainee Programme  Sail Training Ireland (STIRL) is seeking a Manager for their Trainee Programme. This role will suit a dynamic…
The 'Kaitaki' Afloat adds was the former Isle of Innisfree, ICG's first custom built tonnage that served Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route from 1995, however the 1,650 passenger/600 car ferry became surplus to operational requirements following delivery of the giant cruiseferry Ulysses in 2001.  The 'Innisfree' from 2002 was chartered initially to operators in Europe before heading to New Zealand waters and most recently to buyers KiwiRail. They operate the 22,000 tonnes vessel on the 'InterIslander' route across the Cook Strait.
Ferry
#FerrySell - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, revealed today it has agreed to sell the €45 million sale of a passenger ferry to a New Zealand company, KiwiRail, as the Irish group reported that its revenues…
A Belfast Harbour based firm that operates stone quarries has won a 55,000 tonne export order to surface roads in Limburg, the southernmost province of the Netherlands
Belfast Lough
#StoneExports - A Belfast Harbour based firm Conexpo that operates stone quarries has won a Dutch order as part of its exports to surface Europe’s busiest roads. The company won the export order to supply 55,000 tonnes to reconstruct 26km…
A competitor in the Class 40 Normandy Channel Race at the Fastnet Rock off the Cork coast
Offshore
It’s been a studious, laborious night for the 20 competitors still out on the offshore race track in the Normandy Channel Race. The SW’ly wind is right on the nose as they continue to battle towards Fastnet Rock after rounding…
The RNLI coxswain brought the Rosslare lifeboat alongside the yacht to fix an accidentally activated EPIRB
RNLI Lifeboats
Rosslare Harbour RNLI all weather was launched by the volunteer lifeboat crew yesterday morningat 11.45am to respond to an EPIRB distress signal (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Irish Coast Guard alerted Rosslare Harbour RNLI to immediately launch following an…
200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route
Drogheda Port
The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer. 200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route. Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one…
The new Committee Boat is launched in Cowes
Cowes Week
The official launch of Cowes United, a brand new Committee Boat for Cowes, took place on 13th May on Trinity Landing opposite the Royal London Yacht Club. Ben Rouse, High Sheriff of the Island, made an amusing speech and dedication.…
Land Rover BAR Crash Into Emirates Team New Zealand In Practice Racing
America's Cup
The second practice race day today in Bermuda, ended in a heavy pre start collision when Land Rover BAR collided with Emirates Team New Zealand after they had been comprehensively shut out in last stages of the pre start sequence.…
Transit Gateway Mapping Phase 4: Dublin Port from 1867 to 1897 Frenzy & Excitement
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As part of “Port Perspectives”, Transit Gateway is a project that documents the transitional changes of the shape of Dublin Port from its medieval shoreline to its current infrastructure. This months free seminar: Mapping Phase 4 Dublin Port 1867-1897…
Does the Government understand the potential in the seas around this island nation?
Island Nation
Once a fortnight I sit in the studios of the Community Radio Station in Youghal, to present and produce This Island Nation, which I describe as "the maritime programme reporting on marine culture, history and tradition, bringing together the community…
The cruise liner Serenissima  arrives at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The luxury liner is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59 cabins and a passenger and crew complement of 160 people
Cruise Liners
The arrival of the five star luxury cruise ship Serenissima into Dun Laoghaire this morning kicks off the town's summer cruise-liner visits this morning. Weighing in at over 2,500 tonnes, the Serenissima is the length of a soccer pitch, has 59…
Hawaii celebrations – crew on board for the record–breaking run were: Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson, Fletcher Kennedy, Justin Slattery, Pete Cumming, Henry Bomby and David Swete
Offshore
County Cork's Justin Slattery onboard Lloyd Thornburg's Phaedo3 swept past Diamond Head Lighthouse buoy at 4:32:18am local time in Hawaii today, to shave an hour off the previous record Transpacific record. The total elapsed time was 3 days, 16 hours…
The mystery burgee on display in Galway Bay Sailing Club
Historic Boats
In the Committee Room of Galway Bay Sailing Cub there hangs a neatly-framed flag writes W M Nixon. But the flag itself is no longer neat – it has been battered by the winds. This flag has been about, and…
Causeway Coast Hosts Surf Kayaking Worlds This October
Kayaking
#Kayaking - Portrush in Co Antrim will welcome 150 competitors from around the globe for the 2017 World Surf Kayaking Championships later this year. As BelfastLife reports, the event will take over Portrush’s East Strand on the Causeway Coast from…
Scarborough in North Yorkshire is a popular port of call for cruisers around the UK and Ireland
News Update
#Missing - Emergency services are scouring the coastline around Scarborough in north-east England after a yacht with no crew ran aground near the town early this morning (Tuesday 16 May). According to the Guardian, the yacht, named Don’t Panic and…

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