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New €2M Funding Call For Angling Projects & Conservation Initiatives
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, has today (Wednesday 9 August) welcomed a new €2 million funding call from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) for angling projects and conservation initiatives. The funding call, which…
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Day Four of the Fastnet Race began with a guest appearance by the Courtmacsherry lifeboat, and the drama continued at the front end of the fleet with two VOR65s finishing within 60 seconds of each other. With boats still rounding the…
Loghlen Rickard in action on English Bay in Vancouver this past June
Laser
#LaserRadial - National Yacht Club sailor Loghlen Rickard was a close second in the Laser Radial at this past weekend’s Leinsters in Rush. It’s the latest strong result for the youth sailor who recently took his talents some 7,000km west for…
Pat O’Neill of OctupussE claimed the trophy and the E-Boat National title
Racing
#E-Boat - Pat O’Neill sailed OctupussE consistently to a deserved victory in the E-Boat National Championships held on the second weekend of June, writes Findlay MacDonald. The championships were hosted at the Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club following a super…
Flying Fifteen crew register: The local fleet, now with 28 boats based in four locations around the harbour, has established an online crew register so that sailors looking for the close, exciting racing that the Fifteen has to offer can sign up with details of their skills and experience.
Flying Fifteen
Dun Laoghaire’s biggest one-design fleet sailing in Dublin Bay, the Flying Fifteens, have launched a search for competent crew to help get more boats out on the water. The local fleet, now with 28 boats based in four locations around…
Dom Long of the National 18s
National 18
As announced at the recent National 18 Championships, the Cork N18 class are hosting a big party in the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Saturday, 9th September in recognition of Dom Long's 35 years of service to the class. This…
The magic moment The Irish National Sailing Sschool’s J/109 Jedi with the Fastnet Rock put astern this morning. They rounded at 07:29hrs
Fastnet
With the brisk north wind holding its strength and more off Cornwall to speed the leading Fastnet Race finishers comfortably on the direct course to the line at Plymouth through the night, automatic predictions of final results based on performance…
Moville’s McGuinness brothers with Sligo’s Keith Louden and Alan Thomson in a relaxed mood at the GP14 British Nationals in Looe
GP14
#GP14 - Defending champions Shane MacCarthy and Andy Thompson of Greystones lead the Irish charge in fourth, with Moville’s McGuinness brothers in sixth, after three days of sailing in the GP14 British Nationals at Looe in Cornwall. Meanwhile, things got…
Lifejackets Must Be Worn Over All Clothing, Notice Reminds Water Users
Water Safety
#WaterSafety - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises everyone on or near the water of the correct use of lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs). Lifejackets should always be warn over all…
Fishing trawlers at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre
News Update
#MarineNotice - Piling and pontoon installation works were set to commence yesterday (Tuesday 8 August) at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre in Co Donegal. The works, scheduled to be completed by Monday 16 October are being carried out by an 18m…
The yacht in the safe surrounds of the inner Harbour in Courtmacsherry in County Cork this morning
Fastnet
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat completed the rescue of the 40–ft Fastnet Yacht Race competitor following the early morning callout at 3.21am this morning. Both boats arrived to the Inner Harbour at Courtmacsherry in County Cork just after 8am this morning, after a…
Bray Sailing Club members mingle with Lakers trainees during last week’s Try Sailing course
How To Sail
#TrySailing - Bray Sailing Club partnered last week with Lakers, a sport and recreation club for children and adults with an intellectual disability, to offer an introductory ‘Try Sailing’ course to seven Lakers members. The sailability programme took place over…
Ireland’s RNLI crews - including Castletownbere above - will feature in the 12-part documentary that starts on Wednesday 16 August on BBC Two
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lifeboat crews from Ireland will feature in a new 12-part Last year alone, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland documentary for the BBC. Saving Lives at Sea, showcasing the lifesaving work of the RNLI, starts next Wednesday 16 August at…
Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat crew tows a RIB with two on board to safety
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Two people watching the Fastnet Race fleet round the famous rock from a RIB yesterday (Tuesday 8 August) were rescued by Baltimore RNLI when their boat lost power.  The volunteer lifeboat crew, who were already on exercise in…
An Irish Water Safety Ring Buoy
Tom MacSweeney
There can be no equivocating about the importance of water safety, so the proposals by a Mayo doctor and Senator in legislation put before the Oireachtas to jail or severely financially penalise those who vandalise or steal public lifebuoys deserve…
Paul O'Higgins' Dublin Bay based Rockabill, a JPK 10.80, competes in the first race of Calves Week. Scroll down for photo gallery
Calves Week
Calves Week 2017 Regatta kicked off today in West Cork and Bob Bateman captured the action for Afloat.ie in the photo gallery below. The opening day started out clear and bright with a light northerly wind, forcing OD Niall Prendeville…
Alias (D.Meeke/M.McCarthy) were Ruffian 23 race winners
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B21S - 1. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 2. BILLY WHIZZ (P SHANNON), 3. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY) COMBINED CRUISERS TUESDAY - 1. Elandra (J Conway), 2. Windjammer (L Casey & D Power), 3. Hanse Off (J O'Gorman) CRUISERS 3…
George David’s Rambler 88 powering down the Solent after Sunday’s Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 start - it’s possible that she’ll be finished at Plymouth by midnight tonight. In addition to mono-hull line honours, Rambler is also well place to win IRC Overall
Fastnet
Heading into the third evening of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, with much of the heavy metal now on the homeward leg with a fair wind from the Rock to Plymouth, all are aware there’s a strong north wind out…
Yachts on visitor moorings in Youghal
Irish Marinas
#Youghal - Newly installed mooring buoys in Youghal Harbour are being examined after claims that a tangled chain almost pulled a visiting yachtswoman overboard. According to the Irish Examiner, the woman and her husband commented in Youghal Sailing Club’s Facebook…
Hugo Boss at the start of the Fastnet Race on Sunday, little thinking they would have to beat every inch of the way to the Rock
Fastnet
'Foiling boats like this don’t go to windward'. That frank statement this morning from Nin O’Leary aboard the glamorous IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss which he is co-skippering with Alex Thompson in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 goes part of the…

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