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Round Ireland Record bid – MOD 70 Phaedo3 takes off at the Kish Lighthouse on Dublin Bay this afternoon
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Phaedo3 has just blasted through the start line of the official WSSRC course for the 'Round Ireland' record, in attempt to set a new time. With winds of over 20 knots, gusting 30 they speed through the line right beside…
Currently at Tory island, the low’s central pressure has already risen from 987 to 989
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If we’re going to have this abominable weather for the first week of August on the fronts and backs of the weaving Jetstream, then somebody might as well do something useful with it writes W M Nixon. So here’s cheers…
Phaedo3 (Lloyd Thornburg)  makes a Round Ireland speed record bid today at 3pm from the Kish lighthouse on Dublin Bay. Scroll down for live tracker updating every five minutes.
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Track the Round Ireland speed record attempt by the MOD70 Phaedo3 Lloyd Thornburg below. The record time to beat is: 38 hours, 37 minutes and 7 seconds. Stay tuned to the Yellowbrick tracker below.
A pro crew will make a Round Ireland speed record bid tomorrow from Dublin Bay
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Lloyd Thornburg's trimaran Phaedo 3 will make another attempt at the Round Ireland Speed Record tomorrow. Westerly winds are expected to reach 40–knots tomorrow giving ideal conditions for the 50–mph craft. News of the bid that has been circulating for…
HMS Vengeance is one of four submarines in the controversial Trident missile defence programme
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#Trident - Trident won't be coming to Northern Ireland - as there are no waters deep enough to host the nuclear deterrent submarines, according to one MLA. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken says that from…
The Omani MOD70 at 70 foot (21m) is almost half the size of Spindrift 2 (130ft)
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Fresh from setting a stunning new Round Ireland record in June, County Kerry's Damian Foxall and his Musandam-Oman Sail team have set their sights on another milestone record in the Transat Quebec-St Malo (TQSM) with a match against the world’s…
Woman Swept By Wave Drowns Off Clare Coast
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#Drowning - A post-mortem was expected today (Monday 11 July) on the body of a woman who drowned off the Co Clare coast yesterday morning. RTÉ News reports that the 53-year-old woman from Eastern Europe but living in Co Tipperary…
The Black Lough in Dungannon, Co Tyrone
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#BlackLough - The body of a woman has been recovered from Dungannon's Black Lough in the search for a missing person, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Planned searches were ongoing in and around the Dungannon area in Co Tyrone yesterday…
Winners at the 2016 Marine Industry Awards in Galway on 30 June
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#MarineAwards - The second annual Marine Industry Awards, hosted last night (Thursday 30 June) at the Radisson Blu Galway, saw Dr Dave Jackson of the Marine Institute named as Marine Industry Leader for 2016. The Marine Institute was proud to…
Beaufort Marine Awards principle Investigators Prof Tom Cross, Dr Stephen Hynes, Prof Dave Reid, Prof Fiona Regan and Prof Alan Dobson at the Sea Change Researchers Workshop at the Marine Institute as part of SeaFest 2016
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#SeaChange - The Marine Institute yesterday (Thursday 30 June) hosted a number of research projects highlighting important achievements made by the Government's investment in the Sea Change strategy to build capacity, support innovation and ensure the quality of our marine…
Excited to learn more about creatures of the sea at SeaFest, when it lands in Galway Harbour at the weekend (2 & 3 July), Ruairí Quinlan Owens from Kinvara gets up close and personal with a Monkfish.
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Marine Minister Creed officially opens third national marine (Ocean Wealth) conference and launches third Progress Report on Implementation of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth today. The Minister outlined the Government’s continued commitment to blue growth and implementation of Harnessing Our Ocean…
The late Claire Bateman with Commandant Ian Travers from Kinsale in March at the launch of Volvo Cork Week 2016 aboard LE Roisin in Cork Harbour. This was one of Claire’s last assignments for
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Claire Bateman RIP

29th June 2016
The death yesterday of Claire Bateman of Cork has deprived the world of Irish sailing and her own community of one of the kindest, most decent, obliging and quietly yet infectiously enthusiastic people, someone who put far more into our…
A unique set-up. Tralee Bay SC is on the mainland, exactly at the centre of this photo, in Fenit. But its marina in Fenit Harbour is accessed via a causeway bridge to Great Samphire Island.
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Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit may seem a long way from the established sailing centres in Cork, Dublin and Belfast Lough writes W M Nixon. But it is set in the heart of one of the most energetic and…
Minister for the Marine Michael Creed
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"The result of the UK EU referendum has the potential to give rise to significant challenges for the Irish agri-food sector, and I am keenly aware of the concerns of those working in the sector about the UK exit decision.…
BREXIT: The Thames has been the scene of the most colourful and unusual exchanges of the referendum campaign so far. Note the larger trawlers occupying where RMS St. Helena recently moored next to HMS Belfast in the Pool of London
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#GeldofThamesClash - Sir Bob Geldof and Nigel Farage reports the BBC News have traded insults in a nautical battle on the Thames over the EU referendum. Mr Farage led a flotilla of fishing boats up the Thames (trawlers occupying RMS St.…
The delivery can crashed onto its side on the shore of Strangford Lough along Portaferry Road
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#StrangfordLough - A delivery driver sustained minor injuries after his van crashed into Strangford Lough on Friday evening, according to BelfastLive. The van reportedly spun off the road near Newtownards on a stretch of Portaferry Road known for similar incidents…

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