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Marina berths at Carrick-on-Shannon
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#Shannon - RTÉ News reports that the bodies of a man and a woman were recovered from the water at a marina in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday afternoon (Friday 31 March) just hours after they were reported missing. The couple, an Irish…
A screen-grab which shows that Phaedo 3 sailed to the eastward of the Great Foze Rock (as permitted under WSSR Rules) when sailing south past the Blasket Islands at 26.4 knots at 10:05:50 UTC on 4th August 2016 during her anti-clockwise record-breaking circuit of Ireland.
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A rocky Irish islet in the Atlantic, a steep little place where former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey and his family and friends once partied, faced being ceded to Portugal last autumn following close examination of current Round Ireland record footage. Afloat.ie…
The event that brought Helen Mary Wilkes’ remarkable administrative talents to international attention was the Optimist Worlds in Howth in 1981
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A lifetime of enthusiastic and effective dedication to voluntary work in international sailing administration has very deservedly resulted in the award of World Sailing’s Gold Medal to Ireland’s Helen Mary Wilkes writes W M Nixon. She is originally from Scotland…
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Johnny Durcan tops fleet of 50 to cash in at Royal Cork’s PY1000, 1720s take Spring Chicken 1-2, girl power triumphs at Leinster Schools champs, and four Irish 49ers launch Olympic bid in  Roy takes over the helm of Irish Sailing Former Olympic race officer…
Tom Kelley brings his decades of innovation expertise to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway this June
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#OurOceanWealth - Tom Kelley of award-winning global design and development firm IDEO will encourage leaders in Ireland's marine sector to engage in creative thinking at the 2017 Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Galway this June. Kelley is regarded as a…
The accused US Navy chief petty officer is attached to the USS Donald Cook based in Cadiz, Spain
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#Crime - A US naval officer is in Garda custody over an alleged sexual assault in a Dublin hotel, as Navy Times reports. A spokesperson for the US Embassy confirmed that the alleged incident was reported on Wednesday 22 March…
The LÉ Aisling which was decommissioned has attracted just two bids at Cork auction today.
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#AislingSold -Former Naval Service offshore patrol vessel Aisling, has been sold at a public auction in Cork for €110,000, reports RTE News. There were just two bids for the OPV, which was bought by a representative of a Dutch company…
27–times Irish Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen lines up at the start of the speed record course at Salin de La Palme
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Multiple Irish Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen from Dublin joins the fastest windsurfers in the world, in a bid to break the Windsurfing Speed World Record, at a newly designed speed course at Salins De La Palme, in the south…
Man of the sea. Hugh Kennedy at the helm of his Clare Lallow-built classic Tosca IV, putting the Coningbeg Lightvessel astern during the annual summer pilgrimage to Baltimore in West Cork
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Hugh Kennedy’s eighty-five years of well-lived life successfully combined so many aspects of Irish sailing, and indeed Irish life generally, that we have to keep reminding ourselves that it was just one man who so ably filled such a variety…
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With the DBSC series getting a Spring in its step, Dave Cullen forecasts a wide-open season for a Class 2 fleet that’s set to be Biggs’d up, & Winkie Nixon chats to Ireland’s Craziest Racers Afloat. Laser ace Kelleher tops Howth Frostbite table with finishing flourish,…
McMurdo SmartFind EPIRBs may be liable to experience cracks in the plastic of their top domes
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#EPIRB - Marine Notice No 9 of 2017 contains a product advisory for two EPIRB products manufactured by McMurdo. Under certain circumstances, signs of cracking may appear in the top dome cases of all versions of the McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB…
Welsh National Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, hosted an event this week in the capital Cardiff. Attending the event was the Port of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire County Council and partners on the Milford Haven Waterway to showcase the vibrant economic cluster of the largest port in Wales.
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#WalesBrexit - The ability of Welsh ports to deliver prosperity for all in a post Brexit UK was highlighted this week to Welsh Government Assembly Members, councillors and key business leaders at a reception held in the Senedd, Cardiff. Assembly…
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An Irish sailor recalls ‘beautiful glory of terror’ in capsize. Dun Laoghaire sailor Nick Dwyer and his round-world cruise campanion Barbara Heftman have hailed New South Wales marine police “absolute heroes” after their dramatic rescue yesterday, 210nm off the Sydney…
Nick Dwyer onboard his yacht VAL
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A Dun Laoghaire sailor said he encountered 'waves the size of buildings' as he awaited rescue on their broken yacht off the coast of Sydney.   Former Royal St. George Yacht Club sailor Nick Dwyer and Frenchwoman Barbara Heftman arrived…
Inland Fisheries Ireland CEO Dr Ciaran Byrne and SEAI chief executive Jim Gannon confirm their partnership on energy savings
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#IFI - Inland Fisheries Ireland has officially signed up to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Partnership Programme, which helps integrate energy management into public sector organisations. This new partnership will see IFI follow a clear path to achieving…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Maritime Journalism Award for Afloat's W M Nixon
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Afloat.ie blogger W M Nixon has been awarded the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Maritime Journalism Award. The presentation was made at the RIYC's Dun Laoghaire clubhouse on Saturday evening. In making the award, RIYC Rear commodore Patsy Burke told the ceremony, 'Winkie…

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