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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…
Lough Ree RNLI launched to the incident on Saturday afternoon 4 March
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#LoughRee - RTÉ News reports that a man has died after an incident while kayaking on Lough Ree yesterday afternoon (Saturday 4 March). Coastguard and RNLI teams recovered the casualty, believed to be an experienced water sportsman, after he went…
Always interested. Michael Booth, aged 92, aboard the family’s cruiser in Garrykennedy on Lough Derg in 2011, absorbed in one book with another – about Russia – ready to hand
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Michael Booth, who has died peacefully aged 97, was representative of an approach to boats and sailing which can be found throughout the worldwide sailing community, yet it is a way of sailing which gets little attention, as its whole…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
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#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
John Mulligan
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John Mulligan 1938-2017

15th February 2017
Ben Mulligan fondly remembers his father, Dun Laoghaire Dragon sailor John Muilligan, who died in February. Dad and his family narrowly escaped from the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 being evacuated by ship to Australia. They were later miraculously…
Early Bird Registration Now Open For Our Ocean Wealth Summit
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#OurOceanWealth - Early bird registration is now open for the fourth annual Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which takes place on Friday 30 June at NUI Galway. Global and national leaders from across the marine sector are set to convene and…
Hospital ship, Africa Mercy of NGO humanitarian agency Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. 75% of the world’s population live within 150km of a port city where the ship assists the world's poorest. Afloat adds that the former Scandinavian train-ferry, Dronning Ingrid, featured in a BBC TV documentary that followed medics from Northern Ireland as volunteers on board.
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#MercyShips- Mercy Ships a NGO humanitarian agency and Stena Line, the world’s largest privately owned ferry company, have decided to enter a long-term partnership. The goal is to raise general awareness about the charity, promote volunteering and charitable giving both…
Man Dies After Fall In Lough Derg
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#LoughDerg - Independent.ie reports that a man in his 60s has died after falling into Lough Derg yesterday morning (Thursday 9 February). Emergency services were called to respond around 9.30am after the man fell into the water while walking with…
Tom Dolan, originally from Co. Meath, competing in the 2016 French Offshore Racing Series in his Cailin Rua 11, a new 6.5m Pogo. His chief aim this season is to participate in the 4,000 mile Mini Transat 2017 Race for solo sailors.
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#Lecture - "2016 Offshore Racing in France-A Steep Learning Curve" -An illustrated lecture by Solo Offshore Sailor Tom Dolan is to take place on Thursday 16 February at 20:00hrs. The venue for the Glenua & Friends organised lecture series as…
The late Otto Glaser at the helm of his ketch Tritsch-Tratsch IV on a winter Sunday morning in 2011
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Otto Glaser of Howth Yacht Club, who has died at the age of 90, had been closely and personally affected by much of the trauma engulfing 20th Century Europe. Yet he emerged as the embodiment of a civilised, cultured and…
RYA Scotland award winners
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The boating community from around Scotland gathered on Saturday evening (28th January 2017) at the Glasgow Science Centre as RYA Scotland recognised the achievements and outstanding commitment of Scotland's volunteers, coaches, instructors, officials, clubs and performance sailors. The theme throughout…
A meeting of true minds. Stephen Tudor of Pwllheli, Irish Sea Offshore Champion 2016 (left), with Ted Crosbie, Royal Cork YC Admiral 1984-86 and winner of the Helmsman Championship of Ireland in 1950, at the Volvo Sailor of the Year celebrations in Dublin on Friday night. SCroll down for a full gallery by Inpho photography
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In public perception terms, sailing had never been higher on the scale of national interest in Ireland than it was in August 2016 when Annalise Murphy’s Olympic Silver Medal victory had an entire nation and its widespread diaspora on the…
Map of Rossaveal in South Connemara
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#Rossaveal - Galway Bay FM reports that health and safety inspectors are investigating an indecent at Rossaveal Harbour last night (Sunday 29 January) in which a man in his 40s died and another was injured. The deceased, a Donegal native,…

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