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Wednesday, 24 October 2012 19:30

NATO Anti-Piracy Mission Comes Under Fire

#pirates – This morning while conducting routine surveillance off the Somali coast, HNMLS ROTTERDAM the flagship for the NATO 'OCEAN SHIELD' counter piracy mission, came under sustained fire from groups of suspected pirates. A boarding team from Rotterdam was making an approach on a suspect dhow near the coast when they came under fire from ashore and from the dhow itself. Rotterdam returned fire in accordance with Rules of Engagement, during which the dhow was seen to ignite and crew…
#NEWS UPDATE - The Independent reports that the wreckage of a vessel has been found in the search for a missing yachtswoman off the Devon and Cornwall coast. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, 65-year-old Ona Unwin left Falmouth in Cornwall on Friday in a yacht purchased just the day before. She was last reported in Mousehole, near Penzance, on Saturday evening after rounding the bottom of the Cornish coast. Relatives raised the alarm on Sunday after she failed to return…
#INSS – A sailing school training boat and an outboard engine have been stolen from The Irish National Sailing School (INSS) at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. The 'FunYak' boat was stolen last Saturday night and the an 8hp Yamaha engine was stolen last night.
Monday, 15 October 2012 13:02

Search for Missing UK Yachtswoman Continues

A 65-year-old woman who left Cornwall, in a yacht purchased the day before has sparked a search and resuce operation after she failed to arrive home in Devon. The £32,000 Seagair sloop was purchased in Falmouth last Thursday. Relatives in Bideford raised the alarm on Sunday after she failed to appear. According to a BBC report today, an air and sea search has been launched off the Cornish coast for a 65 year-old yachtswoman, who has not been seen since…
#SEASICKNESS - A surprising 62% of crew members on board yachts taking part in the Global Challenge experienced seasickness at least once along the 27,000-mile route. Those are the findings of a survey undertaken by Yachting World of the 223 crew involved in the latest edition of the wrong-way-round-the-world race, as magazine Yachting Monthly reports. The survey focused on the penultimate leg of the race from Boston to La Rochelle in France. The majority of crew were declared to have…
#sailing – Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has approved a grant of €400,000 for sailing, the biggest of all grants awarded today to 22 national sports bodies to buy new equipment and boost participation in sports and improve performance. The sailing grant which is 15% of the total payout is awarded for "mobile training fleets, transport vans, coach boats, coaching equipment, Olympic sailing equipment and training camp equipment (excluding eyewear)." The ISA says the funds will…
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 11:48

Cork Hosts Conference on Maritime Crime

#MARINE CRIME - TheJournal.ie reports that investigators the world over are gathered at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel in Cork for a conference on maritime crime. Scroll down for photos of the event by Bob Bateman below. The International Association of Marine Investigators conference - now in its 15th year - will be discussing topics from drug imports to accident reconstruction. The full conference agenda is available to read or download HERE. The I.A.M.I, (Irish Association of Marine Investigators) Conference…
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