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Bavaria Lagoon 42
Boat Sales
Last week, Boat Sales Blogger was looking at a Rival 41 with proven ocean-going and world-girdling credentials, and an accommodation layout with serious seafaring in mind writes W M Nixon. This week, we look at a boat of broadly similar…
Tender For New ‘Umbrella Brand’ For Ireland’s Marine Sector
News Update
#BlueEconomy - The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) is inviting tenders for the supply of services to develop a new ‘umbrella style’ brand identity for Ireland’s ‘blue economy’. The new tender from the IMDO – the Government agency responsible for…
Bottlenose dolphins are a regular delight for wildlife spotters around Ireland's coast
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Ireland’s whales and dolphins feature in a new atlas of the country’s wildlife, as The Irish Times reports. The Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015, published by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, maps the distribution of 77 mammal…
HMS Caroline in partnership with PRONI is to host an archive event in March to include the role of women in World War I. The veteran C class light battle cruiser is currently closed for hull conservation work at H&W and is scheduled to reopen as a visitor attraction in Spring.
News Update
#WomenWWI - In partnership, HMS Caroline and the Public Service of Northern Ireland (PRONI) will present an afternoon themed around archive creation and care on 23 March. The time for the event is 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm and held…
The INSS has launched an inter–company competition and networking through sailboat racing
Dublin Bay
Do you tell your friends or work colleagues all about your sailing adventures? Do they ask when you will bring them sailing or racing? Kenneth Rumball of the Irish National Sailing School thinks he may have the answer for you. The…
In 1964, the Secretary of State for Scotland ordered a trio of nuclear ships to be built for senior UK Government officials and members of the Royal Family. Among the ships was Columba (currently cruiseship Hebridean Princess seen above in Dublin). They were chartered to Macbrayne Ltd where they operated as ordinary car ferries but they had extraordinary features making it possible for them to act as 'floating nuclear bunkers'.
News Update
#FerryNuclear - In the event of a nuclear war between the West and Soviet Union, The Herald writes senior British Government officials would have survived on ships specially built by Caledonian MacBrayne as 'floating nuclear bunkers'. Afloat adds that among…
English sailor Robin Knox-Johnston on board his 32-foot (9.8-metre) boat Suhaili, in the Atlantic near the end of the 1968 Golden Globe Race.  His circumnavigation of the world, was the first to be achieved single-handed and non-stop, 21st April 1969. 50 years later, Dubliner, Gregor McGuckin, and 29 other entrants plan to replicate the original race.
News Update
#Lecture - "A Voyage For Madmen"- The Golden Globe Race 1968-2018 is an illustrated lecture by Gregor McGuckin which is to take place early next month on Thursday 2 February. The talk as part of Glenua & Friends lecture programme…
Getting away from the day job: Neil O'Hagan helming a Dragon
News Update
#SailingTalk - The next event in Greystones Sailing Club’s Winter Wednesdays series of talks hosts Neil O'Hagan of the Atlantic Youth Trust, the project that aims to bring about Ireland's next sail training tall ship. O’Hagan is also on-shore co-ordinator…
Oyster yachts 565 and 595
Boat Sales
In 2011 Oyster announced the Oyster 885 following extensive research and development of the project to build the Oyster 100 and 125. Observing that the LY2/3 code requirements meant the Oyster 100 had only 5 cabins for the owner and…
Rival 41 for sale on Afloat.ie
Boat Sales
It’s remarkable how many thoughtful sailors decide on the Rival 41 when they seek an able seagoing vessel which they know will fulfill their cruising dreams, and will do so with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of comfort…
Dublin's MGM Boats will be exhibiting on the Lagoon catamaran stand in Dusseldorf this weekend
Marine Trade
Boot Dusseldorf, the 48th International Boat Show, will open this Saturday and continue through Jan. 29 at the fairgrounds in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Organisers said the event will reflect the international market with a broad range of boats, yachts and water…
Lloyds of London with its origins in marine insurance using a coffee house in 1688 is examining the Irish capital which remains on a shortlist as it finalises plan to deal with Brexit
News Update
#LloydsofDublin? - The option by Lloyd’s of London according to The Irish Times in setting up a subsidiary in Dublin is actively been examined, as it finalises its plan to deal with the move to Brexit. The insurance market is…
Transport Launches New ‘Seafarers’ Website
News Update
#Seafarers - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has launched its new Seafarers web resource for all seafarers, fishers, recreational craft users and others looking to obtain certification or qualification in the sector. The new website is intended…
Zorg Ella – a 21 metre barge originally used to transport potatoes in eastern Netherlands was transported by ship to Dublin Port as seen lowered into the water
News Update
#EscapeRoom - The ‘escape room’ business initially an Asian craze has arrived in Ireland and appears to be booming at the moment. The latest addition to the sector was launched in Dublin yesterday afternoon – and its backers are hoping…
Kenneth Rumball instructing in Dun Laoghaire harbour this Autumn. He will give a talk about taking his teaching from a hobby to a full professional career in Galway Bay Sailing Club on January 18
How To Sail
Irish National Sailing School Principal Kenneth Rumball heads west  this month to give a chat about his sailing career. All are welcome to Galway Bay Sailing Club on Wednesday,18th of January at 8pm. Here's what the Oranmore club can expect:  I…
The Boarncruiser 1300 Elegance won the Motorboat Awards 2017 in London.
Boat Sales
The annual Motor Boat Awards was celebrated last night at a gala dinner in London hosted by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine and sponsor Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance An audience of over 250 international guests saw the 2017…

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