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Tall Ship Sailing News in Ireland. Events from Around the Country
#TallShips - RTÉ News is reporting on a major rescue operation off the Cork coast involving the tall ship Astrid, which has hit rocks and is taking on water. As of 1pm, some 12 of the 30 people on board the training vessel had been taken off to nearby Kinsale as the ship lists in the waters at Oysterhaven. Afloat.ie will have more on this breaking story as it emerges. Update 1.18pm: RTÉ News is now reporting that all 30 people…
#disabledsailing – A new initiative from sailing instructors at Oysterhaven Activity Centre in Cork aims to provide sailing opportunities for young people with disabilities on board the 70–foot schooner Spirit of Oysterhaven. Spokesman Shane Dwyer described how last month the club members crewed the "Spirit" to the Cobh Traditional Sailing Regatta in Cork Harbour providing crewing opportunities for six young people who were restricted as a result of either sight impairment, cerebral palsy or height restriction. The Spirit of Oysterhaven…
#Tallships- The Sea Cadet's training tallship TS Royalist this morning departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour under the command of Skipper Angela Morris, following an overnight visit after setting off from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, writes Jehan Ashmore. Royalist may be small with only 29m in length and on a beam of just over 6m, yet with her smart distinct black and white hull band colours she is easily recognisable wherever she visits ports and harbours throughout the UK. Her 8-strong crew…
#CelticMist - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's (IWDG) research yacht Celtic Mist is currently docked in Dun Laoghaire awaiting the start of The Gathering Cruise around Ireland. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 19-day event will see some 100 cruising boats proceed along the east and south coasts of Ireland from Dublin to Cork and Kerry. Along the way they will be recording any sightings of whales or dolphins along the way using forms supplied by the IWDG. Celtic…
#tallships – Rescue officials say they have "grave concerns" for seven people aboard a US schooner that has been missing for three weeks between New Zealand and Australia. Authorities said the Nina, an 84-year-old wooden vessel, is skippered by American David Dyche. There are two other American men and three American women aboard, aged between 17 and 73, and a 35-year-old British man. Maritime New Zealand said extensive searches by plane this week had found no sign of the 21m…
A windless day played havoc for the Howth 17s fleet which battled to complete a course but they managed to complete two good races, the first race of their kind in Dublin writes Gillian Mills. It is said that time and tide waits for no man, and neither can a working port whose lifting bridge determined when these classic craft and others in the Dublin Port Riverfest/OGA 50 had to exit to clear water.
#DublinRiverfest- The 101 year old cruising yawl Ainmara is among the many participating vessels to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Old Gaffers Association (OGA) at the Dublin Port 'Riverfest' this Bank Holiday Weekend (1-3 June), writes Jehan Ashmore. The 36ft Ainmara, is to make her centennial return to the River Liffey having been built downriver in Ringsend just over a century ago in 1912. She is owned by the noted Strangford Lough sailor, Dickie Gomes who has spent nearly…
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