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Monday, 30 June 2014 19:21

Busy Weekend For Wicklow Lifeboats

#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI's volunteers had a busy weekend answering three calls for assistance in a 24-hour period. The first callout was on Saturday afternoon (28 June) at the start of the Round Ireland Yacht Race in Wicklow Bay when a competing yacht reported it was taking on water after sustaining damage on the race start line. The lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Nick Keo...
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) General Assembly, at its recently concluded 28th session, adopted Resolution A. 1078(28) which revokes Resolution A. 600(15) to extend application of the voluntary IMO Ship Identification Number Scheme to fishing vessels...
The bulk of the Round Ireland race fleet is fairly tightly bunched to the west of Loop Head in 10 to 12 knots of breeze from abaft the beam. Ian Hickey's Cavatina still leads IRC overall, but only four hours of corrected time separates the next ten boats and with more than half the race to go, that’s not much under the current circumstances. Liam Shanhan’s Ruth stays in 2nd...
#flyingfifteen – The third of the waterfront clubs summer regattas turned out to be a fantastic day on the water after a wet morning, with a nice building breeze from N/NE and sunshine most of the afternoon. With a good Flying Fifteen turnout for the DMYC event there promised to be some exciting racing. Gerry Donleavy was back in action sailing with Alan Green, other favourit...
#rsgyc –One novel addition to this weekend's Royal St George Frank Keane BMW George Regatta, one of the biggest club regattas of the year, is the "Try Sailing" initiative which allows non sailors, family members or first timers to get out on the water in the Club 1720s. Life jackets will be provided and the idea is that it should be a fun half hour or so in a sailin...
Monday, 30 June 2014 15:15

Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee
Reggie Lee, one of the most enthusiastic and active members of the Dublin Bay sailing scene and a longtime member of the Royal St George YC, has passed away to the regret of his many friends and shipmates. Our thoughts are with his family, many of whom shared his enthusiasm for boats. An engaging and entertaining character, Reggie was a welcome crewmember on a wide variety of b...
#dublinport – Dublin Port Company has paid a dividend of €8 million to the State based on its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2013. The payment is in line with the company's commitment to making a dividend payment of 30% of profit after tax, annually. It follows the company's total dividend payment of €15 million last year, which included a once-off speci...
#roundireland – The leading yacht in the Round Ireland Yacht Race has just reached the halfway point and the fleet is now experiencing a modest east to southeast breeze. As has been the trend in this slow race, the larger yachts will encounter lighter winds while the main fleet carries the pressure up to them, effectively resetting the clock back to zero, reducing the race le...
#UStrainingShips - A pair of US training vessels, one under sail the other motor-propelled have made new and continued old ties with Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Following a transatlantic sail from the US East coast, the SSV Corwith Cramer which as previously reported made her first visit to Cork City is berthed at the marina and was made open to the public yesterday. Th...
#etchells – Consistency is king and Bill Hardesty and crew of Stephanie Roble, Taylor Canfield and Marcus Eagan have earned the 2014 Etchells World Championship by sticking to a steady plan for success. Ireland's title bid, that included an eighth place in race three, was cut short after the sole Irish entry in the 90–boat fleet. Howth's Burrows family, sailing Be...
#rselite – Strangford Lough Yacht Club were hosts over the 28th-29th June for the 2014 Cardinal Analytics RS Elite Irish Championships writes Mark Fletcher. This was the first Irish championship to be held outside Belfast Lough, due to the newly established SLYC fleet emerging last year. As an added bonus, the event organizers were able to keep the sun shining all weekend. Ra...
#ShipScrubbers - The European Sustainable Shipping Forum) (ESSF) has called on European shipowners and port authorities urgently call for clarification of rules pertaining to use of scrubbers. The EU Sulphur Directive is set to come into force in only a few months, on 01 January 2015. The new sulphur requirements impose that ships sailing in the SECAs (Sulphur Emission Control ...
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:06

Three Top-Quality Races for DBSC SB20s

#sb20 – 11 SB20s battled it out on Dublin Bay yesterday for SB20 Sunday No. 5 race in a light F2 breeze and sunshine... OOD Barry O'Neill and his team of seasoned SBers Dave Barry, Ger Bythell and Gus Legge on the committee boat had their work cut out yesterday in a breeze that was forecast to die and clock around from the North East to the South East as the day progressed. I...
#irishlights – The Nautical Institute, the international representative body for maritime professionals with 6,500 members worldwide, has elected Captain Robert McCabe, Director of Operations and Navigational Services for the Commissioners of Irish Lights as President of the Nautical Institute at its AGM in Sydney, Australia on 17th June 2014. Congratulating Robert on his app...
#optimisteuros2014 – Ireland is a fortnight away from its staging of one of the largest sailing events of the season when the Optimist dinghy European Championships kick off at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay from 13 to 20 July.  The club have a new website up and running for the event here 250 sailors from 44 nations make it the second highest entry o...
#waterwags – In celebration of the 1000 years since Brian Boru the High King of Ireland fought against an alliance of Irish and Viking troops, Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club decided to organise a special event to celebrate such an important year with a two day classic boat event. Two Water Wags, Pansy and Good Hope left from Dun Laoghaire at 12.30 hrs. with a fair wind and fair...
#RNLI - After a series of 999 emergency calls reporting an object crashing into the sea off Bray, Co Wicklow yesterday evening (29 June), a brief search by the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew from Dun Laoghaire discovered a giant Mickey Mouse balloon on the water. Several callers to the Irish Coast Guard's Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Dublin reported an object crashing in...
#fullrish – The start of leg 4 from Les Sables on Sunday was pretty wild writes Irish solo sailor David Kenefick competing in the La Solitaire du Figaro. 25 knots and a two metre swell in bright sunshine made for a fine spectacle. The 2.5 mile windward leeward start of the long 490 mile leg to Cherbourg sorted a lot of things out quite quickly with fairly large variations in ...
#RNLI - Kilkeel RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew responded early yesterday morning (29 June) to a 40ft two-masted glass fibre yacht reported to be burning out of control. The owner of the yacht, anchored south south-east of Rostrevor Pier on Carlingford Lough, had been contacted and it was confirmed there were two gas cylinders aboard the yacht. The Kilkeel lifeboat Frank William...
Monday, 30 June 2014 07:00

Maritime Ireland Deserves a Tall Ship

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#tallship – You come across a reference to an island nation - the 20th largest in the world - that doesn't have a marine policy or a dedicated marine department, and you think it must be some kind of a joke. It's a ship of state without a captain, or a rudder. It adds insult to injury to discover that this same island nation was moved to the verge of bankruptcy after her...
#cruiserracing – A rare Bashford–made J/35 has recently come up for sale and is on the Afloat boats for sale site through Irish Sea based Liverpool boat Sales (LBS). This race proven example that has been well kept and maintained say LBS Not to be confused with the standard J 35, the Bashford built example is exactly the same weight as the others but is lighter in the bow a...
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