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#fireball – If the upcoming Pwllheli GUL World Championships for the Fireball Class are a light weather event, four of the five Fireballs who took to the water in tonight's DBSC race had a good work out writes Cormac Bradley. However, as it is very unlikely that a Worlds race would be sailed in tonight's conditions, the boats who took to the water can at least claim that they...
#dbsc – Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 11 AUGUST 2015 CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan) Ensign - 1. INSS 2 (A Rumball) FIREBALL - 1. Clandog Millionaire (J & C Clancy), 2. No Name (S Oram),3. No Name (B McGuire) IDRA 14 FOOT - 1. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 2. Sapphire (LorcanO'Sullivan), 3. Slipstream (Julie Ascoop) MERMAID - 1. Jill (P.Smi...
#RNLI - Howth RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat on Sunday (9 August) to assist a 23ft sailing boat when its lone occupant became violently seasick and incapacitated. The lifeboat was launched at 8.15pm and located the casualty vessel just west of Lambay Island 20 minutes later. There was one male crew member aboard who had been violently ill and unable to sail...
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 19:31

Galway Bay Ocean Observatory Completed

#MarineScience - A significant piece of ocean research infrastructure was brought to fruition with the completion of the Galway Bay underwater ocean observatory over the weekend. Through the combined effort of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Marine Institute, Commissioners of Irish Lights and Smartbay Ireland, the final piece of equipment has been d...
#MissingCrane! – Standing nearly 100m tall and weighing 840 tonnes, Goliath has been part of the east Belfast skyline since 1969, but it seems the crane has been overlooked by Google Maps. BBC news writes that the crane is one of two that still dominate the Harland and Wolff shipyard, where famously the Titanic was built. The huge yellow crane stands close to its twin, Samson...
#Ports&Shipping – The latest Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review includes the following stories outlined below. Report on Safety and Maritime Practises in the Irish Fishing Industry is Released - According to afloat.ie, chief executive of Irish Water Safety John Leech presented the report of the Working Group on Safety, Training and Employment in...
#royalcork – Just one month remains before the start of the fourth edition of the Rolex New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Invitational Cup. Taking place from September 12 to 19 at Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club's summer home in Newport, Rhode Island, this biennial one-design sailing event gathers together crews from the world's most famous and influential yacht clubs for an ...
#bantryblueway – Munster's first ever Blueway has been launched in Bantry today. The Bantry Blueway will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail in the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork and encompasses up to seven different points, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island before moving across to Reenbeg Point and back via Railway Pier. The Bantry Blu...
#loveboating – Poor old Tim O'Brien appears so down in the dumps about his River Shannon Motor Cruiser that he's outlined ten reasons why he 'hates his boat' in today's Irish Times here.  Tim imagined a life of ease, messing about on his boat at weekends, but after yet another wet summer he says owning a cruiser is like standing under a cold shower tearing up €50 notes...
#FormerFerryport – A potential £50m Stranraer waterfront investment plan is be moved forward following the selection of a preferred bidder, reports BBC Scotland South. Dumfries and Galloway Council and Stena Line have entered into a partnership with the McKinney Group. It has agreed to bring forward detailed proposals for the regeneration of the East Pier - owned by Stena Li...
#29er – Day two of the 29er worlds in Pwllheli in North Wales got off in almost identical conditions to day one. 15 knots South West constant, gusting mid 20's, moderate seas and with the sun shining bright by 11:30, this is sailing. Ireland's Harry and John Durcan lie 54th in a fleet of 190 with Irish girls pairing with Blathnaid O'Connell and Heather Sword 178th. Full ...
#ircwales – Plas Heli in North Wales hosts the IRC Welsh National Championships from 21st to 23rd August with competitors entered from all corners of the Irish Sea catchment area including Irish stars Jump Juice from Royal Cork Yacht Club and Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.There is a strong J boat challenge with Storm from Howth Yacht Club ready to do battle w...
#isora – The light and variable winds forecasted for Cardigan Bay also caused problems for the Race Committee for the Pwllheli rendition of the ISORA Night Race writes Stephen Tudor The course was confirmed at 1730hrs on Friday and this took the fleet to Gwylan Islands in Aberdaron Bay and back to Pwllheli. The competitors were able to take advantage of the fantastic sce...
Team Volvo Steph Bridge and her 15–year–old son Guy have successfully kitesurfed the 60–mile circumference around the Isle of Wight both making it round in less the 4 hours beating the current record. Guy Bridge is now the youngest person to kitesurf around the Isle of Wight in the time of 3hours and 34 minutes beating his mum back to Gurnard Seafront in Cowes by 17minute...
#BelfastHarbour - Belfast Harbour's "robust" trade will not be affected by any potential future sale, its commercial director has told BBC News. Joe O'Neill says the currently publicly owned harbour is run "very much in a private sector mode today... [If the harbour was sold] I don't believe there would be a substantial difference to the business in how we perform it on a day a...
#HiberniaExpress - The Hibernia Express long-distance fibre optic link has arrived in Cork, according to RTÉ News. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the transatlantic subsea cable is the first modern telecommunications cable of its kind to link North American and Europe in over a decade. Just before 9.30am this morning (Monday 10 August), Ireland's link to the main fibre op...
#RNLI - Portrush RNLI and lifeguards at Portstewart Strand worked together yesterday (Sunday 9 August) to help a person who got into difficulty on a jetski. Portstewart lifeguards were first called to assist the jetski but because of the large sea swell, they advised the coastguard to request the launch of Portrush RNLI to assist. The all-weather lifeboat launched at ...
#lifesaving – Ireland's top Lifeguards have won 18 medals in Wales at the European Lifesaving Championships. Ireland have never won so many medals at and International event before. Medal Winners were:Bernard Cahill from Clare won Gold in the Surf Swim at 500m ;Denise Bolger from Wexford & Emer Kelly from Wicklow won Gold in the Line ThrowDave Butler from Dublin and Camer...
#wakeboard – Irish wakeboarder David O'Caoimh, (21) from Dublin, delivered an incredible performance at the European and African Championships held this weekend in The Netherlands, to take the Gold Medal. David took the highest score through each qualifying heat to make it through to Finals, where he was up against athletes from Russia, Netherlands, UK and Italy. A profession...
#GalwayPortDelay- As plans to transform Galway Harbour continue to be deliberated by Bórd Pleanála, the Taoiseach has been asked to intervene to ensure the project gets European funding. The Connacht Tribune writes that the Planning Appeals Board is due to announce its decision on whether to give the go-ahead for the multi-million euro redevelopment of the city harbour, but i...
#rnli – The crew of Bundoran RNLI lifeboat were called out on Sunday evening (9 August 2015) to a body boarder in difficulty at Rossnowlagh Beach. Following a 999 call to Malin Head Coast Guard, the crew were paged just before 7pm and were launched in just under 5 minutes from Bundoran pier. Shortly before 7.15pm they arrived on scene at Rossnowlagh where the body boarder, a ...
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