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Monday, 17 March 2014 11:09

Gloriana or Clipper Bow? Sailing Blog Sparks Comment on Classic Yacht Design

#classicboat – W M Nixon's latest Irish sailing blog has drawing yachting historians into a facebook debate about historical yacht bow shapes. It started when Scottish reader Donan Raven from the Universtiy of Edinburgh sought further annotations on one of the early yacht racing images used by Nixon to illustrate his story on Dublin Bay Sailing Club and its 130th bi...
#StPatricksSailing – Following Ireland's rugby triumph of the Six Nation's Championship yesterday in France, Celtic Link Ferries final promotional €1 crossing for St. Patrick's Day, has set sail this afternoon from Cherbourg to Rosslare, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Stena Line in February announced that they were to acquire Celtic Link, the Wexford based si...
Sunday, 16 March 2014 16:11

UCD Rowers Win Terrific Gannon Cup Race

#Rowing: UCD won the Gannon Cup for senior men after a terrific struggle, while Trinity senior women took the Corcoran Cup in facile fashion at the Colours Rowing Races on the Liffey today. Trinity’s crew led the Gannon Cup race from just after the start, but could not gain a clearwater lead. UCD’s pushes were relentless, and though they were still behind coming through the...
#Surfing - Irish surfing 'game changer' Easkey Britton shares some of the secrets of her day-to-day life with the Irish Examiner's 'Shape I'm In' column this weekend. Britton - who made waves last year via a film that documented her history-making surf trip to Iran - is constantly busy, which her post-PhD work in sustainable fisheries taking her away from home a lot. But the 28...
#clipper – The Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, China provided the perfect backdrop today as the Northern Irish entry competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race started Race 10 from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA . Thousands of well-wishers lined the quayside eager get one last glimpse of the 12-strong international fleet during an epic departure cere...
#canoe – An overnight trip to Salt Island ended prematurely when five Canadian canoes were swamped by waves as they crossed Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.At just after 12 noon a member of the public called 999 to report that two kayaks were in difficulty north of Green Island and there were people in the water. Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre sent the Coast...
#ChildrensArt – As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Children's Art Competition organised by the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire has been a great success. The museum thanks all those who participated! It was a hard job for the jury to select the winners from three age categories from which there were more than 600 entries. The museum really wished to ha...
#HSSprings -Stena Line's HSS fast-craft as previously reported, will return to the seasonal service of the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route on 9 April and continue operating for the next four months. The operator are running fares starting from €129 single for car and driver, on the service that will operate one round-trip per day with a 10.30am sailing from Holyhead and a 13.30p...
#fullirish – David Kenefick has finished 17th out of 35 starters in the Solo Maitre Coq race. The mid–fleet finish in the 270–mile opener to the 2014 season is a strong result for the Irish Sailor of the Year.  Here the Royal Cork sailor recounts his race, a game of four quarters. The first part was light, very light and so light that for long periods we just hung th...
Saturday, 15 March 2014 13:47

National Ferry Fortnight 2014 Gets Underway

#FerryFortnight – National Ferry Fortnight, the annual campaign to promote ferry travel, gets under way today and runs to 29 March. During the campaign there are special offers from twelve ferry operator members of National Ferry Fortnight. Almost half of them operate services on the Irish Sea, they are: Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, P&O Ferries and Stena Li...
#NEWmaritimeMuseum – Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum reopens today, this will be the first 'full' season to include the maritime section of the visitor attraction since its launch last September, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, the maritime museum tells the story of one of Ireland's great maritime assets... the River Shannon. On display are exhibits det...
#Lighthouses - TheJournal.ie reports on the rescue of a repairman left dangling 40 feet in the air from the side of a lighthouse in Northern Ireland after the scaffolding he was standing on collapsed. The NI Ambulance Service tweeted this image of the worker's precarious situation at St John's Point Lighthouse near Donwpatrick yesterday (14 March). Thankfully the man was rescue...
#Award - Martin Black, author of Limerick publisher Peggy Bawn Press's GL Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design, was presented with the John Leather Award for Special Achievement at the recent Classic Boat Awards 2014 event in Mayfair, London. It marks the first time this prestigious award has been presented for something not directly related to hands-on traditional bo...
#dbsc – Ireland's largest yacht racing organisation is Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), which administers the regular weekly programme for the entire Dun Laoghaire fleet. It has been such an accepted part of sailing's furniture for so long that it might be too easily taken for granted. W M Nixon salutes one of the great cornerstones of our world afloat. Dublin Bay Sailing Club...
#DublinBay – This St. Patrick' s weekend will see Dublin Bay Cruises running a network of excursions across Dublin Bay linking Dublin city centre with Dun Laoghaire and Howth Harbour's, writes Jehan Ashmore. The specialised sailings on Saturday, Sunday and the Monday (15,16 and 17 March) are in advance to the excursion operator running regular season sailings which resume on ...
#OilReview - Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times reports that the Shell to Sea campaign group claim that UK consultants Wood Mackenzie has 'close connections' to oil and gas industry. Shell to Sea have criticised a decision by Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte to commission a review of Irish oil and gas fiscal terms from the British consultancy which has supplied information to oil...
#GermanNavy – A German Navy Training Task Group which docked yesterday in Dublin Port in the run-up to the St. Patrick' weekend has completed taking part in a NATO maneuver "Dynamic Goose" in the Norwegian Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. To see the route of the Training Task Group including those conducted in the Norwegian Sea (click link for map) . The flotilla of four vessels ar...
#torpedo – An investigation is under way after a 9ft–missile was fired from HMS Argyll at high security Plymouth nuclear submarine dockyard during a training drill this week.  A Royal Navy spokesman said: "We can confirm an incident occurred onboard HMS Argyll on Wednesday, March 12, at 3.24pm, while the ship was alongside at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth. "During a...
#Cattleships- Express 1, an Ireland-Libya serving livestock-carrier which was detained in February by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has this week been on 'post-repair trails' in the English Channel, writes Jehan Ashmore. Having anchored overnight off the Cornish port, the Express 1 returned to Fowey this morning after a two-day inspection at sea of the 7,087 ton...
Friday, 14 March 2014 12:55

Helicopter Salvages Yacht off Beach

#solosailing – It seems there's nothing a helicopter can't handle in terms of recovery, even in a worst case scenario like the one above.This successful salvage lift of a Pogo 2 Mini 6.50 was completed at Bovisands beach on the east side of Plymouth Sound in Devon, England. That's a 430 kilogram keel too! ...
#Asgard - Round-the-world yachtsman Pat Murphy will give a special presentation later this month on what's perhaps the most famous yacht in Irish history, the Asgard. All are welcome to the talk at 6.30pm on 31 March at Donaghmede Library in North Dublin, at which Murphy will recount the story of the gun-running vessel's 23-day secret voyage to land munitions for the Irish Volu...
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