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#rshyr – A very disappointed Bill Wild has retired his Reichel/Pugh 55, Wedgetail, from the Sydney Hobart race after suffering mast damage in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race at approximately 7.40pm off Schouten Island. All are safe and well on board. The yacht is motoring to Schouten Passage. In last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart, Wedgetail, from Qu...
#ClasseMini – A County Meath sailor has launched a Mini Transat solo sailing campaign for 2015. Tom Dolan has announced his intention to participate in the 2015 Classe Mini Offshore Racing Championship, culminating in the renowned Mini–Transat Race starting on September 19. The first qualifying race is the 150–miles double–handed Lorient Br...
#moth – Three Irish dinghy sailors will join America's Cup stars, Olympic medallists and world champions among a record 150 plus sailors converging on Port Phillip, Australia next week when the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) in Victoria hosts the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth World Championship from 9-16 January, 2015. Howth Yacht Club's Alistair Kissane, Bangor's...
#IrishShipping - The liquidation of Irish Shipping Ltd three decades ago was the source of a row between two ministers of the then cabinet, as revealed in the recently published 1984 State papers. The Irish Times has details of a 'secret' memo sent by then Minister for Communications Jim Mitchell addressed to the Government that questioned the judgement of then Finance Minister...
#Rescue - Some 466 people were being evacuated this morning from a car ferry that reported a fire on board while sailing from Greece to Italy this morning, according to RTÉ News. As of 8am this morning Irish time, 130 people had been moved from the Norman Atlantic via a rescue boat to a nearby container ship some 44 nautical miles west of Corfu. Passengers have described a lac...
#rshyr – A joint Dublin Bay/Sydney crew are battling in strong winds to recover their mid–race third overall position after losing 22 places and first in division over the past 24 hours of the 628–mile Sydney–Hobart race.  The drop in performance – an estimated 1.5 knots off the pace all day – has prompted some of Breakthrough's shore crew to speculate that a t...
#rshyr – Wild Oats XI has secured a record eighth line honours victory in Australia's Sydney–Hobart Race. "This is the sweetest victory by far," Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards declared today after steering the silver-grey thoroughbred to the historic win. "To rewrite a bit of sailing history doesn't come along every day. To win a Hobart is a great honour but to win...
#rshyr – Irish crewed yacht Breakthrough is an estimated two hours off the overall handicap lead at the halfway stage of the 635–mile Sydney–Hobart yacht Race. Lead by top Irish offshore sailor Barry Hurley, the New South Wales entry from Jonathan Stone and Mathew Vadas is lying 33nm SE of Gabo Island in third place in the 109–boat fleet. After its second nigh...
Saturday, 27 December 2014 13:13

Making A Better Kill Cord

#KillCord - Kill cords are an invaluable safety feature for both professional and leisure boat helms, but the system is far from perfect. It's easy to neglect to attach them, as was the case in last year's RIB tragedy in Cornwall, and sometimes they can malfunction, causing a boat to go out of control. But there are a number of alternative solutions on the market that aim to ma...
#Angling - The 2015 tender process for Inland Fisheries Ireland's State fisheries is open till this coming Tuesday 30 December, with angling fisheries on rivers and catchments across seven districts open for bidding. Full details of these fisheries, as well as the application form for submitting a tender or tenders, are available to download HERE....
#Ports&ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene, where Arklow Shipping's fifth out of six 'B' class 'green' newbuilds Arklow Brave was launched in the Netherlands. Another newbuild, German built Loch Seaforth carried out sea trials in the Irish Sea for Scottish ferry operator CalMac, which involved departing the Clyde an...
Saturday, 27 December 2014 11:23

Perpetual Loyal Hits 'Something', Retires From Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race

#rshyr – One of the super maxis vying for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Anthony Bell's Perpetual Loyal, has retired and is returning to her home club at Rose Bay in Sydney. The crew believes the yacht may have hit something at about 9 pm last night (2100 AEDT), the hull started delaminating and the yacht took on water in the bow. The crew is safe and exp...
#Condor102 – The latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet, Condor 102 as previously reported arrived into the UK waters yesterday following her 10,500 nautical mile delivery voyage. The Condor 102 sailed into Poole, Dorset, which is to be her UK base when she enters Channel Islands service in late March 2015. The ship will be the first of her kind in Northern Europe. Watch...
#rshyr – The chase for line honours at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is intensifying with the leading boats approaching the halfway mark of the 628-nm Australian offshore race.  In the IRC handicap race, the part Irish–crewed Breakthrough Beneteau 40 is currently third lying overall. The Barry Hurley led team is the best placed boat of Irish interest. Pam Lee...
#rshyr – Seven hours into the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Jim Clark's 100-ft Maxi Comanche (USA) leads the fleet. A memorable edition of the 628-nm race appears certain, with the contest between the fleet's five Maxi yachts living up to the pre-race hype. At 8:00pm local time, Comanche leads seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI by one nautical mile, with Antho...
#AmericasCup - America's Cup holders Oracle Team USA are being sued by a New Zealand sailor over accusations that he illegally altered a catamaran used in a warm-up race. Matt Mitchell was suspended for the first four races of last summer's series in San Francisco amid a cheating scandal that rocked Larry Ellison's team and led to an "unprecedented" raft of penalties levelled a...
#Mussels - "Major concerns" abound over an endangered species of freshwater mussel after a Connemara roadway project given the go-ahead by planners before its design was finalised. According to The Irish Times, locals expected the road project to be an upgrade of the existing route between Oughterard and Maam Cross, but only found out later that a wholly new road would be built...
Friday, 26 December 2014 09:10

Super Maxi 'Comanche' Sets Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race Pace

#rshyrc – Super maxi Comanche lived up to all the hype today when she lead the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet out of the Harbour in one of the most spectacular, high speed starts in the race's history. Designed for fast broad reaching, the 15 knot plus south-easterly breeze on the harbour was made to order for the big red and black hulled yacht owned by American Jim Clark and his ...
#Surfing - Glenn Hall is the only Irish surfing name set for competition in the 2015 World Surf League, the new name or the ASP World Tour. Surfer Today has the full rundown of competitors, which includes such luminaries as multiple-time world champion and living legend Kelly Slater, and Irish-Australian surf pro Mick Fanning. Australians make up the biggest proportion of entra...
#rshyr – With less than 24 hours  left to the start of the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, Irish sailors, Barry Hurley, Catherine Halpin, Alexander and Kenneth Rumball sailing aboard the First 40 BREAKTHROUGH are completing some last minute touches prior to the start writes Kenny Rumball. The rest of the crew on the boat consist mainly of Australians wit...
#rnli – Clifden RNLI lifeboat crew had their first callout in their new all weather lifeboat last night (Tuesday 23 December) to bring a local GP to provide urgent and immediate medical attention to an elderly resident on Inishturk Island. The treatment means that the man will get to spend Christmas at home and not in hospital. Earlier today, Afloat.ie reported how some ...
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