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#strangfordlough –  There is good news from Strangford Lough after a major incident during the GP14 Dinghy World Sailing Championships this afternoon. More than 200 people have returned to shore after 87 sailing dinghies were hit by stormy weather and gusts of up to 60mph. Apart from a few minor injuries – all crews from the 105 competing boats are safe and w...
#FastFerryRepairs - Following the planned withdrawal of Manx fast-ferry Manannan from Liverpool-Douglas service last Wednesday afternoon (6 Aug) as previously reported, it has emerged that it will take longer than anticipated to complete repairs to a damaged engine of the craft. According to operators, Isle of Man Steam Packet, the Manannan has been running on three engines sin...
Monday, 11 August 2014 15:10

Strangford Lough Dinghy Racing Hit By Stormy Weather – Major Incident Declared

#coastguard – The Coastguard is this afternoon coordinating a rescue response after approximately 100 sailing dinghies at the GP14 world championships hosted by East Down Yacht Club were hit by stormy weather on Strangford Lough. A major incident has been declared. Belfast Coastguard was first contacted just before 2pm reporting that some of the boats had capsized, while othe...
#rssailing – Sixty one Feva's, RS200's and RS400's descended on Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) from the 8th to the 10th of August to compete in what was each class's 2014 National Championships writes RS Ireland Class communication officer David Rose. This organisational marriage of classes from RS continues to work really well together and brings with it ...
#RNLI - Howth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 1.20pm yesterday afternoon (10 August) to reports of a fishing trawler with a fouled propeller drifting north-east of Lambay Island. Skerries RNLI's volunteer crew also launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson, but were stood down when it became clear that Howth's Trent-class lifeboat was more apt for the job. The Ho...
#RNLI - A surfer got into difficulty on Saturday evening (9 August) at Tullan Strand in Bundoran and was being swept out to sea when a member of the public spotted the situation and called the emergency services. Two other surfers went to his aid while the pagers of the volunteer crew of the Bundoran lifeboat were set off at 6.05pm, five minutes later the lifeboat was...
#loophead – A group of amateur ham radio operators will wind back the clock at Loop Head Lighthouse this weekend when they attempt to communicate via radio and Morse code with hundreds of radio clubs throughout the world. The Limerick Radio Club, which features members from Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary, will broadcast non-stop for 48 hours from the West Clare lighthou...
#rorcsrbi – The five VO65s and MOD 70 Musandam-Oman Sail along with the rest of the fleet in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race power reached through the line and are now officially away for an 1800–mile blast around Britain and Ireland. Yesterday's start was posponed due to strong winds. AZZAM got the best start but Team SCA just blasted their way through to...
#topper – Royal Cork Yacht Club's Adam D'Arcy finished fifth overall at last week's British Topper National Championships held in Club Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club. The 205–boat fleet included sailors from seven different countries. Connor Quinn (Carlingford Lough YC) finished 16th and Peter Gilmore (Strangford Lough Club) finished 19th. The British National Championsh...
#howth17 – The weekend's Howth 17 Footers Championships was won by Brian & Conor Turvey's 'Isobel'. Winning two of Saturday's four races and following a lengthy protest hearing between 'Deilginis' and 'Rita' (the latter then being disqualified from Race 2) afforded the Isobel team a victory by one point from Peter Courtney's 'Oona' with Ian Malcolm and crew of 'Aura' coll...
#mermaid – Strong winds gusting to 35–knots forced the cancellation of the first race of the Mermaid Sailing Association National Championships 2014 at Rush Sailing Club yesterday.The annual event for the three man dinghy class, which typically starts with the Rockabill Trophy as a first race prize was scrubbed as strong winds hit the north Dublin venue. Racing continues th...
#westcorksailing – Balitmore Maritime Centre (BMC) was formed in 2013, in order to continue the sailing activities of Les Glénans in Baltimore, West Cork which have ceased. Here BMC chairman Michael O'Meara outlines the work of the centre since it started activities earlier this year. Both Baltimore and Collanmore sailing bases have been put on the market by Fáilte Ire...
#modelyacht – Once again there is a model yacht skipper representing Ireland at the up-coming 2014 IOM European Championships held in Lake Garda in September writes Gilbert Louis. Jeff Kay from Howth Yacht Club will be flying the Irish flag once again. Jeff is not new to this level of competition as he represented Ireland at a number of European and World Championships o...
#CANOEING: Andrzej Jezierski finished eighth of nine in his B Final of the men’s C1 200 metres at the Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow today. It placed him 17th in the world. On Saturday, Michael Fitzsimons and Barry Watkins won their C Final to finish 19th overall in the men’s K2 1,000 metres, which is also an Olympic discipline. Canoe Sprint World Championships,...
#rorcsrbi – The decision to postpone this morning's Round Britain and Ireland race leaves the 1880–mile course and race record wide open, according to the co-skipper of the fastest boat in the race. Ireland's Damian Foxall, a former Volvo Ocean Race winner, says routing shows a possible three day circumnavigation time opeing up all sorts of record possibilities for the mara...
#Weather - Heavy rain overnight has brought some severe flooding to Howth in North Dublin, as this photo taken by Robin Blandford (via Irish Weather News on Twitter) early this morning shows. Strong winds from the tail end of Hurricane Bertha sweeping in from the Atlantic have destroyed the food village tent prepared for this afternoon's blessing of the boats. The flooding...
Sunday, 10 August 2014 10:56

Surfing Pig Is Making Big Waves

#MarineWildlife - If last week's video of a surfing seal wasn't extraordinary enough, how about this clip of a pig riding the waves in Hawaii? As the Irish Mirror reports, Kama the pig has gone surfing with his owner Kai Holt on the shores of Oahu since demonstrating his talent in the water after a fall into a swimming pool. Now the porcine paddler appears to be a seasoned prof...
#CoastalNotes - The Irish Independent's Kim Bielenberg recently enjoyed the hospitality of the welcoming coastal community of Strandhill in Co Sligo, where seaweed, surfing and sleeping under the stars are some of the key attractions. Strandhill is just one of the many seaside hamlets dotted along the Wild Atlantic Way, an initiative local businesses have been swift to latch on...
#rorcsrbi – Within an hour of the start of a race that is expected to last up to a fortnight the Round Britain & Ireland Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014. The race was due to start at noon today.The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure...
#Jellyfish - West Cork on Thursday (7 August) saw a young girl treated for a severe allergic reaction to a jellyfish sting, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. The Irish Examiner has more on the story of the girl aged between 10 and 12 who's believed to have come in contact with a Portuguese man o'war or similar stinging sea creature at Goleen beach. Within minutes of the inci...
Sunday, 10 August 2014 08:13

Round Britain & Ireland Course Reversed

#rorcsrbi – News that the Round Britian and Ireland course would be reversed drew a packed house to the Press Conference and Skippers' Briefing last night. It was standing room only, as world-class professional sailors and experienced offshore Corinthians listened in. The Royal Ocean Racing Club made the following announcement on the eve of the Sevenstar Round Britain an...
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