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#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO - 1. Magic (D.Espey), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke et al) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Magic (D.Espey), 3. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke et al) CRUISERS 0 ECHO - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS...
Saturday, 13 September 2014 19:07

Tallship Phoenix at the Southampton Boat Show

#southamptonboatshow – The PSP Southampton Boat Show has almost 150 boats on display and accompanied by larger visiting vessels, among them the attraction of the tallship Phoenix. The two-masted brig Pheonix welcomes those on board during the show which continues to next Sunday 21 September. Phoenix has starred in countless shows and films including: Alice In Wonderland, Clas...
#Rowing: Two Ireland crews will compete in A Finals at the World University Rowing Championships in Gravelines in France. Ireland’s lightweight double scull of Gary O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll finished third in their semi-final today out of an unfavourable lane two in difficult conditions. The women’s lightweight double of Ruth Morris and Orla Hayes also qualified fo...
Saturday, 13 September 2014 09:37

NI Minister Greenlights Belfast Harbour Expansion

#BelfastHarbour - 4NI reports that Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark Durkan has granted planning permission for a 60-acre extension to Belfast Harbour. The expansion for port-related uses goes hand in hand with last year's announcement of Ireland's first dedicated cruise terminal for Belfast Harbour, that would accommodate next-generation cruise liners carrying more th...
#RNLI - Lifeboat volunteer crewmembers with Douglas RNLI on the Isle of Man were paged at 9.24pm on Thursday evening (11 September) to a report of a person in the Irish Sea off Victoria Pier. The all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary was launched under the command of coxswain Neal Corran, who proceeded to the seaward side of the Victoria Pier where the person was successfull...
#marinetourism – Yet another Failte Ireland Marine Research initiative is taking shape to examine the coastal infrastructure for leisure sailors of all kinds, and how facilities might be developed to attract visitors from abroad, while better serving the home fleets. In view of this new research programme, W M Nixon returns to the topic of Dunmore East's potential for develop...
#santander2014 – Ireland's Olympic Laser sailors were first into battle today at the ISAF World Championships in Santander, Northern Spain for an event that has as its prize Olympic selection for up to eight Irish sailors in five of ten disciplines. Belfast Lough's James Espey was best of the Irish with a solid sixth and 16th to be placed 26th after the first rounds, and cert...
#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI has assisted three crew onboard a 20m yacht which got into difficulty off the north Wexford coast yesterday evening (Thursday 11 September). The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 5pm to go to the assistance of a 20m sailing ketch yacht which had engine failure, some 30 miles north east of Rosslare Harbour off the Wexford co...
#Rowing: Ireland qualified two crews for the semi-finals of the World University Rowing Championships today. Shane O’Driscoll and Gary O’Donovan won their repechage of the lightweight double sculls and lightweight single sculler Chris Beck finished third in his to book their places in the penultimate stage of the competition in Gravelines in France. Four other Ireland crews...
#solentwhisper – Southampton Solent graduate Geoff Holt, the first quadriplegic sailor to sail solo across the Atlantic, will be unveiling the University's latest exciting technological development – an innovation which could change the face of small boat inshore racing.This year's PSP Southampton Boat Show will give the industry its first real look at 'Solent Whisper' - a ...
#cityone – The Ilen School's new sailing boat CityOne will be on exhibition for Culture Night in Limerick City, Friday September 19th. A fleet of four CityOnes will be on view from 6pm to 9pm on Howley's Quay. Culture Night, an annual all-island public event which celebrates culture, creativity and the arts, is a wonderful platform from which to exhibit the boats, whose dynam...
Friday, 12 September 2014 14:56

Southampton Boat Show 2014 Opens for Business

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#southamptonboatshow – Olympic sailor Iain Percy together with Freddie and Hamish Simpson, the children of British sailing gold medalist Andrew "Bart" Simpson, who died during training for the America's Cup, TV presenter Matt Baker and children from the The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, open the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014, with "Bart's" boys helping to cut the ribbon...
#MarineScience - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has officially opened a new laboratory at its research facility on its National Index Sea Trout Catchment (River Erriff) at Aasleagh Lodge in Leenane, Co Galway. IFI says it will continue to invest resources in the Erriff research station, as the outputs from research conducted here will be vital for the future conservation and ma...
#southamtonboatshow – Dun Laoghaire yacht firm MGM Boats Ltd is exhibiting at this morning's Southampton boat show that runs until Sunday 21st September.  MGM's Gerry Salmon claims the The MGM Boats boats for sale stand is the 'largest ever brokerage stand at a UK show'. 'We wanted to offer our clients a level of service never seen before in boat brokerage and ...
marineatlas – #Scientists from the Geological Survey of Ireland and UCD have contributed to a new Geological Atlas of the offshore geology of north-west of Europe, which will be launched today at the Geological Survey of Denmark, Copenhagen. The Atlas and associated database was jointly developed by 8 geological surveys and sponsored by more than a dozen exploration companies...
Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:19

Asian Clam Invasive Species Found in Longford

#asianclam – Inland Fisheries Ireland has prohibited angling at the 'hotwater' stretch in Lanesborough, Co. Longford. This emergency response it due to the confirmation of the presence of Asian Clam, Corbilcula fluminea, downstream of the ESB powerplant at the top of Lough Ree. Inland Fisheries Ireland has deployed a rapid response team to erect signs in the location prohibit...
#olympicsailing – 1,250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will begin competing at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Spain tomorrow. 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic places will be up for grabs at the regatta as well as numerous World Titles. The ISAF Worlds, hosted in Santander in northern Spain, is the event every sailor has been aiming to peak at since the London 2012 ...
#rnli – Fans of master artist Kenneth Webb will have the opportunity to get their hands on a new painting he will start during Clifden Arts week and auction to raise funds for Clifden RNLI. Work on the 20'x 24' oil painting which will depict a local scene from the 'Regatta at Roundstone' will commence during Kenneth's first 'One Man Show' at The Gallery in the Alcock and Brow...
#MarineScience - Applications for the Explorers Education Programme are now open for primary schools in Galway, Clare, Mayo and Sligo that wish to take part in marine-related activities and workshops for the 2014/2015 school year. “With over 50 primary school groups participating in the revised programme last year in Galway, we are delighted to announce the revised modules ar...
#ContainerAgreement– CMA CGM, the world's third largest shipping container operator, has announced the signature of three major agreements with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). Under the name of 'Ocean Three,' they concern the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Transpacific and Asia-United States East Coast maritime trades. The agre...
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:38

Dublin Port Fuel Pipeline to Link Dublin Airport

#FuelPipeline – The Irish Times reports that an aviation fuel pipeline between Dublin port and Dublin airport is to be lodged with a planning application to City and Fingal councils in the coming weeks. The project envisages replacing existing road tanker traffic with direct pipeline supply and would involve major works along suburban routes such as the Malahide Road. The pip...
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