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#MarineWildlife - New marine protections for Northern Ireland's waters could provide a further sanctuary for our smallest marine mammal, the harbour porpoise. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the proposed Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) for the area between Belfast Lough and Carlingford Lough would join the Causeway Coast zone protected in 2012. The news comes some months after...
#CarTheft - Gardaí have asked the public to be on the lookout for a black Peugeot 207 that was stolen from a Northern Irish couple while they were surfing in Brandon Bay on Friday 13 March. As The Irish Times reports, Kevin McCullagh and Oonagh Monaghan returned from their surf lesson on the Kerry beach to find that their car, which they had parked nearby on the quiet strand, ...
#Rio2016 - Rio is turning to Dutch researchers for help in combating its water pollution problems that continue to cause concern for the Olympic sailing fleet. As the Associated Press reports, water research foundation Deltares has developed technology using data collected from both weather and water conditions to predict areas where litter accumulates, allowing Rio authorities...
#Corrib - Mayo fishermen have criticised the State's response to the damaged Corrib Gas Field pipe, claiming that no Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials had yet been to the site, as The Irish Times reports. Last Friday news emerged that a section of the outflow pipe from the controversial gas project had been dislodged from the seabed after it was spotted by local f...
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:00

$1 Billion For Biggest Ever Superyacht

#Superyacht - Move over, Blush – there's a new contender for the superyacht crown that makes Eddie Jordan's giant look like a tugboat. Scuttlebutt Sailing News reports on the Triple Deuce, set to be the world's biggest ever superyacht at 222 metres, more than four times larger than the Irish F1 supremo's luxury vessel. It's also fixing to be the most expensive private yacht e...
#CorkHarbour - Five years after Spike Island was first opened as a tourist attraction, plans are in the making for a new interpretive centre on the site that could be ready by next summer. As the Irish Examiner reports, the €2.5 million Fáilte Ireland-funded project for the former prison island in Cork Harbour could see ground broken as soon as September ahead of ribbon cutt...
#TheEasterFerries – Ferries are gearing up in advance of the busy Easter break with vessels dry-docking or leaving their hibernation berths ready for Spring service and throughout the season, writes Jehan Ashmore. On the North Channel, P&O Ferries seasonal fast-craft Express had departed her winter lay-up in Belfast Port yesterday to undertake a passage to Scotland. This ...
#vor – Following latest information on the development of Cyclone Pam, Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced that Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí, Brazil, will now start on Wednesday, 18 March at 09:00 NZDT (Tuesday 17 March, 20:00 UTC, full story below).  "We see a significant change between leaving Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning in easier cond...
#fireball – According to the weather station adjacent to the HSS Terminal, yesterday's wind for the Frostbites was very consistent writes Cormac Bradley. Just before I took up my observation position it was recording a wind direction of 106˚ and as I left, with two races completed, it was still recording a wind direction of 106˚. The strength of the wind fluctuated bet...
#CruiseLiners- Azores became the first cruiseship in 2015 to Dublin Port yesterday out of around 85 calls this season, while a further 22 such ships calling for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, are mostly to anchor offshore, writes Jehan Ashmore. This year's first seasonal arrival to Dublin Port saw Azores call from the UK while on charter to Cruise & Maritime Voyages. The 550 passen...
#CoastalNotes - Via TheJournal.ie, check out this breathtaking video by photographer Peter Cox, who mounted a camera to a remote operated drone to capture stunning coastal vistas on the Wild Atlantic Way. Using little more than consumer-level tech, Cox was able to film incredible aerial shots of the kind previously only available those with big budgets on expensive helicopter s...
#Lifeboats - Donaghadee's lifeboat station is putting out a new call for volunteers - and women are particularly welcome, as UTV News reports. The Ards Peninsula town, just outside of Belfast Lough, hosts one of Northern Ireland's nine RNLI lifeboat stations, which combined accounted for 281 people rescued in 2014. But only 10% of the North's lifeboat volunteers are women, prom...
#TonnageTaxTalk - Irish Ambassador to Germany, Michael Collins opened the Irish Maritime Development Office's latest event in Hamburg held last month. Speakers included Rebecca Wardell, Business Development Manager (IMDO), Hugh Kennedy Kennedy's Law, Paul Packard Bank of Ireland and Dermot Lambe BMCI. The Ambassador who welcomed guests to the event on 26 February, stressed the ...
#420 – Irish 420 dinghy sailors  got the 2015 sailing season off to a great start with two top 5 results for Irish boats in the UK this weekend. 6 Irish 420s travelled to Rutland Water Sailing Club in Leicestershire for the 2015 420 Inland Championships. For the UK sailors, this was the first in the 2015 Worlds and Europeans qualifying series, so racing was of a high sta...
#MarineWildlife - The first basking shark sightings of 2015 were logged earlier this month, as Ireland's Wildlife reports. Bridget Healy spotted two of the ocean's second-largest fish from the shore at Ardfield, near Clonakilty in West Cork last Monday 9 March – a little earlier than they usually appear. But it's still some time off their peak numbers expected between May and...
#RNLI - RNLI Bangor's lifeboat launched at 7.55pm last night (Saturday 14 March) to search for a missing 12ft RIB with two persons on board after the alarm was raised by Belfast Coastguard. Within minutes of the rescue pagers being activated, volunteer crew had launched the lifeboat and located the missing boat close to the slipway at Ballyholme Bay. The vessel had experienced ...
Sunday, 15 March 2015 10:54

Surfer Rescued From Cliffs Of Moher

#Rescue - The Irish Independent reports that a surfer has been rescued after getting trapped at the foot of the Cliffs of Moher. What began a search operation for a missing surfer yesterday evening (Saturday 14 March) soon became a rescue effort when the man was found ashore at the base of the 700ft cliffs in Co Clare. The Sligo coastguard helicopter was able to winch him abroa...
#Rowing: UCC won the pennant for senior fours at the Galway head of the river on Saturday. The NUIG senior eight, Rowing in head three, were the fastest of the day, but were the only senior eight taking part. Garda's Damien Kelly, an intermediate, was the fastest single sculler. The head was held in excellent conditions. There were difficulties with matching the timing of the c...
#py500 – Séafra Guilfoyle has won the Royal Cork Yacht Club's  PY 500 dinghy prize this afternoon. Only 8 seconds separated 3 dinghy classes at the finish writes Claire Bateman. Saturday March 14 was the due date for the second annual PY 500 race at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Well, what a story. The morning dawned with a beautiful blue sky and wonderful reflections in t...
Saturday, 14 March 2015 20:10

Clean Sweep for Trinity over UCD on Liffey

#Rowing: Trinity won all four Colours races on the Liffey today. In the Gannon Cup for senior men, the men in black and white hoops took a small early advantage, stretched it to three-quarters of a length by Capel Street Bridge and won by one-and-a-half lengths. The two novice races were surprisingly one-sided for the Dublin University crews. The best race of the day was the wo...
#MarineWildlife - Cute by name, cute by nature: Sherkin, Buoy and Splash were returned to the wild after being nursed back to health by the volunteers at Seal Rescue Ireland. As the Irish Examiner reports, the three young seals – rescued after tips from the public from locations in Cork and Kerry – were rehabilitated over the past three months at the new marine wildlife ref...
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