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#optimistworlds – After eight races sailed of the Optimist World Championship at Club Nautico San Isidro, Argentina, Royal Cork's Harry Durcan is lying 22nd from 70 in his red flight of a massive 210–boats. The Munster youth had a difficult start to his regatta counting two starting penalties in his first two races but by race eight had bounced back to take a ninth, hi...
#HSSresumes – Stena Line sailings will resume on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route for the Christmas Season and early New Year period. The HSS fast-craft Stena Explorer returns to service having ceased summer sailings in early September. Stena Explorer will sail over the Christmas period on the following dates, December 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and ...
#mothsailing – Irish sailing superstar Annalise Murphy was Moth sailing at the weekend, participating in the latest round of the Irish Moth circuit at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A combination of high speed video action from a chasing RIB plus and onboard shots shows how the Laser ace also had the skills to win the Women's World Moth champs at Hayling Island in ...
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted three periwinkle pickers who were in danger of being completely cut off by the rising tide on their return from Shenick Island last Friday evening (24 October). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat Louis Simson at 6.30pm following reports to Dublin Coastguard from members of the public that several people appeare...
#MiddleSeaRace - As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Irish-crewed boats made the podium in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race that came to a close last week. But they didn't mark the only Irish involvement in the gruelling offshore challenge. Howth Yacht Club was represented twice among the fleet, with one team chartering Lucy Reynolds' Beneteau First 40, Southern Child, and HYC s...
#dublinbay – The recent, ongoing and intense exchanges in Afloat.ie about Dublin Bay sailing may well be driving readers from elsewhere crazy. But when you study the shape of the bay and particularly how much of an artificial presence Dun Laoghaire Harbour is in it, you begin to get an understanding of the uneasy but productive and creative relationship the town has with the ...
#Offshore - RTÉ News reports that the Canadian yachtsman slowed in his crossing of the Atlantic by last week's storm conditions has made landfall at the Aran Islands. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, 67-year-old Erkan Gursoy had been looking forward to a pint once reaching his intended landfall at Dingle after an eventful few months solo navigating the Northwest Passage. A...
In his Sailing on Saturday blog of August 23rd, Afloat's W M Nixon reported on a sail test of the new-to-Ireland Lagoon 52 cruising catamaran, which was undertaken with a crew of all the talents, including 1993 Round Ireland Record Holders Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey - their time of 44 hours for the circuit with Steve Fossett's 60ft trimaran Lakota still stands, despite bei...
#mothsailing – Foiling Moth's took to the waters of Dun Laoghaire for the latest round of their 2014 Tour this bank holiday weekend, producing the now familiar thrills'n'spills. Race Officer Con Murphy from the National Yacht Club captured the action. Scroll down for photo gallery below. ...
#royalcork – Another great day of sailing on Saturday wrapped up the finale of the CH Marine Autumn Series at the Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Claire Bateman. The forecast wind was W/SW 14 to 24knots and nobody could dispute that it was incorrect. Whitesail 1 and 2 and Class 4 were with RO David O'Brien and team who set up a line down off Whitegate and sent off Class 4 first,...
#royalcork – Following the final race of the CH Marine Autumn league series on Saturday, sponsor Nick Bendon presented the prizes for the Cork Harbour cruiser event. The prize giving dinner proved to be a total sell out, a resounding success, and a great end to the Autumn series. Scroll down for more presentation photos....
#B+IlineReunion – A B+I Line reunion is to be held at the Clifton Court Hotel, Eden Quay, Dublin on Saturday November 15th starting at 20.00hrs, writes Jehan Ashmore. The British and Irish Steam Packet Company otherwise commonly known as simply 'The B+I Line' was founded in 1836 and was later sold by Coast Lines Ltd to the Irish Government in 1965. Former employees of the sta...
Saturday, 25 October 2014 15:26

Jennings Tops Rankings at Ireland Trial

#Rowing: Sinéad Jennings topped the ranks of lightweight women at the first Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre in Cork today. The St Michael’s woman took first from Siobhán McCrohan in the final, with Denise Walsh third. Claire Lambe, who was second to Jennings in the heats, just pipping McCrohan, pulled out of the final with an injury niggle. Lisa Dilleen won the ...
#TT2015sailings – A boost to sailing capacity driven by demand for TT2015 will see Isle of Man Steam Packet Company charter P&O Ferries fast-ferry Express to assist in the annual splurge of traffic heading to the prestigious annual motorcycle races. The charter will allow the Steam Packet Company to revise its schedule and increase the number of sailings. An extra four re...
#Exhibition - The Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts are hosting a Community Arts Exhibition at the Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre which opened this October Bank Holiday weekend and will continue to Sunday 2 November. The exhibition opening times are daily between 12 noon and 6pm which forms part of the Wexford Opera Festival Fringe Events. The centre promotes the local m...
#PollockHoles - Kilkee personality Manuel Di Lucia takes The Irish Times's Lorna Siggins on a tour below the depths to see the renowned Pollock Holes, a unique marine environment on the Irish coastline that he believes deserves special protection. The collection of tidal ponds in the reef off Kilkee in Co Clare have been described as a "rich ecological resource" and by local di...
Saturday, 25 October 2014 07:45

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Put Equator Behind Them

#VOR - All seven teams in the Volvo Ocean Race have crossed the Doldrums into the Southern Hemisphere as they make tracks towards Cape Town on the first leg of the 12 edition. And for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's onboard reporter Matt Knighton - the only one of the fleet never to have crossed the Equator before - there was time for a fishy initiation as per Royal Naval tradition, w...
#RNLI - Due to popular demand, the RNLI Reindeer Run returns this year to raise funds for the lifeboat institution and its volunteer crews in Dublin. The charity event encourages people to have fun while supporting the RNLI in their work saving lives at sea. This year the Reindeer Run is being held on Sunday 30 November at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham with a Santa Saunter, 1.5km an...
#loughderg – Lough Derg's annual Keelboat Freshwater Regatta in October is meant to round out the season with some gentle lake sailing for salty folk in big boats. But 2014's event last weekend was just too near a ferociously active bad weather system which had lows sometimes down to the 950s spinning around each other out in the Atlantic close to Ireland's West Coast. T...
#NewUCCcentre – According to a report in the Irish Examiner, University College Cork has been granted permission to facilitate site works for the development of a major maritime research centre on the southside of Cork harbour. The university applied at the end of July for the works, on a site of 15 acres next to Cork Institute of Technology's National Maritime College of Ire...
#ManxWinterSchedule – The Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.'s fast-ferry Manannan will take the final sailing of the 2014 summer season on her Liverpool service on Sunday, 2 November. The sailing next month marks the start of the Manx operator's winter schedule. The winter schedule will see ro-pax ferry Ben-my-Chree operate two Heysham services per day from Monday to Friday, with ...
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