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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:46

Irish Shipping Volumes Up 2% During Q2 2014

#shipping – Irish shipping and port activity rose by 2% in the second quarter of 2014 when compared to the corresponding period of 2013, according to the latest quarterly iShip Index* published today by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).The latest analysis also indicates that four of the five principal freight segments grew in the second quarter of 2014. The Roll o...
#coastalrowing – The Coastal Rowing Clubs of Kerry played host to this year's All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships which took place on Lough Currane, Waterville, Co Kerry, at the weekend from Friday, 15th to Sunday 17th August 2014 writes Valerie O'Sullivan. More than 2700 rowers competed, in the picturesque village of Waterville, which lies on the Iveragh Peninsula, 530 ...
#huffofarklow – The restoration of the classic yacht 'Huff of Arklow' is nearing completion in Cornwall and anticipating is building to see the 1951 John Tyrrell & Sons builkd back on the water in her original form next month. The unique yacht designed by the famous Uffa Fox was built for Douglas Heard, a well-known Dublin yachtsman and the first president of the Iri...
#squib – An overall win of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week for the second year in a row has further endorsed the Squib's reputation as one of the most successful, versatile and affordable small racing keelboats on the market writes Sue Pelling. Corinthian sailors Malcolm Hutchings and crewman Andy Ramsey sailing Lady Penelope not only won their class at Cowes Week from a...
#youthsailing – The four Techno 293 and Byte CII fleets played to a crowd of 2,000 at the Youth Olympic Games as racing commenced on Lake Jinniu in Nanjing, China.  In spite of Ireland's recent prowess at youth sailing in both the Laser Radial and the Topper dinghy, the 60–nation event does not include Ireland as the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) says it does not hav...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Eimear Lambe qualified for the A/B semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in China this morning. The 17-year-old Dubliner, a sister of senior Ireland international Claire, took the second qualification spot behind Anna Thornton of Britain. Lambe is drawn to compete in the first semi-final at 3.40 am Irish time tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Youth Ol...
#lighthouse – In 1514, Henry VIII granted the Corporation of Trinity House a royal charter establishing it as an authority in maritime matters within his kingdom. Later its remit was expanded to include responsibility for the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation. 500 years later the organization is still responsible for the operation of lighthouses around England, ...
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:15

Whale Watch Ireland Is Coming This Sunday

#WhaleWatch - All are are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of its 20 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast this Sunday 24 August for Whale Watch Ireland 2014. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) that have been recorded around the Irish coast, by givin...
#rorcsrbi – Dubliner's Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive, racing First 36.7 Lula Belle always knew it would be a test of endurance and now after a week at sea the Dubliner's are approaching St.Kilda, 800 miles from the finish of the Round Britian and Ireland race. The pair experienced strong winds through the night which have abated somewhat this morning. Ten yachts are still raci...
#paralympicsailing – Kinsale Yacht Club's John Twomey, Ian Costello and Austin O'Carroll will represent Ireland tomorrow in the three-man Sonar class tomorrow at the Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They will compete in the six day regatta against 16 of the world's best Paralympic sailing teams from 12 other nations. The event serve...
#Rescue - Lifeboat volunteers on the Dorset coast went to the rescue of a man attempting to sail to America in a 14ft dinghy, as NewsTalk.ie reports. Mudeford RNLI were launched after reports from a passing yacht that had concerns about the solo offshore boater. On arrival, the lifeboat crew found the Bulgarian national on the dinghy was "exceedingly cold, wet and violently ill...
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:04

Man Dies After Fall At Fanad Lighthouse

#Fanad - TheJournal.ie reports on the death of a man in his 60s who fell into the water at Fanad Lighthouse in Co Donegal. The man was believed to be photographing the area when he slipped on a rock and fell into a gulley, which coastguard boats from Lough Swilly had difficulty accessing due to strong winds. TheJournal.ie has more on the story HERE....
#RNLI - At 7.25pm on Saturday evening (16 August) Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI to launch to assist five people on board a vessel reported broken down soon after setting out from Garrykennedy Harbour to Mountshannon Harbour. The lifeboat launched at 7.35pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, David Moore and Jason Freeman on board. Winds were southwestly Force 6 and ...
#hyc – Top performing Cork Quarter tonner, Dom Losty's 'Illes Pitiuses' has won the seven boat Irish Quarter Ton Championships at Howth Yacht Club. High winds in Howth yesterday meant that the final day's racing in the Euro Car Parks East Coast Championships and Quarter Ton Cup was cancelled and the positions after Saturday's exciting 3 races stood as final results. This...
#optimist – Royal Cork's James McCann built on his fine European Optimist performance in Dun Laoghaire a month ago by winning the Irish Optimist dinghy class title on his home waters of Cork Harbour yesterday writes Claire Bateman. Scroll down for photo gallery of the event below by Bob Bateman. The wind gods left the best wine for last and it certainly tasted good on the las...
#sb20 – The SB20 fleet were treated to an exhilarating, white-knuckle ride on Dublin bay on Sunday afternoon in conditions gusting over thirty knots writes Michael O'Connor. OOD Barry O'Neill and his team of Fionnuala Loughrey, Cathy Booth and Barbara Conway kept a watchful eye on the wind and pressure readings all morning and after careful consideration, the call was made to...
#COASTAL Rowing: Killorglin won the final event of the day, the men’s four, at an Irish Coastal Rowing Championships which were blessed by good conditions at Lough Currane, Waterville, County Kerry. The blue riband event had gone to Cork clubs for the last four years, but Killorglin’s crew of Cathal Clifford, Cian Clifford, Seán Deignan and stroke Fionnán Crowley brought ...
#FishFarm - Undercurrent News reports that Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) is seeking a High Court injunction against Marine Harvest Ireland over an unauthorised pipeline used to extract water from a freshwater lough to treat salmon at its farm on the Galway coast. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the operators of the salmon farm at Kilkiernan Bay installed a pipelin...
#Rowing: Eimear Lambe finished fifth in her heat of the junior women’s single sculls at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in China this morning. Just one qualified directly from the heat so the Commercial sculler is now set for the repechage tomorrow (Monday). Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China (Irish interest, selected results) Women Junior Single Sculls – Heat Four (Win...
#Surfing - First the Dutch are pioneering canal surfing - and now some intrepid Irish surfers are in on the act, proposing a river wave on the Shannon as the next big surfing hotspot. The Limerick Leader reports on UL student Paul Deering and his friend Kalani Moore who have demonstrated the potential of the standing wave at Curragower Falls for more than the usual canoe paddle...
#IrishSeaHistory – Irish Sea History, Culture & Environment is the title for this two-day symposium held on 19-20 September. The event is to be hosted by the Maritime Institute in their premises at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire. The public symposium will bring together speakers from the sciences, humanities and maritime heritage to ask the questio...
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