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#BlueGrowth - Europe's 'blue growth' conference The Atlantic - Our Shared Resource: Making the Vision Reality starts tomorrow in Brussels – and will be live-streamed online. Details of the final programme and speakers' biographies are now online for the two-day event from 16-17 April, which as previously reported on Afloat.ie will see the launch of the first projects funded u...
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:08

Waves Setting Records Around Irish Coast

#WaveRecord - The waves just keep getting higher off Ireland's coast! Following our report in January this year that the M3 weather buoy measured the second highest wave off the West Cork coast comes news of an even bigger swell just a few weeks later. Met Éireann's Columba Creamer informs us of a maximum individual wave height of 21.91 metres recorded on the night of Monday 2...
#moth – The world's oldest one design dinghy combined with the world's fastest dinghy last weekend at Killinure on Lough Ree for an early season training and racing weekend. The event started with a social nine holes of golf at the beautiful Glasson Golf Club on Friday evening! Sailing started on Saturday morning with a race in a cold 15-20kt blustery westerly for the seven W...
#BackToFront- Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company's public consultation process over a €18m Cruise-Berth ended yesterday and came in advance of Stena Line's contract with the harbour authority that expired today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Following the closure of public submissions on the cruise plan which drew controversary, DLHC are to lodge a finalised planning application to An Bor...
#ucd – ISORA, the Irish Sea Offshore racing body, has entered into an understanding with University College Dublin (UCD) Sailing Club to provide crew places on ISORA boats. ISORA boss Peter Ryan says: "this innovative scheme will allow students to gain offshore experience and will further promote offshore racing within the sailing fraternity." An ISORA pre-season ta...
#isora – Yellowbrick (YB) satellite trackers will be fitted to ISORA offshore boats for the 2015 Irish offshore season transmitting critical boat data including boat speed and position for a series of races across the Irish Sea. YB Tracking are responsible for tracking most of the classic and high profile offshore races all over the world inlcuding the Rolex Fa...
#Ports&Shipping - The latest IMDO Weekly Market Review includes the following stories as outlined below.  Irish Maritime News: New Leadership in Seatruck – As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Seatruck Ferries have announced that Alistair Eagles will be appointed CEO of Seatruck Ferries Ltd with effect from 7 May 2015. At the same time, Ole Frie will be stepping down...
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:04

Get Rowing Gets Going With New Site

The Get Going Get Rowing project which has had over 5,000 students Rowing since its inception last year have launched their website. www.getgoinggetrowing.com The site includes an overview of the programme, various tips and hints on basic indoor Rowing stroke, links to videos. The TrY programme has also been launched as part of the initiative where TY students do a full day s c...
#Rowing: Carrick-on-Shannon Rowing Club have launched an appeal on gofundme.com. The club hopes to raise €15,000 to move clear of a problem which arose because of insufficient insurance cover. The payment should settle the issue without a court case, and those behind the club say a lesson has been learnt. Carrick-on-Shannon is one of the oldest sports clubs in Ireland. It was...
#portofcork – The Port of Cork today outlined plans for Phase 1 of the Bantry Inner Harbour Development which the Port of Cork will undertake on behalf of its subsidiary company, Bantry Bay Port Company. The scheme marks the start of the regenerating of the inner harbour and is in keeping with the total Inner Harbour Development scheme which was developed by the Bantry Bay Ha...
#Canoeing - The death of an Irish student on a canoeing trip in Slovenia is the second tragedy to befall a north Dublin college's adventure sports management course, as The Irish Times reports. The young man, who has not yet been named, was canoeing on the Soca river as part of an official trip to Slovenia organised by Coláiste Dhulaigh in Coolock. It's reported that the "acco...
#MarineWildlife - Make-A-Wish Ireland brought six-year-old Ondrej Byrtusova's dreams to life when they whisked him and his family away to Florida to train a killer whale, as the Irish Independent reports. Ondrej – who was born with Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome – was given the opportunity by the Irish charity to teach a few tricks to orca Malia, who is described as "sweet...
#dublinport – Dublin Port took the opportunity to display a computer-generated image of what the East link bridge area of Dublin might look like at high water with a large cruise liner in the proposed berth when it attended the recent cruise–liner show in Miami, Florida. Looking eastwards down the river Liffey, the artist's impression shows off the port company's ...
#cruiselinerberth – Dun Laoghaire harbour as a leisure facility, is in danger of being damaged by the proposal of a cruise liner berth according to the Coal Harbour Users Group (CHUG) who have submitted a written response to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. The group says this is particularly so for dinghies and small craft, though this might be mitigated by developme...
#islanderstv3 – Islanders is an emotional TV series following the lives of native islanders across an entire year. Filmed in 2014, this observational documentary is the biggest in-house production undertaken by 3Studios. From Arranmore, Co. Donegal via Inishturk in Co. Mayo to Whiddy in Co.Cork, this four part series captures a way-of-life rapidly disappearing. As reported by...
#cargodublin – Dublin Port Company today published trade statistics for the first quarter of 2015. The figures show continued growth in import and export trade at Ireland's largest port with cargo volumes up 5.3% on the same period last year. This is the strongest first quarter Dublin Port has had in a decade and surpasses the previous record year of 2007 by 3.0%. Total throu...
#RNLI - The Duck Race in aid of the Helvick Head RNLI lifeboat station on Saturday 11 April 11th was a "spectacular success", according to race co-ordinator RoseAnn Foley. As part of the Cois Cé celebrations during West Waterford Festival of Food, the 600 little yellow ducks entered the water from Devonshire Bridge in Dungarvan at 1.15pm with a lively commentary from Jenny Ber...
#youthsailing – Sunday turned out to be a miserable morning with winds gusting 30 knots at Roches Point and resulted in Principal Race Officer Peter Crowley cancelling all racing for the four youth sailing Classes writes Claire Bateman. Consequently, prize giving for these fleets was moved forward to 1.30 pm and facilitated an early journey home for the competitors. In the To...
#lasereuropacup – Afloat's sailor of the month for March, Fionn Lyden from West Cork was the top Irish performer at the massive qualifcation series of the Laser Europa cup Regatta at Malcesine on Lake Garda ended on Saturday with two races for the 600 competitors – claiming a record for an Olympic class event. Baltimore Sailing Club's Lyden finished narrowly missed a top te...
#hyc – The second weekend of Howth Yacht Club's Spring Warmer series provided conditions in complete contrast to the previous week's light airs, with very strong winds testing the competitors and boats throughout the two races. Whilst it was a day to be conservative, most of the competitors in the  Key Capital sponsored series could not resist the challenge of the g...
#dlhc – Royal St. George Yacht Club Commodore Justin McKenna has resigned as a board member of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) with immediate effect.  McKenna told members of his decision at a meeting of the country's biggest sailing club last Friday. The meeting was held to discuss controversial DLHC proposals on the new cruise liner berthing arrangements ...
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