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#lasersailing – After Friday's blowout in the Zhik Irish Laser National Championships, it was great to see the forecast hold true  on Belfast Lough yesterday with a sunny start to the morning and 12-15 knots with a few gusts and lulls along the way writes Mark Mackey. The wind stayed fairly true in direction all day with just the odd hole or squall to cope with. Although...
#CruiseControl – The Hollywood blockbuster 'Speed 2: Cruise Control' released in 1997 starring Sandra Bullock and filmed on board Seabourn Legend, is to make her maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. This will be the first time that Seabourn Cruises, a prestigious operator in the high-end of the cruise market will visit Dun Laoghaire Harbour as ...
#j24 – Day two of the Irish J24 National Championships made for a gruelling affair for the competitors as winds gusted above 25 for most of the racing day writes Andrew Carey. With it brought a change to the leaderboard with Flor O'Driscoll's Hard On Port taking line honours in the first two races of day two. Unfortunately for the leader after day one, JP McCaldin's Jamais En...
  #dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 3. Magic (D.Espey) BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO - 1. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 2. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) CRUISERS 0 ECHO - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Ts...
#HistoricCruiseDay – A historic occasion for Waterford City Quays, as for the first time ever a record total of three cruiseships are visiting Ireland's oldest city today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Port of Waterford are host to some 500 crew and more than 900 passengers. The visitors are to experience the south-eastern city established by the Vikings. Likewise of those invadi...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 15:10

Whale Watch Ireland 2014: The Results Are In

#MarineWildlife - Though the 'washout' weather decreased numbers attending this year's Whale Watch Ireland last Sunday 24 August, nearly half of all events that went ahead reported sightings – with two-thirds of these seeing cetaceans. Sadly there were no whales spotted this time out, but big numbers of harbour porpoise wherever they showed hopefully proved some consolation. ...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 12:32

ICG Release Mid-Year Financial Results

#ICGresults – Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, have released financial report results for the half-year ended 30 June 2014. Results The Board of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) reports that, in the seasonally less profitable first half of the year, the Group recorded revenue of €130.7 million compared with €120.9 million in the same period ...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Lisa Dilleen and Leonora Kennedy finished second in the B Final of the women’s pair at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam today, placing them eighth overall. Russia’s Liana Gorgodze and Elizaveta Tikhanova, the second slowest of the crews in the semi-finals, took this race by storm. They led all the way down the course despite constant attempts...
#Hydrophones - Could the world's network of hydrophones used by marine scientists to track ocean sounds such as whale songs also be used to spy on the movements of military submarines? That's a real concern among North America's top brass, as Matthew Braga writes in The Atlantic, for the instruments used by scientists to collect important data on marine wildlife send their info...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 10:04

Dolphin Killed By Plastic Beer Can Ring

#MarineWildlife - A juvenile dolphin has died in West Cork after getting its beak caught in a discarded plastic ring from a multipack of beer cans, as the Irish Independent reports. Locals were shocked to find the common dolphin in distress near Schull Harbour unable to free itself from the plastic, and after a lengthy struggle it died shortly afterwards. Plastic rings from mul...
#rorcsrbi – For twelve days, Ireland's sailing and maritime community followed with bated breath while the fortunes of Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive with the First 36.7 Lula Belle waxed and waned in the storm-tossed 1802-mile RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race. Last Saturday, they triumphed, winning the two-handed division and two RORC classes in this exceptionall...
#j24 – Day one of the J24 Irish Nationals at Lough Erne Yacht Club got off to a blustery start in the Northern club yesterday as winds gusting up to 25–knots challenged the fleet of a dozen boats for honours over the first round of the three day event. After two races, local boat Jamais Encore helmed by JP McCaldin has the jump on the fleet with a win in the first race foll...
Friday, 29 August 2014 17:22

Search for Missing Boy off Holyhead

#coastguard – Coastguards are this afternoon searching for a 12-year-old boy who is believed to have been swept out to sea at Aberffraw. Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call at around 12.30 this lunchtime reporting that three people were stuck on rocks in the estuary. Further information then suggested that two men had managed to make it back to shore, plus a young boy; ho...
#laser – There was no racing today on Day 2 of Zhik Irish Laser National Championships on Belfast lough. Race Officer Robin Gray sent the three fleets totalling 130 boats afloat after a one hour postponement but after 30 minutes they were all sent home again after the breeze started to build. Racing starts again tomorrow at 10:55...
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan finished fourth in an extraordinarily-fast A Final of the lightweight single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam today. The race winner, Marcello Miani of Italy, set the world’s best time, and second-placed Lars Hartig of Germany also finished inisde the old record in the tailwind conditions. O’Donovan (20) was the slowest over th...
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure secured an A Final place for Ireland with an admirable performance in difficult conditions in the semi-final of the women’s single sculls at the World Championships in Amsterdam today. Puspure fought her way into third place behind the impressive Emma Twigg of New Zealand and Magdalena Lobnig of Austria early on and held this down the course in choppy ...
#Rowing: Ireland’s men’s lightweight pair finished fourth in their B Final, 10th overall, at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam today. China won in a fast time in tailwind conditions, with Bulgaria and the Netherlands battling each other and finishing second and third. Ireland’s Niall Kenny and Mark O’Donovan were fifth through the middle stages but won their o...
#bluefintuna – Sea anglers and charter boat skippers are reminded that the Bluefin Tuna recreational fishery remains closed in 2014. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) have released updated information in relation to the recreational catches of Bluefin tuna in Ireland. European fisheries regulations governing the catching, la...
#Tourism - Northern Ireland's outgoing tourism chief says the likes of Galway Bay are getting too much exposure at the expense of NI coastal landmarks such as the Giant's Causeway in all-Ireland tourism marketing. And as the Belfast Telegraph reports, Alan Clarke warns that the situation could get worse if Stormont budget cuts hit tourism funding across the region. Clarke, who ...
#Oil - Providence Resources says it is "nearing completion" of its negotiations to secure a farm-out partner for its Barryroe prospect off the Cork coast, as The Irish Times reports. Speaking at the Irish-based oil and gas company's AGM earlier this week, CEO Tony O'Reilly also urged interested parties to hold off on any public speculation over the deal, which chairman Brian Hi...
#Greystones - Though further development of Greystones Harbour remains stalled for the time being, two local councillors hope progress can be made in building marine clubhouses to complement the town's successful new marina. As the Wicklow Times reported recently, Cllr Tom Fortune says he welcomes the call by Wicklow County Council colleague Cllr Derek Mitchell to fast-track th...
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