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#watersafety – International safety standards of water rescue, resuscitation and water safety will be discussed when Irish Water Safety hosts the board of International Life Saving Europe (ILSE) for an Extraordinary General Assembly, annual commission meetings and best practice seminar in Dublin on January 15th - 17th. This is the first time that Ireland has ever hosted these...
#fireball – It will come as little surprise that yesterday's Frostbite racing at Dun Laoghaire was abandoned early in the day. While the sea state inside and outside the harbour weren't excessive, due to the Dun Laoghaire shoreline being the leeward shore, the wind conditions were severe and very gusty. However, in warmers climes, a number of Fireballers have just concluded a...
#AnnaliseMurphy - She may have made her name as a Laser Radial sailor, coming so close to an Olympic medal in the class at London 2012, but it's the new moth class that makes Annalise Murphy love sailing today. Murphy shares her passion for the foil with Yachts and Yachting on the second day of the Moth Worlds in Australia, where she joins fellow Rio 2016 contender Ryan Seaton ...
#Condor102FitOut – Customisation of Condor 102, the Condor Ferries new fast-ferry based n Poole, Dorset, is where Trimline are working to complete an internal fit-out. Trimline, an interior-design specialist is working on the installation of a new duty free shop, children’s play area, information desk and range of eating and drinking outlets. Condor 102 which has yet to be ...
#westcork – The Irish President of the Old Gaffers Association is organising a sailing cruise along the West Cork coast in July with venues to include well known harbours and landmarks along the 'Fastnet coast' such as Skellig Michael via Baltimore, Schull, Crookhaven, Castletownbere, and Adrigole. In setting out plans for the cruise in company, an upbeat OGA chief ...
#londonboatshow – Strong opening weekend visitor numbers are a positive feature of the London Boat Show that has already produced some early sales results for two Irish yacht brokers at the Xcel–based event in East London. Last year's event pulled in around 90,000 visitors. This year – the 61st show – organisers are hoping numbers will top 100,000. 'There is a...
#mothsailing – The National Yacht Club's Annalise Murphy and Howth Yacht Club's Alistair Kissane qualified for the Gold Fleet of the 2015 foiling Moth World Championships in Sorrento, Australia. Consistent results on the second day of the regatta meant that both Murphy in 62nd place and Kissane in 70th are through but unfortunately Bangor's Olympian Ryan Seaton just miss...
#RadioDocumentary - A Newstalk documentary by radio producer and archaeologist Jane Ruffino looks at the past, present and future of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship in "The Dream of Jeanie" which was broadcast this weekend. The barque, Jeanie Johnston, a 19th replica famine and emigrant museum ship has been part of Dublin’s skyline since 2004, a year after her voyage to th...
#DublinPort - Dublin Port's chief executive has moved to dispel criticism of the city's Docklands an entry point for tourists, coming after another bumper year for cruise traffic. Speaking to Bobby Kerr on NewsTalk's Down to Business show yesterday (10 January), Eamon O'Reilly hailed the port's growth – 7% last year alone, with 5% growth expected in the coming year – and it...
#Port&ShippingNews - Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene, where State papers from 1984 reveal a row in Government over the liquidation of Irish Shipping Ltd. In 2014, over 16,500 animals were exported to Britain, a rise of nearly 65% compared to last year according to Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. Hoegh Osaka, a car-transporte...
#MarineScience - SmartBay Ireland has entered into a transatlantic collaboration agreement with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Dublin City University and the Marine Institute. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at a reception hosted by the Canadian Embassy during a recent Canadia...
#420 – Irish youth 420 dinghy sailors Douglas Elmes (RCYC) and Colin O'Sullivan (HYC) took fourth place in the International Grand Prix Vila de Blanes this week, in Blanes, Spain. The event was sailed in the 420, 29er and Europa classes, with 26 entries from Spain, Russia, Poland, Germany and Ireland competing in the 420 class. The regatta was excellently run, with racing beg...
Saturday, 10 January 2015 10:52

Fisherman's Body Recovered From Howth Harbour

#Howth - The Irish Times reports that the body of a fisherman was recovered from Howth Harbour early yesterday morning (Friday 9 January). The Latvian national, who was a longstanding member of the local fishing community, is thought to have fallen between two trawlers overnight. It's also believed to have been in the water for some time before being discovered. The body was re...
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI launched in severe weather conditions to assist two canoeists in difficulty on the lough yesterday (Friday 9 January). And on returning to station, the lifeboat launched again following a report from a distressed member of public that his horse might have strayed close to the Nenagh River and be in difficulty. Following a request from Valentia Coast Guar...
#ClassicBoats - A Round the Island Race record holder left to rot at a Plymouth dock is set for a renewed lease of life on the open water, as the Plymouth Herald reports. In her life as a racing yacht, the 72-foot Challenge Business 45 set a class record in the annual Isle of Man circumnavigation that still stands today, and was also victorious in the 2004/05 BT Global Challeng...
#CancelledSailings – Met Eireann continues to issue a status ‘yellow’ gale warning in effect for its marine weather forecast. Due to the adverse weather this has led to cancellation of fast-ferry sailings on the Irish Sea and on certain sailings served by conventional ferry. In addition Isle of Man-England services today are cancelled and potentially face further disrupti...
#LargestContainership - The world's largest container ship, CSCL Globe arrived in the UK for the first time at Felixstowe, reports BBC News. The Hong Kong-registered giant containership which measures more than 400m (1,313ft) in length, docked at the Suffolk port on Monday loaded with about 19,000 standard containers. The previous largest ship to have docked at the port was the...
#SolentGrounding- Poor weather is hampering operations to right the listing car-transporter Hoegh Osaka, reports BBC News. Up to 3,000 tonnes of water is being pumped out of the hold of the cargo ship which ran aground in the Solent. The Hoegh Osaka has been secured two miles (3.2km) east of the Bramble Bank sandbank from which as previously reported the vessel had freed itself...
#Capsize - Three people are reported dead after a tourist catamaran capsized off Costa Rica, as the Guardian reports. The incident, which occurred yesterday (8 January) some nine miles off the Central American country's Pacific coast, is thought to have claimed the lives of a Briton, an American and a Canadian. Survivors from the boat, carrying nearly 100 tourists and 10 crew o...
#MarineWildlife - The secrets to a longer lifespan could be hiding in the genes of the bowhead whale, according to a new scientific study. Silicon Republic has news of the paper involving scientists from Dublin City University that explores the genome of the Arctic whale species, thought to be among the longest living animals on earth. As mammals like humans, the "molecular mec...
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:54

First Callout Of 2015 For Skerries Lifeboat

#RNLI - Skerries RNLI was requested for the first time in 2015 yesterday morning (Thursday 8 January) following a report of a swimmer in difficulty. The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson at 11.30am following a call to Dublin Coast Guard from a concerned member of the public about a swimmer in the water off Red Island headland. The lifeboat, with Jo...
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