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#sovscup – Counting four race wins Royal Irish Yacht Joker II (John Maybury) emerged as winner of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association's ultra–competitive division one fleet at Kinsale Yacht club today. It was one of five national championships decided at Kinsale that combined the Irish Cruiser Racing Association championship with the biennial Sovereign's Cup for the f...
#youthsailing – After three days sailing an Irish youth sailing team is sailing above expectation at Kiel Week event in Germany. The Irish juniors are psoting top results in 29er and 420 dinghies. Although only competing for a short time in the 29er skiff dinghy, former Oppy sailors Johnny and Harry Durcan from Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) have made Gold fleet after a ru...
#rtir – The overwhelming majority of the 1,584-strong fleet has finished the 2015 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, after a day of racing in sparkling conditions. Giovanni Belgrano's 38ft classic yacht Whooper has been revealed as provisional winner of the main prize, the Gold Roman Bowl. In the ISC Rating System fleet, ...
#rtir – Boats are continuing to cross the finish line in droves and the town is now buzzing with competitors enjoying a post race drink and live entertainment. All but a handful of back markers are now in the eastern Solent, with the smaller boats looking increasingly as though they will take the main prizes in both the IRC and ISC Rating System divisions. Among the yachts of...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 3. Thirty Something(Kavanagh\Gaffney\Jones) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Bluefin Two (M & BBryson), 3. After You Too (Michael Blaney) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Tsunami (VincentFarrell) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farre...
#rtir – Mike Slade's 100ft Leopard has taken line honours in the monohull fleet, finishing at 1140 in a time of 4hrs 40 mins 34 secs which is just under an hour outside their own record, while the next two monohulls - the Open 60 Artemis and Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator B - were around five miles from the finish at midday. With this edition of the race tipped by a number of ...
#rtir – Early indications are that the two biggest stories emerging from the serious racers will be among the smallest boats in the fleet. In the multihull fleet, the four GC32 foiling catamarans are blasting around the south side of the island at speeds of 25-30 knots. By 0945 they were already off Bembridge at the eastern end of the island, although the giant MOD70 Tri...
#VOR - Ian Walker and his victorious Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew have the chance of a rare double today (Saturday 27 June) when they attempt to win the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series Trophy. They are hot favourites to do so, taking a six-point advantage into the Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg, the final race in a 10-part series. Only a victory for their nearest competitors T...
#ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene. Smart Tina of 38,900 tonnes became the largest ever ship to call to Greenore. The Co. Louth port having recently underwent an extensive dredging project. The eight-legged 'walking' jack-up rig Wavewalker 1 carries out maintenance work at Arklow Bank Offshore Windfarm. Ireland's f...
Saturday, 27 June 2015 10:15

Stranded Dolphins Saved By Kerry Locals

#MarineWildlife - Common dolphins stranded in a Kerry river last weekend were saved by the quick actions of local people, as The Kerryman reports. Trapped by the fast receding tide at the mouth of the Cloghane Estuary on the Dingle Peninsula last Saturday (20 June), the group of dolphins were fortunate they didn't have to wait long for the community to spring into action. Follo...
#sovscup –  It's only now, with clear signs that the Irish economy is on track to return to vigorous health so long as everyone is reasonably sensible, that we can look for a real upturn in sailing enthusiasm. But with a good fleet getting great racing in the four day ICRA Nats/Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale, there's no denying a growing atmosphere of optimism. WM Nixon muses...
#Rowing: Portora Royal School from Enniskillen joined Trinity and Lady Elizabeth in the main draw of Henley Royal Regatta tonight. The schoolboy eight set a fine time to make it through the qualifiers of the Princess Elizabeth. UCC and Belfast Rowing Club could not make it through in their qualifiers. Trinity, in the Temple Cup, and Lady Elizabeth, in the Wyfolds, are already i...
#MarineScience - The annual Marine Institute bursary programme gets underway this month with 23 third-level students from academic institutions in Ireland and the UK joining the institute for eight weeks. Every year up to 150 of third-level students across Ireland apply for the Marine Institute's highly sought-after bursary programme, which is well recognised in the industry as...
#Kayaking - Just days after embarking on an ambitious kayaking expedition from Kinsale to Germany, pizza oven company boss Hendrik Lepel was picked up by the RNLI after calling for help off Cornwall. Padstow's volunteer lifeboat launched around 12am in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday 25 June) to rescue the German kayaker, who was suffering from fatigue after 30 h...
#Rowing: UCC’s young crew did not make it through to the main draw at Henley Royal Regatta. In the qualification races tonight they finished 12th of the 25 non-qualifiers for the Prince Albert for student coxed fours, setting a time of seven minutes and exactly 36 seconds. The Belfast Rowing Club crew which had hoped to make it through in the Wyfold for club fours also lost o...
#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI assisted six people in the early hours of this morning (Friday 26 June) after their yacht got into difficulty off the Wexford coast. Volunteers were alerted shortly before 2.30am following a report from the Irish Coast Guard that a 14m yacht with six people onboard was experiencing difficulties 12 miles south east of Rosslare Harbour. The all-weath...
#AoifeToMalta- Former Naval Service OPV Aoife now under the ownership of the Maltese authorities is berthed alongide Cork Dockyard today in readiness for her new role in the Mediterranean Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The transfer of the 1,019 tonnes offshore patrol vessel follows completion of administration arrangements between Maltese officials and the Department of Defence.&nb...
#Rowing: The Ireland senior team for the Home International Regatta in Strathclyde in Scotland on July 25th has been named. Justin Ryan, who was a senior Ireland international in 2013, will compete in the lightweight single sculls. The selection was based on performances at Cork Regatta, but the times used were from the manual system, as there were problems with the automatic s...
#dragon – The British Dragon Fleet is currently converging on Largs, Scotland for the start of the 2015 Dragon Scottish Championship and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Edinburgh Cup, which get underway this Saturday 27 June. The twenty strong fleet of Dragons from across the UK and as far afield as Japan but unfortunately none from Ireland is making a historic return ...
Friday, 26 June 2015 13:07

What makes the Perfect Rower?

#Rowing –  What makes the perfect rower? Long levers, very high levels of aerobic fitness – and the mental toughness to put it all together to make the boat go fast. Top coaches discuss this in the webclip. Josy Verdonkschot is the head coach (women and lightweights) for the Netherlands and Paul Thompson holds the same position in Britain while Ian Wright is the Switze...
#Aurora - The Irish Independent has an amazing photo gallery of the midsummer Northern Lights over the Aran Islands earlier this week. Setting up late on Monday night on Inis Óirr, local teacher Cormac Coyne captured the incredibly rare spectacle - for the location, far from the Arctic Circle, as much as the time of year - with a DSLR camera mounted on a tripod to take the lon...
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