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#multihull – Competitors from all the cat clubs came to Ballyholme Yacht Club last weekend to have some great racing over short course format with multiple starts. Saturday dawned with little and fickle winds but when the SW building breeze settled the fleet was treated to five competitive races. Adrian Allen and Barry Swanston were in dominant form with five wins. ...
Kinsale Yacht Club has won a blue flag for its coastal marina for the first time in today's An Taisce announcement of the International Blue Flag Awards for 2015.  A total of 144 awards were presented by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D, at an awards ceremony held on Ballinskelligs Beach in Kerry. Ireland's diverse ...
Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:47

Galway Bay 'Fish Dump' Investigated

#GalwayBay - Dead fish allegedly dumped off Spiddal beach on Galway Bay recently are the subject of an investigation by fisheries protection officials, as The Irish Times reports. Local campaigners against the proposed salmon farm off the Aran Islands said last week's discovery comprised carcasses of farmed salmon - claiming a tag with the Marine Harvest Island label was found ...
#MarineScience - Following its issue by the Central Bank last year, the limited edition Silver Proof coin commemorating John Philip Holland, the Irish-born inventor of the modern submarine, was presented to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Marine Minister Simon Coveney during their recent visit to the Marine Institute. Highlighting the significance of Ireland's strong maritime history,...
#Riverfest - The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association has timed its annual regatta to take place this weekend during the third Dublin Port Riverfest. Weather permitting, the DBOGA will race in Dublin Bay for the Leinster Plate Trophy on Saturday 30 May, while on Sunday 31 May they will sail upriver to berth along the north quays and enjoy the festival's atmosphere before parading...
#RosslarePort - The Wexford People writes that up to €40 million is sought from investors to commit in a major upgrade of Rosslare Europort that will equip it to handle the ships of the future. Iarnród Éireann, the Port Authority for Rosslare Europort, announced to port staff last week that it is to undertake an assessment of market interest in a concession with a third par...
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:20

Dun Laoghaire Tall Ship Kaskelot Has Varied Past

#tallships – The visit today to Dun Laoghaire by the square rigger Kaskelot is the latest appearance here by a ship which has had a very varied career. She was originally built as a wooden motor ship in Denmark in 1948, but was converted with deckhouse re-configurations and fitting of full rig to become a three-masted barque in 1952. Over the years her activities have include...
#saildlr – A forecast of strong winds looks set to sweep Annalise Murphy to the the top of the fleet in Medemblik this week and assure her of the single Irish place at the Olympic test event in Rio in August. Already the Dun Laoghaire solo sailor has made the gold fleet, curently in fifth overall, clear head of four other Irish rivals in her 82–boat fleet. Likewise Belfast'...
The DBSC SB20 fleet had champagne sailing conditions on Dublin bay last Sunday. 8 boats lined up for 3 fantastic windward leeward courses set by Con Murphy of the National Yacht Club. Davy Taylor onboard Yachtsman.ie with a 2nd, 1st, 2nd had the best results of the day. Davy below describes the 3 races. Race 1 saw most of the fleet starting at the committee boat end of the line...
#2K – Eight teams from Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland gathered at the Reale Club Tevere Remo, Rome for the first 2K tour event of 2015. Two days of intense round robin racing saw a three way tie break at the top between Cork, YYCS and Spinnaker. The final day on Sunday started with rain and no wind but PRO Constanzo Villa managed to get in 4 of the...
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:49

Howth to Drogheda Yacht Challenge Revival

#hyc – Howth YC Cruiser Classes are invited to race in Howth to Drogheda Yacht Challenge in conjunction with the Irish Maritime Festival and Drogheda Port. Howth Yacht Club has announced the revival of a once traditional race for all IRC cruiser-racers (and others) to the Boyne on Saturday June 20th. The race forms part of a fun-filled weekend festival that includes Tall Ship...
#rorcfastnet – While it may not be the event's ultimate prize, the monohull battle for line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race is always hotly contested, coming with considerable bragging rights. This year's race from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock, coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the event's organiser, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will see the world's two very...
#dbsc – After a "blow-out" last week and no Fireball racing the previous week, due to a combination of Mother Nature and a cruise liner visit, Tuesday nights DBSC race reverted to form last night.And with more balmy weather than the past few Tuesday's the bay returned to its seasonal oddities! Despite a forecast of North-westerly, the wind was blowing 8 -10 knots from Dalkey ...
#dunmoreeast – The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced details of a €6m dredging project, which his Department has awarded for works at Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre. The contract to complete the works was awarded to L&M Keating Ltd. following a competitive tendering process. It is anticipated that the works will commen...
#laser – Older competitors (and there are a few of us) in the DBSC Tuesday night series will remember the cartoon series "Whacky Races", produced by Hanna Barbera in the 60s and 70s. Well, last night was just like that on a glorious, warm evening when a rather extraordinary game of snakes and ladders ensued. Did any of the 12 Lasers out there not lead at one stage !? No ...
#baltimorewoodenboatfestival – The Ilen School Gandelow crew are celebrating back in Limerick after taking the big Rowing prizes at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival last weekend. Rowing races at the West Cork festival included on Sunday a Pilot Race Event under sail and oar; a race to land a pilot on an incoming sailing boat in the Harbour then race back to finish at t...
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 07:23

Team Brunel Edge Home Ahead in Volvo Ocean Race Transatlantic Leg

#vor – Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) completed a triumphant Leg 7 early on Wednesday to bolster their hopes of finishing with a podium place in the Volvo Ocean Race and also keep alive the possibility of overall victory. The Dutch boat sailed a near faultless transatlantic stage, edging MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) into second, just under 22 minutes behind. Behind them, Dong...
#rssailing – Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Alex Barry and Richard Leonard got the jump they needed when they won the final race of the RS400 Euro–cup in Carnac, France yesterday. Two races were scheduled for the final day of the Cup. With First gun at 10:30 and no warning signal allowed passed 13:00, it was a tight window. One race was eventually sailed in 5 – 8 knots from...
#isora –Following our post race ISORA report on Monday, Peter Ryan follows up with an indepth report on last weekend's very frustrating, sociable and enjoyable offshore racing weekend.  Race 4, from Holyhead to Douglas, started at 19.20 on Friday evening 22nd May. Race 5 was the return race from Douglas to Dun Laoghaire and started at 06.35 on Sunday 24th May.To fac...
#dbsc – Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Results for Tuesday, 26 May 2015 CRUISERS 2 - 1. Borraine (Ean Pugh), 2. Bendemeer (L Casey & D Power), 3. Jambiya (Ryan & Lattimore) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Asterix (Boushel/Meredith/Counihan), 2. JiminyCricket (M Tyndall), 3. Yeehaa (McCabe Cramer Carey Whelan) Ensign - 1. INSS 2 (G Williams), 2. NYC2 (B Mathews), 3. INSS ...
#sailDLR2015 – Ten Irish Laser sailors are fighting for two places at this year's Olympic test event in Rio in August but it is the London 2012 incumbents who are producing the results on a windy day one of an Irish trial, sailed as part of the massive 700–boat Delta Lloyd regatta in Holland. Dun Laoghaire's Annalise Murphy, sailing in her optimum conditions, open...
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