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#fullrish – The start of leg 4 from Les Sables on Sunday was pretty wild writes Irish solo sailor David Kenefick competing in the La Solitaire du Figaro. 25 knots and a two metre swell in bright sunshine made for a fine spectacle. The 2.5 mile windward leeward start of the long 490 mile leg to Cherbourg sorted a lot of things out quite quickly with fairly large variations in ...
#RNLI - Kilkeel RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew responded early yesterday morning (29 June) to a 40ft two-masted glass fibre yacht reported to be burning out of control. The owner of the yacht, anchored south south-east of Rostrevor Pier on Carlingford Lough, had been contacted and it was confirmed there were two gas cylinders aboard the yacht. The Kilkeel lifeboat Frank William...
Monday, 30 June 2014 07:00

Maritime Ireland Deserves a Tall Ship

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#tallship – You come across a reference to an island nation - the 20th largest in the world - that doesn't have a marine policy or a dedicated marine department, and you think it must be some kind of a joke. It's a ship of state without a captain, or a rudder. It adds insult to injury to discover that this same island nation was moved to the verge of bankruptcy after her...
#cruiserracing – A rare Bashford–made J/35 has recently come up for sale and is on the Afloat boats for sale site through Irish Sea based Liverpool boat Sales (LBS). This race proven example that has been well kept and maintained say LBS Not to be confused with the standard J 35, the Bashford built example is exactly the same weight as the others but is lighter in the bow a...
#roundireland – After an almost windless night on the southwest coast, dawn on day three finds the 2014 Round Ireland Race fleet occupying a relatively small portion of the ocean between the Fastnet and the Blasket Islands.  The slow progress to date suggest that the overall winner of this year's race is likely to come from the lower rated portion of the fleet, increasin...
#star – Beginning tomorrow, Monday, June 30 until Saturday, July 5, Star Sailors from across the world will come together in Malcesine, Italy at Fraglia Vela Malcesine to compete in the 2014 International Star Class World Championship on the infamous waters of Lake Garda. But sadly after such intense interest in the class from Ireland over the last 20 years, there is no Irish...
#dmyc – Dominic O'Keefe's Graduate, a J80 class yacht, was the IRC winner of class 2 in the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club's (DMYC) Summer Regatta on Saturday. Second was William Despard's Blakc Sheep from the National Yacht Club. The regatta attracted a strong turn out in most classes despite a clash with the 36–boat Round Ireland Race from Wicklow.  In the dinghy cla...
#clipperrace–It was the perfect finale to a magical week on the Foyle; simply LegenDerry! A near cloudless sky greeted the 270 Clipper Race crew as they awoke this morning to prepare for the penultimate race in the 2013-14 Clipper Race series – number 15 – The OneDLL Cup to Den Helder in the Netherlands.The near 800 nautical mile race will be a tactical challenge, na...
#dragonsailing – Lawrie Smith showed his mettle to take the 2014 Irish Dragon Nationals at Kinsale YC today writes Claire Bateman. Britian's Smith with crew Adam Bowers and Jack Wilson and sailing under the Burgee of the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club won today's two races to take the title on a day when the wind never went above 8 knots from the south east. It wa...
#GigaretteSeizedShips – This week's seizure of €14m in contraband cigarettes, the biggest haul in Europe so far this year from the M.V. Shingle in Drogheda Port and subsequent unloading in Dublin Port, echoes similarities to another major haul that took place a few years back. The latest haul of 32m cigarettes including tobacco had been loaded in Slovenia on board the 667 t...
#roundireland14 – 24 hours into the Round Ireland race 2014, the fleet is unusually compacted with only 70 miles separating the on the water leader from the second to last boat.  Amazing Grace, following her return to Wicklow to resolve some damage, is still some way behind the fleet, but with the forecast light winds, has a good chance of returning to the mix. Cosmic Da...
#roundireland - As the sun sets on the first day of the 2014 Round Ireland Yacht Race, the bulk of the fleet have cleared the Tuskar in time to avoid the worst of the building flood tide, although the smaller boats bringing up the rear of the fleet would prefer it to be at neap strength. The following breeze on the east coast made the run to the Tuskar fairly straightforward, w...
#roundIreland – Wicklow Harbour was looking its very best in sunshine as the start time of the 18th Round Ireland Race approached, but then the sky clouded over as the serious business of getting cleanly over the line came swiftly up the agenda comments W M Nixon. The first couple of miles of the race, out of the bay and southward round Wicklow Head, can be a very nervy busin...
#ClassicLinerLady – Louis Aura a classic cruiseship dating almost fifty years having been launched in the late 60's made her debut call to Dublin Port today, a first for Cypriot operator Louis Cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore. Her call follows Belfast yesterday as previously reported, and her visit represents a new cruising region which otherwise is the eastern Mediterranean fro...
#CorkHarbour - Care of CorkHarbour.ie, here's a video introduction to the M/V Polarcus Amani, the modern 3D seismic survey vessel in Cork Harbour ahead of the largest offshore survey project of its kind in the South Porcupine Basin. The Polarcus Amani represents the next generation of survey vessels that will be more and more common in Ireland's offshore waters as various compa...
Saturday, 28 June 2014 15:23

Fisherman Dies Off Donegal Coast

#Inishowen - The Irish Times reports that a fisherman has died after his fishing vessel is thought to have sunk off Inishowen Head in Co Donegal this morning. The alarm was raised by a local fisherman who spotted debris in the water, and the body of the mid-50s man was recovered by another boat some minutes later. A subsequent coastguard search established that the man had been...
#OilExploration – Polarcus Amani, claimed to be one of the most greenest seismic vessels in the world is to embark on one of the largest ever 3D seismic surveys offshore of Ireland reports Cork Harbour.ie The ultra-modern, super high ice-class, 3D seismic vessel which visited Foynes last year has returned to Irish waters. She is a design from the Norwegian based Ulstein Group...
#RoundIreland - The 18th Round Ireland Yacht Race got off to a dramatic start under a tight fetch from Wicklow today (28 June), with the local Volvo 70 entry outdone by the Teng Tools/Kilculllen Kapital Open 60 streaking into a lead as the biggest boats in the 36-boat fleet passed Wicklow Head. But it looks like one leading contender for overall honours might be out if the race...
#CruiseClassic – Belfast Harbour welcomed Louis Aura (1968/16,781grt) on her first visit to the port yesterday having cruised in Scottish waters, the caller been the first of three new visitors due this season to the port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Louis Aura is operated by Cypriot based Louis Cruises which normally operate services in the eastern Mediterranean throughout the Aeg...
#Ports&ShippingReview: Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene, where at the inaugural 'Our Ocean Wealth' Conference, Simon Coveney, Minister for the Marine outlined significant progress made implementing the Government's 2012 Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland. Arklow Beach is the third of six 'B' class 'gre...
#quarterton – Corinthian Division overall victory at the Quarter Ton Cup by a clear five points has gone to Cobh sailors Jason and Dominic Losty's Illes Pitiuses (1983 Fauroux), crewed by Mark Mansfield, Jack Trigger and Adam Mundy, who also finished in fifth place overall. The Cork Harbour sailors finished the series with an impressive 1, (3), 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1. In se...
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