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#boatsforsale – Time was when shrewd boat buyers went into action in the Autumn, when the post-summer downturn in enthusiasm might just make the used dreamboat affordable with a bargain end-of-season price. But these days, when most of us are urban-based with limited storage space around our homes, our boats are kept during the winter either in marinas or boatyards. Both opti...
#CoastalHeritage - First the recent storms exposed the wreck of a century-old schooner in Co Kerry and the remnants of neolithic graves in Connemara. But now the severe weather has revealed the existence of ancient forests dating back an incredible 7,500 years. The Irish Times reports on the incredible discovery on the Galway coast west of Spiddal, where the remains of a 'drown...
#marinefinance – In a Spring–time boost for the Irish marine industry, boat finance is being made available for the first time in over five years through niche Dublin finance house First Finance and Leasing Ltd (FFL). It's the first time since the crash that a credit line is available and it is being made against a backdrop of little interest from any of the mainstream bank...
#capeclear – Construction works are scheduled to commence at North Harbour, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork. The works will take place at the mouth of the harbour (Co-ordinates 51° 26.5' North, 009° 30.22' West).  The works will involve the construction of a slipway; replacement of the Bull's Nose structure incorporating a storm gate and an extension to the ...
Friday, 07 March 2014 15:10

Mast Walk Video By Alex Thompson

British yachtsman Alex Thompson has produced a stunning new promotional video, this time round Thompson walks up his boat's 30–metre high mast. It takes some control to keep a boat in that position so the stunt could be performed....
#SeaPower - In a week that saw the Government move to pull back from binding renewable energy targets, it's good to see others a more positive outlook on going green - with news that a French company has developed sails that can collect energy from the sun. Sail World reports on the new SolarClothSystem from Sailmakers France, which makes use of photovoltaic cells in a flexible...
#tallship – The German Embassy in Dublin has announced the arrival of the GORCH FOCK, Tall Ship and Training Vessel of the German Navy. The vessel will pay a visit to Ireland from March 13th to 29th, 2014. It will be berthed at Cobh Cruise Terminal in the Port of Cork. The crew will be happy to welcome the public for "open ship" events on Sunday, March 16th, and Sunday, Marc...
#FerryResults - Commenting on the Irish Continental Groups' preliminary statement of results for year end of 31 December 2013, the group's Chairman John B McGuckian commented,''2013 was a successful year for the Group with a solid financial and operational performance in a competitive passenger and freight market place. The improving economic outlook in Ireland has encouraged u...
#radiosurveyor –The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport  is establishing a panel of radio surveyors for 2014 and the closing date for applications is in three weeks time. Surveyors will carry out statutory radio surveys on Irish sea-going vessels including fishing vessels. The Marine Survey Office (MSO) will select Surveyors and organisations for entry&n...
#ICGresults - The Irish Continental Group (ICG) which operates container operations and Irish Ferries, has recorded higher revenues and operating profits last year, as both passenger numbers and freight volumes increased, reports The Irish Times. The ferry group, which also owns container shipping line Eucon as well as container terminals in Dublin and Belfast, has also highlig...
#teamracing – After it was last hosted in Ireland in 2011 but then ditched here the following year, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championship. Although the team racing worlds was scubbed by ISAF at its November 2012 meeting in Dublin, the world body for sailing now says all ...
#dublinport – Dublin Port Company has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála for its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project. The application is being made under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act and follows a twelve month consultation with industry, government, customer and community stakeholders. Local information centres wil...
#MaerskBananaBoats – The excellent high adrenaline Oscar nominated film 'Captain Phillips' about the pirated containership Maersk Alabama (1998/14,120grt), saw a fleetmate of the US flagged vessel dock to unload bananas in the Port of Cork, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Maersk Norfolk (2006/26,671grt) berthed at Ringaskiddy Deepwater Terminal and as previously reported on Afloat....
#Rowing: Lagan Scullers’ Head of the River, scheduled for Saturday in Belfast, has been cancelled. “The forecast was bad and getting worse,” said race director Gordon Reid this afternoon. The weather system could have made the course dangerous. Cork Head, however, is set to go ahead at the Marina on Saturday, with an entry of 280 crews. The high water levels on the Corrib...
#corkharbour – The building at Cobh Railway Station is currently undergoing renovation with the intention of opening the premises as a dual operation, offering tourism information on Cork City and County to visitors, in particularly cruise passengers, and as a vibrant exhibition space. A new company 'Cobh Maritime Development Company Ltd' has formed to manage and develop this...
#FerryportMovies– Before Stena Line's HSS operated Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead seasonal service reopens in April, the harbour's ferry terminal is to be used as a drive-in cinema on selected weekends this month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Underground Cinema in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will locate the drive-in cinema within the ferry terminal's vehicle compound area...
#HSSservice–Stena Line's HSS Stena Explorer fast-craft is to return on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead seasonal-operated route on 9 April. The HSS (High-Speed Sea Service) operates to one departure daily from Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead during this season, for further information on sailing schedule visit this link. The central Irish Sea corridor route takes 2 hours and 20 minutes ...
Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:27

Lecture: Shackleton's Cabin on the Quest

#ShackletonsCabin – Shackleton's Cabin from the Quest where he died on 5 January 1921 is the topic of a talk this Saturday, 8 March at 4pm in the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The speaker and owner of Shackleton's Cabin is Mr. Ulf Bakke, who is a grandson of the shipyard owner that acquired the Quest on its return from Antarctica in 1921 when it was conv...
#Surfing - The Irish Times was on hand earlier this week to capture six daring surfers' excursion to the secret swell spot known as Prowlers. Big Wave Award contender Kurt Rist was among the group who had waited three years for the return of the rare surf phenomenon off Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo, which is only accessible to the hardiest waveriders by Jet Ski tow-in. Discover...
#coastalrowing – Coastal Rowing is an extremely exciting and rewarding sport and on Saturday 26th April between 10am & 2pm, St. Michael's Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire will be holding open Rowing sessions for U12s, U14s, U16s, U18s Boys & Girls. The event is FREE and the format of the taster session will be on a drop in basis and will commence 10am sharp at the...
#SkipperExpo - Galway's Skipper Expo celebrates its 10th anniversary when it opens this weekend 7-8 March at the Galway Bay Hotel. Supported by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Mullion, the international fisheries show will showcase the vast range of products and services available to the fishing industry. And according to organisers Mara Media, the hallmark of the expo is its fri...
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