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#FishFarm - Undercurrent News reports that Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) is seeking a High Court injunction against Marine Harvest Ireland over an unauthorised pipeline used to extract water from a freshwater lough to treat salmon at its farm on the Galway coast. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the operators of the salmon farm at Kilkiernan Bay installed a pipelin...
#Rowing: Eimear Lambe finished fifth in her heat of the junior women’s single sculls at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in China this morning. Just one qualified directly from the heat so the Commercial sculler is now set for the repechage tomorrow (Monday). Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China (Irish interest, selected results) Women Junior Single Sculls – Heat Four (Win...
#Surfing - First the Dutch are pioneering canal surfing - and now some intrepid Irish surfers are in on the act, proposing a river wave on the Shannon as the next big surfing hotspot. The Limerick Leader reports on UL student Paul Deering and his friend Kalani Moore who have demonstrated the potential of the standing wave at Curragower Falls for more than the usual canoe paddle...
#IrishSeaHistory – Irish Sea History, Culture & Environment is the title for this two-day symposium held on 19-20 September. The event is to be hosted by the Maritime Institute in their premises at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire. The public symposium will bring together speakers from the sciences, humanities and maritime heritage to ask the questio...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has responded to concerns over preparatory works connected with the proposed Barrow Blueway. Described as one of the key recommendations of the Barrow Product Development Study, the development of a 'blueway' scheme along the Barrow Line and Barrow Navigation is still in its "early survey work" stages before any further steps in the planning pr...
#Jellyfish - The Irish Mirror reported on Friday that 17 dangerous lion's mane jellyfish were removed from Sandycove Beach on south Dublin Bay. However, that may be just the tip of the iceberg in their numbers as the giant venomous species flocks to Ireland's warming coastal waters from elsewhere in the Irish Sea. Meanwhile, restrictions on bathing have been lifted from nearby ...
#optimist – There's an Interesting scenario emerging for today's finale of the CH Marine Irish Optimist National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Claire Bateman. After eight races and one discard Peter Fegan SSC leads the Senior Gold Fleet on 46 points. Solid consistency appears to have paid off well for Peter up to now. He is currently 3 points ahead of Vita Hea...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO - 1. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 2. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan), 3. Prima Nocte (Patrick Burke et al) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 2. Magic (D.Espey), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) CRUISERS 0 ECHO - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Tsunami ...
#SummerOfHeritage – The annual Summer of Heritage organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council continues its events programme until 7th September. So there's still time to visit places of interest, among them those with direct links to matters maritime. Click the following links below to previous postings to reveal further information to the following venues where all h...
#CorkCruiseTrio – This season the Port of Cork will welcome 54 cruise ships throughout Cork Harbour, among them three cruiseships calling simultaneously next Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. So what callers are we to expect in this trio line-up, they are listed below as follows. For further details click the highlighted name of each cruiseship. Sea Cloud II (2001/3,849grt) Fla...
#mirror – The 2014 Mirror National Championships were held at a resplendent Sligo Yacht Club from August 7th to 10th. Twenty three Mirror Class Dinghies gathered for what proved to be an action packed four days of sailing on the enchanting waters of Sligo Bay. The fleet faced very tricky sailing conditions over the four days in relatively light and shifty winds, not the norm ...
#HeritageWeekLectures – The Maritime Institute of Ireland is to run a lecture series during Heritage Week under the title of 'The War to End All Wars' held on 31 August in the Eblana Club, Dun Laoghaire. The lectures are between 12 am and 8 pm and the venue is located on Elana Avenue off Marine Road. Lectures will be accompanied by discussions, debates, music and song. Regist...
#CruiseDublinTrio- As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a partner has been sought by Dublin Port Company for the promotion and expansion of the cruise ship business, writes Jehan Ashmore. Currently the port handles 110,000 annually which generate €50 million into the local economy and the popularity of the capital as a cruiseship destination continues by major cruise brand op...
#gp14 – Three race wins were enough for Britain's Ian Dobson and Andy Tunnicliffe was more than enough to wrap up the GP14 World Championship on Strangford Lough yesterday. Although British entries took the top five places in the 100–boat fleet, Irish boats occupied the next five. Donegal brothers John and Donal McGuinness from Moville Sailing Club were the top Irish placed...
#rorcsrbi – Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive's progress continues in the 1800–mile Round Britain and Ireland race today. The Dublin two handed pair sent this update from Lulabelle as they approach the Shtland islands leaving them with a 1,000 mile to the Solent finish next week. "The first sign of things changing were the waves were now against us then the wind turned. The...
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Strangford Lough Sailing Secrets Revealed

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#strangfordlough – Strangford Lough is one of Ireland's most important sailing locations, yet it is surprising how few sailors from other areas have savoured its unique attractions. W M Nixon tries to explain why this is so, and delves into the racing enjoyed this week by two very different classes of boats on an alluring and secret water. Strangford Lough is a very private a...
#optimist – Day 2 of the CH Marine Irish Optimist National Championships saw a great buzz with competitors arriving at Royal Cork Yacht Club for today's racing in the CH Marine Irish Optimist National Championships in Crosshaven writes Claire Bateman. Today was very much down to business with the sailors feeling more familiar with their surroundings and having had the experie...
#rorcsrbi –Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Volvo Ocean 65, Azzam, skippered by Ian Walker, crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 22.20.28 BST on Friday 15th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 4 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds. This breaks the previous World Record and Race Record for a monohull set...
#Diving - A Bronze Age sword has been plucked from the River Shannon in Co Offaly by a local diver, according to the Irish Independent. And it's only the latest in a series of historical finds by members of the Shannonside Sub Aqua Club in Banagher, which has previously fished out Viking and Celt weaponry from the river. The latest find is thought to be some 3,500 years old, an...
#RNLI - Arranmore RNLI lifeboat crew had a long callout in the early hours of this morning to a 30ft yacht in trouble off Gola Island. The pagers went off just before 2am, when the lifeboat crew – along with their Donegal coastal colleagues from Bunbeg Coast Guard – were called out to assist the yacht, with a father and son on board, that had dragged its anchor and got...
#Surfing - Surfing on the canals of the Netherlands? It could be a reality if Rotterdam's plans come to fruition, as Mail Online reports. The Dutch port city's Steigersgracht Canal is the location for RiF010, a water-purification scheme that will create a five-foot wave in the waterway that might well be perfect for 'hanging ten' in the heart of the retail district. And not onl...
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