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#Ports&ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene. Ardmore Shipping's fleet increased to 19 tankers with the delivery of the 49,999dwt Ardmore Sealion from an Asian shipyard. An Bórd Pleanála has delayed making a decision on the planning application by Galway Harbour to redevolop the port with a €126m extension. The Sten...
#D2DRace – Rounding the Tuskar Rock after 7am this morning, the Royal Cork and Baltimore crew on Commodore's Cup winner Antix (Anthony O'Leary) is heading west at 7 knots to be first in IRC handicap and contiune to be 2015 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race leaders. After a night at sea, the 30–boat National Yacht Club fleet is still tightly bunched off the Wexford coast with 190...
#d2d – Last night's start of the 280-mile Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race was a tricky business, with the ebb starting to sluice out of Dublin Bay, and a less-than-commanding breeze making for an inelegant beginning to this year's biggest offshore race in Irish waters. If anyone hoped to see a colourful spectacle reflecting top end sailing's supposedly glamorous image, they were wo...
#Dun Laoghaire to Dingle – Conditions in the early stages of this year's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race are putting a premium on downwind skills, as the crews seek the best VMG through maximising gybing angles. The following ebb tide encourages the offshore trend, but the navigators will have their work cut out positioning for the next flood. Antony O'Leary's Antix is the ...
#d2d –  Will he or won't he? D2D could mean dinner to dinner for enda's imoca 60 racing to dingle tonight, but only if he makes the start. The prospect of a new course record and the presence of top offshore racing boats has been giving an extra zing to tonight's 9.0pm start in Dublin Bay of the biennial 280–mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race writes W M Nixon. With...
#holyisland – Clare County Council has announced a comprehensive plan relating to the future tourism development and visitor management of the "Jewel of Lough Derg", Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) on Lough Derg, County Clare. As Afloat.ie previously reported, at a ceremony in Mountshannon today, the Local Authority confirmed it has acquired 41 acres on the island which, together ...
#drowning – The number of accidental drownings in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since records began. There were a total of 338 water-related deaths from accidents or natural causes across the UK in 2014, according to a report published today by the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF). That number, from statistics published by NWSF, has fallen from 381 in 2013, and is t...
#vor – Former Irish Green Dragon sailors Ian Walker (GBR) and his Munster bowman Justin Slattery on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have all but clinched the 12th edition of offshore sailing's toughest challenge in the early hours of Thursday, when a third place in Leg 8 left them with an eight-point lead in the Volvo Ocean Race with one stage to go. Only a very unlikely combination o...
#j109 – It's all smiles after the first day of the UK J/109 National Championship, with Ian Nagle's team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club scoring two bullets on J/109 Jelly Baby. "We had a great start in the first race, which put us in a good shape but we had a shocking start in the second and had to fight back from a very poor position, Nagle said. The Cork Harbour boat, retur...
#007 – The gossip that former 007 James Bond star Pierce Brosnan was filming in Dublin with British actress Anna Friel proved correct tonight when the pair arrived at Dun Laoghaire Marina.  The stars were on the Dun Laoghaire waterfront filming new movie 'I.T'., a film in which Pierce Brosnan stars as a book publisher. Deadline.com, which broke the story, says the new fi...
#lifeboat – At 1.20pm, Thursday afternoon, June 11, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist five people on board a 49ft (15m) yacht reported aground by Castletown Harbour on the County Clare shore. The lifeboat launched at 1.30pm with helm Eleanor Hooker, Keith Brennan and Lorna Walsh on board. Winds were northeasterly, Force 2/3, visibilit...
#isafworldcup - Another two race wins put Annalise Murphy's arch rival Marit Boumeester into another league at the ISAF World Cup in Weymouth today while the Dubliner dropped three places to sixth overall in the 12 knot breezes. Howth's Aoife Hopkins is 36th. Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) were the stand out performers in the 49erFX, taking a pair of bullets and a second. I...
#waterwags – On 10th June there was high pressure, hardly a cloud in the sky but unfortunately there was almost no wind. The Water Wags rowed, sculled and paddled to the race area in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Despite the conditions twenty Water Wags lined up perfectly for the start. Initially the race was very slow. Then a breeze built up to about 5 knots from the north-east. Ca...
A team of 20 rowers have been circumnavigating the island of Ireland in a small, self-built skiff to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI). Their plan for today (Thursday) is row up the Co Down coast to Blackhead, and then on to Portavogie. The rowers, of mixed ability and experience, set off from Bray, Co. Wicklow on May 30th with crews of two oarsmen/women at a time r...
#national18 –  There's great excitement around Cork Harbour this week with the delivery of the first four of the completely new Phil Morrison-designed National 18s to join the established fleet at Monkstown Bay SC. In the near future, other boats will be arriving to make their debut as Crosshaven with the Royal Cork YC, as well as further augmenting the Monkstown group. ...
#solosailing – This Sunday, 14 Corinthian sailors will set sail from Plas Heli, Pwllheli for Baltimore, south west Ireland. These single-handed boats of between 20 and 30 feet long are taking part in the Jester Baltimore Challenge; the course will take them around the notorious Fastnet Rock. The Challenge is all about personal endeavor and self-reliance. It is a challenge for...
#Shannon - A teenage boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the River Shannon in Athlone yesterday (Wednesday 10 June), as RTÉ News reports. The 14-year-old was recovered from the water near the Athlone Sub Aqua Club after a short search by club members and Coosan Point lifeboat volunteers. But he later died in hospital after being transferred from Portin...
#vor – Skipper Sam Davies (GBR) and her Team SCA crew struck a resounding blow for women's offshore sailing in the early hours of Thursday morning when they gloriously clinched Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The comfortable victory was the first leg win in offshore sailing's toughest challenge since Tracy Edwards' Maiden clinched two stage wins in Class D of the 1989-90 race,...
#Diving - Diving Ireland is recruiting for a Programmes Development Officer on a one-year contract. The governing body for all underwater sport in Ireland under the Irish Underwater Council (CFT) describes the post as "an exciting opportunity to manage and spearhead [its] development programme." The full-time position, based in Dublin, provides for operational and administrativ...
#isafworldcup – Annalise Murphy is in the top three of the women's Laser Radial fleet at the ISAF World Cup fleet in Weymouth after today's two opening races in an 'uncommon' 15–knot easterly breeze. The Dun Laoghaire star scored a second in the first race and a sixth this afternoon in her 36–boat fleet. 16–year–old Aoife Hopkins of Howth Yacht Club, who earned her pl...
#VOR - Team SCA have built slightly on their slim advantage ahead of the pack with just 12 to 15 hours of racing left till port in Lorient in the eighth leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Currently 10.6 nautical miles clear of their closest rivals in the returning Team Vestas Wind, the all-women squad have put in their strongest performance of the race thus far, notwithstandi...
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