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#LargestUKliner - In a major coup for Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, the largest ever cruiseship built exclusively for the UK market, P&O Cruises 143,000 tonnes newbuild Britannia, is to visit in her first season in 2015, writes Jehan Ashmore. Britannia is due for delivery in Spring and is to make her first call to Dun Laoghaire in mid-July. The giant five-star luxury cruis...
#OppyEuros2014 – After two days of competition, 255 Optimist sailors from 44 nations are getting used to the wind and the waves of Dublin Bay but what about the local lingo? The enterprising videographers at the Royal St. George Yacht Club asked a few of the Under–16 competitors to get their mouth's around the Irish phrase Ar Nós Na Gaoithe [as fast as the wind]. Just...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Container Market: Maersk, MSC agree post-P3 vessel sharing agreement - With the failure of the P3 alliance, vetoed by China, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have entered a 10-year vessel sharing agreement, Seatrade Global has reported. This...
#laser – Inspite of four top ten results, Schull's Fionn Lyden is just shy of a top ten place at the U21 Laser Standard European Championship on Lake Garda in Italy. Lyden is counting a 9, 3, 8 and a 5 is in 11th overall. The West Cork sailor was runaway winner of the 2012 Junior All Ireland title and also an accomplishd team racer. The event sees a fleet of 16...
#fireball – After two gentle Tuesday night Fireball sessions in a row on Dublin Bay, the wind gods upped the ante for last night's DBSC racing writes Cormac Bradley. Viewing the Optimist Europeans on Dublin Bay (entry of 254 boats) during the day from the office window and comparing the forecast for the evening there seemed to be some confusion as to what we would be getting ...
#jobs – Why not become an outdoor instructor and guide? Spend your working days teaching kayaking, guiding on trails and mountains or introducing beginners to rock climbing. Outdoors Ireland are running an intensive part-time Outdoor Instructor & Guide Training Course in Kerry, this October. Aimed at enthusiastic complete beginners; this course is designed to give the ski...
¢dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan), 3. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan CRUISERS 2 - 1. Black Sheep (E Healy), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson &am...
#classicboats – Cowes produced near perfect conditions for day three of Panerai British Classic boat Week where Squadron Racing Ltd ran two more excellent races in the Central Solent for the 52-strong fleet. With hot sun, a balmy sea breeze that built from sub 10 to almost 20 knots and more gleaming varnish and brass than you can shake a stick at, it was a spectacular day's s...
#youthsailing – New Irish youth sailing star Seafra Guilfoyle has extended his lead in the 53-boat Laser Radial class at the ISAF youth worlds in Tavira, Portugal this afternoon. The Royal Cork single-hander has a three–point cushion over Martin Lowy (BRA) and Denmark's Patrick Dieter following two days of competition. It was a late start and a late finish on the secon...
#OppiEuros2014 –  Irish boys could not maintain their two top-20 rankings in today's second day of competition at the Optimst European Championships on Dublin Bay where there have been dramatic changes in positions at the Royal St. George hosted event. The winds were marginally lighter but it may also be that our visitors have quickly learned how to sail Dublin Bay. Howe...
#CruiseLiners – Galway Harbour Company will welcome the fifth cruise caller this season when Holland America Line's Prinsendam calls this day next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, this season is one of the busiest in recent years for the mid-west port when eight calls are made and all by different operators. Due to their size, all cruiseships are to anchor ...
#vor – Iker Martínez will again be leading the Spanish challenge for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15, his team confirmed today. The 37-year-old Basque sailor, who has just been crowned European champion in the Nacra 17 multihull class, is looking forward to his second campaign as a skipper following the Team Telefónica entry in 2011-12. On that occasion, Martínez had the l...
#FishFarm - No council permission was given for a pipeline laid last month to extract water from Loughaunore to a nearby salmon farm in Kilkieran Bay in Co Galway, as the Connemara Journal reports. Marine Harvest Ireland installed the 3.25km pipeline to help treat an outbreak of amoebic gill disease among its farmed salmon, but did so before a decision was made by Galway County...
#Tourism - A Baltimore maritime group says Fáilte Ireland's commitment to coastal tourism "rings very hollow" in light of its proposed sale of the former Glenans sail training school premises in the West Cork town. Last September Afloat.ie reported on the decision by the French sail training group, one of the biggest such operators in Ireland, to close its bases at Collanmore ...
#RNLI - Portaferry RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat yesterday afternoon (14 July) to the aid of a man who had suffered a head injury in one of the races during Portaferry Sailing Club’s annual regatta. The lifeboat launched at 2.36pm and met up with the injured man a few minutes later on board his 12m yacht just off Marfield Bay in Strangford Lough, Co Down. Weather conditi...
#RNLI - Howth RNLI rescued a party of tourists yesterday afternoon (Monday 14 July) after the passenger boat they were on got into difficulty on the north side of Ireland’s Eye. The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted at 3.25pm following a Mayday call that a 30ft passenger boat had ran aground onto rocks and was taking on water. Weather conditions at the time were described a...
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI aided 10 people in two separate callouts over the weekend. The first call came just before 7pm on Saturday (12 July) following a report that two craft vessels had ran aground on the east shore of Inch McDermott. The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat within minutes at 7.06pm. At the scene, the crew discovered that a 30ft cruiser with two adult...
#isafyouthworlds – Ireland's Laser Radial Boys racer Seafra Guilfoyle was all smiles after the first day of racing at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Tavira in Portugal today with good reason, he holds the lead in the 57-boat fleet. Royal Cork's Guilfoyle revelled in the breeze and took the first bullet. A fifth place followed and he leads on six points, tied with Denmark's Pat...
#OptiEuros2014 – Ireland has got off to an exceptional start at the massive 254–boat Optimist European Championships on Dublin Bay this afternoon. Exceeding expectations of top half results, the top Irish under–16 sailors are placed tenth and 17th in the 153 boat boys' fleet after the first two races where winds gusted over 20–knots. James McCann of Royal Cork Yach...
#safetyonthewater – Irish Water Safety (IWS) has appealed to the public to stay vigilant around water and not to become another drowning statistic. This appeal comes in the wake of IWS drowning statistics for 2013 which recorded 91 drownings, the lowest for 78 years. Following a particularly hot two weeks in July 2013 during which thirteen tragically drowned, IWS noted a mark...
#MarineWildlife - Dusty the dolphin has found a new home at Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands, prompting a local campaign to warn locals and visitors alike of the potential dangers of swimming with the unpredictable cetacean. Previously known as a gregarious bottlenose dolphin with "no fear of humans", according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's (IWDG) executive officer Dr Si...
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