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#WSSlecture – The Cobh branch of the World Ship Society (WSS) is to resume its 2014-2015 meetings programme with its first lecture this year on 20 January. The topic been 'Tall Ships Down the Years' is to be presented by Capt. Michael Coleman. Starting at 20.00, next Tuesday's talk takes place in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh (and other presentations are held on the third Tuesday...
#MarineWildlife - Great white sharks that could "bite a person in half" have seen the closure of a stretch of beaches north of Sydney for more than a week, as TheJournal.ie reports. One shark in particular, thought to be some five metres in length, is the largest ever spotted in the waters off Newcastle, some 160km north of Australia's biggest city. Similarly sized sharks have ...
#HolidayShows – The Belfast Telegraph Holiday World Show 2015 which opened yesterday in the Kings Hall Pavillons continues this weekend. The event covers a myriad of holiday travel options with many stands to visit. Among the exhibitors at the show are Ferry Companies & Cruise Lines. To ask all those important travel questions and to see in advance the list of operat...
#EliteDiving - As the country was battening down the hatches and ducking for cover this week, 10 hardy hopefuls took to the icy waters of Cork harbour, writes The Irish Mirror. Standing to attention in gale force winds on Haulbowline Pier, this wasn't some cheap TV reality series designed to make us all feel fat. There were no camera-friendly emotional breakdowns or interesting...
#tallship – The Tall Ships return to Ireland in spectacular style this summer with a major fleet assembly in Belfast from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July for the beginning of the season's Tall Ships Races, organised by Sail Training International. The seagoing programme will have a strong Scandinavian emphasis in 2015, with the route - some of which is racing, other sections ...
#Sailing - Is there drive for a national sailing league in Ireland? A number of new start-up competitions around the world might give Irish sailing clubs some food for thought. One only has to look to the continent to see the strong demand for league sailing, most recently with the inauguration of the Sailing Champions League last October. That competition invited 36 of the top...
#BarcelonaWorldRace - "One of the most painful experiences of my sporting life" is how Alex Thomson describes the dismasting incident on the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss that took him and Alex Pepe out of the Barcelona World Race. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the pair were in the lead of the global two-man-crew offshore challenge when they lost their rig on Wednesday evening (14 ...
#ChinaCoastalTrade -  Three foreign-flag boxships owned by Cosco Container Lines according to LloydsLoadingList.com, have recently won government approval to carry containers between Shanghai and other Chinese ports. The move signals an official launch of Beijing's pilot project to liberalise the country's cabotage restrictions. The vessels, 49,961 dwt Cosco Surabaya, 49,9...
#Jobs - Waterways Ireland is recruiting for a temporary visitor centre manager (one-year fixed term) at its Grand Canal Quay base in Dublin. At minimum, applicants must have a either a business-focused degree or equivalent, with two years relevant experience in marketing or sales, or at least five years relevant administrative experience including two years of staff management ...
#americascup – HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, visited the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth (ACWS Portsmouth) display at the London Boat Show, to support Ben Ainslie Racing and the America's Cup World Series events planned between 23 – 26 July 2015. The ACWS Portsmouth events will be managed and delivered by 'TEAMORIGIN Events', a company set up and chaired by S...
#Surfing - Mullaghmore regular Andrew 'Cotty' Cotton has secured a nomination in the 2015 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards for his monster ride on the swells that preceded Storm Rachel this week. According to The Irish Times, Cotty skipped an appointment with his chiropractor to race from his Devon home to the Sligo coast a week ago to make the most of the strengthening surf. Shak...
Friday, 16 January 2015 12:00

Kitesurfers Donate £5,000 to the RNLI

#kitesurf – A group from the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada team visited the Hayling Island RNLI station in the UK yesterday to present them with a £5,000 cheque from funds raised at last years event. Lifeboat Operations Manager, Jonathan Bradbury received the cheque and said, 'We want to say a sincere thank you to all the kitesurfers who participated in the Armada and raised thi...
#AwardFinalists - Finalists for the Irish Travel Agents Association's Industry Travel Awards 2015 have recently been announced for an award ceremony to be held next week. The Irish Travel Industry Awards (ITAA), are the premier awards for suppliers and travel agents in Ireland. The awards are designed to showcase excellence in the delivery of international travel services to bo...
#SolentSalvage - The stricken vehicle-transporter, Hoegh Osaka held its position in the Solent overnight, despite severe gales. Tugs holding the vessel, which is anchored near Lee-on-the-Solent, as reported yesterday, had been ordered to let it go if they lost control in the storm. Salvors are due to board the vessel by helicopter and boat to test the pumps and work on the ball...
#isa – Two years after a heave against the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) a new five year strategic plan has been published writes David O'Brien in this morning's Irish Times sailing column HERE. The Plan is for the period 2015 - 2020 and is based on the views that were put to a 'Strategic Review Group'. The SRG was asked by the Board in 2013 to assess where the Associa...
#fishermen – The Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today hosted the first meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF), bringing together for the first time a network of representatives from the six recently established Regional Inshore Fisheries Forums. The inshore sector (comprising fishing boats of less than 12 metres in overall length) make up more tha...
#GalwayPort - Severe flooding and storm surges will be the reality for Galway on a regular basis if the project to extend the port goes ahead as planned, the oral hearing into the scheme has heard. According to The Irish Times, various groups, including Ireland's national trust An Taisce, have expressed fears over the risks to the city and its environs from a rise in sea levels...
#StormRachel - The Commissioners of Irish Lights' five Twitter 'smart buoys' have recorded high winds in all coastal areas as Storm Rachel hammers Ireland from the Atlantic. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Met Éireann had issued a Status Red weather warning for exposed coastal areas in western counties with gusts of up to 150km/h predicted. And the since-named Storm Rache...
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:37

If 'Winds Take Over' Tugs to Abandon Solent Stricken Car-Transporter

#SolentSalvage- Tugs holding the listing stricken car-transporter, Hoegh Osaka (2000/51,000grt) in the Solent will according to BBC News, let go of the vessel if they lose control in gales set to sweep in. The ship anchored at Alpha Anchorage, near Lee-on-the-Solent, has been positioned to re-ground on a sandbank. Bram Sperling, from salvors Svitzer, said: "If the wind takes ov...
#d2d – The National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire harbour has announced its 12th staging of the biennial Dingle Skellig Hotel Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race which will start on Friday 12th June. It follows on a week from Howth Yacht Club's Lambay race so this time round it may be viewed with more interest by several more boats from across Dublin Bay too. The Notice of R...
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:10

Barcelona World Race Leader 'Hugo Boss' Dismasted Off Brazil

#barcelonaworldrace – 14 days into the race and 2 race records broken, Alex & Pepe were making brilliant progress in the Barcelona World race until HUGO BOSS lost their rig yesterday evening at 21.02 GMT, 370 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil. Alex Thomson, a frequent visitor to Ireland, and Pepe Ribes, skippers of the IMOCA 60 HUGO BOSS, which was leading the B...
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