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#flyingfifteen – On a beautiful sunny summers evening with a s/se force 4-5 breeze it was perfect sailing conditions for the 17–Flying Fifteens. PRO Jack Roy and his team set a great course and there was some exciting sailing especially downwind. With the tide ebbing those who went towards the shore had less wind than those who elected to stay out. Doorly/Qui...
#D-Day70Anniversary- As reported yesterday, the Royal Navy joined by allied naval vessels formed an overnight flotilla from Portsmouth and are currently off the Normandy Beaches on this D-Day 70th anniversary, writes Jehan Ashmore. Throughout today, major religious and commemorative services are been attended by the dwindling number of allied World War II veterans. This morning...
#wmr – Another day of picture perfect conditions greeted the sailors in Crosshaven for Day 2 of the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship. Although the wind was a little light to begin with in the morning, the sun glistened off the pristine waters of Cork Harbour and the south-easterly picked up to a steady 10-12 knots in the afternoon leading to some thrilling ra...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Levana (Jean Mitton), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Avalon (R.Conan/J.Fox) CRUISERS 0 Echo- 1. Loose Change (P Redden & M Mitton), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Loose Change (P Redden & M Mitton), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS 1 Echo - 1. Bon Exemple (C Byrne), 2. Just Jay (Oliver Sheehy), 3. Jigamaree (R Harris) ...
#DalkeyIslandSlipOpens – Dalkey Island's newly constructed slipway harbour was officially opened today by An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Carrie Smyth, writes Jehan Ashmore. Speaking at the launch at Coliemore Harbour, An Cathaoirleach said: "I am delighted to be able to officially open the new slipway on Dalkey Island in what are my last few ...
#D-Day70anniversary -Major events are been held on both sides of the English Channel today in advance of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Allied Invasion, writes Jehan Ashmore. To find further details commemorating the momentous D-Day (6th June 1944) they can be found from the D-Day Museum's events programme by visiting their website. The busy UK ferryport of Portsmouth is syn...
#Rowing - The second annual Dublin Currach Regatta will take place on Sunday 15 June. Sponsored by the Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council, the event will be hosted at the East Wall Water Sports Centre on the Tolka Estuary just off the Alfie Byrne Road in Dublin 3. This is the second year that the East Coast has had the privilege of hosting a currach regatta included in...
#RNLI - Arklow RNLI’s volunteers were alerted by pager at 09:47am yesterday morning (Wednesday 4 June) to a call for help from a local fishing boat. The vessel had suffered a fouled propeller and was adrift just south of Cahore Point, halfway between Arklow and Wexford. The lifeboat Ger Tigchleaar and crew - consisting of coxswain Roger Tyrell, station mechanic Mich...
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Nine Injured In Thames Cruise Collision

#TowerBridge - BBC News reports of nine people injured after a sightseeing boat crashed into Tower Bridge on the River Thames in central London yesterday morning (Wednesday 4 June). Five were hospitalised after the included, including a 64-year-old woman believed to have suffered head and pelvic injuries when she fell down steel steps in the collision. Two more were checke...
#corkharbour – Today the waters of Cork harbour saw the commencement of the first leg of the series to decide the 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds Championship writes Claire Bateman The initial stages of the competition started today with a Round Robin series where each skipper is scheduled to sail against each other skipper once and from there the top eight skippers wil...
#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist two people whose vessel ran aground at the entrance to Terryglass Harbour, at the northern end of Lough Derg This evening, June 4, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist two people whose vessel was aground at the entrance to Terryglass HarbourThe lifeboat launched at 6.30pm with Helm Ger ...
#SuperYachtIrishSea-Brand new superyacht, Astra, a 55m (180ft) newbuild from Dutch shipyard Amels, made a mid-way passage through the Irish Sea last week and which saw the 672 tons luxury vessel head for Gibraltar, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ultra-sleek lines of the Caymen Islands flagged vessel are styled by Tim Heywood Design and her interiors are by Laura Sessa Romboli where ...
#ECapproveP3Alliance- The P3 Alliance Network, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, which is formed by three major container shipping operators have been informed by the European Commission that it will not open anti-trust proceedings, allowing the shipping alliance to remain compliant with EU competition law. CMA CGM, Maersk Line (see giantship) and Mediterranean Shipping Comp...
#WeighingContainers –The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed recent decision of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) by which it is the shipper's responsibility to submit the verified gross weight of containers before loading onto the ships. The verification of the containers' weight can indeed play an important role in enhancing safety in maritime transport ...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Container Market: African upsizing -The upsizing of vessels on African trades continues strongly accordingly to Clarksons Research Limited supported by robust growth in trade volumes and despite a variety of infrastructure challenges. A number of services to We...
#BlueFlag - 80 swimming spots around Ireland's coast - comprising 76 beaches and four marinas - have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for 2014, an increase of six on last year. And a further 54 beaches were recognised in the National Green Coast Awards, nine more than in 2013. Blue Flag applications were received for 81 beaches in total, though five beaches - Bertra and M...
#fireball – The Irish Fireball fleet had a "soggy session" on the water last night, Tuesday 3rd June, with rain dominating the pre-race period and early part of the race and a fading breeze the feature of the race itself.Despite the grey skies, there was a healthy presence of Fireballs on the start line – 7 boats. Again the weather data was at odds with what was on the wate...
#tall ship – Straight after a weekend of Tall Ships on Dublin Bay, the Spanish Embassy in Dublin and Dublin Port Company have announced that the world's third-largest Tall Ship, the 370 foot long, four-masted "Juan Sebastián de Elcano" will visit Dublin from Saturday, 7th until Thursday, 12th June. The impressive steel-hulled schooner will be met by two Dublin Port Company t...
#Clipper - Derry-Londonderry's newly elected Mayor Brenda Stevenson will travel to New York this week to join members of the Derry-Londonderry-Doire crew participating in the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The crew will arrive at the stopover port in the Big Apple ahead of their departure for the next leg of the race that will bring them to their home port in time ...
#TradeNews - Suzuki has unveiled its latest lightweight and fuel-efficient outboard engine model in the new four-cylinder DF200A. The new outboard promises the performance one would expect only from a V6 engine, but from just four cylinders, making it the lightest in its class - like the recently released DF30A and DF25A before it. Other features include a direct air intake and...
#Seafood - Just days after his resignation as CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Jason Whooley has been announced as the chief executive of Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland, as OceanFM reports. The new body, a joint venture between the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and Norwegian firm Biomarine Science Technology, is behind the "game-changer" €35 million project in the Don...
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