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#Kayaking - Dublin-based urban kayaking operator City Kayaking has announced it has secured funding to help subsidise kayaking excursions for youth groups in the capital. The company is now running a limited '€5 Kayaking for Youth Groups' offer to get Dublin kids on the water on kayaks from just €5 per head. According to the website, the sessions on the River Liffey will be...
#boatsforsale – Ireland's MGM Boats got off to a busy start at this weekend's opening of Boot, the Dusseldorf Boat Show. It's an upswing in fortunes for yacht sales that that started off at the London Boat Show earlier this month where the international brokers also reported the strongest interest in five years. The MGM Yachts for Sale Stand is the only Ir...
#FerryFrance – It may only be the first month of 2014, yet two new direct Ireland-France ferry routes are launched. Irish Ferries Dublin-Cherbourg route which opens today and LD Lines Rosslare-St. Nazaire-Gijon (Spain) services which began last weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Ferries new 19-hour route connecting the capital and the continent is served by the 500 passenge...
#Fracking - Northern Ireland's inland and coastal waterways could be at risk from contamination by fracking activity, warns an environmental group. The Belfast Telegraph reports on Friends of the Earth's poor assessment of Stormont's regulatory powers, with the group citing an array of illegal landfills and quarries across the North as a worrying precedent for any future fracki...
#WhiddyIsland - Thirty-five years on from the disaster at the Whiddy Island oil terminal in Bantry Bay, one of those who survived the incident has told The Irish Times how the tragedy still resonates throughout West Cork. "The joy of Christmas doesn’t exist for me anymore," said then Gulf Oil pumpman Brian McGee, who admits he "can still vividly recall images from that night"...
#LondonBoatShow - The UK's domestic boat sales market is heading back towards pre-recession levels, according to marine leisure industry body the British Marine Federation. Releasing its latest data to coincide with last week's London Boat Show, the BMF points out that the marine sector is now in a "bullish mood" at home, thanks to the support of a strong export market. A whopp...
#oga –  For the first time in its 50 years, the Old Gaffers Association has an Irish President. W M Nixon profiles Sean Walsh as he begins a three year term heading up this increasingly international organisation, which raised its profile with 2013's Golden Jubilee celebrations including major events for classic and traditional craft in Dublin, Belfast, and Peel in the I...
Marine Notice No. 13 of 2014 Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and SeafarersDamage to Westcove Perch and Leading Lights, Co. Kerry, due to recent storms The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that: the Westcove Perch ( 51° 46.00' N Latitude, 010° 02.93' W Longitude ) and West Cove...
#opti – The Optimist fleet heads for Baltimore Sailing Club from Saturday the 15th until Friday the 21st of February with up to 161 children participating in a popular mid–term winter training programme.  The IODAI have 16 coaches, both international and Irish, catering for all levels from those just starting out in the regatta fleet right up to those on the natio...
#Lecture – Tonight a lecture "The Loss of USS Indianapolis in 1945" is to be held in the Stella Maris Seafarers Club (at 8pm) close to Busaras bus station in Dublin. The lecture presented by Terry Cummins, secretary of the Irish Naval Association, will as usual take place upstairs in the club. The talk forms part of the winter lecture series organised by the Maritime Institut...
#ferry – This weekend (Saturday, 18th January 2014), Irish Ferries will inaugurate its new direct weekend car ferry service between Dublin and the French port of Cherbourg. As previously reported, the new 19-hours service will be operated by the passenger car and freight ferry vessel Epsilon which the company acquired recently under a charter arrangement. Sailings will depart...
#dbsc – The National Yacht Club will host Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Spring Chicken series starting on 2nd February and running until March 9th. It follows the 70–boat Turkey shoot that ran up to Christmas. Both series are being sponsored by Rathfarnham Ford. Entry form and a Notice of Race are attached for download below. A series of six races will be held on Sund...
Thursday, 16 January 2014 17:12

Plunge Into Diving At Dive Ireland 2014

#Diving - Did you know that Dublin Bay alone has at least eight wreck diving sites, from the Marlay to the Vanguard? That's just the tip of what's available to explore beneath the surface along the capital's coastline, according to the Dublin Port Company. It's never been easier to get involved in the pastime, thanks to the efforts of the Irish Underwater Council (CFT). And a g...
#Dolphins - Marine photographer Myles Carroll snapped some beautiful shots of a dolphin pup frolicking in the waves off Hook Head last weekend, as TheJournal.ie reports. The baby was just one of a near 40-strong dolphin pod sighted off the Wexford coast in recent days, just in time for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's latest cetacean spotting trip this weekend on board the C...
#annalisemurphy – If she were a car, she'd be a Ferrari because they're fast and they look good! That's just one of a number of responses from Ireland's sailing star Annalise Murphy to questions posed by the Olympic Council of Ireland in a recent (five minute) video profile of the Dun Laoghaire sailor posted on youtube (above). ...
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 12 of 2014 details that the Marine Survey Office (MSO) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has appointed the following companies to the panel as Recognised Security Organisations (Ports) for the creation of Port Security Assessments and Port Security Plans for the period covering 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2018: Crime Management...
#Robots - Co Galway will play host to what could be the future of sailing later this year in the shape of the World Robotic Sailing Championships, as The Irish Times reports. While on the surface the idea might seem like Robot Wars on the water, there's some serious science and engineering muscle behind the competition - part of the Microtransat Challenge for robotic self-pilot...
#rorc – Former Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker's Volvo Ocean 65 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was quick off the mark to confirm its participation with Azzam (Determination) in the RORC's toughest race of the year - The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The race was previously won by Limerick skipper Ger O' Rourke in the 2006 race on the Cookson 50, Chieftain. The 1802nm...
#cby – Brokerage sales for Cork harbour yacht broker Crosshaven Boatyard (CBY) in 2013 was steady with some boats going abroad but thankfully the majority staying in Ireland. Recent boat sales for CBY include a 2006 Jeanneau Merry Fisher 925, 1998 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 34.2, 1983 Beneteau First 30e and a 1984 Gib'Sea 76.  'Enquiry levels have been promising in the last fe...
#DublinSwift- Ulysses departed Birkenhead fresh from annual maintenance today in readiness to resume a sailing from Holyhead in the early hours of tomorrow to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. During the dry-docking at Cammell Laird shipyard, the operators Rosslare-Pembroke Dock ferry Isle of Inishmore covered the roster of Ulysses in tandem with fast-fast Jonathan Swift. Inci...
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:19

Topper Worlds 2014 at Pwllheli Get Sponsor

#topper – The International Topper Class Association and Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club have announced that local chandlery company, Firmhelm are supporting the World Championship 2014. Over 700 sailors, coaches and their families are expected to visit Pwllheli for this championship that is to be held between August 8-15 2014. Gareth Roberts, Events Manager, Clwb...
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