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#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard has reported another record year for both missions flown and lives saved, according to the Irish Examiner. Among the stats announced by the rescue service for 2014 is a 72% increase in the number of people saved, in tandem with a drop in the total number of people who required coastguard assistance. This is partly due to the expansion of the ...
#CorkMakeover - In an image published on the Irish Independent (click here), this is what Cork harbour will look after a massive €1bn makeover that will transform it from an industrial eyesore, into one of the world's great maritime and tourism centres. Cork ranks as one of the world's five great natural harbours and, in the 19th century, was arguably the most important port ...
Monday, 29 December 2014 11:05

83 Rivers Open For Salmon Angling In 2015

#Angling - In addition to his comments on improvements in Letterkenny fisheries as previously reported on Afloat.ie, Minister of State Joe McHugh has also announced that 83 rivers will open for salmon angling nationwide in 2015. “Fifty-five rivers will be fully open and this will provide opportunities for all to share this important natural resource on a sustainable basis," s...
#rshyr – Ireland's Breakthrough crew led by Barry Hurley has recovered from a lowly 25th place yesterday to finish 11th on IRC overall and seventh in class on day four of Australia's classic Sydney–Hobart race where the overall winner could still be at sea. Only two hours before the finish the official tracker gave Breakthrough's position in the top ten overall but&nbs...
Mr. Joe McHugh T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2015. These will come into effect from Thursday 1 January 2015. Minister Mc Hugh highlighted the progress made in relation to two Rivers in the Letterkenny Fishery D...
#euromed2014 – The Royal St. George's Grace O'Beirne was the top Irish youth sailor at the Malta based Euromed 2014 Optimist championships held immediately before Christmas. Nine races were sailed with two discards In a series sailed largely in winds from five to ten knots that were shifty and gusty.  Unfortnuately, some of the Maltese series sailed at Mellieha Bay&...
#rshyr – A very disappointed Bill Wild has retired his Reichel/Pugh 55, Wedgetail, from the Sydney Hobart race after suffering mast damage in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race at approximately 7.40pm off Schouten Island. All are safe and well on board. The yacht is motoring to Schouten Passage. In last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart, Wedgetail, from Qu...
#ClasseMini – A County Meath sailor has launched a Mini Transat solo sailing campaign for 2015. Tom Dolan has announced his intention to participate in the 2015 Classe Mini Offshore Racing Championship, culminating in the renowned Mini–Transat Race starting on September 19. The first qualifying race is the 150–miles double–handed Lorient Br...
#moth – Three Irish dinghy sailors will join America's Cup stars, Olympic medallists and world champions among a record 150 plus sailors converging on Port Phillip, Australia next week when the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) in Victoria hosts the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth World Championship from 9-16 January, 2015. Howth Yacht Club's Alistair Kissane, Bangor's...
#IrishShipping - The liquidation of Irish Shipping Ltd three decades ago was the source of a row between two ministers of the then cabinet, as revealed in the recently published 1984 State papers. The Irish Times has details of a 'secret' memo sent by then Minister for Communications Jim Mitchell addressed to the Government that questioned the judgement of then Finance Minister...
#Rescue - Some 466 people were being evacuated this morning from a car ferry that reported a fire on board while sailing from Greece to Italy this morning, according to RTÉ News. As of 8am this morning Irish time, 130 people had been moved from the Norman Atlantic via a rescue boat to a nearby container ship some 44 nautical miles west of Corfu. Passengers have described a lac...
#rshyr – A joint Dublin Bay/Sydney crew are battling in strong winds to recover their mid–race third overall position after losing 22 places and first in division over the past 24 hours of the 628–mile Sydney–Hobart race.  The drop in performance – an estimated 1.5 knots off the pace all day – has prompted some of Breakthrough's shore crew to speculate that a t...
#rshyr – Wild Oats XI has secured a record eighth line honours victory in Australia's Sydney–Hobart Race. "This is the sweetest victory by far," Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards declared today after steering the silver-grey thoroughbred to the historic win. "To rewrite a bit of sailing history doesn't come along every day. To win a Hobart is a great honour but to win...
#rshyr – Irish crewed yacht Breakthrough is an estimated two hours off the overall handicap lead at the halfway stage of the 635–mile Sydney–Hobart yacht Race. Lead by top Irish offshore sailor Barry Hurley, the New South Wales entry from Jonathan Stone and Mathew Vadas is lying 33nm SE of Gabo Island in third place in the 109–boat fleet. After its second nigh...
Saturday, 27 December 2014 13:13

Making A Better Kill Cord

#KillCord - Kill cords are an invaluable safety feature for both professional and leisure boat helms, but the system is far from perfect. It's easy to neglect to attach them, as was the case in last year's RIB tragedy in Cornwall, and sometimes they can malfunction, causing a boat to go out of control. But there are a number of alternative solutions on the market that aim to ma...
#Angling - The 2015 tender process for Inland Fisheries Ireland's State fisheries is open till this coming Tuesday 30 December, with angling fisheries on rivers and catchments across seven districts open for bidding. Full details of these fisheries, as well as the application form for submitting a tender or tenders, are available to download HERE....
#Ports&ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene, where Arklow Shipping's fifth out of six 'B' class 'green' newbuilds Arklow Brave was launched in the Netherlands. Another newbuild, German built Loch Seaforth carried out sea trials in the Irish Sea for Scottish ferry operator CalMac, which involved departing the Clyde an...
Saturday, 27 December 2014 11:23

Perpetual Loyal Hits 'Something', Retires From Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race

#rshyr – One of the super maxis vying for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Anthony Bell's Perpetual Loyal, has retired and is returning to her home club at Rose Bay in Sydney. The crew believes the yacht may have hit something at about 9 pm last night (2100 AEDT), the hull started delaminating and the yacht took on water in the bow. The crew is safe and exp...
#Condor102 – The latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet, Condor 102 as previously reported arrived into the UK waters yesterday following her 10,500 nautical mile delivery voyage. The Condor 102 sailed into Poole, Dorset, which is to be her UK base when she enters Channel Islands service in late March 2015. The ship will be the first of her kind in Northern Europe. Watch...
#rshyr – The chase for line honours at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is intensifying with the leading boats approaching the halfway mark of the 628-nm Australian offshore race.  In the IRC handicap race, the part Irish–crewed Breakthrough Beneteau 40 is currently third lying overall. The Barry Hurley led team is the best placed boat of Irish interest. Pam Lee...
#rshyr – Seven hours into the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Jim Clark's 100-ft Maxi Comanche (USA) leads the fleet. A memorable edition of the 628-nm race appears certain, with the contest between the fleet's five Maxi yachts living up to the pre-race hype. At 8:00pm local time, Comanche leads seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI by one nautical mile, with Antho...
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