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#IrelandSpain – LD Lines new Ireland-France-Spain routes service ferry Scintu is tonight making her maiden inbound voyage to Rosslare Europort with an arrival expected just after 21.00hrs, writes Jehan Ashmore. As reported last night on Afloat.ie, the Scintu departed St.Nazaire at midnight bound for Rosslare. The ship starts the first ever  ferry service linking Ireland-...
Thursday, 09 January 2014 20:44

Cotty Gets Big Surf On Camera Off Mullaghmore

#Surfing - Devon surfer Andrew Cotton, a regular at Ireland's big wave hotspots, was spoilt for choice as the 'black swell' moved in on the coastlines of Western Europe earlier this week. But as the video above shows, he plucked for the walls of water off Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo. And according to the Daily Telegraph, Cotty was not at all disappointed, catching waves of up ...
#Search&Rescue - Surfers haven't been the only ones benefitting from the recent stormy weather, as RTÉ News reports on a Cork-based boat builder that's been testing its top models in the wild Atlantic swell. Youghal-based search-and-rescue (SAR) and pilot boat builder Safehaven Marine took its SAR vessels based at Roche's Point in Cork Harbour to the limit during sea trial...
#Sunbeam - Gaeltacht-based journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh has posted an image to Twitter of the wreck of a schooner exposed by the recent storms after 111 years buried in the sand. According to the Irish Shipwrecks database, the British schooner Sunbeam was lost in January 1903 after she was driven ashore at Rosbeigh Strand in Co Kerry during a storm while sailing from Kinva...
Following Ocean Safety's involvement in supplying Mullion PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) to the Scottish Fisherman's Federation, Ocean Safety is set to work with Mullion on a further large scale contract. This involvement will see Ocean Safety assisting Mullion in fitting Kannad SOLO PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) to the lifejackets given in a grant-funded scheme to the Iri...
#rshyr – Royal St George Yacht Club offshore sailor Jerry Collins is no stranger to offshore racing having participated in four Fastnet races, two of which were on Sigma 38, Persistance. The Dubliner has also completed five Round Ireland Races, and is a three times Class winner in the Sigma Class on Persistance in 2008, 2010 and 2012 so it was easy to see why – ha...
Thursday, 09 January 2014 12:10

Sailor of the Year 2013 - Who Will it Be?

Once again the time has come to decide who among the deserving winners of Sailor of the Month should take the top honour of Afloat's Sailor of the Year. As in previous years, Afloat magazine is asking the public to make their choice from among Ireland's finest sailors who delivered on the water in 2013. The overall national award will be presented to the individual or individua...
#IrelandSpain – As previously reported on Afloat.ie, LD Lines launches a new passenger and freight ferry service linking Rosslare Europort in Ireland, the France west coast port of St.Nazaire and the northern Spanish port of Gijón. Click for LD lines contact details. The new link sees the ro-pax ferry Scintu (2006/26,904grt) make her debut at midnight tonight with an inward ...
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:58

Holiday World Show Dublin Returns to RDS

The annual Holiday World Show Dublin, returns with holiday offers – including some auatic offerings –  from 24th to 26th January in RDS Simmonscourt. Celebrating its 25th year of making holidaymakers dreams come true, the Show is a one-stop shop of inspiration, advice and spectacular offers to broaden the horizons of those seeking their ideal break in 2014. Whether you...
#Surfing - Though the recent spate of Atlantic storms have made things difficult for inshore fishermen and devastated coastal areas throughout the country, one contingent that's been welcoming the wind is the world's big wave surfing community. As The Irish Times reports, 20-metre waves were not uncommon as the Atlantic 'black swell' that swept in with what was dubbed Storm Chr...
#beneteau – After a reported strong 2013, including the opening of Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow, Irish boating firm BJ Marine is gearing up for 2014. Representing major international boating names Beneteau, Fairline, Sea Ray and Greenline, BJ Marine are at the International Boat Shows in London this week (4th–12th January) and will also be in Dusseldorf later...
#rtir – With the start of this new year comes the announcement from the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight, that the title sponsorship of the iconic Round the Island Race will continue to reside with J.P. Morgan Asset Management for a further two-year period up to and including 2016. The Island Sailing Club, organisers of this most famous annual one-day Round t...
#Lighthouses - Six lighthouses around the Irish coast were damaged by this week's stormy weather but remained operational, as The Irish Times reports. The Commissioners of Irish Lights has since begun an aerial inspection of the coastline from Tuskar Rock off Wexford to Inishtrahull in Donegal to assess the extend of structural damage as hurricane-strength winds and massive sur...
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:58

Successful 2013 for Isle of Man Ship Registry

#ManxShipping – Last year proved to be another very good year for the Isle of Man Ship Registry, securing more ships from new owners with a corresponding increase in gross registered tonnage of more than twice the growth rate of the world's fleet during 2013. Recently released statistics by Clarkson's, which monitors world shipping fleets, show that the Isle of Man has now mo...
#navy – The Irish Navy has acquired a 'Navigator Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System' manufactured by Shark Marine Technologies Inc. of Ontario, Canada. The navy divers believe the system equipped with forward-looking multi-beam sonar will assist them in their diving operations, in particular in search and recovery operations and underwater security. The Naval Service...
#Ports&Shipping –The first IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review for 2014 includes the following stories as detailed below. Container Market: Asia-Europe rates increase as GRIs take effect. Freight rates on the front haul Asia-Europe container shipping route reached a 17-month high last week, as reported by Lloyd's List. The SCFI index for Shanghai to Northern Europe recorde...
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:19

Cowes Classic Week Attracts New Sponsor

#classicboat – Charles Stanley has announce it has agreed headline terms of sponsorship for the 2014 Cowes Classics Week sailing event. The regatta, organised by the Royal London Yacht Club, is one of the highlights of the Classic sailing circuit and this year will hopefully see over 150 yachts with some 700 crew competing in the Solent.The event will run from the 21st- 25th ...
#clipper – Derry~Londonderry~Doire has won its second podium position in a row, coming in second in Race 7 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Hobart to Brisbane to complete the Australian leg.  With some very tough racing and the equivalent of three Sydney to Hobart races in as many weeks, the Northern Irish yacht has now completed half of the eight-stage rou...
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:15

Canoeists Rescued After Lough Neagh Capsize

#canoe – Three canoeists have been pulled from the water after getting into difficulty in Lough Neagh. Belfast Coastguard received a call on VHF channel 16 just after 1pm yesterday afternoon reporting that three canoeists had fallen into the water between Rams Island and Sandy Bay. Conditions on the water at the time were described as choppy, with a southerly wind of force 4 ...
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:08

RS CAT16 Wins Awards

#rssailing – The RS CAT16 was launched in September and is already the winner of two prestigious sailing industry awards in the USA. Sailing World magazine has voted the RS CAT16 it's "Dinghy of the Year" and Sail magazine announced the boat as "Small Multihull of the Year". These awards reflect the fantastic reaction from everyone who has seen and sailed the CAT16, including...
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:35

60th Edition of The London Boat Show Opens

#londonboatshow – There's no time to waste to get your ticket! This year's London Boat Show is shaping up nicely with 63 debut launches (and more in the pipeline). Among the exhibitors are Irish firms BJ Marine and MGM boats.  All new to the UK is the Spitfire 18 and the Bavaria Cruiser 37 as well as brands making a welcome return including Volvo, Honda and Jeanneau. Plu...
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