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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:42

Fair Winds Blow for Warrenpoint Port Trade

#WarrenpointPort- If the recent experience of Northern Ireland's harbour in Warrenpoint is anything to go by, the region is well on its way to economic recovery as the Co. Down port is showing a rise in trading activity. With imports such as animal feeds and exports including bulk cement and building materials, the Port of Warrenpoint recorded a doubling of pre-tax profits to a...
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 07:28

Wet Evening for Dublin Bay Fireball Fleet

#dbsc – With one boat in for repairs and another absent due to its skipper being on holiday, the Dublin Bay Fireball turnout was down in numbers – only three boats made the start line for the three lap triangle-sausage-triangle course in what was the first wet Tuesday night we have had for a while writes Cormac Bradley. This correspondent was not on the water, but he did wa...
#isora – There are two ISORA night races scheduled for this Friday night one on either side of the Irish Sea. The Dun Laoghaire Night Race (ISORA - Race 8a) is organised by the National Yacht Club in conjunction with the Royal Alfred Yacht Club Offshore Series.  On the Welsh side, the Pwllheli Night Race (ISORA - Race 8b) is organised by Clwb Hwylio, Pwllheli Sailin...
#aquecerio – Racing in big waves and a consistent breeze, the third day of racing at the Olympic test event at  Aquece Rio saw a range of conditions with wind and waves on the outside courses which were ideal conditions for Ireland's Annalise Murphy to make an early mark on Olympic waters. The National Yacht Club sailor took an opening race win and followed it with ...
#welshIRC – Did you know there was a catchy named 'RORC North Western IRC Regional Championships' submerged beneath 'Abersoch Keelboat Week'? As one Irish interloper explained it's been some years since a week swinging on a mooring was de rigueur and Keelboat Week attracted much beyond local interest. Down the road at Pwllheli they have a well serviced marina, a national even...
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 21:36

Spectacular Finish to SB20 Cowes Grand Slam

#sb20 – 'Sportsboatworld.com' has won the 2014 SB20 Grand Slam at Cowes Week, after a demanding four days and seven races on the Solent.Two races were held today, on Tuesday August 5, 2014, with a lengthy final course for the 36 competitors in the Grand Slam, which finished with a flourish on the Royal Yacht Squadron line.Jerry Hill and team on 'Sportsboatworld.com' took two ...
#sb20 – Three Irish yacht clubs have expressed an interest in hosting the 2017 SB20 World Championships in Ireland. SB20 Class President Justin Burke is also inviting other clubs to make contact and get involved with the Sportsboat bid. Ireland previously hosted the inaugural worlds – when the class was known as the SB3 – in 2009 at the National Yacht Club in Dun Lao...
#icra – Support provided by Irish racers from ISORA and ICRA contributed to the success of last week's inaugural Welsh IRC championships. Forecasts for Pwllheli on the weekend of the inaugural Spinlock IRC Championships were predicting very light winds and many of the competitors wondered whether the full complement of races would be achieved. When the competitors emerged fro...
#optimist – Royal Cork's Harry Durcan leads the Irish charge in 22nd place at the halfway mark of a massive 173–boat Optimist British & Open National Championships. There were strong winds with gusts up to 23 knots created challenging condition for Optimist sailors today off Weymouth. A grey, overcast morning gave way to sunshine in the afternoon along with a minor decr...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty) CRUISERS 2 - 1. Bendemeer (L Casey & D Power), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson & C Nicholson) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Capilano (S Soran), 2. Syzrgy (R Fo...
#calvesweek – There has been a marked increase in entries to Calves Week this year writes Claire Bateman. Entries are up 25% with boats coming to Schull from clubs around the coast for the 4 day regatta. Boats from Waterford and Kerry Sailing Clubs are joining the usual strong contingents from Kinsale, Crosshaven and Dublin, and a few new visitors from the UK completed the st...
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 20:38

Lifeguards Rescued 413 Swimmers Last Month

#watersafety – The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John leech is urging the public to use the Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places to ensure there are no more swimming tragedies this summer. Please take heed of advice given by the lifeguards and supervise your children, as lifeguards are not baby sitters. Lifeguards rescued 413 casualties from our beaches, rivers and ...
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 17:31

Clipper Race Boss Faces Harassment Lawsuit

#ClipperRace - Mail Online reports that offshore sailing legend and Clipper Round The World Race organiser Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is being sued by a woman over claims of harassment she experienced while crewing a yacht during the most recent edition of the race. Ruth Harvey, an experienced lawyer by trade, paid £40,000 (€50,500) to join the crew of Jamaica Get All Right, wh...
#rsfeva – The 2014 RS Feva World Championships went off with a bang in true RS Feva style with 184 RS Fevas, 368 sailors and hundreds of parents, siblings and supporters descended on Yacht Club de Carnac, in Brittany for the seventh World Championships in eight years. Ireland was represented by two crews. Blessington Sailing Club pair Alison Dolan and Grainne Young finished 1...
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 15:56

West Cork Coast From The Air

#coastalnotes – Following on from Winkie Nixon's blog a fortnight ago about the Sailing and boating wonders of West Cork, here's a selection of aerial views from the Baltimore Beacon to Mizen Head taking in Lough Hyne, Ballydehob, Foil na Muc, Bantry House, Mount Gabriel, Cadogans Strand, Schull Community Inshore Rescue Headquarters and Barleycove on the way. The Video was sh...
#lasersailing – In what is building to a thrilling 2016 Olympic trial, youngster Finn Lynch, the latest addition to the Irish Olympic Laser squad, threw down the gauntlet to London 2012's James Espey when he won the Laser Leinster honours at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club at the weekend. Lynch, who earned his place for Olympic Qualification in Croatia in June, produced four r...
#LuxuryExpeditionYacht – Seawolf, a 58m five-star luxury adventure expedition superyacht, once known as the hardest working ocean-going tug in the world called to Cork City quays this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 850 tonnes luxury vessel converted from the tug Smit Clyde launched in the Netherlands in 1957 had sailed overnight from Glengariff, the attractive anchorage t...
#TwitterDog - A little dog who survived a 90-metre fall into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday 3 August has thanked his rescuers - via his own Twitter account. TheJournal.ie has much more on the story of Vimes the dog, who was plucked from the water below Lookout Point in Co Clare by the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon Vimes was very fortunate to avoid susta...
#rio – For Rio de Janeiro's thousands of tourists Monday 4 August was the perfect day with a beating Brazilian sun, clear South American skies and the occasional gust of light breeze to cool down bathers on Copacabana Beach. Unfortunately, for the 324 sailors from 34 countries – and Ireland's Annalise Murphy – it was not perfect conditions for sailboat racing at the Aquec...
#RNLI - Three young men had a lucky escape on Sunday evening (3 August) when their small boat began sinking on a pleasure trip from Ballywalter to Donaghadee. The Irish Coast Guard was alerted to the emergency by one of the boat’s crew members using his mobile phone. He was unsure of his position but reported that the party was somewhere between the Copeland Islands, Bangor a...
#nikra – Despite the horrendous weather which had encircled Northern Ireland last weekend a tiny window opened to allow the August "Challenge" races of the Northern Ireland Restricted Keelboat Racing Association (NIRKRA) to proceed on Belfast Lough. A Bangor bay morning of sun-drenched competition, which after a series of light weather windward-lee races, in turn, saw the cro...
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