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#fireball – Barry McCartin and Conor Kinsella (RStGYC) became the new Ulster Fireball champions in a thrilling final day of racing at Ballyholme YC. The first regional Fireball event of the season saw fourteen entries and some really great sailing conditions at an extremely friendly club noted for it's support of dinghy and small boat racing. The winning team scored three fir...
#moth – Six wins for Rory Fitzpatrick of the National Yacht Club gave him the overall lead in the second round of the Irish Moth tour at Howth Yacht Club at the weekend. The Dubliner discarded a second in the penultimate round of the foiling class to be a clear winner ahead of club mate John Chambers who had three seconds and four thirds in the seven race series (video above)...
#navy – More great footage from the Irish Air Corps on the Navy's newest ship, LE Samuel Beckett during her recent run up prior to commissioning. As Afloat reported previously An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. attended the naming and commissioning ceremonies for the new Naval Service ship, LÉ Samuel Beckett beside the Samuel Beckett Br...
#navy – Following a tender competition the first of two new ships for the Irish Navy arrived into Dublin for a naming ceremony at the weekend. See time lapse arrival of her arrival up the River Liffey above.  As Afloat reported previously An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. attended the naming and commissioning ceremonies for the new Naval Ser...
#lasersailing – Four race wins from six sailed at the Ulster Laser Championships at East Antrim Boat Club gave 2016 Olympic contender Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club a clean sweep of the 15–boat standard fleet. It's the 17–year–old's second regional title this season he picked up Munster honours at Baltimore a month ago.   In the 15–boat radial divisio...
#rorc – The RORC Season's Points Championship continues this May Bank Holiday with the challenging 230-mile Myth of Malham Race. A fleet of approximately 40 yachts, from five different nations, will take part with 10 yachts racing in the Two-Handed Class. The race is of great significance in the RORC Season's Points Championship, as the route mirrors the start of the 2014 Sev...
#optimist –  Royal Cork's Harry Durcan, the only Irish sailor heading to the World Championships in Argentina later this year, emerged the clear winner of the 39–boat senior fleet at the Optimist Class Connaught Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club at the weekend. After five races sailed in the 39–boat fleet, the 15–year–old had three race wins to have a clea...
#flyingfifteen – John Lavery of the National Yacht Club marked his return to the Irish Flying Fifteen circuit with a win at the southern championships at Dundalk Sailing Club on Carlingford Lough at the weekend. While there was a small enough turnout of 13 boats there was a tight finish at the top of the fleet after four races. Sailed in everything from 20–knot gusts o...
rnli – lifeboat crew with Lough Swilly RNLI were involved in the dramatic rescue of a lone fisherman yesterday afternoon (Sunday 18 May 2014) who was found clinging to a lobster pot buoy off Tullagh beach in Clonmany, County Donegal . The call for help came when a mother and her son, who were out tending sheep near Tullagh beach, heard cries for help and saw a man out at sea ...
#Offshore - Mail Online reports that four British sailors are missing at sea after their yacht is thought to have capsized midway across the Atlantic. Paul Goslin (56), Steve Warren (52) James Male (23) and 21-year-old skipper have been named as the four crew of the 40ft yacht Cheeki Rafiki, which had been returning to the UK from Antigua Sailing Week in the Caribbean when it g...
#FerryOverhaul- The ro-pax ferry Ben-my-Chree which is undergoing a £1.6m overhaul and refurbishment is according to the Isle of Man Steam Packet on schedule to re-enter service next week. The 12,500 tonne ship, which as previously reported on Afloat.ie, went to Cammel Laird, Birkenhead for dry-docking last month is to return on the Douglas-Heysham route next Wednesday. For th...
#RNLI - Portaferry RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were involved in the rescue of 23 canoeists who got into difficulty just off Castle Island in Strangford Lough yesterday afternoon (Saturday 17 May). The call for help was received at 2.40pm and the volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 2.45pm. They arrived at the scene just off Castle Island in Strangford Lough in Co Down 10 minu...
#Kitesurfing - The Sunday Independent profiles top kitesurfing prospect Katie McAnena ahead of next weekend's Battle for the Bay on Dollymount Strand. Kitesurfers and stand-up paddle boarders from around the world will converge on Bull Island in Dublin Bay from 24-25 May for the annual championships, which are now in their eighth year. And Galway native McAnena will be making h...
#rsgyc – Run by the RStGYC in Dun Laoghaire, Friday night racing for RSs and Lasers served up top notch sport in glorious conditions of sunshine and a warm westerly F 3-4 writes Heather King. Nine RSs came to the line followed by half a dozen Lasers, the latter somewhat depleted by Laser Northerns and Oppie Dad duty in Galway. Still, turnout keeps ticking up nicely. The RSs h...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 Echo - 1. Kernach (Eoin O'Driscoll), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Prospect (Chris Johnston) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 2. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin) CRUISERS 1 Echo -...
#Rowing: The national senior eights champions, NUIG/Grainne Mhaol, returned to winning ways at the Metropolitan Regatta today – they even managed to avoid a stalled launch in their lane before the finish line. The strong-looking Commercial/Old Collegians eight, with double Olympian Paul Griffin in the seven seat, finished third, behind the NUIG eight, which took second. table...
#SamuelBeckett- A niece of Samuel Beckett, Caroline Murphy performed the honour of naming the Naval Service's newest OPV, L.É. Samuel Beckett (P61) and at her side An Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Enda Kenny witnessed the customary champagne bottle smash against the bow, writes Jehan Ashmore. In his address, An Taoiseach said "the naming and commissioning carried with it ...
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan of UCD won a very very tight battle with Eimantas Grigalius of Three Castles to take the Division One men’s single sculls at Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington Lakes today. O’Donovan, who is a lightweight, got a good start but in testing headwind conditions Grigalius gained on him and drew level in the closing stages. The fight went right to the l...
#coastguard – A search is ongoing for a man missing in Lough Erne last night after a boat with six people onboard overturned. Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a 999 call at 6.15pm from a member of the public, close to Portora Boat Club, Enniskillen. The caller reported that a Rowing boat had capsized off the boat club. Two of the vessels for hire in the Lo...
#cruiserracing – As we start to emerge from seven years of recession, we find the world of sailing has undergone changes which may have not been noticed in the struggle for economic survival. To prosper today, it seems that sailing must hope to be family friendly, and accessible to spectators and would-be participants alike. W M Nixon reflects on how this is working out in th...
#rnli – Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat was launched from Cork Harbour at 3.35pm this afternoon to a report of a 21' open crabber boat aground on the rocks East of Trabolgan with 1 person on board. The skipper of the vessel had earlier caught his propellor in fishing gear and with the tide filling was driven onto the rocky shoreline. Another fishing vessel stood by until the lifeboa...
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