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#dbsc –The MGM boats sponsored DBSC Cruiser Challenge was held in some of the best condititons of the entire summer sailing season. Cruiser classes Zero, one, two and three were joined by Sigma 33s, Beneteau 31.7s and White Sail fleets to produce a stunning season finale at the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire yesterday.  There were eight protests heard. Fu...
#islandnation – Having written last week about the lack of national recognition for our maritime heritage I received a press release about the Central Bank honouring John Philip Holland, the Irish inventor of the submarine. I am pleased to see that the Central Bank has taken such a step but, perusing the media releaseon the Central Bank website, I noted the quote from the Cen...
#allirelandsailing – Royal Cork Sailor Anthony O'Leary is the 2014 ISA All Ireland Sailing Champion beating clubmate Stefan Hyde on count-back following a two day, 12 race battle against 15 other national class champions. The top five in the event were all Cork harbour sailors. The Crosshaven sailor who brought home the Commodore's Cup to Ireland for a second time in August h...
rnli – Two men had a very narrow escape yesterday evening ( Saturday 6 Sept ) when their Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) collided with a navigation buoy near the Spit lighthouse and threw them from the boat into the water. Crosshaven Lifeboat was paged at 10.40pm along with Rescue helicopter 117, Gyleen & Crosshaven Coast Guard, the Cork harbour Pilot launch and the ambulance...
#isora – The National Yacht Club's top offshore yacht Ruth skippered by Liam Shanahan, that came within minutes of claiming the Round Ireland Race in June, has confirmed her overall win of the 2014 ISORA Championship following the race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire yesterday. Overall results are downloadable below as a jpg file. A J109 sistership, Mojito, won yesterday'...
#allirelandsailing – Royal Cork sailors lead the way into tomorrow's All Ireland Sailing Championship final at Howth Yacht Club. RCYC's Ian Nagle and Stefan Hyde topped their respective flights after six preliminary races in near perfect 12–northerly winds. Full results from both flights are below. Another Royal Cork helm, Commodore's Cup champion Anthony O'Leary, was first...
#dbsc – DRAGON - 1. Phantom (D.Williams), 2. Zinzan (Daniel O'Connor et al), 3. Zu (M Minch/C Grimley/T Pearson) FLYING FIFTEEN Race 1- 1. The Gruffalo (K Poole/I Mathews), 2. Flyer (Niall Coleman), 3. FFantastic (N Meagher & N Matthews) FLYING FIFTEEN Race 2- 1. The Gruffalo (K Poole/I Mathews), 2. FFantastic (N Meagher & N Matthews), 3. The Last Resort (John O'Sulli...
Saturday, 06 September 2014 11:37

Giant 'Shrimp' Pulled From Florida Waters

#MarineWildlife - Some Florida fishermen got a little more than they bargained for while night fishing off the state's east coast this week, when one pulled what appears to be an 18-inch shrimp from the water. As The Weather Channel reports, it's most likely that it's a species of mantis shrimp, which are not strictly shrimp at all but a type of crustacean more like a lobster. ...
#Ports&ShippingReview: Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene, where the EU adopts a plan to improve customs risk management. A Port of Cork proposal for a €100m upgrade at Ringaskiddy for a container terminal is to be heard by An Bord Pleanala on 10 September. Newbuild oil products tanker, Kestral Fisher the second of a pair of 7,072dwt...
Saturday, 06 September 2014 11:18

Tyrone Lough To Be Revived For Angling

#Angling - Plans are afoot to turn Roughan Lough in Co Tyrone into a training lake for Northern Ireland's angling team, as the Tyrone Times reports. New fishing stands and access for the differently abled are among the plans of the new Roughan Anging Club, which has a 10-year lease on the 50-acre lake that was until three decades ago stocked by the northern region predecessor t...
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland joins in the Culture Night festivities on Friday 19 September with a special event tracing the history and heritage of the sweet foodstuff on Ireland's canals and inland waterways. Live demonstrations of sugar work and delicious deserts from home and abroad will be available to tickle your tastebuds at the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre on Gr...
#Fishing - Marine Minister Simon Coveney wants an emergency fund to assist Irish mackerel fishermen who have been hit by Russia's ban on EU imports in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. As RTÉ News reports, Minister Coveney made the call at an emergency meeting of Europe's farming and fisheries ministers in Brussels yesterday (Friday 5 September), arguing that support provided to...
#marinetourism – Ireland's south coast provides an almost infinite variety of harbours, natural havens, and extensive areas of interesting sailing water. These cater for boat enthusiasts of all kinds, with craft of every type. So how does the welcome for visitors shape up? W M Nixon contrasts the different hospitality styles of four attractive ports. The word on the grapevine...
#rnli – As the busy Summer season draws to an end, the RNLI volunteers at Dun Laoghaire will be holding their annual Open Day on Sunday 14th September where visitors can inspect boats, equipment, safety gear and much more. Starting at 2pm, the main lifeboat station beside the Carlisle Pier will be open for tours of "Anna Livia" the All-Weather lifeboat, displays of personal p...
#cityone – This year's Gandelow Races to be held at Howley's Quay, in Limerick City Centre at 1.30pm Saturday 20th September includes a special event: The CityOne Limerick Sailing Challenge, which involves the launch and racing of the new, spectacular performance sailing boats designed for racing between the bridges of Limerick. As Afloat previously reported th...
#watersafety – After a busy Summer season, Ireland's top Lifeguards will compete in the IWS National Beach Rescue Championships at Brittas Bay, Wicklow tomorrow. (9am-5pm, Saturday 6th Sept.) Competitors will gather from counties nationwide and will include lifeguards from Ireland's International Lifesaving Team who will compete in the World Lifesaving Championships in France...
#nyc – The National Yacht Club (NYC) end of season race in aid of the RNLI took place last night on Dublin Bay in a balmy warm 12–knot SE breeze. The start was from Harbour mark as the sailing cruise ship Wind Surf and accompanying pilot vessel Liffey were departing at 18.30.With the course set the fleet set off in four flights to include a few dinghies from the junior flee...
#rnli – The RNLI will be recognised this weekend during a frontline emergency and security services spectacular in Dublin. Volunteers from the charity which saves lives at sea will take part in a unique parade aimed at raising awareness of Ireland's frontline services. The parade from Civic Offices, Wood Quay to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham will commence at 12 noon this Satu...
#hyc – No sooner had Howth Yacht Club successfully staged a new double–handed fixture on the capital's waters this month than the north Dublin Club is back with a further announcement on a new format for the Howth Yacht Club Autumn league. Now opens for entries, MSL Park Motors Mercedes-Benz have announced a three-year sponsorship deal for the League that is celebrating its...
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI rescued a male swimmer who got into difficulty yesterday afternoon (Thursday 4 September). The rescue followed a request from the Irish Coast Guard for the volunteer lifeboat crew to search for a missing swimmer at Silver Strand beach. The alarm was raised by the swimmer’s wife who was concerned for his safety and by members of the public who heard h...
#allirelandsailing – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has issued its final list of invitees (see below) for tomorrow's All Ireland sailing championships at Howth Yacht Club together with clarification on how the selection for the competition was conducted. The explanation follows comment from sailors on this site as to why some of the country's biggest classes, such a...
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