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A file photo of the Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat
Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat crew brought a man to safety after his kayak capsized in choppy waters off Wicklow Head yesterday afternoon (Monday 25 October). The kayaker was spotted by members of the public, who contacted the Coast Guard. The…
The British yacht Sunrise, winner of the 2021 Rolex Fastnet Race, sits atop the standings of the Middle Sea Race
1700 CEST 26 October: Tuesday was yet another day of extraordinary tales and adventure. The 42nd Rolex Middle Sea Race continues to live up to its billing as a blockbuster thriller. Overnight the list of finishers had lifted from seven…
Draft Waterways Ireland Climate Action Plan front cover
Waterways Ireland is calling on members of the public to have their say on its new Climate Action Plan, the public consultation for which is now open. This is the cross-border navigation authority’s first climate action plan. Focused on the…
Larne RNLI volunteer fundraisers Esther Dorman, Stephen Craig and Pamela McAuley
Three members of Larne RNLI’s fundraising committee, who between them have volunteered for a combined 70 years, have been awarded with long-service medals recognising their contribution to saving lives at sea in Northern Ireland. Pamela McAuley, Esther Dorman and Stephen…
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Irish Lights is currently recruiting for a Navigation Advisory Services Officer on a specified purpose contract for a minimum duration of eight months. It’s described as “an exciting opportunity for an experienced mariner with commercial sea-going and/or shore-based experience”. The…
Yachts prepare to start in a previous combined IRC/ORC Championships
London's Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) is considering staging its own separate IRC World Championships to "preserve the rights of sailors using our rating system" following a rival ORC decision last week to launch its separate championship in 2022.  The international…
RS Aero Southern Championships winner Daragh Sheridan (left) and Greystones Sailing Club Commodore Barry Keogh
The RS Aero Southern Championships were run this weekend out of Greystones Sailing Club. This late-season event attracted 11 Aero entries, who sailed with the RS 200 and RS 400 fleet on a windward / leeward course under the watchful…
The Baltimore RNLI inshore lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide assistance to a windsurfer in difficulty in Baltimore harbour, West Cork yesterday evening (Monday, 25 October). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 6.30pm following a request from the Irish Coast…
James Dwyer Matthews leads the fleet at a 29er event in Cork Harbour earlier this year. Having scored high in international events, Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy return to the harbour for more competition this week
The top performance of James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy at the 29er Europeans in Italy this week will add extra spice to proceedings at the Investwise youth sailing championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Thursday.  The Under 18…
The Isle of Man Steam Packet have appointed Seamus Byrne as Customer Services Manager
Ferry operator the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has announced the appointment of a new Customer Services Manager. With a wealth of experience in the travel industry, Seamus Byrne will officially begin in the role on 1st November. He…
Howth's Eve McMahon is looking to confirm her place at December's Oman World Youth Championships at the RCYC Irish youth sailing championships
Youth World ILCA 6/Laser Radial Champion Eve McMahon from Howth Yacht Club is a clear favourite for success at this Thursday's youth sailing championships hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club and sponsored by Investwise. Former Irish youth champion McMahon, who earned more…
Irish Radial champion Royal Cork's Jonathan O'Shaughnessy was 11th in this month's ILCA 6 Europa Cup in France last week
Royal Cork's Jonathan O'Shaughnessy and Michael Crosbie, who put in a strong showing at the Laser Europa Cup in Hyeres, France, are the favourites for youth honours this Thursday in Cork Harbour. O'Shaughnessy finished just outside the important top ten in…
The head of the Department of Agriculture’s import controls division said the 53,000 consignments processed so far this year compares with about 4,000 to 5,000 last year, before Brexit.
New data shows that there has been a 20-fold increase in the number of consignments of food and plant products and live animals being processed by health inspectors at Irish ports since Brexit. Department of Agriculture inspectors and health officials…
Investment needs to be made urgently in areas such as decarbonising the electricity system with renewables like offshore winds, according to the Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council
According to the Climate Change Advisory Council, investment needs to be made urgently in areas such as decarbonising the electricity system with renewables like offshore winds. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the chair of the Council Marie Donnelly said it…
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy are lying fourth at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy continue to edge closer to the podium at the 29er European Championships in Lake Garda and are now just four points off the overall lead, sharing third place points overall after seven races…
Comanche had an elapsed time of 40 hours, 17 minutes and 50 seconds. This represented a monumental improvement over the previous record of a 7 hours 37 minutes and 13 seconds or 16%.
In one of the most superb high speed offshore racing competitions, three of the world's largest and fastest racing maxis yesterday morning arrived back in Valletta, first monohulls home in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, first event of the International…
Alex Thomson has competed in the IMOCA circuit for 19 years including five successive Vendee Globe's with two podium finishes
British sailor Alex Thomson has announced he won't compete as a skipper in the 2024 Vendee Globe, the solo, non-stop race around the world, but doesn't rule out returning to the race in 2028. Thomson has competed in the IMOCA…
GBR's Islay Watson third in the women’s fleet of 68 sailors
Day three was the first full day of racing for both the men’s and women’s fleets at the iQFOiL European Championship (22-28 October 2021) sailed on the Paris 2024 Olympic waters in Marseille, France. The Men completed four slalom races,…
GP 14 Hot Toddy at East Antrim Boat Club - Eighteen entered but some fell foul of the weather
The annual East Antrim Boat Club's Hot Toddy GP 14 meet was back last weekend after Lockdown, albeit with a vengeance. Thirty-five-knot winds and a nasty chop on Larne Lough on the east coast of County Antrim on Saturday played…
ICRA Boat of the Year 2021 - Nieulargo
With the completion of the RCYC Autumn League, the final results are in with Nieulargo claiming victory as ICRA Boat of the Year. Her significant results for the year included winner of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race, second…

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