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Commandant L'Herminier is an Aviso type A69 / d'Estienne d'Orves of the French Navy. The 80m vessel's visit involved berthing in Cork's city-centre quays.
Naval Visits
#navalvisits - A French Navy frigate docked in Cork city at the weekend having sailed from Cherbourg, Normandy though the ship is based in neighbouring Brittany in Brest, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,250 tonnes full displacement Commandant L'Herminier (F 791)…
SCORA Commodore – Kieran O'Connell
Tom MacSweeney
After a few negative years, resulting in some despondency about the future of cruiser racing, the annual meeting of SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, had a more positive atmosphere, with a good attendance of skippers, boat owners and…
Doughmore beach seen beyond the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg
Coastal Notes
#Doonbeg - Irish surfers have reiterated their concerns over proposed coastal defence works at US President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg. TheJournal.ie reports that submissions from surfing groups are among dozens from environmental groups and some local residents to…
Training For Achill Islanders In Seal Rescue Protocol
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Islanders’ attempts to rescue a seal pup stranded on Achill in Co Mayo recently were sadly not successful. But the incident has galvanised a local group set up amid growing concerns over marine wildlife strandings, who will train…
P&O’s Pride of Kent, seen here entering the port of Calais in 2011
Ferry
#FerryNews - An English Channel ferry with more than 200 passengers on board has run aground at Calais, according to the Guardian. Local officials in the French port town report that there were no injuries when P&O’s Pride of Kent…
A breezy start to Leg 3 in Cape Town on Sunday 10 December
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team and the Spanish MAPFRE squad were neck and neck leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and towards the southernmost point of the African continent this afternoon (Sunday 10 December).…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick as pictured in a 1994 issue of Afloat magazine
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - British SAR contractor Heli Operations has named its latest helicopter in tribute to Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, who died in the Rescue 116 tragedy earlier this year. The Westland Sea King HAS.5, codenamed ZA116, will bear the name Dara…
Galway Lifeboat Rescues Fisherman With Hand Injury
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Independent.ie reports that a fisherman with a hand injury was hospitalised after his rescue from a trawler off Salthill by Galway RNLI yesterday afternoon (Saturday 9 December). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched within 10 minutes of the alarm…
Mark O'Donovan, Paul O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll
Rowing
#Rowing: The awards season is proving a fruitful one for rowers. Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll were honoured at the Canon Hayes Centre awards and fellow Skibbereen man Paul O’Donovan has been nominated for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year…
Santa mans the bow of an Irish Underwater Search and Rescue Unit craft at the All-in-a-Row event on the Liffey.
Rowing
#Rowing: The All-in-a-Row charity event on the Liffey drew a flotilla of varied craft to the Liffey in central Dublin today in aid of the RNLI and the Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (IUSRU). There were over 40 boats…
Dee Caffari speaking at the Cape Town Ocean Summit on Thursday 7 December
Marine Science
#MarineScience - Millions of tiny particles of plastic have been detected in European waters in groundbreaking scientific research conducted as part of the Volvo Ocean Race. Using data collected by Turn the Tide on Plastic, which features Ireland’s own Annalise…
The billboard calls on passing starships from the New Republic to pay a visit to Ireland's shores
Island News
#StarWars - Tourism Ireland’s latest ad campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way has gone literally stratospheric, as RTÉ News reports. Skellig Michael is front and centre in what Irish tourism chiefs are calling their ‘first space tourism campaign’, which saw…
The fleet positions on the approach to Tasmania as of earlier this morning
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - As the close racing continues in the Southern Ocean, the Clipper Race leaderboard positions continue to change, with Qingdao retaking the lead on day seven of the The Clipper Telemed+ Tasman Test. With only 22 nautical miles separating…
Turn the Tide On Plastic’s crew hard at work on deck during the Cape Town In-Port Race this afternoon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Dongfeng Race Team traded blows throughout the first half of the Cape Town In-Port Race course this afternoon (Friday 8 December) before the Chinese-French team grabbed the lead midway through the race and…
Urgent changes are being made to the latest racing rules of sailing
World Sailing
Irish Sailing is drawing attention to recent developments with the Racing Rules of Sailing, including important decisions made at the 2017 Annual Conference. 'Having reviewed the implementation of the new rules concerning support persons in the 2017 – 2020 Racing Rules…
The vast majority of exporters from Ireland involves freight traffic bound for mainland Europe using the 'central corridor' route of Dublin-Holyhead and from there make a land-bridge across the UK. Afloat adds that according to the Welsh Cabinet Secretary, 70% of Ireland's trade with the rest of the EU passes through the port.
Dublin Port
#ExportersBrexit - Exporters from Ireland that go through Britain to get their produce to mainland Europe or further afield should still be able to do so after Brexit, the Revenue Commissioners expect, writes The Independent.ie Michael Colgan, head of Revenue's…
The Eric Tabarly-skippered trimaran Cote d’Or III racing to Dun Laoghaire in the Tag Heuer Round Europe Race 1987
W M Nixon
In a year which has seen sailing headlines frequently dominated by uniquely French events like the Vendee Globe, the Mini-Transat and the Transat Jacques Vabre, we find ourselves analyzing yet again just why France’s special take on our sport seems…
Top Irish offshore yacht Rockabill from Dublin Bay racing in Cork Week 2016
Cork Week
The 2018 Notice of Race for Volvo Cork Week, which will take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club from the 16th to the 21st of July, 2018 has been published (and is downloadable below) A Super Early Bird entry…
Niamh Carroll (age 12) from Ringsend College with her image of yachts and boats at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club marina from the exhibition
Dublin Port
Students from Ringsend College reveal their take on Dublin as part of an exciting new photo exhibition entitled ‘My Port, River, City’ which opens to the public today at the CHQ Building. The exhibition which runs until Sunday 10th of…
‘Fisheries Projects Animators’ To Support Community Angling Projects Nationwide
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne, Minister with Responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, has welcomed Inland Fisheries Ireland’s intention to take on five new ‘Fisheries Projects Animators’. These new recruits will assist community organisations nationwide in realising ambitious angling projects and…

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