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14th September 2012 W M Nixon
#sailing – Time was when mid-September saw sailing clubs making the final arrangements for their special end-of-season events, while boats based in the less-sheltered anchorages were already being hauled out to comply with insurance restrictions in face of the approaching…
Silver Millions, Piracy Hostage Couple & World Cup Sailing Students
In this week's This Island Nation Column, millions in silver to be recovered off Cork, a piracy hostage couple sailing again, five million dollars to recover a schooner and reports about world cup students and an offer to survey whales.…
It is important that all classes can aspire to participate in the All Ireland Championships but it needs to be seen to be fair and equitable. Giving pre-emptive qualification rights purely on the basis of numbers attending a class's championships when…
MOD70s Show Their Speed off Dun Laoghaire en Fête
#mod70–When Steve Fossett's 60ft trimaran Lakota came into Dun Laoghaire Harbour after setting a well nigh unbeatable Round Ireland record in September 1993, it was Dublin Bay's first introduction to the new generation of ultra-light speed machines, which were sweeping…
The Future of Shipping Fuels, Ireland's last Engineless Sailing Schooner & Lots More
#thisislandnation – The future of shipping fuels, Ireland's last engineless sailing schooner, galley slaves in Russia, locating the newest lifeboats and GPS disruption all in This Island Nation this week. A FUTURE IN ALGAE The United States Navy uses 80,000…
Annalise Murphy is Sailor of the Month for August
#sailor of the month  – Annalise Murphy of the National YC in Dun Laoghaire is the Irish Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailor of the Month" for August following her outstanding performance in the London Olympics. The talented and dedicated 22-year-old had the…
An amazing sea rescue, NAB-ing change, UK politicians support what Ireland’s will not, sailing in Galway and Mayo and much more in your TIN this week…
An amazing sea rescue, NAB-ing change, UK politicians support what Ireland's will not, sailing in Galway and Mayo and much more in your TIN this week..... AMAZING SEA RESCUE A 31-year-old seafarer has survived ten hours of swimming after ships…
Tall Ships, Galway Volvo Ocean Race, European Tour, Sharks and More
An unforgettable experience on a tall ship, Galway and the Volvo Race, the MOD70 European Tour in Dublin, protection for seafarers after 92 years, Wi-Fi and sharks, topics in your TIN this week. Read on .... UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE" ON A TALL…
Rambler Crew Thankful, A Story of Two Vessels, Our Paralympians and Cork's New Pilot Boat
The Rambler Crew thank Valentia Radio for saving their lives in the Fastnet Race, but Coast Guard management wants to shut the station .... My story of two vessels ... John Twomey's Parlaympian achievements ... Cork gets a new Pilot…
Barking Dogs And Spritely Centenarians
The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. Most of us would probably have thought this was an item of pseudo philosophy which has been no nearer the sands of the desert than the beach at Tramore. But it will…
Magnificent Asgard, Commercial Fishermen and a Sticky Situation
ASGARD rises again .. Can you help to find goose barnacles? ... Irish brothers wrap up the 18s in Scotland... Commercial fishermen want bass fisheries re-opened.... The weather hasn't really been so bad – do you believe that? The Channel…
The Cool Captain from Carlow is Sailor of the Month, Meanwhile Ainslie is at it Again
#sailingonsaturday – Captain Cool of Carlow is the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailor of the Month" for July. Captain Cool is Finn Lynch, winner of the Silver Medal at the Youth Worlds 2012, and he's just sixteen. So maybe it would be…
Valentia Radio, Coastguard Equipment & Poor Olympic Coverage
Another attempt is being made by Coast Guard management in Dublin to close the coastal radio stations at Valentia and Malin Head and centralise operations in Dublin. That, the poor quality of television coverage of sailing at the Olympics, the…
Would the Last Woman Sailor Please Turn Out the Light and Shut the Door
#olympicsailing –  There's a hierarchy in Olympic sailing which reflects the pecking order in the shoreside athletics. In the stadium, the various specialities will stake their claims for attention. The further down the scale they are, the more vigorously they'll…
Six Thousand Milk Bottles, Barryroe Oil Progress & What Ships Might Look Like in 2020
#thisislandnation – Six thousand milk bottles in Bantry's inner harbour, Barryroe Oil progress, what will ships look like in 2020, disappearing manta rays, a new book scheme for seafarers, emotion in Union Hall, and the future of navigation and visual…
Whither the Weather with Silver in the Bag
#isafyw12 – Sailing folk are getting worried about this summer's weather in northwest Europe. There's a real chance that it might be going to improve, particularly in northern France and southern England. And that might mean gentle conditions spreading in…

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