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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…
Oil from West Cork, Civil Service & the Marine, Difficulties for Sailing
#island nation – Barryoe Oil from West Cork; can Irish civil servants co-operate in the interest of the marine sphere; more signs of the difficult economic times with sailing cutbacks; deciding whether the white shark should continue to be protected;…
Young People Going Somewhere
#sailing on Saturday – How many of the hundreds of contestants in the Four Star Pizza Youth Worlds getting under way in Dun Laoghaire this weekend will go on to achieve adult fulfillment as international sailing stars? As with other…
Boat Building, Maritime Plans, Salmon Catch, Dublin Bay and Scrapping Ships
# ISLAND NATION –  The boat builder who sailed a spinnaker on the Grand Canal in Venice, the government's maritime plan, more than 1,000 salmon caught on just two Irish rivers in one week, the polluted air of Dublin Bay,…
This Island Nation - Union Hall, Round Ireland, Volvo Ocean Race and Lifeboats
#islandnation – A great maritime show in Galway, controversy after the Round Ireland in Wicklow, honouring the community of Union Hall, tougher inspection of cruise ships visiting Irish ports, hogging moorings on the inland waterways, aliens in the Royal Canal,…
Plenty of Maritime News from Fish Ireland, Volvo Ocean Race and Round Ireland
#islandnation – The FISH IRELAND Exhibition in Killybegs, the Volvo Race in Galway, the Round Ireland Race at Wicklow, commemorating an Arctic hero in Courtmacsherry and where is the summer for sailing? That's quite a mix of maritime material for…
Sorry Mate, You're History
#VOR It's a cruel world. The Volvo 70 racers arrive in to Galway next week, and it's their last hurrah. A week today, around lunchtime, they'll become utterly obsolete after their final race of the current series, an in-port event…
The Pace Picks Up in Galway
#islandnation – THIS WEEK : Smelly humans, the pace picks up in Galway, pirates in Baltimore, the response of fishermen to the condescending RNLI and a Cork beauty are amongst my topics this week, read on ..... GALWAY PACE PICKS…
Safety in Sailing, Ocean Wealth in Galway, Round Ireland Race and More
In this week's column: Safety in sailing; ocean wealth in Galway; the US Navy going green; increased shipping in the Arctic Circle; Denis Noonan and the Round Ireland Race; Australia's world ocean reserve and the UK Coastguard suggests offshore sailors…
Wind and Rain? Pray for it, Bring it on!
#genuineprospects – If you're contemplating a gentle summer holiday in the south of England in August, forget it. Unless, that is, you see wind and rain of the kind experienced there during the past fortnight as being an essential part…
No Way to Treat a Lady
#HYC – When you've been staging a successful sailing race annually since 1899 or thereabouts, it's something which has will have acquired its own momentum with a significant amount of baggage in the nostalgia stakes. And its enduring popularity inevitably…
Keeping Watch, Children Drowning Stats and a Cork Harbour Old Beauty
#ISLANDNATION – The effect of six-on/six-off hours of watchkeeping on accidents at sea, boat hooks aboard lifeboats, 67 children drowned in 10 years, a traditional beauty in Cork Harbour and the astonishing discovery beneath the Arctic ice are my topics…
Final Decision on Irish Commodore's Cup Team Due in a Fortnight
#SATURDAYSAILING – Eternal optimists among the cruiser-racer community had hoped that the success of the ICRA Championship might make the final difference to the emergence of enough enthusiasm to generate a team to defend the Commodores Cup in July. But…

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