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Shane O'Driscoll and Mark O'Donovan with Padraig Harrington at the IYF awards.
Rowing
#Rowing: Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan have been nominated for the Team of the Year at the RTÉ Sports Awards for 2017. The world champions in the lightweight pair could take over from Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan, who won…
Ireland's Conor Quinn scored 11th in race two at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Sanya
Youth Sailing
Today was the first day of competition for 374 of the world's best youth sailors, from 60 nations, racing across nine classes on Chinese waters at the World Youth Sailing Championshps in which Ireland is contesting three classes and hoping…
Ted and Tom Crosbie in the X-302, No Excuse was the RCYC Winter League IRC winner
Royal Cork YC
There was a ding dong battle for overall prizes at Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurances Winter League in Cork Harbour on Sunday won out by Ted and Tom Crosbie in the X-302, No Excuse writes Bob Bateman. A festive…
Noel Butler (pictured above) & Marie Barry  in Fireball 15061 lead the fast PY fleet at the DMYC Frostbites
Dublin Bay
It was most probably a combination of the weather forecast, the actual weather or the time of year (two Sundays before Christmas), but yesterday’s Frostbite fleet was considerably reduced and only two Fireballs answered the starter’s call writes Cormac Bradley.…
Irish Fireball dinghy interests will be represented at international level with Dublin Bay sailor Cormac Bradley's appointment as Rear Commodore, Europe West to the International Fireball Executive
Fireball
The new Executive Committee of the International Fireball Class includes Irish representation with Dublin Bay Sailor Cormac Bradley appointed as Rear Commodore, Europe West. The Committee has been confirmed as follows; Commodore: Christina Härdi-Landerer (Switzerland) Rear Commodore Australasia: Ben Schulz…
Commandant L'Herminier is an Aviso type A69 / d'Estienne d'Orves of the French Navy which arrived to Cork city centre yesterday.
Naval Visits
#navalvisits - A French Navy frigate docked in Cork city at the weekend having sailed from Cherbourg, Normandy though the ship is based at Brest Naval Base in neighbouring Brittany, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,250 tonnes full displacement Commandant L'Herminier…
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).…
A Rash'r Vest. Rash'R an Irish company which designs and manufactures the 'brightest rash vests on the planet'.
Viking Marine
The winner of November's Viking Marine Rash'R vest competition is Eileen Dooley of Dublin.  Congratulations to you, Eileen! Your prize of a Rash'R vest will be winging its way to you shortly!  Stay tuned for more prize competitions on Afloat.ie!  Rash'R…
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…

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