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Gary and Paul O'Donovan
Rowing
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan took second in the Championship Doubles at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The Skibbereen men pushed hard to close the gap on the first crew off, Penn Athletic Club, but the…
Optimist dinghies in a 45-knot gust end up on the East Pier wall observed by a Dun Laoghaire Harbour Police Patrol
Dublin Bay
Storm Brian's strong north–westerly winds, gusting over 40–knots, left both a training group of Optimist sailors and at least one moored cruiser on Dun Laoghaire harbour wall this lunch time. Eyewitness reports say that four Optimist dinghies were 'abandoned' in…
Pont-Aven which normally operates the seasonal only Cork-Roscoff sailings at weekends has been cancelled due to Storm Brian. Further disruption has led to cancelled or delayed sailings by other operators on Ireland-France and Ireland-UK services..
Ferry
#ferrydisruption - Today's Brittany Ferries sailing from Cork to Roscoff is among routes that have seen crossings cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions arising from Storm Brian. The company is currently contacting all passengers to offer assistance due to…
Ophelia: Crunching The Numbers On Galway’s ‘Unusual’ Storm Surge
Marine Science
#Ophelia - With most of Ireland battening down the hatches for the second time in a week in preparation for Storm Brian’s arrival, the Marine Institute in Galway says it continues to gather and analyse data from Storm Ophelia. Despite…
Caitriona Lucas was awarded a Posthumous Gold Medal and Certificate of Bravery at yesterday's National Bravery Awards
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The late Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas has been recognised in this year’s National Bravery Awards. The Posthumous Gold Medal and Certificate of Bravery were presented to Lucas’ family at Farmleigh House yesterday (Friday 20 October) a…
Grind on…..Annalise Murphy putting in the work on Turn the Tide on Plastic
W M Nixon
There is a time and a season to all things, and in some years, that time comes earlier than others. Ireland has been getting away with it in remarkable style in recent weeks, putting through 2017’s Autumn sailing fixtures in…
The winning J109 Joker 2 – a winning Defence Forces crew was assembled in a matter of months for the inaugural international inter-service sailing contest at Cork Week 2016
Cork Week
With nine confirmed entries already for the 2018 edition of the Beaufort Cup, Cork Week Chairman Kieran O'Connell of Royal Cork Yacht Club says it promises to be a great event. '2016 was the inaugural event and we saw 12…
Howth Yacht Club Laser dinghy Frostbites starts on Sunday, 5th November
Laser
The Howth Yacht Club Laser dinghy Frostbites starts on Sunday, 5th November. Two races are planned each Sunday starting at 10:45. The Laser series runs until March 10th 2018 with the 'famous' Round The Island Race to close out the…
Margaret Cremen
Rowing
#Rowing: Competition in the Cork Sculling Ladder has been postponed this weekend because of the forecast of bad weather. The organisers have chosen Sunday, October 29th, as the date for the next action in the event. Jack Dorney of Shandon…
The lone sentinel. The Fastnet Rock in average Atlantic conditions. Monday’s record there of winds of 191 km/h will have created sea turmoil beyond imagination
Weather
Before the imminent Storm Brian starts disrupting plans tonight and over the weekend, let’s take a final look back at the recent events in wind-battered old Ireland writes W M Nixon. We have been so busy marvelling at recorded wave…
The Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted Final Fling 2017 for dinghies has been delayed until Sunday 22nd
RStGYC
To make way for the weather bomb that is Storm Brian this weekend, the Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted Final Fling 2017 for dinghies has been delayed until Sunday 22nd with first gun at 13.00. With quick 1-2-3 starts, four…
Sailing Is A Powerful Tool To Mental Wellness
ISA
#Wellness - The therapeutic benefits of sailing have been highlighted by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s 2017 awardees Sailing into Wellness. The Cork-based non-profit social initiative provides an opportunity for vulnerable groups to experience a completely new environment on the open sea.…
Newbuild Croi na Farraige, a 17.5m salmon farm harvesting vessel is lowered into the River Avoca in Arklow
Fishing
#Newbuild - A mobile crane has lowered a new workboat into the River Avoca in Arklow this week for Ireland's largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild constructed by Arklow Marine Services is the Croi na…
The crew of HotelPlanner.com celebrate their ninth-place finish at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - It was a close fight right up until the final stretch for ninth-placed HotelPlanner.com and 10th-placed GREAT Britain, who spent much of the Clipper Race's Leg 2: The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms in a drag…
 Ireland's UCD Sailing Club are four points off the podium at the Student Yachting World Cup in France
Youth Sailing
At the end of the second day of racing at the Student Yachting World Cup in Marseille, Ireland's UCD Sailing Club has moved up to fourth place overall. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the UCD team is skippered by Jack Higgins,…
40 marine leaders gathered for the meeting in Galway's Marine Institute
Marine Science
The Marine Institute is hosting a two day meeting of the European Marine Board at its headquarters in Oranmore (18-19th October). Dr. Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute CEO, welcomed more than 40 marine leaders gathered for the meeting, as well the…
Light winds are expected for the first part of the race but a significant northwesterly is arriving by the third day of the Middle Sea Race
Offshore
Barry Hurley will compete in his fourteenth Rolex Middle Sea offshore Race in a row tomorrow sailing XpAct, a Maltese Xp44. He is one of a handful of Irish crews competing in the 39th race that forecasters say is going…
The MV Ruyter currently docked at Warrenpoint
Ports & Shipping
#Shipping - The captain of a cargo ship that ran aground on Rathlin Island last week has been fined £1,000 over his negligence at the helm, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The MV Ruyter, which was en route from Russia…
Killaloe Sailing Club To Seek Planning Permission For New Clubhouse
News Update
Killaloe Sailing Club in Co Clare is applying for planning permission for a new clubhouse on the shores of Lough Derg. The site notice for the proposed development at Carrownakilly seeks permission to replace the existing storage shed and portacabin…
The Hywind Scotland floating windfarm off Peterhead
Power From the Sea
#Windfarm - The world’s first floating windfarm is now generating power for Scotland, according to BBC News. Afloat.ie previously covered the Hywind Scotland project, backed by Norwegian energy giant Statoil, which comprises a series of giant wind turbines tethered to…

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