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The Irish Ferries delegation are dwarfed in the giant shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaftin where the first steel hull section of the new cruiseferry is in situ.
Ferry
When it arrives here next July, Irish Ferries says it will be the largest and most luxurious cruise ferry operating on the Irish Sea. Little wonder then that it would be built in a very large shipyard indeed. Yesterday, Afloat.ie…
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Flying Fifteen
A novel 15–minute Youtube video that features interviews with competitors – including world champion Steve Goacher – at the Flying Fifteen National Championships gives an insight into the keelboat scene.  Filmed by Vincent Polding, who says that despite not being…
Larne RNLI volunteer crew member Fiona Kirkpatrick and fundraiser Alison Ford-Hutchinson meet Prince Harry
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Two couples who volunteer with Larne RNLI were chosen to represent the Co Antrim lifeboat station at the recent Hillsborough Garden Party where HRH Prince Harry was special guest. Lifeboat crew Fiona and Barry Kirkpatrick attended the event…
The MV Balmoral, seen here in its usual waters in Bristol, was built in 1945 and most recently refit in 2015
Cruise Liners
#Seasick - A pleasure cruise on the Irish Sea at the weekend turned sour when severe weather prompted a wave of seasickness. Mail Online reports that some passengers on board the MV Balmoral were vomiting for up to six hours…
Caitriona Lucas was a volunteer with Doolin Coast Guard
MCIB
#MCIB - An official investigation into the death of coastguard volunteer Caitriona Lucas remains ongoing, as the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) confirms. Lucas, a volunteer for the Irish Coast Guard’s Doolin unit, died on 12 September 2016 during a…
Team Ireland return home with a total of 29 medals from the European Championships in Belgium. Athletes won 7 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze over 15 different events with our Youth Team placing 6th and the Open Team 8th overall out of 19 teams
Water Safety
Ireland’s top Lifesavers have won seven gold medals at the European Lifesaving Championships in Belgium. The Championships simulate real-life rescue situations that Lifeguards encounter and pits the best Lifesavers from around Europe against each other in a series of gruelling…
The freightship Mali Rose operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship is moored after it collided with other boats in Penzance harbour
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - An investigation has begun into how a new freightship introduced last month for the Isles of Scilly, crashed into boats moored in Penzance harbour. According to CornwallLive, the 842-ton ship collided with a yacht and trawler in the…
National Yacht Club WOWI sailors competed in the club's 'End of Season' race in September
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Gail MacAllister, Irish Sailing’s Regional Development Officer and Co-ordinator for the Women on the Water Ireland (WOWI) programme talks to Helen Cooney about how the programme is run at the National Yacht Club. Irish Sailing launched the WOWI programme in 2011…
Jeanie Johnston may be relocated to a new nearby berth alongside the Epic Ireland museum along Dublin's North Wall Quays.
Tall Ships
#tallships - A €15m Irish replica famine ship, Jeanie Johnston may be on the move to a new berth alongside the Epic Ireland museum on the north Dublin quays. As the UK's The Times writes, Dublin city council is assessing…
World Rowing Championship Organisers Say Irma Damage 'Limited'
Rowing
#Rowing: Hurricane Irma’s impact on Florida left a lot of those interested in the World Rowing Championships, which are set to take place in Sarasota from September 24th to October 1st, worried. Immediately after the storm, this was a statement…
139 sailors registered for the Optimist Leinsters at the NYC
Optimist
It was a clean sweep for Royal Cork Yacht Club junior sailors at the Optimist Leinster Dinghy Championships at the National Yacht Club last weekend.  Justin Lucas won the Merrion Private sponsored event where 139–sailors registered including 29 from the host club. Lucas's…
America’s Cup monohull Alinghi in 2003. After three different challenges in which multi-hulls have been used, the word is that current holders New Zealand will be defending in mono-hulls.
America's Cup
It has been confirmed that the next edition of the America’s Cup will see defenders New Zealand organise the racing in monohulls, after three stagings of the world’s oldest international sporting challenge in multihulls writes W M Nixon. This will…
Volvo Cork Week 2018 will offer sailors racing options in a brand new format as revealed in today's Notice of Race published by RCYC. Download the full NOR below
Cork Week
Royal Cork Yacht Club has shaken up the format of its 2018 Volvo Cork Week Regatta following an exit survey of competitors at the 2016 event. A brand-new format for the regatta that runs from 9th – 14th July 2018…
L_R Back row Roisin Moore, Monaghan County Council, Dawn Livingstone Waterways Ireland, Sharon Keogan East Border Region, Andrew Grieve Department for Infrastructure (NI), Alderman Elizabeth Ingram Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council, Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council   Front Row Cathaoirleach Cathy Bennett, Minister Shane Ross, Gina McIntyre SEUPB and Minister Heather Humphreys
Inland Waterways
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, have today launched the EU-funded €4.95m Ulster Canal Greenway Project which will see the development of an off-road…
Led by Irish Ferries managing director, Andrew Sheen (centre right), the group included David Ledwidge (left), chief financial officer, Irish Continental Group Plc and Capt. Brian McKenna (right). With them is Rüdiger Fuchs (centre left), CEO of shipbuilders Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft.
Ferry
A delegation of senior Irish Ferries officials today attended the keel laying ceremony for a new €144million, 55,000 tonnes cruise ferry being built on behalf of the company in Flensberg, Germany. Due to be delivered next July, the new vessel…
A Union Hall lifeboat volunteer boards the wayward yacht to establish a tow
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Union Hall RNLI was requested to launch yesterday afternoon (Sunday 10 September) at 4.21pm by Valentia Coast Guard to reports of a yacht that had broken from its mooring in Glandore Harbour and was heading for rocks. Weather…
There will be no shortage of thrills 'n' spills with at the CH Marine Autumn League next month with a big fleet of 1720 sportsboats expected
Royal Cork YC
The CH Marine Autumn Series at Royal Cork Yacht Club is rapidly approaching, one of the premier highlights of the sailing season on the south coast, that always attracts large numbers of sailors from a wide variety of clubs from…
Marine Biologist Lucy Hunt from County Kerry
Volvo Ocean Race
Kerry will have a dominant presence in this year’s Volvo Round the World Race. Three of the Kingdom’s notable maritime figures are involved and, with Olympian Annalise Murphy also sailing, there will be strong Irish interest, writes Tom MacSweeney. Biologist…
Wicklow’s all-weather lifeboat RNLB Annie Blaker launches to assist the yacht with a snapped forestay
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening (9 September) to assist a 13m yacht in difficulties off the Wicklow coast. The yacht was on passage from Wales to Ireland when the forestay snapped on…
The men’s starters make a splash in the 98th Liffey Swim on Saturday 9 September
Sea Swim
#LiffeySwim - The 98th Liffey Swim on Saturday (9 September) was a double for Dublin Swimming Club, according to BreakingNews.ie. Colin Monaghan and Anne Marie Bourke won the men’s and women’s races respectively over the 2.2km course from the Rory O’Moore…

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