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Harland & Wolff bidding for work on £1.25bn MoD shipbuilding scheme. The yard hasn't produced a ship in around 14 years when the last to leave Queen's Island was the £40m Anvil Point at the start of 2003.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A bid has been placed by Belfast yard Harland & Wolff on a £1.25bn MoD shipbuilding scheme. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the UK Government wants to build five new ships, each worth £250m. In September, the newspaper…
Clipper Fleet Puts Scoring Gate Behind Them On Race Up NSW Coast
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - A gripping race to the Scoring Gate unfolded during the third day of Race 6: The Wondrous Whitsundays Race, which ultimately saw Sanya Serenity Coast come out on top, followed closely by Visit Seattle in second and Qingdao,…
Protected from the elements on board Turn the Tide on Plastic earlier today
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The new week started with a reshuffle of the Leg 4 leaderboard as the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet eased into the Doldrums for the second time so far this race. After six days at sea, racing is…
Mitch Booth is coming to Swords for a two-day high performance tutorial this May
News Update
#MitchBooth - Olympic catamaran sailor Mitch Booth has been booked to give a two-day high performance tutorial at Swords Sailing & Boating Club this May, organised by the Irish Multihull Association in tandem with the Avon Ri sailing school in…
INSS Looks Back Over Action-Packed 2017 Ahead Of 40th Anniversary
INSS
#INSS - The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has posted a video looking back at what was a busy 2017 on the water in Dun Laoghaire. Highlights of the last 12 months include over 2,500 children sailing on the…
Solo sailor – Former GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy in his Solo dinghy
Dublin Bay
A modest fleet of 25 boats opened the second half of the 2017/18 Frostbite Series hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club earlier today, Sunday 7th January writes Cormac Bradley. While XCWeather had a forecast for 14:00 of 11 – 16…
Two more days of racing remain with seven races scheduled at the SB20 Worlds in Hobart
SB20
Day 2 – Races 4 and 5  British yachtsman Richard Powell snatched victory on the final spinnaker run of race five of the SB20 Worlds today, ending a boat-for-boat duel between Tasmanians Brett Cooper and Michael Cooper. As they crossed the…
Four Irish youths are on board the New Zealand Tall Ship the Spirit of Adventure for a ten day voyage. In Ireland, the Atlantic Youth Trust is working to replicate the success of the Spirit of Adventure Trust (New Zealand) on the island of Ireland as a youth development cross border initiative.
Tall Ships
At 8.30am downtown Auckland on Saturday, 40 teenagers met for the first time ahead of a 10-day youth development voyage on the Spirit of New Zealand. Four of the lucky group travelled from Northern Ireland and the Republic as part…
The rise in common dolphin strandings is alarming wildlife enthusiasts
Tom MacSweeney
For the past six years, the first few weeks of the year have seen an increase in the number of dolphins being washed up on the Irish coastline. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is making a determined effort this…
Baltimore RNLI launching for yesterday’s medevac
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 January) to provide a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 3.50pm to provide medical assistance…
Day six on the leg from Melbourne to Hong Kong on board Dongfeng
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Four boats are within just over six miles as the leaders approach the Solomon Islands, the easternmost point of which is a mark of the race course for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Dongfeng continues to…
Entry opens for IRC European Championship and Commodores' Cup and all RORC races on 8th January 2018
RORC
At midday on Monday 8th January 2018 entry will open for all Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) races, including the Season's Points Championship comprised of 14 races, as well as the highlight of the UK Solent season - the IRC…
Chris Power-Smith (left) and Flag Officer Frank O'Beirne with last year’s Commodore’s Cup awarded for his and the crew of Aurelia’s performance offshore in 2016
RStGYC
#RSGYC - Nominations are invited for the Royal St George Yacht Club’s Oscar Annual Sailing Awards to recognise RSGYC members for their sailing achievements in 2017. All nominations are encouraged and will assist the Sailing Committee in recognising those RSGYC…
Howth Yacht Club's Cillian Dickson (left) accepts his prize as leading youth boat at the SB20 Worlds in Hobart
SB20
Today the fleet at the SB20 World Championship got the hop on the kids of Ireland by going back to school a day early writes Irish crewman Ted Laverty in Hobart. Trickier than a game of poker at a wizard’s…
A screenshot of M.V. Ziltborg taken this morning while berthed in the frozen icy waters of the Finnish Port of Kokkola located on the Gulf of Bothnia. Temperatures at the port are currently -4° and are to drop further overnight to -6° (feeling like -9°). Last year, the port participated in celebrating the nations independence a century ago with the 'Finland 100' years campaign, which involved the installation of a new crane “Karsten” during the jubilee year.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - A Corrib Shipping cargoship loaded concentrates from Boliden Tara Mines facility in Dublin Port late last year, arrived at a Finnish port this first week of 2018 and where the sea is currently frozen over, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has issued its first notices to mariners for 2018, superseding all previous marine notices. Regarding fairway priorities, the harbour fairways and approaches are generally to be kept clear and free. It is prohibited to…
The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg
Coastal Notes
#Doonbeg - US President Donald Trump’s sea wall proposal for Doonbeg has hit another stumbling block — this time from a planning activist who’s turned his attentions to the controversial plans. As TheJournal.ie reports, Peter Sweetman has lodged an appeal…
Princess Cruises 'Grand' class cruiseship, Caribbean Princess arriving on Belfast Lough and seen bound for the city's dedicated cruise berth at Stormont Wharf.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - The biggest cruise season in Belfast Port took place last year and 2018 is set to be even busier as cruiseships call in several months time, writes Jehan Ashmore.  A total of 94 cruise ships according to Belfast Harbour…
The Ilen finally experiences daylight yesterday afternoon. Many people, not just in Limerick and Baltimore, but from other places too, have been involved in the project, and here are some of them with Gary MacMahon on left
Historic Boats
The historic 1926-built 56ft trading ketch Ilen has been undergoing a painstaking restoration at Oldcourt near Baltimore in Liam Hegarty's boatyard for several years now for the Ilen Boat-building School, which is directed by Gary MacMahon in Limerick writes W…
180 degree wind shifts are quite common in Hobart
SB20
After a blustery pre-world SB20 championships, in which one of three Irish boats made the top ten, Dublin Bay crew man Ted Laverty previews tomorrow's first race of the World Championships in Hobart.  “The visitors I’ve spoken to have been a…
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