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Mark O'Donovan, Shane O'Driscoll and Gary O'Donovan.
Rowing
#Rowing: The Ireland gold medallists Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll and Paul O’Donovan are due to arrive back in Ireland tomorrow (Sunday). They are due  in Dublin Airport at about 10 o’clock. They will travel to Skibbereen for a special…
Haulbowline Waste Tip as seen from the channel between Haulbowline and Spike Island
Cork Harbour
Meitheal Mara, the Cork boatyard and maritime community organisation which has carried out many years of development work highlighting Cork’s maritime and boat-building tradition has protested the exclusion of boat access to Haulbowline Island in the €60m remediation plan for…
Howth Yacht Club's Aoife Hopkins leads the fleet around the Weather mark in race two of the Laser European Championships in Barcelona
Laser
19–year–old Aoife Hopkins from Howth Yacht Club started the her first day in gold fleet at the Laser European Championships in Barcelona with a mid-fleet result in race one followed by a 31st (discarded) in race two. Hopkins currently lies 20th…
Mullingar SC Fleet Captain Michael Collender and Hon. Treasurer Brian Walker are into GP 14 racing on Lough Owel
W M Nixon
It has had at least two different event descriptions since it was first sailed all of seventy years ago. Back then, Irish sailing was finding its feet in the late 1940s, becoming re-energised in the exciting developmental world of modern…
The Ireland team and mentors which travelled to Florida.
Rowing
#Rowing: The Ireland team which brought the country glory at the World Rowing Championships in Florida are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for September. In that month, Ireland took two gold medals through Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll in…
Fire Damage To Connemara Shellfish Research Base
Coastal Notes
#Connemara - Galway Bay FM reports that a shellfish research centre in Connemara was damaged in a fire earlier this week. The blaze broke out in a section at the centre in Carna dedicated to studying the control of sea…
Minke whales, like this one, have stranded on every coastline in Ireland, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - A retired coastguard volunteer has spoken of the “amazing” experience of helping a stranded whale to safety in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (3 October). As BBC News reports, commercial diver John Lowry diverted from his commute home to…
ASL acquire secondhand tonnage in the form of Flinter Atlantic from a former Dutch operator that became bankrupt last year.  Above is a sister, Flinter Arctic at anchorage off Dalkey in south Dublin Bay.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - In a break from the norm Arklow Shipping has acquired secondhand tonnage following a splurge of newbuilds delivered over recent years, writes Jehan Ashmore. The latest addition, Arklow Dawn brings a revised fleet total to 52 multipurpose vessels.…
Marine Notice: Cable Recovery Off South West Coast
News Update
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that that a cable recovery operation is scheduled take place from next Monday 9 to Wednesday 25 October at locations off the South West…
LÉ Niamh begins a return voyage to the Mediterranean today
Navy
#Navy - The LÉ Niamh is headed for the Mediterranean today (Friday 6 October) for the Naval Service’s first ever role in an operation directly targeting human traffickers. As BreakingNews.ie reports, the EU mission Operation Sophia aims to intercept boats…
Tom Dolan – his resilience, skill and determination in pulling himself up from 56th to 11th in the current Stage 1 of the Mini Transat 2017 has become one of the highlights of the race.
Solo Sailing
The leaders of the Mini-Transat 2017 are now at the latitude of Lisbon, but well offshore in trying to keep in a line of the fading north to northeast wind writes W M Nixon. The pace in this first 1350-mile…
One of just four RMS ships in the world, RMS St. Helena is to be withdrawn early in 2018. The passenger cargoship made a historic once off visit to London (as above) last year when moored alongside HMS Belfast. The RMS also notably made a maiden call to Dublin and Cork during the mid-1990's.
Ports & Shipping
#RMSstHelena - Operators of one of just four of the world's surviving Royal Mail Ships, St Helena Line has announced today, that it is to withdraw the passenger cargoship RMS St Helena from service in February 2018. The ship has…
Quayside cargo handling operations underway as a vessel is seen docked in the north-western port
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - A record-breaking 50% rise in profits has been announced by Foyle Ports and the news has led to the company's "strongest financial performance" in its 162-year history. The Irish News reports that the Derry port reported its fifth…
PSP Logistics is returning to port for emergency rudder repairs
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - PSP Logistics is returning to Punta del Este today (Thursday 5 October) after a collision with a whale in the first 24 hours of the Clipper Race’s second leg caused damage to the starboard rudder. All crew on…
Aoife Hopkins in 11th leads Irish hopes at the Laser Euros
Laser
Dublin sailors Aoife Hopkins and Finn Lynch currently lead Irish hopes at the Laser European Championships in Barcelona after a delayed start this week.  Racing started yesterday with two races completed. Yesterday was cloudy and the sailors launched in a…
Richard Honeyford Is New COO Of RYA Northern Ireland
Youth Sailing
#RYANI - Richard Honeyford has been appointed as the new full-time chief operating officer of the RYA Northern Ireland. Previously performance manager for the RYANI for the last 11 years, Honeyford “has played an integral role in the organisation” during…
Tom Dolan busy putting boats astern – since Sunday, he has moved from 56th to 14th overall.
Solo Sailing
A large area of lighter winds and calms currently developing around the Canary Islands may hamper the closing speeds of the Mini Transat fleet as they near the finish of their 1350-mile race from La Rochelle through this weekend and…
Dublin Port lands (on left Poolbeg peninsula) must not be ‘reallocated’ for non-port uses, warns business group
Dublin Port
#dublinport- Lands in Dublin Port must not be “reallocated” by Dublin City Council for uses not associated with strategic port activities, business representative group Ibec has said. Ibec was responding to a decision by the council this week writes The…
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard were called to assist a sick sailor off Malahide last Thursday afternoon
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Castletownbere’s Irish Coast Guard team was alerted on Friday night (29 September) by Valentia Coast Guard to a medevac scheduled for the early hours of Saturday. FV Argeles, a French fishing vessel, had an injured crewman onboard and…
Baltimore Lifeboat Assists Yacht In High Winds
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Patricia Jennings was called on Sunday (1 October) to go to the assistance of a 28ft yacht with one person on board. The yacht had lost power near the West Cork harbour's west pier…

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