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Galway Bay Confirmed As Hosts Of 2018 ICRA Nationals
ICRA
#ICRA - The Irish Cruiser Racing Association has reaffirmed its decision to allocate the 2018 ICRA National Championships to the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) and Galway Bay Sailing Club. The event from 16-18 August 2018 will be…
Louis Smyth at the helm of his Fireball dinghy during the 2016-17 DMYC Frostbites in February
Dublin Bay
#DMYC - The Notice of Race for the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s upcoming Frostbite Challenge is now online. The DMYC will be celebrating 47 years of winter racing in the 2017-18 Frostbite series — and entries are now open…
The Irish Naval Service OPV, LE James Joyce on the first full of day arrival to the naval base headquarters on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour in 2015. The second OPV90 class newbuild is rafted alongside flagship L.E. Eithne at the oil berth.
Navy
#navy - Concerns have been played down by the Taoiseach as to the number of personnel quitting the Defence Forces has left the combined strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service at a 50-year low. As The Irish…
Other marine related wins at the Georgina Awards yesterday (pictured above) were the Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year that went to The Boat House Bistro, at Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co Kerry and Seafood Restaurant of the Year that went to Galway city’s Westend establishment, Hooked.
Inland Waterways
The Carrick-on-Shannon eatery, St. George's Terrace Restaurant in County Leitrim that is popular with boaters has won a Taste of the Waterways Award in Georgina Campbell's Annual Restaurant Awards this week. Campbell said 'There are plenty of good eating places…
Although only twenty years old, Erwan Le Draoulec has emerged as one of the key pace-setters in the Mini Transat 2017 campaigns
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan and the other contenders in the leading group in the Mini Transat have finally been able to start exiting the Bay of Biscay at better speeds this morning as new east to nor’east winds have…
Plan afoot to reinstate historic Ballast House timepiece mentioned in Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’. The Ballast House time ball (see top left) was taken down in 1920. It came from a time when the city were on Dublin time rather than GMT.
Dublin Port
#dublinport - The Irish Times writes that the giant bronze timepiece the “time ball” that was visible across Dublin city until the time of the 1916 Rising, could be reinstated as part of the refurbishment of Ballast House at O’Connell…
Mark Turner
Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner has spoken out about last month's decision to leave the race just weeks before it starts in Alicante. Turner also talks in the video below about how the proposed 2019-20 Volvo Ocean Race in…
College team racing in Firefly dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A new Dublin Team Racing League aims to build on September's Elmo Cup momentum and bridge the gap to college team racing
Team Racing
The Dublin University Sailing Club is hosting the first of four Dublin Team Racing League Events in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday, 7th of October. As discussed at the ISA meeting earlier in the year, the goal of the League is…
Edward Bransfield commemoration committee at Ballinacurra – Liam O'Riordan ,Ann Wilson, Eugene Furlong & Jim Wilson
Tom MacSweeney
Ireland is a nation which has been slow to recognise its maritime resources and its international maritime achievements made by Irish sailors. This I was reminded about again this week. But there are indications of changes for the better, driven…
The Kelly family’s J/109 Storm from Rush SC and HYC is the defending champion in this weekend’s J/109 Open Nationals in Dublin Bay.
National YC
With something like 25 seriously-campaigned J/109s around Ireland and throughout the Irish Sea, obviously you wouldn’t expect every boat to be heading for this weekend’s Irish Open Nationals in Dun Laoghaire. But by any standards a crack fleet of 15…
Irish Sailing's J80 fleet has been purchased by the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
RStGYC
A group of Royal St. George Yacht Club members have 'joined together' to purchase Irish Sailing's ten-year-old J80 fleet on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire harbour Club. The Royal St. George Yacht Club was one of several bidders for the…
Racing was cancelled at the Laser Euros in Barcelona today
Laser
Stoppages in Catalonia after independence poll violence has affected the Laser European Championships in Barcelona today.  Irish sailors, including Aoife Hopkins, who won the U21 Euro title in July, competing at the event are staying about eight km from the centre of Barcelona. Hopkins,…
Skellig Michael will appear on cinema screens the world over this December in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Island News
#SkelligMichael - Skellig Michael’s visitor season, which closes today (Tuesday 3 October), may be extended to cater for “exceptional” demand. RTÉ News reports that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed it is reviewing a possible extension to the…
Aill na Searrach at the Cliffs of Moher
Coastal Notes
#CliffsOfMoher - An inquest into the death of a BASE jumper at the Cliffs of Moher earlier this year has heard how his parachute opened in the wrong direction as he was in free fall from the top of the…
The winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland is advising masters that the winter mooring period for public harbours on the above navigation will commence on 1st Nov 2017 and end on the 31st Mar 2018. Masters are advised that the associated charges, €63.50, must be…
Some of the sailors who gathered for Blackrock Sailing Club's inaugural sail on the River Lee
Sailing Clubs
Blackrock Sailing Club on the River Lee in Cork Harbour became Ireland's newest sailing club last month when the new facility set sail in a fleet of refurbished Firefly dinghies operating from the pier at Blackrock village. At this stage…
DFDS sisters Princess Seaways and King Seaways (a former Brittany Ferries Cork-Roscoff cruiseferry Val de Loire) share sailings on the Newcastle-Amsterdam service.
Ferry
#ferrynews - Danish shipping transport giant, DFDS has been named Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator for the sixth year in a row at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony. Breaking Travel News writes that DFDS beat four rival ferry operators…
The rowers are junior doctors Seán Underwood and Patrick O’Connor, Cork-based podiatrist Eoin O’Farrell and young Dublin entrepreneur Thomas Browne
Coastal Rowing
Cork University Hospital (CUH) is to receive vital funds as four Irish men compete in a 5,500km (3,000 nautical miles) rowing challenge across the Atlantic on December 12th to raise over €20,000 for the hospital’s Children’s Unit. The team, dubbed…
The Dublin Docker, Working Lives of Dublin’s Deep - Sea Port, an illustrated book which recalls the era when thousands of men unloaded and loaded the ships by hand on Dublin Docks
Book Review
Dublin Port Company today hosts the launch of The Dublin Docker, Working Lives of Dublin’s Deep - Sea Port, an illustrated book which recalls the era when thousands of men unloaded and loaded the ships by hand on Dublin Docks.…
Royal Cork's Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker with green spinnaker in a downwind leg at the 29er British Youth Nationals
Youth Sailing
The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will host try-out sessions in the 29er youth skiff class this coming weekend. There'll be one hour try–out slots available with experienced 29er sailors on hand to assist. There will also…

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