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RCYC's Kieran O'Connell (in RIB) assists Winter league competitor Blue Oyster that went aground yesterday in Cork Harbour. Race three photo gallery below
Royal Cork YC
A yacht that went aground during racing in the O'Leary Insurance Winter League in Cork Harbour yesterday was successfully recovered by fellow competitors and Royal Cork Yacht Club officials writes Bob Bateman. The 38–foot yacht that was competing in the White Sails…
Chris Doorly (left) with class captain John O'Sullivan (centre) and Alan Green
Flying Fifteen
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series supported by Mitsubishi came to a conclusion at the National Yacht Club weekend with four races in a light west –nw wind and a strong outgoing tide. The new format introduced two weeks ago with…
Paul O'Donovan in action at the Ireland trial
Rowing
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan, in a lightweight double scull, tied for the best time with a men’s heavyweight four on the second day of the Ireland trial over six kilometres today. The fastest women’s crew was the four…
Saturday evening sailing in the South Atlantic on board Vestas 11th Hour Racing
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - With all the Volvo Ocean Race fleet now pointing towards Cape Town, the latest position report is a much more accurate reflection of reality, as Damian Foxall’s boat Vestas 11th Hour Racing heads the table, just marginally ahead…
In the foreground carriages of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express alongside the quay of the berthed Orient Express in Venice. A fleetmate, Horsa had a Venice Orient Express Lounge on board when serving Folkstone-Boulogne. The ferry carried out summer support sailings in 1990 on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route.
Ferry
#OrientExpress – Orient Express is a name that conjures the famous romantic long-distance luxury train service across Europe in which was set the detective novel by Agatha Christie and where there is also a railway related connection with the Irish…
Simon Spiers – given a sea burial today
Clipper Race
Racing has taken a back seat over the past 24 hours for the Clipper Race fleet following the tragedy on board CV30 (GREAT Britain) yesterday. Speaking on the loss of round the world crew member Simon Speirs, Sanya Serenity Coast…
The multi-purpose Markets Field in Limerick has been an unexpected source of quality teak. Teak seating slats salvaged from the re-vamp of the Markets Field Gaelic Football ground have found a new purpose in the restoration of the ketch Ilen. In addition to its historic links with Gaelic Football and greyhound racing, the Markets Field has also been used for soccer – as seen here – and by Garryowen Rugby Club before they moved to Dooradoyle.
Historic Boats
The process of restoring the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen in Limerick and Baltimore has seen a countrywide network developing, a network in which anyone with access to redundant classic quality timber has been happy to see it finding…
 White Mischief (Tim and Richard Gooodbody) leads the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series
Turkey Shoot
After two races sailed, White Mischief (Tim and Richard Gooodbody) lead the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. J109 sisterships hols second and third places overall too. It looks like a change of pace for this Sunday's race. After…
Clipper Race Fatality in the Southern Ocean
Clipper Race
Clipper Round the World Race organisers are reporting the fatality of Simon Speirs, a crew member on board CV30, (GREAT Britain). Simon, 60, from Bristol, UK, was on the foredeck assisting with a headsail change from Yankee 3 when he…
At the helm of Joker Card players Qingdao, currently neck-and-neck with Dare To Lead in the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - Christmas has come early for the Clipper Race fleet, which is finally enjoying the downwind sailing conditions that teams have been hoping for – with the first half of the fleet already in the thick of Race 3’s…
Disappointment on the faces of the TTOP crew after being rolled by Scallywag yesterday, but they’ve since jumped into first by charging east
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Those following the rankings and tracker for the Volvo Ocean Race could be forgiven for thinking they’d glanced away for more than one of the six-hour position reports. The leaderboard is constantly undergoing a shake-up, reflective at the…
Former surf pro John McCarthy is now a church pastor in Lahinch
Surfing
#Surfing - He’s an Irish big wave surfer who’s credited with helping discover and naming the renowned Aileen’s break, near his home in Lahinch. But more than a decade ago, John McCarthy traded the vices of the pro surfing lifestyle…
Aileen Crowley and Aifric Keogh compete at the Irish Trial.
Rowing
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan was by far the fastest single sculler at the Irish Trial, held over six kilometres at the National Rowing Centre today. The conditions at this point were excellent, and the world lightweight champion clocked 23 minutes 25…
Richard McCormick
News Update
The President of the Maritime Institute which runs the National Maritime Museum at Dun Laoghaire has said that “there are more reasons than ever to be positive about maritime heritage.” Richard McCormick cites the 200-year-celebration of “Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s proud…
The UCD senior eight, the Irish Univeristies champions 2017
Rowing
#Rowing: The UCD Boat Club centenary dinner was a huge and successful occasion, with 425 attendees. Tom Sullivan (81) was the keynote speaker and gave a summation of the history of the club: not just the good days, such as…
2017 Keelboat prizewinners at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Keelboat prizegiving in Crosshaven
Royal Cork YC
Last night's Royal Cork Yacht Club keelboat prizegiving celebrated a buoyant sason in Cork Harbour for the annual leages and Trophy races writes Bob Bateman. Peter Deasy skipper of Bad Company (Deasy Ivers Desmond) was the winner of the Stack…
The trawler Christian M was detained in Castletownbere last week after marine inspectors found a number of outstanding issues
Fishing
#Fishing - A UK-registered fishing boat detained in West Cork last week had to be fumigated twice to remove an infestation of cockroaches. And according to the Irish Examiner, the Indonesian crew of the trawler Christian M have now walked…
Skerries RNLI position the razor boat alongside Loughshinny Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted a 12-metre razor fishing vessel that developed steering problems near Loughshinny last night (Friday 17 November). Shortly before 9pm, one of the volunteer crew raised the alarm after receiving a phone call from a fisherman…
At the Maritime Ball held in Arklow are Michele Roche; Paul Roche President of the Irish Institute of Irish Mariners; Andrew Sheen President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping and Ayshea Sheen.
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeBall - From around the country over 160 people were treated to some top class hospitality as the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping held the Marine Ball in the Arklow Bay Hotel, writes The…
Irish Weather Buoy Network Features On RTE’s ‘Weather Live’ Tonight
Weather
#Weather - The work of the Marine Institute's Irish Weather Buoy Network will feature on RTE One's Weather Live this evening (Friday 17 November). The TV programme has filmed the redeployment of the M5 weather buoy, which broke free during…

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