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The public face of Fintan Cairns – at the helm (left) of the ICRA Support RIB with Barry Rose and Mike Broughton during the Anthony O’Leary-led 2014 re-taking of the Commodore’s Cup
W M Nixon
He was in the key role of Commodore when Dublin Bay Sailing Club was successful in implementing the changeover from pier to Committee Boat starts which involved the complete re-structuring of its course programme in the Bay, and many other…
The main terminal at the Port of Waterford is located in Belview, downriver of the south-eastern city.  Afloat adds that the terminal was recently called to by the brand new short-sea trader Arklow Cliff which today is docked in Drogheda Port. A sister Arklow Cape completed last year is due to call to Cork today while currently in Dublin is Arklow Clan, another C class completed this year that made a maiden 'offshore' call off Arklow last Friday. See related Ports & Shipping coverage posted on Monday.
Ports & Shipping
#CounterPorts - It is the belief of management at the Ports of Waterford and Rosslare Europort that they can become ‘valuable counterpoints’ to reduce congestion in the Dublin area while also supporting a ‘robust and pragmatic’ response to Brexit. The…
Tom Dolan is congratulated in Martinique. Scroll down for video
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s lone sailor Tom Dolan has been celebrating his fifth place with friends and fellow contenders in Martinique at the conclusion of the Transoceanic 2,750-mile Leg 2 of the Mini-Transat 2017 writes W M Nixon. After an improving performance which…
Construction of an embarkation pontoon is underway in Youghal, County Cork
Irish Marinas
An 'Embarkation Pontoon' at Youghal Co. Cork is underway allowing boating visitors to get on and off their boats without having to resort to dinghies. According to the local 'Build a Marina in Youghal' Facebook page, pile driving will be…
DBSC fleets sail in four separate race areas, served by two state–of–the art committee boats including Freebird above pictured here on duty at the DBSC Turkey Shoot series
DBSC
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Chris Moore, reviews the 2017 sailing season on the capital's waters that will be celebrated tonight (Friday, 17th November) at the annual DBSC prizegiving at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A full…
Top five for Tom Dolan in the Mini Transat. It took 15 days, 1 hour, 49 minutes, 10 seconds and an average speed of 8,13 knots for the County Meath sailor to make the crossing
Solo Sailing
In a final twist to the Mini-Transat 2017 saga this afternoon at Le Marin in Martinique, Ireland’s Tom Dolan came within 21 minutes of grabbing a podium place writes W M Nixon. After Erwan Le Draoulec’s clear win this morning,…
Wild Salmon & Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and Conservation Measures For 2018 Season
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, gives statutory notice of his intention to make the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 to provide for the management…
The Royal Canal at Ballinacarigy Harbour
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland wishes confirms that no further boat movements will be organised into or out from Dublin east of Lock 12 on the Grand and Royal Canals until the 2018 season. The Grand Canal will shortly be closed…
Killybegs Harbour
Fishing
#MarineNotice - The Marine Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is undertaking dredging works at Smooth Point in Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre from this month till March 2018. Plant on site shall include the backhoe…
Racing south on board AkzoNobel yesterday afternoon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The first big gamble for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet since crossing the Equator was playing out today (Thursday 16 November) as Team AkzoNobel lined up to ‘cut the corner’ in a bid to overhaul the leading quartet…
Erwan le Draoulec (20) has this morning won the Production Class in the Mini-Transat 2017
Solo Sailing
With Production Class winner Erwan Le Draoulec finished early this morning in the Mini-Transat 2017 with a very clear lead, Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan’s many supporters at home and abroad maintain a slim hope that he might yet scrape…
Hugo Boss at Tower Bridge, London
Vendee Globe
British sailing team, Alex Thomson Racing, that visited Irish shores this Summer today announced that their long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership with the team for a further four years, in a deal that will take them through…
The annual National Commemoration Seafarer's Service at City Quay, Dublin to be held this Sunday, 19 November from 12 noon. The ceremony takes place at the Seafarers Memorial that is dedicated to honour seamen lost while serving on Irish merchant ships 1939-1945 in WW2.
Ports & Shipping
#SeafarersMemorial – The annual National Commemoration Service for Irish Seafarers in Dublin is to held this Sunday, 19th November. The annual service hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland will involve a wreath-laying ceremony at 12.00 noon on City Quay…
New Zealand boat builder Matthew Mason has developed a clip-on bow and a new rig for the Optimist dinghy which can be handled by two lighter kids or one heavier kid
Optimist
A development of the single-handed Optimist dinghy has appeared in New Zealand that converts the boat into a two-handed, planing junior dinghy with a bow! When his young son asked why Optimists didn’t have a pointy bow like other boats, Matthew…
Brittany Ferries 2017 seasonal Cork-Roscoff route had a 4% increase in passengers compared to the previous year. Above: Cruiseferry Pont-Aven Afloat adds has 'scrubber' funnel technology to reduce sulphur emissions, is seen in Spanish waters where the 40,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry is currently operating Santander-Portsmouth sailings. The cruiseferry will resume Ireland-France sailings in late March, 2018.
Ferry
#ferrynews - Cruiseferry Pont-Aven has made its final Ireland-France voyage of the year, marking the end of the Brittany Ferries 2017 sailing season. Building on the success of 2016 when numbers were up by 3%, 2017 showed a further 4%…
Seamus-O'Brien (second from left) making the currach with the local workforce in Haiti
Historic Boats
This month a collaboration between Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA, Cork’s Community Boatyard, Meitheal Mara, and Naomhóga Chorcaí saw two flat pack currachs making their way to Haiti. The mainstay of the Haitian economy was agriculture and fishing which were wiped…
Tommy Furey of INFOMAR shows the Kenyan delegation around the Marine Institute during their visit in February 2016
News Update
#BlueGrowth - Ireland and Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards co-operation of both country’s marine sectors. The agreement was signed as part of the visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, to Kenya and…
The UCD Junior Eight, 1947,  the champions of  Ireland, with Michael Cleary third from left. Junior was an adult grade.
Rowing
#Rowing: UCD Boat Club celebrates 100 years in existence with a special dinner and awards ceremony this Friday, November 17th. Over 400 people from all around the world will attend the event at the O’Reilly Hall on the UCD Campus.…
A fish-eye view on board Turn The Tide on Plastic sailing down the coast of Brazil yesterday
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The seven international teams in the Volvo Ocean Race all now have less than 3,200 nautical miles left in the 7,000-mile second stage from Lisbon to Cape Town. The south-easterly trade winds that blow south of the Equator…
Dominic Casey and Denise Walsh at the Poznan World Cup this year.
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland coach Dominic Casey has been chosen as one of the finalists for the Coach of the Year at the World Rowing Awards for the second successive year. Casey coaches the Ireland lightweights, who had an extraordinary 2017.  The…

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