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ICRA - Commodore Barry Rose Wraps Up Another Cruiser Nationals
The ICRA Nationals were a great success in Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend building on the integrity of the previous events writes ICRA Chief Barry Rose. The conditions were sparkling with two tough days sailing followed by a peach…
Schoolkids Urge Stormont to Save NI's Coastline
Hundreds of schoolchildren protested at Stormont last week to call for new laws to protect Northern Ireland's coastal waters, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The group handed a petition with 4,000 signatures to Environment Minister Alex Attwood urging the introduction of…
Rower Calls a Halt to Atlantic Crossing
An Irish rower last week cut short his attempt to cross the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland. Sean Moriarty told CBC News that he called for a rescue after two days at sea when his boat was flipped repeatedly in…
Five Escape When Yacht Hits Rocks Off Galway
Five sailors had a lucky escape when their yacht hit rocks off the coast of Galway in the early hours of Saturday morning, the Irish Examiner reports. http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/five-sailors-escape-as-yacht-hits-rocks-off-galway-coast-509486.html The crew of five, who had been taking part in the annual…
Drizzle and Grey Skies in Sligo
Early signs from Sligo this morning indicate it may be another non-sailing day at the Fireball World Championships. Currently there's no wind on Sligo Bay and a heavy drizzle. The forecast only 3knots from the north-west. It's frustrating for the…
Rheinisch Back in the Paddle
Olympic kayaker Eoin Rheinisch was back in action in Spain recently after an operation last year. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/canoeing/ The Irish Times reports that Rheinisch, who had surgery on his left shoulder last November, placed 34th in the canoe slalom European Championships…
Seal Sanctuary Pulls Out of Courtown
The Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) is leaving Courtown after being unable to reach agreement on the lease for its premises. Founder and co-director Brendan Price told The Irish Times last Monday that the group had been "locked out" of its…
More Whales Spotted in Irish Waters
Killer whales and a humpback whale have been spotted off the coast of Northern Ireland in recent weeks, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). Irish Weather Online quotes the IWDG's Pádraig Whooley, who said three killer whales…
Parts of Greystones Harbour to Reopen to the Public
Parts of the paused development of Greystones harbour are to be opened to the public, it has emerged. According to The Irish Times, developers behind the €300 million plan are delivering a newsletter to residents in the Wicklow town listing…
Quay to Unlock Old Memories
The magnificent Tall Ships are not the only rare boats visiting Waterford next week. Coming to salute their past partners in maritime commerce is the fleet of the Heritage Boat Association. Among their number are Grand Canal Company barges 68M…
No Wind Forces Race Abandonment in Sligo
Day 2 of the Fireball Worlds dawned sunny! However, the discussions of Sunday evening and this morning were of the forecast for the next few days writes Cormac Bradley. XCW was predicting 5 – 8 knots ESE, in stark contrast…
Aghada Pier Restoraton is Example for All Maritime Communities
'Once you have buy-in from the local community you are more than half-way along the way' was the summing up of one of the key themes of the Cork Harbour Summer School by Capt. Pat Farnan, Harbour Master and Deputy…
Safety Advice for those visiting The Tall Ships Races in Waterford,
The Chairman of Irish Water Safety has issued advice to all those visiting the Tall Ships visiting Waterford. This event is anticipated to attract large crowds of sightseers and a large flotilla of smaller vessels on each day to the…
Yachtsman Dies in English Channel Race, Five Safe after Hitting Rocks off Galway
Bad weather is being blamed for two separate offshore sailing accidents at the weekend, one of which led to the death of a yachtsman. A 46-year-old London man died after falling from a yacht competing in a race from Cowes…
Arklow's Asian Newbuilds
Arklow Shipping (ASL) has turned to the Sekwang Shipbuilding, South Korea for three general cargoships according to www.tradewinds.no An order has been placed for three 14,200-dwt general cargoships at the yard for delivery from late 2012 to early 2013. The…
Watch Out for Dolphins in Dublin Bay!
Racers in Dalkey and Killiney Bay have been enjoying the sight of three bottlenose dolphins who have taken up residence in the area. The trio has attracted much attention in recent weeks due to their playful antics, but the Dublin…
Decision on UK Coastguard Cuts Next Month
The final decision on plans to streamline the UK's network of coastguard centres will be taken next month, the News Letter reports. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 24-hour station at Bangor - which covers Nothern Ireland's coastline -…
Report Into Loss of Janireh Crewman Now Online
The full report of the investiation into the loss of a crewman from the fishing vessel Janireh earlier this year is now availble online. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/ Egyptian national Nadi Sehsaah died after falling overboard from the trawler some 20 nautical miles…
New Lifestyle Home/Business On the Market in Wales
Those looking for a change of pace might be interested in a new lifestyle home and business that has just come on the market in south west Wales. Rudders is a well established and profitable working boatyard offering services to…
Hard-Working Vessels Keep Lights Switched-On
Sailing was not the only activity that took place in Dublin Bay last Saturday as the Northern Lighthouse Board's (NLB) multi-function tender NLV Pharos was busy at work, writes Jehan Ashmore. The NLB is the Scottish equivalent of the Commissioners…
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