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Ireland Sees Largest Aggregation of Killer Whales
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has announced the largest aggregation of killer whales to date in Irish waters. As many as a dozen killer whales, or orca, were spotted close to an Irish Naval Service vessel on patrol…
Coast Guard Gets Air Ambulance Status
Helicopter crews with the Irish Coast Guard have been awarded full air ambulance status more than a year ahead of schedule, The Irish Times reports. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0207/1224289182601.html Under the upgrade, there will be at least one trained paramedic on board any…
Significant EU Fishing Reforms On The Way
Fishing boats will have to land their entire catch - whether or not the fish are in a saleable condition - according to new European Union proposals. The Guardian reports that EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki has pledged to bring…
Stena Purchase Former Irish Sea Ferry
The Dublin Seaways, one of the two ro-pax sisters that served DFDS Seaways Dublin-Birkenhead route, which closed down last month, has been sold to Stena Line, writes Jehan Ashmore. DFDS Seaways sold the 21,856grt vessel to Stena North Sea Line…
Trade Levels Continue to Grow for Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company today published trade statistics for 2010 which showed an increase in the port's volumes of 6.1% in 2010. Total throughput for the year was 28.1m tonnes which is less than 10% down from the port's best ever…
Olympic Team in Action - Ingrid Abery Photos HERE!
Ireland's top performers from last week's Miami Olympic Classes Regatta are captured by photographer Ingrid Abery. Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in the Star keelboat are photographed in upwind pose along with fourth overall Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial.…
20 Metre Weir Boom Installed at Knockvicar
Waterways Ireland, as part of a planned inland waterways programme of improvement works, has installed a floating Weir Boom across the weir at Clarendon Lock, Knockvicar on the Shannon Navigation. Installing the 20m boom was initiated with assembly of the…
Cork Clipper Brings €5.6m in Economic Return to the Local Economy
Today (Monday 07 February 2011) the sponsors of the Cork Clipper Project, Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council & Cork County Council launched the report on the Economic and Media evaluation of Cork's participation in the Race and the hosting of…
Rib Run from Kinsale to Wales Scheduled for May 5th
The eighth annual Kinsale Rib Run in aid of the RNLI takes place between 5th and 8th May 2011 to Aberystwyth in Wales. The first general crew meeting will take place in the Trident Hotel on Wednesday 23rd March at…
NATO Issue Guidelines to Prevent Piracy
A new set of guidelines to prevent the threat of pirates attacking shipping transiting the Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and the Indian Ocean, has been launched recently on the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) website. The products tanker Ardmore Seafarer…
Lough Derg Lifeboat Assists Yacht
On Sunday morning February 6, at 11.20hrs, Lough Derg lifeboat Toshiba Wave Warrior towed a 26ft yacht to safety after it got into difficulty in strong winds. Whilst on exercise on Sunday morning February 6, the Lough Derg Lifeboat, with…
Destroyer's Last Visit to Liverpool
The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Manchester is on its last visit to Liverpool, prior to its decommissioning. The Type 42 destroyer is currently berthed at the Liverpool Landing Stage, where she will be open to the public tomorrow (Sunday) between…
Rowers Pass Halfway Point in Atlantic Record Attempt
The Sara G and her crew are less than 1,000 miles from Barbados in their attempt to break the world record for the fastest Alantic crossing by an ocean rowing boat. As previously reported by Afloat.ie, the six-man crew -…
Al and Cotty Take On Giant Wave
The surfing website MagicSeaweed has posted a beathtaking pictorial of boarders Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton taking on the incredible Finn MacCools wave at the Giant's Causeway. http://magicseaweed.com/Arise-Finn-MacCool-Content/3048/1/ "The funny thing is this wave has been breaking right under our…
Velux 5 Oceans: Windy Start to Ocean Sprint 3
The Velux 5 Oceans website has posted a video preview ahead of the third ocean sprint stage in the marathon round-the-world yacht race. http://www.velux5oceans.com/latest-news/#/latest-news/cape-horn-awaits-preview-to-ocean-sprint-3/1416 The third stage, which kicks off tomorrow, will take the four competing yachts across the Pacific…
Kearney is January Sailor of the Month
Ross Kearney of Belfast Lough is the first Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailor of the Month" for 2011 after excelling all other contenders with his overall victory in the International Mirror Dinghy World Championship in Australia. As we learned in 2001 when…
SOS Thank You from Sligo Bay RNLI
SOS day, the annual fundraising day for the RNLI saw two primary and one secondary school raise in excess of €1300 for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Summerhill College, Sligo first year CSPE students did a…
Light Start to DBSC Spring Chicken Series
The first Dublin Bay Sailing Club race of the Viking Marine Spring Chicken series got away to a nice start, although a bit light for most last Sunday. This weekend's race looks like there could be a little bit more…
Lifejackets and Many Kinds of Racing
Over the past few seasons the use of lifejackets by crews on racing yachts has increased. There was a time when jackets were bulky, awkward and difficult to use in racing situations. The arrival of lighter, collar-type jackets, with built-in,…
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