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Is Irish Sailing Too Focused on the Olympics?
#olympicsailing – Last week, just as Ger Owens announced his intention to campaign a 470 for a possible third Olympic regatta the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) made a written proposal to get rid of that dinghy from the Olympic line…
New Tall Ship Sailing Body Seeks Part-Time Manager
Sail Training Ireland, the new body established by Cosite an Asgard and the Irish Sailing Association is looking to appoint a part-time manager to help with the development of a business plan for the new sailing organisation that will be…
Navigable Channel in Shannon Harbour Now Open
Inland waterways Marine Notice No. 27 of 2011 Waterways Ireland advises masters and users that the navigable channel in Shannon Harbour on the Grand Canal is now open. The new house boat facility remains closed to the public as construction…
Coveney Welcomes Refloating of Ship at Rossaveal
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today welcomed the successful refloating of the Pantanal in Galway Bay this morning. Minister Coveney paid tribute to all those involved in what he described as "a very successful…
Bursaries Announced as Tall Ship Sailing Creates a Buzz
There's a real sailing buzz around Tall Ships these days, even though Ireland does not currently have one to sail. There's less than 100 days to the Tall Ships visit to Waterford, last weekend saw a ground breaking Tall Ships…
Howth Yacht Club Lays Out 2011 Sailing Programme
A European Sailing Championship, four national championships, four regional championships and a dozen local regattas/events are the central features of a hectic year afloat being organised by Howth Yacht Club in 2011 which will bring thousands of sailors and their…
Cheeky Chinese Challenge?
After their foray into the world of international sailing by joining with the Irish in the Green Dragon project for the last Volvo Ocean Race, China has announced it is going to attempt to win the historic America's Cup when…
Marine Education Programme Makes a Splash
The wonders of Ireland's marine life came to the LifeTime Lab in Cork on Monday with the launch of a fortnight of school visits in tandem with the Explorers marine education programme for primary schools. The programme aims to empower…
New Database Reveals Deaths in UK Waters
The first report from a new incident database shows that more than 400 people died from accidents or by natural causes in water across Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2009. The WAID (Water Incident Database) was developed by the…
Coveney in Ros an Mhil to Support Effort to Refloat Grounded Ship
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, is today travelling to Ros an Mhíl to see for himself the operation underway to attempt to refloat the large merchant vessel which ran aground in the harbour early…
Round Ireland Yacht Race 2010 Review - Nav Lights, Camera, Action
A win is a win, there and then. But when sail boat racing is first-past-the-post, there's only one plotline to follow, whereas the likes of the Round Ireland Yacht Race never fails to produce sub-plot after sub-plot, races within races.…
Brittany Ferries Roscoff Route to Re-open
Brittany Ferries seasonal service between Cork (Ringaskiddy) and Roscoff starts this Saturday, writes Jehan Ashmore. As usual the £100m 'flagship' Pont-Aven re-opens the 11-hour route with the first inbound sailing from the Breton port arriving at Ringaskiddy ferry terminal at…
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival Heads for Howth
This weekend sees the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival (1-3 April) take place at Howth Harbour and throughout the peninsula, writes Jehan Ashmore. Throughout the three-day festival which starts this Friday, a wide ranging programme of events and activities will be…
Heavy Cargo-Liftship Runs Aground at Rossaveal
A 7,837 tonnes heavy cargo-liftship Pantanal which was to collect two former Aran Island fast ferries, ran aground this morning in rough seas off Rossaveal, according to RTE.ie The Danish-owned vessel got into difficulties around 06.00 when it ran aground…
Howth Yacht Club Launches 2011 Sailing Programme
Howth Yacht Club will launch its programme of open sailing events for 2011 at the club house tomorrow evening. In addition to running club sailing throughout the year, and both junior and adult sailing courses to get more involved in…
Renewable Energy Firms Plan Tidal Array in Wales
Two renewable energy companies have applied for planning permission to install a tidal turbine array off the Welsh coast. Energy Efficiency News reports that the 10MW array commissioned by RWE npower renewables would consist of seven SeaGen turbines from UK-based…
Reporting Inadequate Facilities for Handing Ship-Generated Waste
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice lays out the format for reporting inadequate harbour facilities for handling ship-generated waste. Shipping companies depend on good standards at receiving ports and harbours in order to comply with the relevant EU directive.…
Prince Albert II of Monaco to Visit Marine Institute
Prince Albert II of Monaco is to make a state visit to Ireland next week which is to include a tour of the Marine Institute in Co. Galway, according to Department of Foreign Affairs, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The three-day visit…
Stena to Re-Introduce HSS this Week
Stena Line's HSS fast-ferry the Stena Explorer will be re-introduced on its Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route this Friday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The HSS (High Speed Service) operated 19,638 tonnes craft will run between 1 April to 13 September to…
Irish Cruising Club Present Fastnet Award to Killian Bushe
Killian Bushe of Cork must be one of the best sailors to come out of Ireland. But unfortunately his opportunities to enjoy the sport at which he excels are severely limited by one inescapable fact. He is probably the best…

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