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Afloat.ie: Stena reduce Dún Laoghaire ferry service
Irish Times Marine Correspondent Lorna Siggins reports this morning Stena Line has reaffirmed its commitment to Dún Laoghaire after recent speculation that it might quit the harbour. However, the large fast ferry, HSS Stena Explorer, will run daily only during…
Afloat.ie: Seaplane plan meets 'fierce opposition'
The promoter of plans to commence a scheduled commercial seaplane service for tourists in the west of Ireland said yesterday he “is taken aback by the ferocity of opposition” against locating in Lough Derg writes Gordon Deegan in the Irish…
Afloat.ie: Scientists and Fishermen Join Forces on Fisheries Science
A study to record the wealth of knowledge possessed by fishermen for the better management of fish stocks is underway on the prawn grounds around the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. The study, which is led by Dr Brendan Flynn…
Afloat.ie: Who Will Be Sailor of the Year 2009?
As in previous years, Afloat magazine is asking the public to decide who should be crowned Ireland’s Sailor of the Year for 2009. The overall national award will be presented to the person who, in the judge’s opinion, achieved the…
Afloat.ie: McGowan Heads Out Across the Atlantic
Seán McGowan of Shannon Rowing Club in Limerick took to the water off the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon in his boat, Tess, intent on rowing across the Atlantic in the much-postponed Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race reports Liam Gorman in the…
Afloat.ie: Plans to Open Spike Island by Summer
Spike Island in Cork Harbour will be open by the summer as the first step towards developing the former prison island as a major tourist attraction, according to Cork county manager Martin Riordan. Barry Roche has the full story here…
Afloat.ie: How Jellyfish Can Sting Coastal Economies
The serious impact of jellyfish swarms on coastal economies was described by Dr Tom Doyle of the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre at University College at a recent Beaufort Marine Socio-Economic Workshop at the Marine Institute. Once considered unimportant as…
Afloat.ie: A Job on the Ocean Wave?
Ocean Youth Trust Ireland, the organisation dedicated to giving young people a chance to go sailing, has three job opportunities available for the roles of Senior Instructor, First Mate and Community Relations Worker. Click read more to download the details.…
Afloat.ie: Double Victory for Beneteau
Irish Beneteau dealer BJ Marine is not resting on its laurels following a double victory for the French Cruiser/Racer in Australia's Sydney-Hobart Race. Two brand new FIRST 40s, Two True and Wicked took the two first places overall under IRC…
Afloat.ie: Sydney-Hobart Beneteau 40 Sistership Goes On Sale
BJ Marine have added a Beneteau 40 to the Afloat Boats for Sale site this afternoon. It's a sistership to Andy Saies' Two True, one of the first new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 stock production racer/cruisers that won the 2009…
Afloat.ie: French Vessel Towed to Ballycotton
After establishing a towline, Ballycotton lifeboat took a French fishing vessel with five people onboard back to Ballycotton harbour this lunch time. The tow speed was reduced as the wind in the area was fresh, blowing NNE Force 6. The…
Afloat.ie: Ballycotton update–Vessel in Tow
Ballycotton's RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 08:30 and arrived at the casualty at 09:40. A towline was established and the fishing vessel, with five persons aboard, was taken under tow.  The tow speed was reduced as the wind in…
Afloat.ie: Flying Fifteens on Tour
As one of the most popular one-design small keelboats in the world, the Flying Fifteen is proving to be very popular at many clubs throughout Scotland. The class there are trying to encourage boats here to head north. With the…
Afloat.ie: Ballycotton Lifeboat Launches for French Vessel
Ballycotton lifeboat crew pagers activated this morning at 08:10 am requesting them to go to the assistance of a 20 metre French fishing vessel in difficulties, 20 miles east of Ballycotton. The RNLI lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 08:30 am…
Britain’s most successful Olympic Sailor Ben Ainslie will be present on Saturday 9th January at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show located at Excel to sign copies his Autobiography "Close to the Wind". Knife-edge decisions, adrenalin rushes, extreme weather,…
Afloat.ie: McMahon Out in Front in Howth Yacht Club
Laser ace Paul McMahon was top of Howth Yacht Club's Winter league in near perfect-but chilly-conditions earlier today. Results over the fold: HOWTH YACHT CLUB.  LASER FROSTBITE SPRING (RACE) 03/01/2010   LASER STANDARD:  1, Paul McMahon;  2, Alan Carr;  3, Alistair…
Afloat.ie: OBE Award for IWAI immediate past President Brian Cassells
Mr Brian Cassells, has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List. Brian was recommended for this award for services to the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, an all-Ireland voluntary association. Brian has for years represented the aims…
Cork Entry Keen to Improve on  Sixth
Spirit of Australia was first across the start line to the delight of the home crowd as Race 5 of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race got underway. Hundreds of supporters lined the breakwater in Geraldton, Western Australia,…
Afloat.ie: Glenans Raises Euro 80,000
Glenans Irish Sailing Club has raised in excess of Euro 80,000 from members and supporters.  The fundraising, undertaken to help secure the clubs future, allows Glenans to upgrade its fleet and continue to offer high quality RYA and ISA approved…
Afloat.ie: John Killeen is December's Sailor of the Month
John Killeen of Galway is the final 2009 Irish Independent/Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” in celebration of the major role he played in providing Ireland’s sailing highlight of the year – the hugely successful stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race…

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