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Planet Jupiter Mistaken for Distress Flare
A extensive rescue search in northeast England was called off on Monday when it was found that the planet Jupiter had been mistaken for a distress flare. BBC News reports that Tymemouth RNLI lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter…
Bethany Hamilton: 'I Would Have Been Lost Without Surfing'
Last Saturday's Irish Times features an interview with Hawaiian surfing champion Bethany Hamilton who was in Bundoran for Eurosurf 2011 - where the film of her incredible true life experiences, Soul Surfer, had its gala premiere. As previously…
Lost Irish Fishermen Found Safe and Sound Off Minehead
FOUR Irish fishermen reported missing on Sunday have been found in good spirits off the coast of Minehead in Somerset. This Is The West Country reports that the four men had left Helvick harbour in Co Waterford early on Sunday…
Cruising Body Launch new Northern France and Channel Islands Section
The Cruising Association, Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors, is to launch a new specialist section for those who cruise Northern France and the Channel Islands. The new section will be launched at the association's headquarters, CA House, in London's…
Stena 'Superfast' Ferries to Get the Nordic Spa Treatment
As previously reported on, Stena Line's two new 'Superfast' ferries which will be introduced next month on Belfast-Cairnryan route will incorporate Nordic spa's, offering passengers a unique experience on the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 203m pair of sister-ships,…
Offshore in the Caribbean as a Round Ireland Warm Up?
Is there any way you could get away with saying that a sailing race in the Carribbean this winter is essential training for next June's Round Ireland Race? As unlikely a story as it may sound the warm water series…
P&O Close Seasonally Operated Fast-Ferry Services
P&O Ferries seasonally-only operated fast-ferry sailings between Larne-Cairnryan and also to Troon closed yesterday, leaving only two fast-ferries running Irish Sea cross-channel routes this winter, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fast-ferry Express (1998/5,902grt) which was first introduced on P&O Ferries North…
Donegal-Derry Ferry Route Closes
At the weekend, the Greencastle-Magilligan ferry Foyle Venture (1978/324grt) made her last sailing, marking the end of a service that started on Lough Foyle in 2002, writes Jehan Ashmore. The closure has led to 12 full-time staff and six-part staff…
Indian Ocean Pirates Ready to Attack
In the last few days the number of pirate attacks of the coast of Somalia has increased highlighting the fact that now the monsoon is weakening, the pirates are once again ready to attack merchant ships transiting through the Indian…
€40m Clean Up of Cork Harbour Toxi Dump Ordered
Sean Kelly MEP has welcomed today's impending confirmation that the government will allocate €40 million to clean-up the Haulbowline toxic dump in Cork Harbour over the next two years. "This is going to come as an enormous relief to the…
O'Hanlon Firm Wins Tender to Operate Dundalk Port
Dublin Port Company has today announced that, following a public tender process, the contract to operate Dundalk Port has been awarded to O'Hanlon & Sons Contractors Ltd. The tender follows the decision by the Minister for Transport, Mr. Leo Varadkar…
Vodafone Enables live broadcasting of Opti Worlds NZ racing
The latest major sponsor to confirm its involvement with the Optimist sailing Worlds in New Zealand is Vodafone and the result promises to be a major leap forward for spectatorship of dinghy racing. Tralee's Sophie Browne will compete for Ireland…
Salmon Return to the Tolka After More Than a Century
Dublin has yet another thing to celebrate with the news that wild Atlantic salmon have returned to what was long regarded as the dirtiest of the capital's inland waterways. The Irish Independent reports that the fish have been spotted…
Dublin Port: As You’ve Never Seen It Before
Those taking Sea Safari's Dublin Port & River Liffey tours will be able to see the inner workings of Ireland's largest port and from a totally different perspective, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 45-minute tour sets out from beside the M.V.…
McCleery and Dougan Win Western Championships at Larne
The Flying Fifteen Western Championships took place in the Larne at the weekend and were hosted by East Antrim Boat and Yacht Club. 22 crews descended on the town in what was the last event of the season. Andy McCleery…
Tourist Saved By Light of Mobile Phone
A tourist was rescued from some of Ireland's tallest sea cliffs in Co Donegal yesterday when a coastguard team spotted the light from her mobile phone. The Irish Independent reports that the 24-year-old German woman had gone missing in…
Portugal Takes Top Honours at Eurosurf 2011
Team Portugal were crowned European Surfing Champions at the final day of Eurosurf 2011 in Bundoran yesterday. It's the first time the Portuguese have held the title since 1997, which is also when the event was last hosted in…
Squib Racing Keelboat is for sale
A 1978 Squib called Pegasus that has a new mast, new running rigging and new standing rigging is for sale on the Afloat Boats for Sale site at €4,950. The Squib is an active racing class in Ireland and this…
Rolling Fog Greets Competitors for First Race of Royal Cork Autumn League
Day One of the Autumn Sailing Regatta commenced at 8.30 am yesterday when Royal Cork Yacht Club was jam packed and rocking with the excitement of the Ireland vs Italy rugby match writes Claire Bateman. (SCROLL DOWN FOR GALLERY) After…
Level on Points, Irish Melges Campaign is Pipped on the Line
Prof O'Connell Reports from the Final Day of the Melges US Nationals Level on points, tied for first place, we headed into the final race of the US Nationals on Conor Clarke's "Embarr" knowing that we had to beat the…

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