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Good morning to the weekend and also for the May Bank Holiday's 'Great Lighthouse, Great Fun' photographic competition to capture the best of summer fun at one of their great lighthouses.
#Lighthouses - To kick off summer, Great Lighthouses of Ireland invite you to the 'Shine a Light on Summer' Festival this May Bank Holiday weekend and to take part in a 'Great Lighthouse, Great Fun' photographic competition to capture the…
Stena Europe which operates the Rosslare route is seen docked in the Port of Fishguard
#FerryNews - The south Wales port of Fishguard's ferry terminal could close for up to three months according to the operator, Stena Line. The temporary closure reports BBC News, would allow for the replacement of the mechanised bridge that links…
Trinity's senior eight in action at Trinity Regatta today
#Rowing: Trinity won the men’s senior eights’ title at Trinity Regatta with a convincing display this morning. Commercial disputed the lead in the early stages of the race, but Trinity moved clear and won by one and one-third lengths. Conditions…
'Ireland’s Deep Atlantic' the first of a new series begins tomorrow, Sunday, 22nd April at 9.30pm on RTÉ One
#MarineWildlife - Ireland's Deep Atlantic is a new documentary series that airs on RTÉ One this weekend. Ireland’s Deep Atlantic sees underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan embark on a series of voyages out into the open North Atlantic in search of…
 Port workers looking on to the MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship owned by CLdN, christened at Dublin Port
MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship, was christened yesterday in a ceremony at Dublin Port with guest of honour, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Godmother to the new ship, Geraldine O’Reilly, and the port’s chaplains. The formal…
Conor Fogerty breezing along in the latter stage of the OSTAR as though he hasn’t a care in the world. He’s finally getting into warmer water, the old shorts are out, he’s in his bare feet, and Bam! is going like a train with her familiar twin-tail wake zooming back to the horizon.
For most participants, sailing is a team effort – we sail as part of a crew in a reasonably sociable mutually-supportive environment. Yet increasingly the best-known sailors are those who compete solo. While we’re naturally interested in the great sailing…
MAPFRE Win In Itajaí To Extend VOR In-Port Series Lead
#VOR - Spanish Volvo Ocean Race team MAPFRE won the Itajaí In-Port Race on Friday in Brazil earlier today (Friday 20 April), after battling with Team AkzoNobel for the lead on the first of three laps of the race course.…
Conall Morrison from Derry-Londonderry
HotelPlanner.com Skipper Conall Morrison from Derry-Londonderry has edged out fellow Clipper Round the World Yacht Race competitor PSP Logistics for fourth place in the 5,600 nautical marathon across the North Pacific Ocean. Some 28 days after setting off from Qingdao…
Practice racing during the Itajaí stopover yesterday, Thursday 19 April
#VOR - Six Volvo Ocean Race teams will be on the start line later today (Friday 20 April) for the Itajaí In-Port Race in Brazil, with Vestas 11th Hour Racing joining the fleet following its dismasting and subsequent repair and…
At low water there is now evidence of subsidence and the breakup of the face of the apron at the West Pier but with €4m already allocated for this pier, this leaves €26.5m for other repairs. But how much is actually necessary?
The €33.5million figure for "Taking in Charge" of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the transfer to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is a broad brush number and needs to be examined writes Dun Laoghaire sailor Hal Sisk.  During the recent DLR Council debate…
The sheer size of MV Celine is demonstrated in this starboard side elevation view of the giant ro-ro ship docking in Dublin Port (in January) where the 74,000grt newbuild is to be christened in a naming ceremony tomorrow, 20 April.
#DublinPort - A big day awaits Dublin Port and major customer, CLdN ro ro SA as their newbuild MV Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro ship arrived in the port today in advance of tomorrow's christening ceremony, writes Jehan Ashmore. …
Laser sailor Finn Lynch will be hoping for another gold fleet finish in Hyeres, France next Week
The prospect of the ever–looming Olympic qualifier this August in Aarhus will weigh heavy on the minds of Ireland’s Olympic sailors  Finn Lynch and Ryan Seaton who compete in the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres next week. Lynch in the Laser,…
Port Relocation? Operating the Firth of Clyde service is Calmac who 'want' to relocate to Troon during upgrade works at Ardrossan (above) where passengers board Caledonian Isles, the routine Arran ferry.
#FerryNews - Scottish ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) wants the Ardrossan to Brodick,Arran service to relocate to Troon during harbour upgrades, the Herald can exclusively reveal. But stakeholders on the Ardrossan Harbour Taskforce are keen to see the ferry stay…
National Yacht Club Meeting For New Members Next Friday
#NYC - The National Yacht Cub will host a meeting for new and prospective members next Friday 27 April from 8pm in the main dining room. The evening will be an opportunity to learn about the club’s various activities, meet…
The RV Celtic Explorer will begin a three-week survey in the Celtic Sea this Sunday 22 April
#MarineNotice - Hydrographic and geophysical surveys will be undertaken in the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean under the INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resources) programme until October 2018. Geological Survey Ireland vessels the RV Keary…
The Transat AG2R La Mondiale will see Dolan (left) race 3,800 miles from Concarneau in Brittany, France, to St Barts in the West Indies alongside teammate and former Mini 6.50 rival Tanguy Bouroullec.
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan is to face the might of the Atlantic for the second time in less than six months as he takes to the start line of the Transat AG2R La Mondiale.  Dolan, 30, will face his…
The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
On Wednesday morning, 18 April the Cape Clear Ferry, Dún Aengus was berthed at her overnight station inside the recently installed Storm Gates, designed to protect the inner harbour. Unfortunately, during the opening of the gate, operated hydraulically one of the stainless steel pipes burst leading to a loss of oil pressure and the gates remained closed, thus trapping the ferry inside, according to the ferry company
The storm gates on Cape Clear Island in West Cork have malfunctioned and the island ferry has been stranded inside the harbour. "We are undergoing a bit of a crisis at the moment as a result," according to the islanders…
Flying Fifteen duo Ian Matthews and Keith Poole (left) competing on Dublin Bay
Sailors at the Dublin Bay Flying Fifteen pre–season reception at the National Yacht Club this evening will be briefed of the 2018 season on the Bay but will also hear news of the qualification rules for the world championships on…
According to New Economics Foundation (NEF), Ireland is one of the worst EU states regarding overfishing in the Atlantic
#Fishing - Calls from over 175,000 EU citizens to demand an end to overfishing and protection of European waters took place as EU environment ministers gathered in Bulgaria last week. As the Green News reports, Environmental NGOs, Our Fish, Seas…

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