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3Di NORDAC is a breakthrough polyester sail built with North Sails unique and patented 3Di technology
North Sails Ireland
North Sails, the worldwide leader in sailmaking technology is pioneering a revolution in Dacron sailmaking. For thousands of years, sailcloth has been made by the ancient process of weaving fibers into a finished material. For over 60 years, Woven Polyester…
French winners at the SB20 Worlds
SB20
Time please Ladies and gentlemen. It’s a wrap. Get out. Never quite the latter, no matter how hard we tried, but the 2018 SB20 World Championship of Hobart in Tasmania are now confined to the annals of history writes Ted…
There's a shout out for series two of the DMYC Frostbites
Dublin Bay
DMYC organiers are studying a dip in entries for its annual Frostbite series. Numbers have dropped significantly from the typical 80 – 90 boats over recent years to 52 this year, 24 of which are Lasers. Despite best efforts to…
Sunset seen from the deck of GREAT Britain off the east coast of Australia
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - On Day 7 of Race 6: The Wondrous Whitsundays Race, the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint has turned into a marathon. Wind holes have halted the progress of the Clipper Race fleet as it battles against the strong East…
Simon Speirs was given a sea burial after the tragedy in the Southern Ocean last November
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a Safety Bulletin on the “use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts” following the tragic fatality of GREAT Britain crew member Simon Speirs on Leg 3 of the…
Laser sharp – Ewan McMahon from Howth Yacht Club competing in last year's Youth Pathway event at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Youth Sailing
After last year's successful Belfast Lough inaugural staging of the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships, the regatta stays on the east coast in 2018 with the Irish Sailing announcement today that the event will take place from 5th–8th of…
The start will be given in Barcelona on the 12th January 2019, at 13:00 (GMT+1).
Solo Sailing
With 365 days to go until the start of the fourth edition of the Barcelona World Race (12th January 2019), Barcelona’s round the world event has issued the official document containing details of the key rules of the regatta. This…
Small but harmful: Microbeads are tiny plastic balls, found in soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs. The Marine Institute CEO said 8 million tonnes of plastic is annually dumped into the oceans and warned if the trend continues, by 2050 it is estimated there will be more weight of plastic population in the ocean, than the entire population of fish.
Marine Science
#MarineScience- The Marine Institute's CEO says the key risk with microbeads is the potential to get into the food chain, eventually getting into products eaten by humans. According to RTÉ where Dr Peter Heffernan was speaking on 'Morning Ireland', the CEO…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat 'Gordon and Phil'
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - In the East Cork lifeboat station’s first callout of 2018, Youghal  RNLI was requested to launch at 1.02pm on Wednesday 10 January to reports of a fishing vessel that was taking on water. The lifeboat proceeded to the…
The bell of the liner S.S. Laurentic of the White Star Line, which sank in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal over a century ago will be on display in an exhibition held in the Guildhall, Derry starting today and running to 24 January.
Historic Boats
#HistoricBoats - The bell of S.S. Laurentic, one of the most significant artefacts in local maritime history, will make its return to the Derry this week, following purchase at auction by Derry City and Strabane District Council. The Bell, which…
The 2016 Sailor of the Year was Rio medalist Annalise Murphy
Sailor of the Month
With a readers poll already showing trends in the Sailor of the Year Award stakes, the ceremony itself is less than a month away.  The past year, in the view of Winkie Nixon, has produced some 'extra-special sailors', and over the…
Ferry operator raises concerns over the poor road network to and from Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan. The Scottish port handles approximately 45% of NI trade (through Belfast) with the rest of the UK.
Ferry
#Ferry - Across Northern Ireland businesses continue to be disadvantaged by poor road access to their key markets in the UK. Ferry operator Stena Line has raised concerns with local political and business stakeholders to increase the focus and necessity…
Winners of the Marina Awards included Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina that won the International Marina Award at the London Boat Show yesterday. From left: RCYC Admiral John Roche, RCYC Marina Manager Mark Ring, Simon Haigh, Chairman of The Yacht Harbour Association and RCYC's Gavin Deane
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina has won International Marina of the Year 2018 at the London Boat Show. The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) announced the winners of their prestigious NMU Marina of the Year Awards on Thursday evening (11 January) at the…
Brian Boru prepares to enter Dublin Port and sail up the River Liffey
Tall Ships
Tony McLoughlin, owner and operator of the ketch Brian Ború, recounts an epic series of sail training voyages that took the “fantastic little ship” on a circumnavigation of Ireland last summer The sailing ship Brian Ború is a beautiful wooden-hulled,…
Achille Nebout and his young crew of Gabriel Skoczek, Pauline Mazzocchi and Bruno Mournac
SB20
Young French skipper Achille Nebout, sailing Le Reservoir/Mazet & Associase, brilliantly won the 2018 World championship for the SB20 one-design sports boat class on Hobart’s River Derwent. The top Irish performance was 13th from Michael O'Connor of the Royal St.…
The World Championship winning Melges 24 team that included Prof O'Connell.
North Sails Ireland
Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland will give a talk in the Royal Irish Yacht Club tomorrow night (Fri 12th Jan) on "The 'Embarr' Journey to winning the Melges 24 World Championship"  that recounts his 2016 victory with RIYC skipper…
Animal welfare groups raise concerns and have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase livestock exports in 2018. A ferry operator engaged in this trade on an Ireland-France route, Stena Line is due next month to refit a ferry. The IFA want to ensure a replacement ship is available for peak export weeks during February and March.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Animal welfare groups internationally have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase the live export of Irish livestock in 2018. As the Green News.ie writes, the comments come in response to calls from…
This presentation introduces the background to the building of the harbour before examining how the harbour was constructed and how works progressed to the completion of the piers more than a quarter of a century later.
Dublin Bay
A bicentenary review of the Construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour by author and historic building consultant Rob Goodbody will be held on the 1st February at the DMYC club house on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire.  'Even though it…
Belfast actor Sir Kenneth Branagh in the acclaimed 2017 film Dunkirk which is to shown on board HMS Caroline, a WW1 light battle-cruiser berthed as a major visitor attraction in Belfast Harbour.
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A pop-up film festival will form part of Belfast City celebrations to mark Sir Kenneth Branagh being made a freeman of the city on Tuesday January 30. The ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme of events reports The Irish News…
The Adventures of Rogue Trader with sailors Claire McCluskey and Nick Russel telling us about their journey to buying, restoring and registering a 56ft wooden ketch and then venture off sailing west in the ARC in the Autumn and returning the following year.
Cruising
The third Irish Sailing Cruising Conference 2018 returns to Dublin on 17 February 2018, at the Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown, just off the M50 in South County Dublin. The conference is a popular event on the sailing calendar for cruising…
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