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Harbour porpoise like this one in Denmark have been protected by a Special Area of Conservation across Dublin Bay since 2013
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - This weekend Dublin Port is deploying data buoys in Dublin Bay to monitor marine wildlife activity during the controversial dredging works at Alexandra Basin. According to The Irish Times, the four boys will provide live data on any…
Skerries RNLI’s volunteer crew members observe the fire on shore
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI launched on Thursday evening (14 September) after the Irish Coast Guard received a number of calls reporting a vessel on fire north of Balbriggan. The lifeboat was tasked with volunteer Conor Walsh at the helm and…
Pat Lake was involved in the building of the leather boat that recreated St Brendan’s legendary voyage in 1976
News Update

Pat Lake RIP

16th September 2017
The death has occurred unexpectedly in Cork of one of the most respected figures in boat building in Pat Lake, who led Castlepoint Boatyard in Crosshaven for many years before his retirement a decade ago. Pat had been a major…
Noel Butler (pictured here with Stephen Oram on the wire) leads at Lough Derg
Fireball
Three races at the Fireball National Championships have been completed at Lough Derg Yacht Club yesterday in a breeze that peaked at 15 knots and bottomed out at 6 knots from 330° for most of the day writes Cormac Bradley.…
Aguila on her way to victory in the 2017 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup
Royal Cork YC
Winds ranging from 5 knots to 27 knots provided a thorough test of competitors at this year's Coutts Quarter Ton Cup. Few teams were able to maintain consistent performance across such a wide range of conditions and for most it…
Cliffhanger….the Volvo 65s Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Vestas in a tacking duel at The Needles lighthouse during the first race of the new fleet, a sprint round the Isle of Wight in the middle of Cowes Week 2017. Annalise Murphy will contest the Volvo Ocean Race on Turn the Tide, and Damian Foxall and James O’Mahoney are with Team Vestas
W M Nixon
In the days when sailing was a seasonal sport, a few main pillar events dominated the international programme. The Sailing Olympics. The America’s Cup. The Fastnet Race. The Dragon Gold Cup. The Sydney-Hobart Race. The Whitbread Round the World Race.…
The new 40–berth Bantry Harbour Marina is among the facilities being marketed to potential visitors at the Southampton Boat Show over the next week
Aquatic Tourism
#Tourism - The Port of Cork, Bantry Bay Port Company and the Royal Cork Yacht Club are joining forces to promote marine leisure in Cork at the Southampton Boat Show. The three organisations are in attendance at Stand J047 from…
Monika Dukarska
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland will send a very big team to the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Thonon in France from October 13th to 15th.  Twenty-three crews from nine clubs will represent the country. The top contender for honours is Monika Dukarska…
Rare Sight Of Large Minke Whale Pod In Irish Sea ‘Feeding Frenzy’
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - An “extremely rare” pod of minke whales has been sighted in the Irish Sea off the Isle of Man this week. According to BBC News, the pod comprising as many as 20 minke whales was engaged in a…
Marine Notice: Spiddal Wave Energy Test Site Decommissioning Works
Power From the Sea
#MarineNotice - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises of the decommissioning of the wave energy test site in Galway Bay. The decommissioning of the Marine Institute's wave energy site will involve the removal…
Bj Marine's James Kirwan onboard the Oceanis 51.1 on show at Beneteau's stand at the Southampton Boat Show
Marine Trade
#TradeNews - Offshore yachting great Alex Thomson was on hand to unveil Beneteau’s new Oceanis 51.1 at the Southampton Boat Show this morning (Friday 15 September). The most eagerly awaited Oceanis launch in a decade, the 51.1 sets up a…
Making a maiden 'Irish' visit, newbuild Silver Muse at anchor off Dunmore East yesterday. The flagship of ultra-luxury operator Silversea Cruises is today visiting Cork Harbour
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Record operating profits at the Port of Waterford amounted to €964,000 for the first six months of this year, up substantially from the same period in 2016. Turnover at the company increased by 21% to €3.8m for the…
Adrian O'Neill, newly appointed Irish Ambassador to the UK launching the joint IMDO networking reception for colleagues and clients of LISW17
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Mr. Adrian O'Neill the recently appointed Ambassador of Ireland to the UK hosted a joint reception with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Wednesday during London International Shipping Week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The IMDO which is the…
The CH Marine Autumn League will offer video debriefs on trim and set up after racing each day at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club is running an ICRA training initiative at its forthcoming CH Marine Autumn Series commencing on October 1st. ICRA announced the availability of this grant at their annual conference earlier this year and it has enabled the…
Tenders for an Aran Islands service are sought from Department for Gaaltacht Affairs
Island News
#islandnews - Tenders for the provision of an Aran Islands-Ros a Mhil passenger ferry service are been requested from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The contract according to Galway Bay fm would be for the…
There were extremely shifty conditions greeted the 147 competitors in Croatia
Laser
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch is lying 68th in the 147–boat fleet with Ballyholme's Liam Glynn 91st after the first two races of the Laser world championships in Split, Croatia. Download full results below. Extremely shifty conditions greeted the 147…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Anthony O'Leary racing in New York yesterday
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary tumbled down the leaderboard at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup yesterday. After a promising first day on Wednesday which saw the Cork Harbour team in fourth overall, O'Leary now lies 11th overall after nine…
Start line action at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2017
Royal Cork YC
The second day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup delivered spectacular, though challenging, racing on a glorious day that saw three different race winners and six boats scoring at least one podium result. Sam Laidlaw's Aguila, which initially was scored…
Tom MacSweeney's Scribbler white sail racing in Cork Harbour
Tom MacSweeney
Hearing about the open morning on Sunday, the 24th of September at the Royal St.George YC in Dun Laoghaire where Sigma 33 Class Captain Paddy Maguire wants to raise more interest in Sigmas, brought back how I became interested in…
Top of the fleet at the Scottish Wayfarer Championship were (left to right) Margaret & Bob Sparkes (Loch Lomond SC) with Neil McSherry (National YC) and multiple champion Monica Schaefer (Greystones SC).
Wayfarer
Greystones Wayfarer helmswoman Monica Schaefer has rounded out a remarkable racing season with a successful defence of the Scottish title on Loch Lomond writes W M Nixon. This means that she now has the triple, having won the Irish title…

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