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The former Westpac Express (as above) a high-speed craft since renamed 'Dublin Swift' for Irish Ferries is to be introduced on the Dublin-Holyhead route in advance of the high season
#FerryNews - Irish Ferries soon to be introduced high-speed-craft Dublin Swift which since January has been in Belfast for a major refurbishment arrived in Dublin Port last night, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat monitored Dublin Swift when offshore of Co. Down…
A trio of French Navy trainee schoolships are in Dublin Port for a weekend visit.
#NavalVisits - A trio of French Navy trainee ships docked in Dublin Port for a crew rest and recreation visit to the capital this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Léopard class school-training vessels each with 18 students, had arrived yesterday…
The Ron Holland-designed Club Shamrock Emircedes, a 30-footer which originated in Cork in the mid-1970s. Peter Ryan and his father-in-law Michael Horgan campaigned her actively for nearly two decades until she was finally sold in 2004. In their ownership she was a veteran of many ISORA annual programmes, in addition to the Round Ireland and Dun Laoghaire to Dingle races as well as regular participation in Dublin Bay
“Peter Ryan of ISORA”. That’s all you have to say to anyone who knows anything of the Byzantine workings of the sailing scene in and around Ireland, and they’ll immediately know not only know exactly who you mean, but will…
Alistair Rumball on the set of the TV programme Vikings. As well as running a successful sailing school, Rumball also runs a marine film services facility. His varied career will be the subject of his talk next Wednesday at the INSS club house
Forty years ago, when Alistair Rumball started the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School the fleet comprised of four Darragh 14 sailing dinghies, one 21ft Sherrif Day Sailor and a 15ft O’Sullivan “Crash Boat” with a 9.9hp engine. The school…
Aileen Crowley
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure won her heat of the single sculls at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja regatta in Italy, qualifying for Saturday’s A Final. The Ireland sculler had over a second to spare over second-placed Milda Valciukaite of Lithuania, an Olympic…
The Endurance trapped in pack ice during the Shackleton-led Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
#Shackleton - A new expedition is being launched next year that will attempt to find the wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance in the Antarctic. As BBC News reports, the primary focus of the scientific mission is to study the Larsen…
Fintan McCarthy won the senior single sculls at the University Championships.
#Rowing: Trinity won the men’s senior eights at the University Championships of Ireland at the National Rowing Centre in Cork today. The race had a thrilling finish: Trinity led by less than a length, but UCD finished strongly and almost…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#DLHarbour - Transport Minister Shane Ross must ensure there is “no delay” in the transfer of Dun Laoghaire  Harbour to the local authority, as Dublin Live reports. Earlier this week it emerged that Minister Ross had made his determination that…
The pier at Inis Oírr
#IslandNews - A new pier for Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands is now on the cards, as Galway Bay FM reports. Minister of State Joe McHugh announced funding of €330,000 to appoint consultant engineers for the design and construction…
Rescue 115 was involved in the SAR operation in Galway Bay since yesterday, Thursday 12 April
#Galway - A body was found this morning (Friday 13 April) in the search for a swimmer missing off Salthill in Galway since yesterday. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 spotted the body on the seabed in shallow…
The proposal involves providing protection of the harbour from East/Northeast by restoring the south harbour wall to approximately where it was before the collapse of the pier end and Lighthouse in 1957
Bray Municipal District has agreed a plan and to provide funding for the rejuvenation of Bray Harbour on foot of a proposal made by The Bray Harbour Joint Development Committee. The proposal involves providing protection of the harbour from East/Northeast…
The School's team racing event was scheduled to compete in Schull's own TR3.6 fleet
This weekend's Schools National Team Racing Championships 2018 at Schull in West Cork has been cancelled due to a strong winds forecast.The 13–team event, open to qualified teams from regional events, has been rescheduled for September and will sail in…
Annalise Murphy with her Olympic Silver medal from Rio
Following the news that Annalise Murphy will not contest this year’s Sailing World Championships in the Laser Radial class, the Olympic Silver medallist has expanded on the reason behind her decision not to race in Denmark and confirmed her Olympic ambition…
In the build up to the Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay in 2019, the DBSC class has a racing fleet of 29 boats
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has saluted its largest one design keelboat and dinghy fleets on the eve of the 2018 season.  Boat entries everywhere are a perennial problem for organisers but that's not the case for either the Water Wag or…
Reusable bottles for Wave Regatta in Howth
Wave Regatta, the IRC & ECHO regional championships at Howth, is to champion Sailors for the Sea environmental initiative. Participants in the June Bank Holiday Regatta are being asked to take a lead role in the fight against environmental damage as part…
 MV Bremenholm is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially for the Schull to Cape route in West Cork
Cape Clear Island has a new fast ferry. The MV Bremenholm has been brought from Norway by the Cape Clear Ferry Company. Announcing its arrival the company said that it is capable of up to 20–knots speed and is intended initially…
Newbuild sisters Arklow Villa the final of 10 ships for ASN sits high and dry at a Dutch yard's fit-out quay where berthed alongside is Arklow Viking which began sea trails yesterday.
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Viking began sea trials yesterday, the brand new short-sea trader having been towed from an inland Dutch yard to the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,999grt Arklow Viking marks the 9th of ten multipurpose cargoships that…
The Skibbereen Four which competed in New Zealand
#Rowing: Skibbereen Regatta, set for this Saturday and Sunday, April 14th and 15th, at the National Rowing Centre, has been cancelled. The weather forecast, which orginally put the Sunday of the event in doubt, worsened. Saturday evening was set to…
The extent of the damage at Holyhead Marina on 2 March after Storm Emma ripped through
#Holyhead - Debris from Storm Emma’s damage to Holyhead Marina has been found across the Irish Sea south of Dublin, as North Wales’ Daily Post reports. Polystyrene from pontoons destroyed during the extreme weather event over a month ago was…
Vestas 11th Hour Racing’s delivery crew show off their boat’s jury-rigged mast before setting sail from the Falklands
#VOR - Five Volvo Ocean Race boats are currently in the cradles in Itajaí, being given a once over by the Boatyard team. But two, Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, are still out on the ocean, and…

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