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The leadship of the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV90) P60 class LÉ Samuel Beckett at sea
The Defence Forces has despite ever-decreasing numbers due to the retention crisis, has managed to undertake a mammoth number of operations during the year, ranging from guarding visiting dignitaries to naval fishery patrols, bomb disposal, and airlifting seriously ill patients…
The International J24 Class return to Howth Yacht Club in 2021
Howth Yacht Club has been selected to host the J/24 European Championships in 2021. Ireland’s proposal was made at the 2019 World Council Meeting in Miami on 28 October 2019 and voted on by the European NJCA’s with the announcement…
New Year’s Day Flotilla To Launch 2020 Big Cruise Calendar For ‘Green & Silver’ Inland Navigations
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) is ringing in the New Year with the launch of its 2020 Big Cruise calendar of events on the inland waterways of the Green & Silver route. A flotilla of light and fast…
Julian Cooke and Jackie Patton sailing a 505 in Ballyholme Bay in 1985
Jackie Patton, chair of RYANI and Donaghadee Sailing Club member, is on a mission. She used to crew a 505 and along with Thomas Anderson, ex 505 helmsman and crew and past Commodore of Royal North of Ireland YC, is…
An archive photo of the Pickie-to-Pier race prize giving. David McCullough (second-right-front-row) with the Lyttle Trophy
Today you couldn’t swim across Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough without skirting the Marina but from 1910 till the 80s the ‘Pickie to Pier’ annual sea swim saw many participants taking part in the 650-metre race from Skippingstone Beach, beside…
The Irish Club in Hobart – Kieran Jameson of HYC Breakthrough gets together with Jim Cooney of Comanche, Sydney-Hobart course record holder from 2017, and line honours winner again in 2019.
Now that the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2019 results are finalised and being channelled into the continuing statistics of this 75-year-old classic, we have got a couple of points to clarify. One of our headlines yesterday said Gordon Maguire on…
In new ICRA rules, The 'confusing' use of the term ‘ICRA classes’ has been changed to ‘standard groupings’
Some small changes have been made to the ICRA general rules following a successful first season under its new revamped committee and constitution. Overall the objective of the General Rules remains the same; to help race organisers keep their documentation…
Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy
Ireland’s two world champion crews of 2019 are the Afloat Rowers of the Year. Sanita Puspure defended her title in the women’s single sculls, while Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy proved themselves the best lightweight double in the world.  Paul…
Winning skipper Stephen Lysaght
Six sailing cruisers raced for the Gunsmoke Bell on St.Stephen’s Day at Kinsale Yacht Club in the annual event sponsored by Sam Cohen. The winner was Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too, with Michael Carroll’s Chancer second and Sam Cohen himself sailing…
Monkstown Bay Laser racing
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour will start its Winter Laser League on Saturday of next week, January 11 and run it on six Saturday mornings until February 15. Organiser Charles Dwyer who puts a lot of effort into…
The four Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters based at Dublin, Shannon, Waterford and Sligo flew lover 770 missions last year,
Accidental activation of satellite beacons or expired equipment meant that the majority of almost 200 such alerts proved to be false alarms this past year, the Irish Coast Guard has said. In its end of year statement, the Irish Coast…
Racing at the NRC
The year 2020 may be the busiest so far for Irish rowing. The highlight will be the Olympic Games in July, where the men and women in green are in the hunt like never before for medals. There is also…
The HYC Breakthrough crew at the race start
Outside of overall victory for Howth's Gordon Maguire and line honours for County Meath's Jim Cooney, the corinthian team on the Howth Yacht Club entry Breakthrough have been talking about competing in the Sydney Hobart bluewater classic to media in…
Great Blasket Island is home to thousands of seals in a Special Area of Conservation
Depleted fish stocks and damage to nets in and around the Blaskets are “unsustainable”, argue local fishermen who have called for a cull of the area’s seal population, as the Irish Examiner reports. The inshore fishermen allege that colonies of…
82 Rivers To Open For Salmon Angling This Wednesday
A total of 82 rivers will open for salmon and sea trout angling in the 2020 season that commences this Wednesday 1 January. “This will allow everyone to share in this important natural resource, for which conservation will be to…
Rossaveel Harbour, Connemara
Construction of amenity facilities has been granted planning permission at Rossaveel Fishery Harbour Centre in Connemara, reports Galway Bay FM.  The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have been awarded the permission to progress the works at the small…
Ichi Ban crew with Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, General Manager of Rolex Australia Patrick Boutellier, Ichi Ban owner Matt Allen, RYCT Commodore Tracy Matthews and CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham, with the Rolex timepiece and Tattersall Cup
The number one racing boat in Australia has been declared the overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart for a second time, as this morning Matt Allen was advised his TP52, Ichi Ban, was to yet again have its name…
The RNLI in Crosshaven assisted the diver
A diver has died in hospital after taking ill during a dive to fix a mooring at a popular yacht anchorage area in Cork Harbour this afternoon. The Polish national, understood to be in his late 40s, was diving to fix a…
The RNLI Inshore boat at Howth
Howth RNLI launched their Inshore Lifeboat on Sunday to multiple reports of a Kitesurfer in difficulty in the waters just off the beach in Portmarnock. The RNLI pagers sounded at 11.40 am after multiple 112/999 calls from concerned members of…
HYC Breakthrough on her way to the dock in Hobart after finishing the 75th Sydney-Hobart Race before midnight
Hobart Harbour’s localised calm in the hours of darkness is almost a freak of nature, for it can settle in even when there’s quite a decent breeze in the nearest piece of half open water. Last year, it put paid…
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