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Guy deBoer (USA) crashes into rocks at night on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Las Palmas in the Canaries, his yacht now stranded but he is safe. Salvage under investigation
It was South African Golden Globe Race entrant Kirsten Neuschäfer (SA) who relayed Guy deBoer’s VHF radio Mayday call to GGR Race Control on Friday morning at 03:10 am UTC. Guy’s Tashiba 36 had run aground on the North coast…
Ireland's Pat Lawless is suffering a knee infection, and running low on antibiotics, but going forward in the Golden Globe Race solo non-stop voyage round the world
Golden Globe Yacht Race competitor Pat Lawless from Ireland beat Indian Abhilash Tomy in their week-long fight for the third spot at the first film gate off Lanzarote, a race point that also revealed the County Kerry solo sailor is…
The scene at Downpatrick Head in Co Mayo where the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation rescued the individual, supported by the Coast Guard Units from Killala/Ballyglass/Killybegs/Achill, the Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat, National Ambulance Service, Civil Defence, County Fire Service and An Gardai Siochana, including the Gardai Water Unit.
The Irish Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) at Malin Head has reported the safe rescue of the trapped man from the cave at Downpatrick Head Co Mayo. The man has been transferred to Sligo University Hospital by the…
The new Rodman 690 Ventura CC will be displayed on the Marina at the Southampton International Boat Show 2022, on berth M151. This boat has a 6.5 m hull length and 7.7 m length overall, with a 2.55 m beam. Category C for 6 people (or D for 8) the boat can be fitted with a single outboard engine up to 200hp, and the boat on display at the show has reached speeds of almost 40 knots in sea trials
Rodman's Irish agent, Hugh Mockler of Crosshaven Boatyard, is sharing news of the world launch of a new range from the Rodman Shipyard at the Southampton International Boat Show 2022 this week, where they will have the first model, the…
Salmon and sea trout anglers who fished during the 2022 season are being reminded to return their logbooks and any unused gill tags at the end of the season. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is encouraging such anglers to return their angling…
National Yacht Club 150th Gala Dinner banner has learned that the National Yacht Club’s pandemic-delayed 150th anniversary gala dinner has sold out in under 24 hours. The event on Saturday 22 October marks the club’s sesquicentennial some two-and-a-half years late, after COVID restrictions forced the cancellation of…
Downpatrick Head was a stop on the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series circuit
A man has been rescued from a sea cave on the Co Mayo coast in which he has been trapped for close to 24 hours. A multi-agency rescue operation had been awaiting low tide this afternoon (Sunday 18 September) to…
Fintan Cairns Mills 31 Raptor - The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet
Fintan Cairns's Mills 31 Raptor was the winner of a light air race seven of the AIB DBSC summer Series on Dublin Bay on Saturday.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club entry finished on top of a six-boat IRC Division One fleet…
The Merel G Offshore Supply Ship in Cork Harbour
The Merel G Offshore Supply Ship is currently operating out of Cork Harbour and is understood to be involved in lifting the last of the county's gas platforms.  The vessel is customised for offshore oil and gas stand-by capabilities. Built…
Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi celebrate their Star World Championship win in Marblehead, USA
A solid third place in the final race from Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi was more than enough to reward them with gold at the 2022 Star Worlds. For Negri, winning the 100th Anniversary Championship marks a successful defence of his…
There has been a post-Covid, resurgence in the Dragon fleet in Ireland where numbers are on the increase in Kinsale, Glandore and Dun Laoghaire
Martin Byrne’s well travelled Dragon - Jaguar Sailing Team from the Royal St. George Yacht Club will be joined by another three IRL registered teams at this year’s Régates Royales in Cannes where racing commences on Monday next. Byrne’s Jaguar…
42 Etchells for the Worlds
The glitterati of the sailing world has gathered in Cowes for the 2022 Etchells Worlds hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. At least ten past Etchells World Champions will be competing. No racing will take place on Monday 19th September…
Pat Lawless passes Lanzarote in the Golden Globe Race
Ireland's solo sailor in the Golden Globe Race, Pat Lawless, passed Lanzarote at 1330 (1.30 p.m.) Irish time on Saturday afternoon. Green Rebel was sailing briskly, with two jibs and a full main, making a speed of 6.3 knots on…
Electronics problems forced Kenny Rumball to make the difficult decision to retire from the last leg and end my Solitaire for 2022
A lot of planning and preparation went into this year's Solitaire, from as early as January, I was out in France training, primarily in the Centre Excellence Voile in La Rochelle under the tutelage of coach Etienne Saiz while also…
Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat is lowered into the water on a call out to assist a broken-down motorboat
Valentia Coast Guard activated the pagers at 9.28 pm on Saturday, 17 Sept, requesting the Crosshaven RNLI crew in Cork Harbour to attend to a disabled 22’ powerboat with two adults and two children on board in Lough Mahon close…
The broken mast of Harlingen lying across its foredeck
A wooden mast which broke suddenly on a Dutch historic sailing ship and killed three people on its deck had been rotting for at least four years beforehand, the Dutch Safety Board has found. In the two years prior to…
On the Waterford estuary, Dollar Bay surveyors used kayaks to get to inaccessible shores and could track how far the honeycomb reef extended along the shore
Coastwatch has appealed for volunteers to join its annual autumn shore survey, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. “This is now one of the longest standing citizen science projects in Ireland,” Coastwatch founder Karin Dubsky says. ” It’s a basic…
About 257 residents are affected on Inis Oírr, while about 5,676 customers are affected in An Spidéal, Irish Water says
The Aran island of Inis Oírr has been issued with a “do not consume” notice for its public water supply, which also applies to An Spidéal in Co Galway. The notices were issued by Irish Water after detection of elevated…
The start of race five at the 100th Star Worlds at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, USA
Patience aplenty has been the pattern at the 100th Anniversary Star Worlds, as every day has featured postponements, general recalls and unpredictable conditions. Friday’s race 5 was no different, with a postponement and general recall, followed by a black flag…
GP14 dinghies roll tack during a youth training event at Blessington Sailing Club
Following on from successful training weekend events this season, the Irish GP 14 class has announced a free youth training weekend at Mullingar Sailing Club over the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2022. The GP14 class held two training…

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