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The relief Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater wows the crowds on Wicklow Harbour’s East Pier
#Lifeboats - Skycam Ireland has released some breathtaking drone video from the arrival of the relief Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater in Wicklow on Sunday afternoon (24 February) after travelling from RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset. A large turnout of…
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When you are maneuvering during the pre-start make sure your inhaulers are fully off. Inhaulers are a great tool for improved trim, but only when sailing fully upwind. Read down for more tips on headsail trim
The headsail trimmer is a crucial member of a boat’s “speed loop” along with the mainsheet trimmer and the helm. But often headsail trim is overlooked and is reduced to “pull it in and hike” mentality. Without good headsail trim,…
Banna Strand on Tralee Bay is TripAdvisor users’ favourite of Kerry’s beaches this year — but loses out on the top spot to Inchydoney in Cork
#TopBeaches - Kerry dominates TripAdvisor’s list of the best Irish beaches for 2019, with the Kingdom taking six of the top 10 places. Ladies Beach at Ballybunion (9th), Coumeenoole (6th), Derrynane (5th) and Inch Beach (3rd) all make return appearances…
Paul Byrne, Secretary of the Irish Pike Society
The Irish Pike Society (IPS) and the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs (IFPAC) have welcomed the annulment by the High Court on Monday 25th February of ‘The Designated Salmonid Waters Bye-Law’, which has provided for the killing of four…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., met yesterday with Irish fishing industry representatives in the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty to discuss the state of play on Brexit and possible serious impacts facing the sector. The Minister…
The INSS 1720 is second overall at the DBSC Spring Chicken Series with two races left to sail
With two races left to sail, a variety of boats occupy the top ten of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series leaderboard at the National Yacht Club. When the discard was applied after Sunday's race four, White Knight leads the 40–boat fleet…
Irish Ocean Literacy Network members at the meeting held at the Marine Institute in Galway last week
The Irish Ocean Literacy Network held its sixth national meeting last Wednesday 20 February at the Marine Institute in Galway, where keynote speakers Dr Easkey Britton — surfer and post doc fellow at NUI Galway — and filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan of…
Fireballers Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
Sunday, February 24th was more akin to the opening lines of John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom friend of the maturing sun, Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit, the…
The Ilen with sails set at Limerick Docks
After an eleven year rebuild, last Saturday offered a first opportunity for sending up ‘Ilen’s’ entire suit of sails, save her square sail - a headwind at Limerick Docks precluded its participation. It might be observed how ‘Ilen’ seems to…
Tidal kites like these have been tested in the optimum conditions of Strangford Lough over the last few years
#SeaPower - Northern Ireland is well placed to capitalise on the growing trend towards renewable energy thanks to its unique tidal resources, according to a leading researcher in the field. Dr Carwyn Frost of Queen’s University Belfast tells Emily McDaid…
Appeal For Wetsuit To Help Rehabilitate Young Woman With Brain Injury
The family of a young woman with a brain injury are seeking a specialised wetsuit to continue her water therapy, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Aisling Brady (28) from Trim, Co Meath was working as a teacher in Dubai when she experienced…
Kilkeel Lifeboat Responds To Early-Hours Mayday From Fishing Vessel Crew
#Lifeboats - Kilkeel’s RNLI volunteers responded to a Mayday in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 24 February) after a fishing vessel lost propulsion about half a mile off Kilkeel Harbour in very foggy conditions. The crew, including helm…
The class of 1959 was the real start of junior sailing in Dun Laoghaire - before juniors or junior sections were part of the waterfront yacht club scene
Remember all those happy summer days and friendships made at the DBSC Junior Section at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire? Seeing that it is 60 years ago when it all started in that summer of 1959, a group of…
420 Gold fleet prizewinners in Schull. See results below
The Schull half term 420 sailing week is the longest of the Irish 420 open training events and the training days are often followed by the Munster Regional Championships as was the case this year. The four days of training…
Squib racing in Kinsale
A south-east lump with a 12-knot breeze (gusting to 18/20 knots later) greeted our competitors on the fourth morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series at Kinsale Yacht Club. Race Officer John Stallard aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) laid…
Toppers ready to go afloat at the NYC
The Viking Marine sponsored Topper Winter Regatta at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire attracted a record turnout for a four-race, one discard event. As Afloat.ie previously reported, sailors attended from across Ireland.  In the 43-boat Topper Full rig class, Royal…
 Howth Yacht Club Laser sailors found themselves having to contend with fog
For the first time during the series, the 18 boat turnout for the penultimate race of Howth Yacht Club Laser Frostbite event found themselves having to contend with fog. Adding to the challenge conditions were a strong tide and wind…
Eel at Lough Muckno
A new heritage group is seeking to preserve traditional net fisheries under threat of disappearing from Ireland’s landscape. The Traditional Net Fishers Steering Group was established earlier this year by “a group of like-minded individuals” who united to examine ways…
Seán Waddilove (right) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and 49erFX partner Robert Dickson at Howth Yacht Club in December
Joint Irish Sailor of the Year for 218, Seán Waddilove, will be part of a panel discussion this Thursday afternoon (28 February) with the men and women of elite sport at TU Dublin who are busy preparing for qualification bids for…
Map of the Old Salmon Weir on the Shannon where the incident occurred
RTÉ News reports that a 12-year-old girl was hospitalised after an incident on the River Shannon in Limerick city yesterday morning (Saturday 23 February). It’s understood that she was one of four girls on a boat that overturned in the…

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