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Caribbean Success for RORC Race
#CARIBBEAN – The fourth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club was a sensational success. The Caribbean's only offshore yacht race attracted some of the world's most fabulous yachts as well as corinthian entries. 578…
Photos from Kinsale Frostbites Final Race
#KINSALE – Stronger winds brought the ASM-Marine Frostbite League at Kinsale Yacht Club to a close this afternoon. Brian Carlin's final race photography is below.
Portrush Lifeboat Announce New Raft Race Sponsor
#LIFEBOATS – Portrush Raft Race committee have announced their sponsor for the 2012 Charity Raft Race - 'Victoria Square' in Belfast. The Raft Race is well established on the tourist calendar for the North Coast but this year it has…
Dublin Hosts First ISAF Development Symposium in March
#DEVELOPMENT - Representatives from the International Sailing Federation's member nations throughout the world will meet at Howth Yacht Club from 17-18 March for the inaugural ISAF Development Symposium. The aim of the two-day conference is to develop the criteria and…
North Atlantic Killer Whales Feeding on Sunfish Says IWDG
#MARINE WILDLIFE - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has recorded another first for the North Atlantic, with evidence showing that killer whales are feeding on ocean sunfish. Mark Holmes of the Natural History Museum confirmed the presence of…
Walking Tours a Highlight of Belfast's TItanic Festival
#TITANIC - Belfast's Titanic Festival is set for 31 March to 22 April, with lectures, concerts, plays, city tours and exhibitions among the events lined up to recognise the centenary. The centrepiece will be a wreath laying ceremony at the…
How Can Clubs Cash in on Sailing's Spectator Appeal?
#SAILING – Can sailing be a spectator sport for a live audience or for direct transmission on television? Magheramore says it is already happening but the challenge is for clubs and classes to find a way to capitalise on the…
Lagan Head Boost for Local Crews
Queen's University, who appointed Mick Desmond as head coach last month, emerged with a number of category wins and topped the ranking in the second head at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast. RESULTS OF SECOND HEAD table.tableizer-table…
Queen's Crews Fastest at Lagan Head
ROWING: Queen’s University led the way at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast. Their men’s senior double was the fastest crew in the first head, and their senior eight matched the feat in the second. There was a…
NI Anglers Take to Facebook to Save Their Salmon
#ANGLING - Northern Ireland river anglers are taking a novel approach to lobbying Stormont over salmon exploitation by harnessing the power of social networking. According to the News Letter, the NoSalmonNets campaigners "have swapped their fishing rods for laptop computers",…
UL Take Title at Irish Kayaking Intervarsities
#KAYAKING - The University of Limerick were overall winners in the 2012 Irish Kayaking Intervarsities at GMIT Castlebar last weekend. As the Mayo Advertiser reports, some 500 students were on hand for the three days of competition, which kicked off…
Fears Over Illegal Cull as Seals, Dolphin Die on Waterford Beach
#MARINE WILDLIFE - Fears are growing of an illegal cull of marine wildlife after a seal and dolphin were discovered dead on a Waterford beach - just hours after two seals were found dying from bullet wounds in the same…
Cruise Liners Line-Up for Foyle
#CRUISE LINERS-Aside the main ports where most cruise ships visit while touring this island, Londonderry would be a less frequent destination, as such vessels only began visiting the north-west port since 1995, writes Jehan Ashmore. Some of the leading operators…
Children Warm to Baltimore's Optimist Spring Sailing Camp
#OPTIMIST – 140 Optimist sailors, aged 7 to 15 years, from all over the country, descended on the village of Baltimore last week for the opening 'Oppi' event of the year, the Spring Training week writes Joan O'Sullivan. The week-long…
Schools Urged to 'Follow the Fleet'
#SHIPPING – The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has announced the 2012 Schools essay competition for the www.followthefleet.ie educational programme. The IMDO reintroduced the Follow the Fleet education programme to Irish schools and classrooms in 2006 as an online teaching…
Arklow Newbuild’s Link to Former Irish Lights Tender
#FORMER IRISH LIGHTS TENDER -With the Guardian 8 preparing to set sail from her builders homeport of Arklow this month, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, her owners Gardline Marine Services also operate a former Commissioners of Irish Lights tender, writes…
Castlepark Marina Awarded Four Gold Anchors
#MARINAS – In a month when Royal Cork marina in Crosshaven was rewarded for its efforts by the Yacht Harbour Association another Munster marina, Castlepark marina in Kinsale has also been granted an award under the internationally recognised marina standards…
Sister Powers On to Liverpool Route
#FREIGHT FERRY NEWS- Seatruck Power (2011/19,722grt) made her debut on the Dublin-Liverpool route last week, bringing an additional boost to freight capacity and follows her sister which only entered service in December, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild joins the leadship…
Maritime Institute's Museum to Host 'Titanic Centenary' Presentation
#TITANIC-The Maritime Institute of Ireland is to hold a 'Titanic Centenary' event in their maritime museum, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 12th April (starting at 8pm) noting doors open from 7.30pm. The first Irish diver to see the wreck from a…
Dublin Sailor is Tuning Partner for GBR Medal Hope
#OLYMPIC – Former Irish Star keelboat crew Anthony Shanks has joined one of Skandia Team GBR's top hopes for claiming Gold at London 2012 this year serving as a tuning partner crew to 2008 Gold Medallist pairing Iain Percy and…

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