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Injured Crew Evacuated from Yacht in Clipper Round the World Race
#CLIPPER– Gold Coast Australia, one of the ten 68-foot yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has diverted to Taiwan to evacuate a crew member who broke his leg in the gruelling conditions the amateur teams…
George Kenefick is Sailor of the Year
#SAILOR OF THE YEAR – George Kenefick of Cork is the new Afloat.ie/Irish Independent "Sailor of the Year" after an exceptionally diverse and successful season in which the 23-year-old Crosshaven skipper logged major successes at a wide variety of venues…
Cruiseship Designed for Great Lakes Calls to Dublin Port
#CRUISELINERS– A vessel at first glanced resembling that of a Mississippi riverboat in reality an ocean-going cruiseship designed also to serve on the US Great Lakes, docked in Dublin Port today, reports Jehan Ashmore. The 91m Sea Discoverer (4,954grt) berthed…
Cork Company Set to Deploy Energy Device at Cornwall's Wave Hub
#POWER FROM THE SEA - An Irish firm has landed a contract to provide a wave device for a new offshore energy test site in Cornwall, Siliconrepublic reports. Ocean Energy, which is based in Cork, will deploy its first full-scale…
Plaque Honours Famous Playwright and Titanic Orphan
#TITANIC - A plaque honouring Titanic orphan and playwright William Ruddick Millar has been unveiled in his hometown of Carrickfergus, the News Letter reports. Millar was orphaned at five years old when his father, a deck engineer on the ill-fated…
Work Begins to Eliminate Sea Squirts in North Wales
#MARINE WILDLIFE - Work on exterminating sea squirts at a marina in north Wales has begun. The £250,000 (€301,000) project by the Countryside Council for Wales involves attaching giant bags to the subsurface structures around the marina in Holyhead, which…
Irish Kayaking Intervarsities This Weekend
#KAYAKING - The Galway Advertiser reports that the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) at Castlebar will host the Irish Kayaking Intervarsities this weekend from today 17 February. Eighteen colleges will compete in events on the Clydagh river and Lough Lannagh…
Cork Head of the River Holds Pride of Place
ROWING: Cork Head of the River will go ahead tomorrow (Saturday) at the Marina with an entry of 330 crews. The event is a rolling head over 4,000 metres, with timing from 9.30 until 4.0. The head stands alone on…
Video of Talk on the 'Mysterious' Basking Shark
#MARINE WILDLIFE - TED have posted video of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's Dr Simon Berrow giving a talk on the biggest fish in Ireland's waters, the mysterious basking shark. The second largest fish in the world, basking sharks…
Tall Ships Training Opportunities for Young People Across Ireland
#TALL SHIPS - The organisers of the Tall Ships Races visit to Dublin are inviting young people to get involved by becoming 'trainees' aboard the fleet as they race from Spain to Ireland this summer. The 18 ships (as of…
European Commission Outlines Plans for Atlantic Forum
# MARINE – Speaking at the Atlantic Conference at Malahide on Tuesday,  Matthew King representing the EU's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs, outlined the Commission's plans and indicative timetable for the Atlantic Forum to inform the EU Strategy for the Atlantic…
 NI Pair Win Wayfarer American Champs
#WAYFARER – Wayfarer dinghies are a well-known class in North America, with an established racing circuit and a comprehensive calendar of meets and cruises. The 2013 Wayfarer Worlds will be sailed in Canada. The class has received a welcome boost…
Howth Yacht Club to Recreate Titanic Menu
#TITANIC – Howth Yacht Club members will experience and commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on Saturday 14th April, when the HYC head chef will meticulously re-create the final first Class dinner served on the fateful…
Head of the Shannon Cancelled
ROWING: The Head of the Shannon, scheduled for Saturday, February 18th, at Carrick on Shannon has been cancelled because of a forecast of high winds. The official forecast suggested that gusts could near 50 kilometres per hour on the day.
More Bananas Head for Cork
#PORTS & SHIPPING – As previously reported on Afloat.ie Maersk Line's newly launched liner service that includes the return of the banana trade to the Port of Cork continues as another shipment is due from Central America /Caribbean ports with…
Kitesurfer Ross Harte Catches Big Air on Video
#KITESURFING - Dublin kitesurfing pro Ross Harte takes our breath away with this video shot from the top of his 12-metre kite, via WorldIrish. The 30 knot winds are clearly no problem for this daredevil as he catches some big…
Management Plan for Galway Bay Fisheries On Track
#GALWAY BAY - Galway Bay FM reports that the National Parks and Wildlife Service is to work with the Marine Institute towards completing a management plan for Galway Bay. It comes two weeks after a group of oyster fishermen met…
Humpback Whale Spotted Off Achill
#MARINE WILDLIFE - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has confirmed the sighting of a humpback whale off Achill Island in Co Mayo last weekend. Surfers off Keel Beach were credited with the discovery, after spotting a large whale of…
Baltimore Welcomes Home New Lifeboat
#LIFEBOAT – The people of Baltimore welcomed a new addition to their community today when the RNLI delivered a €3 million Tamar class to the west Cork village.  It is set to replace the Hilda Jarrett Tyne class lifeboat, which…
White Sails Fleet to Hold Pre-Season Meet
#WHITE SAILS – Dublin Bay's White Sails fleet meets at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on March 6th to discuss new progressive ECHO and the 2012 racing schedule. The meeting will also include details of training days for the class,…

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