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Autumn Boat Shows Remain Upbeat About Next Season
As dark clouds continue to overshadow events as home there is some comfort to read about green shoots elsewhere in Europe, especially marine industry green shoots. In Germany, at least the boating industry is highly optimistic about its sales for the…
Crystal City Cruise Callers
The arrival this morning of Silver Cloud in Belview, the port of Waterford, represented the last cruise-caller of the season to the port. The six-star rated ultra-luxury 16,927grt cruiseship operated by Italian owned SilverSeas Cruises, had sailed on an overnight…
Strangford Seal Deaths (Warning Picture May Upset Some Viewers)
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has expressed concerns over a high number of unnatural seal deaths reported in recent years along the County Down coast. Declan Looney, Senior Wildlife Inspector with the NIEA said: "Both harbour and grey seals…
Ship Based Training Launched
The National Research Ship-time Training Programme today (7th September 2010) announced the launch of the autumn [email protected] ship-based training courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying marine science. The two-day training courses are to be held between the 18th and…
Go Ahead for New Doolin Coastguard Station
Clare County Council granted planning permission for a €1.9 million coastguard station at Doolin. The new station will have capacity for three boats will be one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland. More from the Clare People HERE. 
Dragons Prepare for South Coasts in Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club hosts the Irish Dragon South Coast Championships from 10 - 12 September 2010. A very competitive fleet of 18 Dragons will assemble in Kinsale this weekend for the final Championship of the Irish calendar with both the South Coast…
Celtic's Caribbean Connection
The O'Flaherty Brothers of Wexford have a diverse range of shipping interests ranging from a fishing trawler fleet, a short-sea coaster and ferries under the Celtic Link Ferries banner, writes Jehan Ashmore. The shipping family can now also claim to…
Protected Seals in Northern Ireland Were Decapitated
A total of 16 were found, mainly grey pups and juveniles - which are both protected under European legislation - were recovered from Strangford Lough and Dundrum Bay. The Environment Agency said circumstantial evidence indicated interaction with some form of…
Drago 6.6m Sports Cruiser Reduced to Euro 18,500
Killen Marine of Dalkey have added a Drago Fiesta 6.6m motor cruiser to Afloat's boats for sale website this morning. This 2007 Sports Cabin Cruiser is offered at Euro 18,500 but was originally priced as a Euro 38, 000 package. The…
Laser Training Starts at Royal Cork
Laser training continues in earnest at Royal Cork. A total of 36 sailors participated in the Laser Open Day held at the club on Sunday 5th. September. Under coach Thomas Chaix, Nick Walsh and a group of 6 volunteers, 12…
O'Driscoll tipped for J/24 Nationals title
After the Etchells Worlds and SB3 Nationals in successive weeks, Howth Yacht Club's championship trilogy concludes this weekend with the J/24 National Championship which is expected to attract up to 18 entries from half a dozen clubs for the 8-race…
New Jeanneau NC11 Appeals to Irish Customers
French builder Jeanneau launched its NC11 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show earlier this year and the new model will be on show this Friday at the Southampton Boat Show too. There has been interest in the powerboat model from Irish…
Best Lifesavers in Ireland Set for Donegal Challenge
Ireland's top Lifeguards will compete at Irish Water Safety's National Surf Lifesaving Championships at Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal from 10.30am to 5pm, Saturday 11th and from 10am-1pm, Sunday 12th Sept. Hundreds of competitors will gather from counties nationwide and teams of…
Clavin and Maher Climb to Top of Ladder
Sheila Clavin of St Michael's Rowing Club in Limerick and Michael Maher of Dublin club Commercial came out on top at the 12th Annual Sculling Challenge in Belfast at the weekend. The challenge pits competitors from the Dublin, Cork and…
Perth Pair Clean Up in Liffey Descent
“That was awesome fun,” said Steve Bird, after he partnered fellow Australian Jesse Phillips to a win in the Liffey Descent. The two men from Perth, competing for the first time in the Straffan to Islandbridge race, were the fastest…
Hundreds Gathered for Cork Harbour Open Day
Cork Harbour Open Day proved to be a great success with hundreds of people enjoying the harbour and the free family events on offer. Throughout the day, the LE Aoife at Horgan's Quay welcomed families and children on board where…
Galway Lifeboat Launches Twice with Boats in Difficulty
Galway RNLI lifeboat was called out to two separate incidents on Galway Bay yesterday when two boats got into difficulty, one near Barna with three people on board and the other near Galway Docks. The first incident involved a 30ft…
RORC Success for Hurley and Martin in Cherbourg
Nick Martin and Cobh's Barry Hurley co-skippered "Diablo-J", a J-105, to not only win the RORC trophy for the Two–Handed Division, but took home the Yacht Club de France trophy for IRC 2 and the Cherbourg trophy for IRC Overall…
P1 SuperStock Championship Powers into Southampton
Britain's premier powerboat series races into the spiritual home of the sport this weekend as the P1 SuperStock Championship powers into Southampton for the penultimate round of its 2010 competition.Councillor, John Hannides, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Heritage, has…
Scottish Series Sponsorship Continues
Today private client investment manager, Brewin Dolphin, announces its continued commitment to sponsor the Scottish Series, Scotland's premier sailing regatta, in 2011. The Scottish Series has thrived during Brewin Dolphin's eleven year sponsorship growing awareness and numbers over the period.…

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