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Team Ireland has arrived in La Trinite Sur Mer
Team Ireland has finally arrived at the Student Yachting World Championships in La Trinité Sur Mer after 24hours on the road, the trip being made easy thanks to the team van kindly provided by AVIS Ireland. Today the team got…
Dukarska Fourth at World Coastal Rowing Championships
Monika Dukarska finished fourth at the Fisa World Coastal Rowing Championships in Bari in Italy today. The Killorglin oarswoman pushed hard for a medal position in the closing stages but could not close the narrow gap on Diane Delalleau of…
Farewell as Stena Line’s ‘Lynx’ Fast-Ferry Sets Sail for South Korea
Irish Sea fast-ferry Stena Lynx III (1996/4,113grt) which has been laid-up in Dun Laoghaire Harbour since last month has been sold to interests in South Korea. Renamed Sunflower 2 and flying the flag of the Far-Eastern nation, she departed yesterday…
Disease a Possibility in New England Seal Deaths
Experts in the United States are investigating the possibility of a disease outbeak as the number of dead seals found on New England beaches continues to grow. The Gloucester Times in Massachusetts reports that some 128 harbour seals have been…
Lough Key Forest Park Mooring Temporary Closure
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that the moorings adjacent to the park building at Lough Key Forest Park will be closed to facilitate installation of new floating moorings from 21st October 2011…
Keohane, Dukarska and Clavin in A Finals of World Coastal Rowing Championships
Irish crews had a good first day at the Fisa World Coastal Rowing Championships in Bari in Italy. John Keohane, who is defending his crown in the men’s single, qualified through the heats for tomorrow’s A Final, as did Monika…
Beneteau First 36.7 Is New on Our Boats For Sale Site
New to our Boats for Sale site is this Tony Castro 3/4 Tonner. "Strictly Business" is a one off Tony Castro 3/4 Ton design. She was built in 1988 and named "Bateleur 88" and was successfully campaigned by her then…
Coveney Seeks British Support on Mackerel
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today met the UK Fisheries' Minister, Richard Banyon, who was accompanied by the Scottish and Welsh Fisheries' Ministers, Richard Lochhead and Alun Davies. During their discussions, the Ministers reviewed…
Ireland's Big Wave Surfers Showcased in New Film
Ireland's first ever 'big wave' surfing contest has been immortalised in a new documentary film (SEE TRAILER BELOW). http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ High Pressure – The Story of Ireland’s First Big Wave Surfing Contest follows the story of those hardy souls who took…
Howth Yacht Club's 37th Laser Frostbite starts in November
One of Ireland’s longest running dinghy frostbite series begins its 37th running on Sunday 6th November when Howth Yacht Club’s Laser Frostbite gets underway. The Frostbite, which began in 1974, comprises a pre-Christmas and post-New Year series (starting January 8th),…
Ireland Thankful to Escape Favourites Tag for Commodore's Cup 2012
Ireland's 2010 Commodore's Cup winning captain showed his relief at the news that Hong Kong have been tipped as favourites for next July's event, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/sail/events/commodores-cup/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/1021/1224306212856.html The announcement was made this week at the Royal Ocean…
New Book On Titanic Captain Edward John Smith to Be Launched
The definitive account of the life and career of the respected and popular TItanic Captain due to be published on the 21st of November 2011. Titanic Captain: The Life of Edward John Smith by G J Cooper will include: ·…
'Reconnaissance' Wins Fenit to Dingle Race
Peadar O'Loughlin's Sigma 33 Reconnaissance was the overall winner of Tralee Bay Sailing Club's race from Fenit to Dingle this October but only after a great comeback in the last two miles of this County Kerry race. The first boat…
Search and Recovery Operation Underway at Banagher Bridge
A search and recovery operation is being conducted from Banagher bridge downstream towards Meelick Lock. A number of vessels are involved including a dive vessel and a sonar search craft. Waterways Ireland request masters of vessels to proceed at slow…
European Naval Flotilla Docks in Dublin
As ferry-passengers departed Dublin Port this morning, a flotilla of naval-ships would of been seen as they arrived off the Baily Lighthouse in Dublin Bay bound for the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leading the flotilla of the four European naval…
Creidne Sail Training Scheme
The Naval Service's Sailing Training Vessel Creidne cuts a great pose sailing in Cork Harbour on page three of the Autumn issue of Afloat. The refurbished 47-footer is now in full use by the Naval Service as a training vessel…
Irish Aquatic Sports Off Target for Olympic Spots
Ireland's aquatic sports are way off target for qualification for next summer's Olympic Games, according to performance heads. “The reality is we’re no better than a 50-50 chance of qualifying a crew," said Rowing Ireland performance director Martin McElroy, who…
National Maritime College Open its Doors
The National Maritime College of Ireland, Europe's only purpose built Maritime Education facility, will host an Open Day on Tuesday next, October 25th from 10am to 3pm. Situated on the shores of Cork Harbour this magnificent facility has both a…
Killer Whales, Minkes Spotted Off Coast
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has announced two new reports of whale spottings off the Irish coast in recent days. http://www.iwdg.ie/article.asp?id=2493 On 14 October the east coast rescue helicopter spotted a group of at least five lunge-feeding whales…
Bass Fishing Permit Refusal is Welcomed
Environmentalists have welcomed the decision by the Minister for the Marine to refuse a permit for commercial sea bass fishing in the Celtic Sea, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1019/1224306074351.html The Friends of the Irish Environment hailed Minister Simon Coveney's…

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