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New Sponsor Announced for 2012 Commodore's Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has announced Brewin Dolphin as the new Title Sponsor for the 11th Commodores' Cup sailing championship, which is run, with the support of the Royal Yacht Squadron, between Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th July…
Inaugural RS400 & RS200 Sprint Trophy Preview
This Saturday's inaugural RS400 & RS200 Sprint Trophy hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, sees the regular contenders face off in this season's finale against some formidable additions to these growing classes. In the RS200 class National Champions…
Freeze on NI Fishing Licence Fees
Northern Ireland's sports minister has announced that there will be no increase in fishing licence fees for the 2012 angling seasons. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ Carál Ní Chuilín said that "In light of the current economic climate, I have decided to keep the…
Surfers Sought for TV3 Dating Show
A TV producer is seeking surfers to take part in the next series of TV3's hit dating programme Take Me Out. Sideline Productions is looking for both male and female "fun loving" contestants to audition for the enertainment show, where…
Wild Salmon Showing Signs of Adapting to Climate Change
New evidence is indicating that wild salmon are adapting to climate change by feeding in colder waters, The Irish Times reports. According to salmon expert Dr Ken Whelan, wild salmon are now diving as far as 800m below the surface…
New Media Man Announced for Discover Ireland Backed VOR Entry
Team Sanya, the Chinese - Irish backed entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, announced today that Andres Soriano (ESP/USA) is to take on the role of their Media Crew Member. There has been some disappointment at home given the…
Green and Doorly lead Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series
You could be forgiven for thinking that there was a major summer sailing regatta on Dublin Bay over the past two weekends with the number of boats out and the sun shinning, but instead it is the National Yacht Clubs…
Many Angling Boats Suffer Engine Failure - UK Coastguard
Mario Siano is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's national liaison officer for angling. He has been analysing the Coastguard's angling search and rescue incidents over the course of this year and has noticed some interesting trends: "Many of our angling-related…
Lock and Portumna Bridge Times
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels and boats of the Shannon Navigation that the schedule of lock and bridge opening times below will take effect from Nov 2 2011until 13 Mar 2012 inclusive. Locks. Weekdays: 0900…
Work Begins on Dredging River Shannon in Limerick
Waterways Ireland has begun work to restore navigation depths for boat traffic around Sarsfield Lock, and the Abbey River areas of the Shannon Navigation in Limerick City. The maintenance dredging contract involves the removal of approximately 20,000 tonnes of silt,…
Mathews and Kenefick Onboard Germany's 'AOC Rockall' for Middle Sea Race
Although there are no Irish boats at least two Irish crew are participating in Saturday's record breaking Rolex Middle Sea Race from Malta. Dun Laoghaire navigator Brian Mathews, who narrowly misseed out on an international victory in the Dragon fleet…
25th Scottish Show Claims Bumper Crop of Irish Visitors
Celebrating its 25th year, the organisers of Scotland's Boat Show 2011 at Kip Marina say it was a record breaker from the start and they say established itself 'as the largest show in Scotland and the third major boat show…
SB3 Hat-Trick for Kennedy on Lough Ree
Former Olympic sailor Peter Kennedy won the 2011 SB3 Midland Championships held at Lough Ree Yacht Club at the weekend. This was Kennedy's third Midlands victory in a row. Six races were sailed over two days with everything from light…
Strong Winds Cancel Central Corridor Fast-Ferry Sailings
Strong winds on the Irish Sea, has led to cancellations of Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead fast-ferry Jonathan Swift today, though passengers will be accommodated on the cruiseferry Ulysses. Tomorrow mornings fast-ferry sailings from Dublin and the corresponding return sailing from Holyhead,…
CIT Sailing Team Head Off To Reclaim World Student Yachting World Cup
Cork Institute of Technology's Sailing team depart on this Wednesday, October 19th, to represent Ireland at the 31st Student Yachting World Cup. The regatta, which takes place in Brittany from October 22nd to 30th, will see CIT compete to regain…
Racing Switches to Kilrush for October Series
The sailing season at Foynes Yacht Club has virtually ended, except for some of the boats, who are taking part in the October series of racing at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Kilrush writes Gerry Ryan.Those participating are Golden…
Masterplan for Shannon Foynes Port Company
A masterplan for Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), the state's second largest port operation, is to look into the marine infrastructural requirements for the next three decades along the 500 sq km Shannon Estuary, writes Jehan Ashmore. SFPC's Masterplan Achieving…
NUI Galway PhD Student Wins Floating Wind Turbine Prize at International Conference
Ciaran Kennedy, a PhD student in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway, was recently presented with two prizes at the 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2011) held in The Netherlands. Originally from Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.…
Results of 2011 Atlantic Licensing Round Announced
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pat Rabbitte T.D. today announced the award of thirteen new Licensing Options in the Irish offshore. Making the announcement this morning at the opening of a major petroleum research conference in Dublin…
Bandit Steals the Show in Royal Cork Autumn League
There may be a forecast for torrential rain and the first October frosts for the coming days but today, with the wonderful sailing conditions in Crosshaven, all that may have applied to another world but certainly not to Cork harbour…

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