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Perfect conditions for Howth Autumn League race 3
Howth Yacht Club's Autumn League is renowned for enjoying, on occasions, some of the best sailing weather in a single season and the penultimate day of this year’s event, sponsored by Team PR Reilly (with its WD-40 brand) was just…
Green Dragon Joins the Volvo Race Legends Fleet in Spain
Ireland's Green Dragon and Telefónica Black, two Volvo Open 70s from the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race will join the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta fleet over 1-5 November, lining up with boats that took part in the first 10 round…
Howth Autumn League Race Three Results
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. AUTUMN LEAGUE (RACE) 16/10/2011 Class 1 IRC: 1, Storm P Kelly HYC; 2, Crazy Horse Chambers/Reilly HYC; 3, Soufriere S O'Flaherty HYC; Class 1 ECHO: 1, Tiger Harris/Hughes HYC; 2, Crazy Horse Chambers/Reilly HYC; 3, Soufriere S…
Lough Derg Lifeboat Rescues Five People from Cruiser on Rocks
At 09.35hrs this morning, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of five persons, on board a 37ft cruiser on rocks and which was now taking on considerable amounts of water. The…
Dun Laoghaire Apartment Provides Stunning Vistas of Dublin Bay
New to the market in Dun Laoghaire is a two-bed apartment in a luxury development of 100 homes overlooking the waterfront marina. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/ http://www.afloat.ie/resources/business/waterfront-property/ As The Sunday Business Post reports, Number 99 at Harbour View boasts spectaulcar views of Dublin…
Dr John de Courcy Ireland Remembered at Connemara Maritime Festival
Ireland's leading maritime histortian will be remembered during Conamara Sea Week, which starts next Friday. The 10-day programme celebrating the west of Ireland's rich maritime heritage kicks off just two days after the centenary of the late Dr John de…
Wexford Welcomes New Irish-French Ferry Celtic Horizon
Celtic Link Ferries new ro-pax Celtic Horizon made an inaugural appearance as she docked in Rosslare ferryport this morning, having completing her delivery voyage from Sicily, writes Jehan Ashmore. As the 27,552 gross tonnes Celtic Horizon last night headed towards…
Stranraer-Belfast Ferry Left Adrift Off Scottish Coast
A passenger ferry heading to Northrrn Ireland was left adrift off the coast of western Scotland early yesterday after suffering engine failure. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/ferry-news/ The Press Association reports that the Stena Navigator was en route from Stranraer to Belfast when both…
Manx Seasonal Visitor to Dublin Port
Dublin Port-Douglas sailings in the winter months are operated by Ben-My-Chree, a conventional ferry that only calls to the Irish capital on a handful of sailings during this period, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IOMSPCo)…
Portrush Lifeboats Rescue Four from Capsized RIB
Both Portrush Lifeboats were in action on Saturday afternoon (15th October) to rescue four people in an overturned boat at the Barmouth at Portstewart. Both boats were launched at 15.50 hours on a wet dark afternoon after reports had been…
A Perfect Getaway on the Shannon in Co Cavan
With an asking price of just €149,000, the high quality log cabins at River Valley in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan could make the perfect getaway for river boating enthusiasts. Nestled in a scenic forest area just two hours from Dublin on…
Winter Kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney
Bookings are now available for kayaking trips on the lakes of Killarney over the winter months of 2011-2012. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ Kayaking on Lough Lein can be done all throughout the winter, the locale providing some great sheltered bays to paddle. Irish…
When a Novice Paddler Takes On the Liffey Descent
The Irish Times' Conor Pope jumped in at the deep end when he took part in his first Liffey Descent last weekend (VIDEO BELOW). The first-time canoeist faced his many fears to tackle the challenging course from the K Club…
RIB Challenge Prize up for Grabs at National Yacht Club
14 teams have reached the final of the Yachtsman Insurance/ISA RIB Challenge. The competition promotes safety in power boating and it is aimed at training young crash boat drivers. The final round of the competition is being hosted by the…
Laura and Sam Say Thank You RNLI Crosshaven
Laura O'Mahony visited Crosshaven RNLI station during the week to say "Thank You" to the lifeboat crew who rescued her and her Red Setter dog, Sam. In April of last year, Laura was walking her dog near Hop Island, when…
Online Petition Challenges Cuts to UK Coastguard Network
A campaigner on Twitter is encouraging supporters to sign an online petition against the closure of coastguard stations across the UK. http://afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ So far almost 7,000 signatures have been added to the petition started by Twitter user @Coastguard_SOS in protest…
Italian Marinas Facing a Tough 2011
In a bad omen for marinas in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe, Italian marina operators are facing a further decline in fortunes, according to boat industry website IBI Plus. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/irish-marinas/ The site highlights a report in Italian newspaper Il Sole…
Concerns Over Seal Deaths in Donegal
Seven dead seals washed up in Donegal are believed to have died of natural causes - but concerns over a pattern of seal deaths nationwide remain. As the Donegal Democrat reports, the seven grey seals - which are a protected…
Work In Progress in Dun Laoghaire Maritime Museum
The 'soft-opening' of the Maritime Institute of Ireland's (M.I.I.) maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday is to showcase developments to invited groups. The public will be welcomed to the museum when it is due to officially opened in March…
Dutch Naval Stealth Frigate On Visit to Dublin Port
The Dutch Navy's HNLMS De Ruyter (F804), one of four De Zeven Provinciën-class air-defence and command frigates (LCF) docked in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Displacing 6,050 tonnes the 144m frigate is on a weekend visit to the…

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