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Irish Entries Scoring Well in RORC Easter Challenge Opener
#rorc – Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary is fourth overall after counting a fourth and third in his 11-boat fleet in the IRC 2 division of the RORC Easter Challenge, held in freezing conditions in the central Solent off Hill Head…
Councillor's Concern Over Galway Bay Fish Farm
#FishFarm - A Galway county councillor has declared his reservations over the proposed deep-water organic salmon farm off the Aran Islands, as Galway Bay FM reports. Cllr Jim Cuddy said at this week's meeting of Galway County Council that concerns…
Lighthouse Tender Carries Out Trial Runs Since Modifications
#LighthouseTender- ILV Granuaile the aids to navigation tender is carrying out another trial run of systems at sea today in Dublin Bay and off Greystones, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Commissioners of Irish Lights 79m tender…
Visitors Win Royal Saint George YC Invitational Team Race Title
#teamracing – The Royal St George Yacht Club continues to develop as the centre of team racing in Ireland. The "George Invitational" sailed on 23rd – 24th March marked another important step – with the inauguration of a flight of…
Report on Dundalk Harbour Drowning Raises Importance of Water Safety
#MCIB - Investigators have reiterated the importance of water safety measures such as wearing a lifejacket and having a means of alert when on or near the water in the report into the death of a man in Dundalk Harbour…
Rob Doyle Launches New Design Company
#Trade - Kinsale-based yacht designer Rob Doyle has announced the 'takeover' of the staff and offices of Ron Holland Design. According to Superyacht Times, the 42-year-old issued a statement on Wednesday (27 March) outlining the changeover to his new yacht…
Three Quarters of Entries for Sovereign's Cup 2013 are Visitors to Kinsale
With just three months to go to the Covestone Asset Management Sovereign's Cup 2013, the first listing of registered entrants has just been published and features an impressive 45 entries covering the full spectrum of yacht racing - from stripped…
Greystones Harbour Marina Opens on Easter Monday
#greystonesharbourmarina – The Irish Sea's newest marina opens in Wicklow on Easter Monday. Greystones Harbour Marina will open on 1st April 2013 with 100 berths available initially. Since arriving on site in December operators BJ Marinas Ltd have been working…
Forum to Discuss the Future of Small Boat Sailing and Youth Training in Ireland
Opening address by the ISA President, Niamh McCutcheon the president welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Norman Lee and Byran Armstrong for raising the issues that led to the meeting being held. The President highlighted how the ISA is…
Limerick Salmon Anglers Hail Net Fishing Ban On River Feale
#Angling - The battle to stem the decline of salmon stocks in Ireland's inland waterways has taken a step forward in Limerick with the news that net fishing on the River Feale will be banned from the end of July.…
'Foods Of Marine Origin' Covered Under New Call For Research Proposals
#Marine - 'Foods of marine origin' are covered by the new call for research proposals under the Government's funding programmes, as announced by Marine Minister Simon Coveney on Tuesday. In addition, the minister announced his intention to co-fund projects related…
Weather Forces Cancellation of Brassed Off Cup
#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club has announced that the annual Brassed Off Cup for Optimists scheduled to be held tomorrow 29 March (Good Friday) has been cancelled due to the persistent wintry conditions on the East Coast. The Brassed Off…
NI Lifeguards To Feature In New TV Series
#WaterSafety - RNLI lifeguards in Northern Ireland are to feature on a new television series on UTV. The Magazine starts on Sunday 7 April at 7.30pm with host Sarah Travers in her home town of Portstewart to introduce viewers to…
Strangford's Russell Wins Third Laser Europa Cup
#laser – Ireland's Chris Russell has won the third Laser class Europa Cup of the season in thick fog on Lake Lugano, Switzerland. The podium for the standard rig division consisted of Russell who with 8 points was the overall…
Cruiser on Rocks is Rescued by Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat
#loughdergrnli – This afternoon at the request of Valentia Coast Guard, Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat went to the assistance of two people who were in difficulty after their 25ft cruiser grounded on rocks inside the area known locally as the…
Busy Times in Dun Laoghaire Harbour as Cruiseship docks ‘without’ Passengers
#CruiseShips- A mini-luxury cruiseship Sea Explorer docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, fortunately without passengers on board, as a very unseasonable Dublin Bay was battered by a heavy snow squall, writes Jehan Ashmore. As the Sea Explorer approached Dun Laoghaire…
Galway Port Has 'Regional Significance' As Expansion Permission Sought
#GalwayPort - Galway's city manager has welcomed the recognition of Galway Port by Government as a 'port of regional significance'. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the National Ports Plan launched this week brings about a move away from a 'one…
Sperm Whale Carcass Rots On Dingle Peninsula Beach
#MarineWildlife - The carcass of a 30-metre sperm whale that washed ashore on the Dingle Peninsula last week is still lying on the beach, the Irish Examiner reported yesterday. The body of the giant cetacean, which is believed to have…
Weekend Rowing Trials Postponed Til May
#rowingtrials – Due to poor weather conditions forecast for the coming days (strong easterly winds and cold temperatures), in the interests of safety it has been decided to postpone the upcoming trials scheduled for the 30th March.Trials will now be…
Howth Duo Cycling From London To Paris For RNLI
#HowthRNLI - Howth locals Jennifer Murphy and Brendan Mulligan will be taking part in the London to Paris Bike Ride in aid of Howth RNLI. The 377km charity challenge will take place between 23 and 26 August. Riders will depart…

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