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New Mooring Facilities on River Foyle
The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners have signed a contract with McLaughlin and Harvey for development of mooring facilities on the River Foyle, as part of an EU funded project. Works will be sited just downstream of the city centre…
Olympic Visitor Wins Autumn League Elite Race
Despite the light airs on Belfast lough last Sunday morning for the fourth sailing race of the Mackey Eyecare Autumn Series, Ian Wilson and his crew had an impressive win in their Corby RESPECT. They were almost 12 minutes ahead…
Taoiseach Announces Marine Jobs On Visit of RV Celtic Explorer
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the Marine Institute's research vessel RV Celtic Explorer in Dublin Port today, where he announced the creation of 92 jobs in the marine sector, writes Jehan Ashmore. "Ireland is now recognised as an emerging power…
Waterways Ireland Warning: Sarsfield Lock Restrictions
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels and boats that Sarsfield's Lock will be on restricted service from the 12th to 22nd Oct 2011. During this time the lock will operate from 10am to 4pm daily. Masters…
Afloat Autumn Issue In Shops Next Week
Afloat's Autumn issue hits the shops next week and here's a sneek peek at what's inside... Diving Lusitania Exclusive images from the doomed Ship Canoe Round Ireland Shooter's 1,000 mile Journey The Next Dinghy Does the RS200 fit the bill?…
Strong Start for Derry-Londonderry in Clipper Race
After a week enjoying all Cape Town has to offer, Derry-Londonderry and the other nine teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have set off on Race 4 of the 15-race series. At 40,000 miles,…
Derry-Londonderry Racing to Australia
Irish entry Derry Londonderry under skipper Mark Light took part in a Parade of Sail in Cape Town, South Africa, beneath Table Mountain, at thestart of Race 4 to Geraldton, Western Australia, in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht…
Poolbeg Welcomes Back Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Winter Talks Programme
Once again the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association's (DBOGA) winter talk programme, makes a welcome return to the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Ringsend, in the heart of Dublin Port. During the winter / spring program which runs between October…
RS Class Stage Sprint Sailing Event in Dun Laoghaire
An inaugural RS sailing dinghy Sprint Trophy series at The Royal St George Yacht Club will be held on Saturday, 22nd October 2011. The plan is run up to 10 races over short team racing style courses. Each race is…
Marine Institute Research Vessels On Rare Double Calls to Dublin Bay Ports
On a rare occasion both the Marine Institute's research vessels docked in both Dublin Bay ports today, normally these vessels operate mostly off the western seaboard and using their home-port of Galway Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 65m RV Celtic…
Bumper Catch at Rock House Fishery
Described by The Irish Times' Derek Evans as "one of the Great Fishing Houses of Ireland", the Rock House fishery in Co Mayo boasted banner numbers of salmon and sea trout catches this spring and summer. April started off strong…
Planet Jupiter Mistaken for Distress Flare
A extensive rescue search in northeast England was called off on Monday when it was found that the planet Jupiter had been mistaken for a distress flare. BBC News reports that Tymemouth RNLI lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter…
Bethany Hamilton: 'I Would Have Been Lost Without Surfing'
Last Saturday's Irish Times features an interview with Hawaiian surfing champion Bethany Hamilton who was in Bundoran for Eurosurf 2011 - where the film of her incredible true life experiences, Soul Surfer, had its gala premiere. As previously…
Lost Irish Fishermen Found Safe and Sound Off Minehead
FOUR Irish fishermen reported missing on Sunday have been found in good spirits off the coast of Minehead in Somerset. This Is The West Country reports that the four men had left Helvick harbour in Co Waterford early on Sunday…
Cruising Body Launch new Northern France and Channel Islands Section
The Cruising Association, Britain's leading organisation for cruising sailors, is to launch a new specialist section for those who cruise Northern France and the Channel Islands. The new section will be launched at the association's headquarters, CA House, in London's…
Stena 'Superfast' Ferries to Get the Nordic Spa Treatment
As previously reported on, Stena Line's two new 'Superfast' ferries which will be introduced next month on Belfast-Cairnryan route will incorporate Nordic spa's, offering passengers a unique experience on the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 203m pair of sister-ships,…
Offshore in the Caribbean as a Round Ireland Warm Up?
Is there any way you could get away with saying that a sailing race in the Carribbean this winter is essential training for next June's Round Ireland Race? As unlikely a story as it may sound the warm water series…
P&O Close Seasonally Operated Fast-Ferry Services
P&O Ferries seasonally-only operated fast-ferry sailings between Larne-Cairnryan and also to Troon closed yesterday, leaving only two fast-ferries running Irish Sea cross-channel routes this winter, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fast-ferry Express (1998/5,902grt) which was first introduced on P&O Ferries North…
Donegal-Derry Ferry Route Closes
At the weekend, the Greencastle-Magilligan ferry Foyle Venture (1978/324grt) made her last sailing, marking the end of a service that started on Lough Foyle in 2002, writes Jehan Ashmore. The closure has led to 12 full-time staff and six-part staff…
Indian Ocean Pirates Ready to Attack
In the last few days the number of pirate attacks of the coast of Somalia has increased highlighting the fact that now the monsoon is weakening, the pirates are once again ready to attack merchant ships transiting through the Indian…

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