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Largest Vessel Transits Samuel Beckett Swing-Bridge
With sweeping lines the 54m private motor-yacht Fortunate Sun became the largest vessel to transit Dublin's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. The motoryacht (click PHOTO) which has luxurious accommodation for 10 guests and 12 crew had sailed from the Scottish…
Dilleen and Puspure Grit It Out to Make World Cup Semi-Finals
Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure held off challenges from Canada and Germany’s number one boat to secure a place in the A/B semi-finals of the women’s double scull at the World Cup rowing regatta in Lucerne. The Ireland crew had…
DBSC First Series Likely Winners Announced
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has published the provisional results of its 2011 first series results up to Juyl 2nd showing the Commodore's yacht Gringo as the Class one likely winner on Saturday's under ECHO Handicap. The top performing cruiser one…
McCrohan Grabs Second Chance at World Cup
Siobhan McCrohan grabbed her second chance with both hands as she won her repechage of the lightweight single scull at the World Cup rowing regatta in Lucerne. Atsumi Fukumoto of Japan led through the early markers but McCrohan took over…
Celtic Mist Reaches Scotland, Ready for New Life
The yacht once owned by former Taoiseach Charles Haughey will return to Ireland next week for its new life as a marine research vessel after completing the first leg of the 2011 Tall Ships Races. The 52-foot Celtic Mist, the…
IWDG Confirms 175 Sightings in June
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has validated 175 sighting records for June 2011. The most commonly recorded species were bottlenose dolphins, accounting for 28 per cent  of all sightings, followed by harbour porpoise (25%), minke whales (13.6%), common…
Five Represent Ireland at Canoe Slalom World Cup
Eoin Rheinisch joins four other canoeists representing Ireland at the Canoe Slalom World Cup today. Ciarán Heurteau, Patrick Hynes, Hannah Craig and Aisling Conlan round out the squad competing in Leipzig, Germany. Rheinish told The Irish Times that he was…
Trade, Tonnage and Turnover Up in Belfast Harbour
Trade through Belfast Harbour has grown for the first time in three years, up 5.4% to 16.4m tonnes, according to the port's 2010 annual report, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boost in trade figures at the Port of Belfast reflects rising…
Road Closures, Volunteers Wanted for Focus Ireland Triathlon
Organisers of the Focus Ireland Triathlon in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 31 July have announced a list of road closures in the area, and have also put out a call for volunteers to assist on the day. Full road closures…
Cowes Dinard St Malo Sailing Race Preview
The race to St. Malo from Cowes has always been a popular event and this weekend 177 yachts will race across the English Channel to the famous port. The race dates back to before the formation of the Royal Ocean…
Maher and O'Donovan Qualify for Quarter-Final
Michael Maher and Mark O’Donovan finished a comfortable third in their heat and qualified for their quarter-final of the lightweight double scull at the World Cup rowing regatta in Lucerne. Former world champions Storm Uru and Peter Taylor won at…
Dilleen and Puspure Face Into Repechage
Ireland’s women’s double scull of Lisa Dilleen and Sanita Puspure are set for a repechage later today after a fifth-place finish in their heat at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne. The Irish crew were in touch early on, but…
Big Winds Start Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Unexpected strong winds got the fourth Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta off to a stunning start on Dublin Bay yesterday even though a number of boats in the massive 420-boat fleet got into difficulties as the southerly breeze hit 25 knots.…
Record Entries for the 4 Mile Beginish Island Swim 2011
Off the rugged west coast, many of Ireland's finest distance swimmers will assemble on Saturday 16th July for the third annual Beginish Island Swim.  In one lap around the Island the swimmers will experience all the possible conditions: It starts…
Irish Youth Sailors to Compete at Youth Worlds
350 sailors from 60 countries are gathering in the Adriatic town of Zadar in Croatia for the 41st edition of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship including four youth sailors representing Ireland in three different classes. The competiton runs from…
English enter 'Yorkshire' to the Clipper Race
Yorkshire is set to take on the world with the announcement today that it is to compete in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race as the only English entry in the ten-strong field for the 40,000-mile global contest…
Take Your Seats for the Belfast 'Dockers'
Dockers a play written by Martin Lynch and directed by Andrew Flynn is a vibrant recreation of Belfast's docklands set during the 1960's. The play which is running at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast ends this Sunday at 7.45pm. Ticksts cost €5-€21.50…
Callouts from Threatened NI Coastguard Centre On the Rise
Search and rescue operations from Northern Ireland's only dedicated coastguard centre are on the increase, the Belfast Telegraph reports. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/threatened-coastguard-base-sees-callouts-rise-16020068.html The latest figures show that there were 50 per cent more callouts to the Bangor-based centre last year than…
McCann Leads Optimist Europeans
After six races sailed at the Optimist European Championships in Tavira, Portugal, Royal Cork's Peter McCann leads the fleet after posting three top six finishes and discarding a 44th yesterday. The great effort by the Crosshaven youth sailor may yet…
Tall Ship Refloated Off Scotland
The tall ship that ran aground off Scotland yesterday has been refloated. http://www.afloat.ie/sail/tall-ships/ As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 100-foot-long Irene of Bridgwater, with 10 people on board, became stuck in Lamlash Bay on its way to port at Greenock…

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