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Dinghy Sailors Rescued on Lough Derg
Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat assisted 3 persons in difficulties off Garrykennedy, winds NW F 6, April 3 2012 At lunch time yesterday Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist three persons in difficulty in their 14ft sailing dinghy off Garrykennedy.…
Waterways Ireland Issues Notice on Low Water Levels
Waterways Ireland has issued a notice to boaters on all navigations about low water levels. The extended period of unseasonal dry weather has meant that water levels in the navigations are presently lower than normal for this time of year.…
Irish Ferries Appoints Operations Director
Andrew Sheen has been appointed Operations Director, Irish Ferries. A former engineer on the company's fast ferry Jonathan Swift, Mr. Sheen joined Irish Ferries from the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency having served as Technical Performance Manager, Engineer and Ship…
Irish Yacht Broker Seeks Out New Markets
There's no doubt about the lengths MGM boats of Dun Laoghaire will go to seek out new markets. We reported on the MGM Boats stand at the Dubai Show on St. Patricks day. Russia is also a growth market in…
Howth to host 2015 Squib Nationals
Beating off stiff competition from Kinsale and Royal North of Ireland YC, Howth Yacht Club has won the bid to host the 2015 Squib Nationals to which over 70 boats from across the UK and Ireland will be expected to…
University Challenge Heads for Cork
#NAVAL VISITS – Two small University Royal Naval Units (URNU) patrol training boats of the Royal Navy are due to call to Cork city centre along South Customs House Quay this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair are HMS Exploit…
March's Big Waves Tease a Wild Summer of Surfing
#SURFING - Irish surf classifieds website Surfseekers.ie has compiled some stunning images from March's world-class surfing conditions. From the biggest rollers in years off Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo to the Cliffs of Moher and even as far south as…
Draft Net Season Won't Be Brought Forward Says Minister
#ANGLING - Minister for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd has confirmed that there is no proposal for the extension of the salmon draft netting season. In response to concerns expressed by the angling community and highlighted by Derek Evans in The…
Bumper Catch for Media at Annamoe
#ANGLING - Journalists were angling for a different kind of story at Annamoe Trout Fisheries recently as they competed for the Dublin Crystal Perpetual Trophy, The Irish Times reports. The eighth annual event at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains…
New Lease of Life for Reopened Maritime Museum
#MARITIME MUSEUM REOPENING – It is good to report positive news, particularly the much awaited reopening of the Maritime Institute of Ireland's maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire, which is to take place today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since 2006, the museum…
Laser Sharp Espey Masters Palma Conditions
Northern Ireland Olympic sailors made the best of the light conditions after a light air opening to yesterday's Trofeo Princesa Sofa MAPFRE on the Bay of Palma, Mallorca. James Espey who seeks a final shot at Olympic qualification next month…
Gentle Start to Kinsale's April League
Round one of the Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series commenced yesterday, April 1st, in very light conditions. It was slightly cooler than the summery conditions we have been experiencing of late, but this did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors…
(R to L) Captain Jumble and Captain Pat Farnan, Port of Cork Harbour Master Launch the Port of Cork Boat Jumble on 15th April 2012
On Sunday 15th April from 10am to 4pm, the Port of Cork will host a Boat Jumble on Custom House Quay. The Boat Jumble, which comes to Cork for the first time, is an open air market for the sale…
High Tides increase Easter Drowning Risk Warns Safety Body
Thousands of people will enjoy Easter bank holiday breaks on or close to waterways that pose a danger if safety is not heeded especially as there will be a Full Moon and some of the highest tides of the year.…
Titanic Belfast Opens With Last Living Witness of Ship's Launch
#TITANIC - A Belfast man who saw the Titanic launch from the Harland and Wolff shipyards more than 100 years ago was guest of honour at the opening of Titanic Belfast at the weekend. "It's like our Sydney Opera House,"…
Former Fastnet Ferry to Become Floating Hotel
#FERRY NEWS – The former Fastnet Line ferry Julia (1981 / 22,161grt) is to embark on a new life as a floating dormitory for workers building and servicing offshore wind turbines in the North Sea, according to The Examiner. The…
Successful Early Bird Regatta at Malahide
Following on from its hosting of the 420 Class Leinster Championships the previous weekend, Malahide Yacht Club’s newly re-developed Dinghy Sailing Centre at the Broadmeadows was the scene for a highly successful Early Bird Regatta (Saturday 31st March) which attracted…
Dublin Tall Ships 2012 seeks 150 Volunteers
Dublin is set to welcome The Tall Ships Race 2012 with magnificent vessels lining the city quays of the River Liffey from 23rd – 26th August. As final host port, Dublin can expect to see up to 1 million visitors,…
NI Deaf Paddler To Carry Olympic Torch
#CANOEING - Irish canoe slalom paddler Matthew Sykes has secured a place on the Olympic torch relay this summer. “I am only one of only 8,000 people selected to carry the London 2012 Olympic torch relay," the Northern Irishman told…
Groupama Try Out a New Watch System
#VOLVO OCEAN RACE - Has the Groupama sailing team adopted a new simplified watch system, keeping just one man on deck to handle the vessel - as demonstrated by Ireland's Damian Foxall in the video above? Don't worry - it's…

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