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Ireland's Sophie Browne in Top Ten at Optimist World Championships
#OPTIWORLDS – Tralee's Sophie Browne is in the top ten of the Optimist World Championships in New Zealand after yesterday's first race of the event. The sole Irish competitor produced a top opening result in her blue division of the…
'World's Biggest Waves' Off Irish Coast?
#SURFING - One of Ireland's top surfers claims he has found the world's biggest waves off the coast of Ireland. As Irish Central reports, Portrush waverider Al Mennie says that he and surfing partner Andrew Cotton have found two waves…
Man Escapes Jail for Illegal Fishing, Obstructing Officer
#ANGLING - A man narrowly escaped prison for obstructing a fisheries officer in a case taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) at Carrickmacross District Court earlier this month. Piotr Flaga - of Bog Road in Drogheda - was fined €450…
Transfer of Cargo from Stricken Tanker Delayed
#SHIPPING - The transfer of cargo from the damaged oil tanker sheltering at the entrance to Belfast Lough has been posponed for at least two more days. As previously reported on, the 228-metre Germar Companion - which is carrying…
New Year Currachs to be Launched on the Liffey
#CURRACH – Two traditional Irish currachs are being built on the banks of the river Liffey and will be afloat on the Irish sea in the first week of the new year. The special project undertaken by East Wall Sports Club…
Coast Guard, RNLI Funding Escapes Cuts
#COASTGUARD – Funding for the Coast Guard and the RNLI will be protected at existing levels in 2012, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar confirmed today (Saturday). Speaking during a New Year's Eve visit to thank volunteers at…
New Year, New Rigging for Team Sanya
#VOLVOOCEANRACE – A pre-Christmas rig failure on board the Discover Ireland backed entry 'Team Sanya' in the Volvo Ocean Race continues to thwart the Chinese-Irish sailing team. The crew are hopeful now of fitting new rigging to the 70-foot ocean…
Dun Laoghaire Earmarked For Stop on First MOD70 Euro Tour
#DUBLIN BAY NEWS - The inaugural European Tour for the MOD70 trimaran class is set to come to Dublin next summer, pending agreement with the relative authorities in January. The Irish Times reports that the National Yacht Club is at…
Queen Recognises Coastguard in New Years Honours List
#NEWYEARSHONOURS – The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has congratulated Mark Rodaway, Wendy Wood and Paul Kelly who were honoured in the Queen's New Year's Honours List. All received their awards for their contribution to Maritime Safety. Mark Rodaway,…
Codling, Coalies Providing Great Sport for Wexford's Winter Anglers
#ANGLING - The winter shore angling season on Wexford's coast has been "exeptional" so far, writes Ashley Hayden in the Enniscorthy Guardian. With cod shoals moving north into the Irish Sea, some impressive catches of codling have been reported at…
Whales, Dolphin Found Beached on West Coast
#MARINE WILDLIFE - Three whales and a dolphin were found beached over the past few days along Ireland's west coast, according to the Belfast Telegraph. Dr Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group confirmed that reports had been…
Lucky 14 Bags Ainsworth's Sydney-Hobart Title
#SYDNEY-HOBART – With the wind fading for the smaller yachts so this morning (local time) Stephen Ainsworth's Loki was announced the handicap winner of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At a presentation on board their white four year…
Four Top Ten Results Show Browne's Promise
#OPTIWORLDS – Irish Youth Sailor Sophie Browne of Tralee Bay SC and the Royal Cork YC has settled into her pre Optimist World Championships training regime at Napier Sailing Club on the beautiful Hawke's Bay on the East coast of…
Cargo Ready for Transfer from 'Cracked' Ship
#SHIPPING – Plans to remove the cargo of 54,304 tonnes of Vacuum Gas Oil from the merchant vessel 'Genmar Companion' have now been finalised. The transfer will start on 31 December 2011 (weather permitting). The vessel has been sheltering off…
Line Honours Decided, Who Will Be Sydney-Hobart's Overall Winner?
#SYDNEYHOBART – With the line honours podium decided in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, focus now shifts to the handicap race under IRC for the Tattersall's Cup. The closest finish in the last 29 years of the Rolex Sydney…
Ireland's Browne Part of Strong Female Line up at Optimist Worlds
#OPTI – In a further boost for Irish Optimist hopes at this year's world championships, Kerry's 14-year old Sophie Browne finished in the important top quarter of the pre-worlds event, taking 21st from 214 starters in today's final rounds of…
Easy Swim at Forty Foot on Warmest Christmas Day in Years
#WEATHER - Those hardy Yuletide bathers at the Forty Foot in Dublin didn't need to be so brave this year, as Ireland experienced one of the warmest Christmas Days on record. Just one year ago Ireland was in the grip…
Body of Irish Fisherman Recovered in Scotland
#NEWS UPDATE - A fisherman whose body was found in a Scottish harbour on St Stephen's Day has been identified as that of a 34-year-old Donegal man, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Philip Anthony Toland, from Glengad in Inishowen, Co Donegal,…
Gale, Flood Warning In Effect for Ireland Today
#WEATHER - Met Éireann is warning that more gale force winds will affect many parts of Ireland and the Irish Sea today (28 December). According to the forecaster, stormy conditions over Connacht, Ulster and parts of north Leinster will see…
Afloat's Top Stories from Christmas 2011
We count down the top five most popular boating stories on over the Christmas 5. Dun Laoghaire Harbour Seeks 'Creative Director' 4. Bottlenose Dolphin Pod Seen Again Off Dublin Coast 3. Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat to Mark Christmas Eve Tragedy…

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