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Shannon Navigation Longford Marathon Restrictions
Shannon Navigation & Royal Canal restrictions will be in place in Tarmonbarry, Rooskey & Begnagh Bridges. Waterways Ireland advises all Masters and users that in order to facilitate the annual Longford marathon road race on Sun 28 Aug 2011 lifting…
Families Disagree with MCIB Report on F/V Jennifer
The Irish Examiner reports that the families of two fisherman who drowned off Malin Head last November disagree with the findings of the official investigation into the tragedy. http://examiner.ie/ireland/families-disagree-with-drowning-probe-findings-164675.html Eddie Doherty, 65, and his nephew Robert McLaughlin, 41, died after…
The Biggest National Eighteen Championships Ever
I can only start by thanking everyone who made the effort to make it to the event this year, we had people come from far and near and because as we all know without them an event like this cannot…
RNLI Donaghadee and Bangor Lifeboats Launch to Rescue Five People
RNLI Donaghadee and Bangor Lifeboats launched at 9.55 pm on Thursday 18th August to rescue five people aboard two leisure fishing boats. Both vessels had experienced catastrophic engine failure close to the Salt Jetty which is on northern shores of…
Britain's Team Aqua Clinch RC44 Cup in Sweden
Team Aqua (GBR) clinched the overall title by a narrow four point margin, over Team CEEREF (SLO) in the final day's racing in Maarstand, Sweden. Photos from Oskar Kihlborg below. Behind the top two there was still third place to…
King One Gets off to Strong Start in Half Ton Cup
Ireland's only representative in the Half Ton Cup has opened his account with a third placing, David Cullen's King One from Howth Yacht Club was vying for the lead in the first race yesterday and with an early start this…
First Heysham-Max Newbuild Launched for Seatruck Ferries
The first of four freight-only ferries for Irish Sea operator Seatruck Ferries was launched last week according to The Motorship. Measuring 18,920 gross tonnes the Seatruck Progrees built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) in Germany is due for delivery in November…
45 swimmers take to the water for Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat
Plan A on Friday evening last was to swim from the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat slip, out around Ballycotton lighthouse and back to the lifeboat slip. The August weather had other ideas. The event organisers arrived in Ballycotton at 3:30pm, reviewed…
100 Days until Olympic Qualification Begins at Perth 2011
For all the fine performances this year from Ireland's Olympic squad a place on the start line of next year's Olympic regatta is contingent on a result at the next ISAF World championships in 100 days time. It's a do…
Racing Round Up; Toppers, Optimists, SB3s, DBSC, Fastnet, IRC, Star
Birmingham's Venables Wins but Cork's Crosbie Takes Third at Topper Worlds, Donnelly and Clapp clinch Optimist titles at Howth. Sharkbait took another bite out of the SB3s on Belfast Lough. Wicklow Lifeboat Tows a Racing Yacht to Safety After Rope…
Sharkbait Takes Another Bite at Royal Ulster.
Howth's Ben Duncan sailing Sharbait has etched another victory in the SB3 class following a weekend of very up and down conditions with some sizeable shifts and changes in pressure at the SB3 Northern Championships at Royal Ulster Yacht Club.…
Tough Year for Irish Yachts in the Fastnet Race
It might have been the year that records tumbled  but 2011 wasn't a good year for the Irish contingent in the Fastnet yacht race. There were a dozen Irish boats or boats of Irish interest at least but all of…
Wicklow Lifeboat Tows Yacht to Safety After Rope Fouls Prop
Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched just before 5pm last night (Saturday 20th August) to assist a yacht in difficulties seven miles south east of Wicklow harbour. The alarm was raised when the skipper sent a distress call to the Coast…
Lough Derg Lifeboat Investigates Reports of Unmanned Cruiser
At 5pm this afternoon Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat, Toshiba Wave Warrior, was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard, to investigate reports that a 33ft cruiser, recently grounded off Ryan's Point, inside the Mountaineer Buoy, was without its crew. At…
Sea Kayaking Symposium in Mayo this October
The Irish Sea Kayaking Association (ISKA) will host its annual symposium on 8-9 October 2011 in Mulranny, Co Mayo. http://afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ The activity-filled weekend at the Mulranny Park Hotel will include training workshops, peer paddles and talks by leading kayaking experts.…
Ireland Among FT's 'Hottest Emerging Surf Spots'
The Financial Times has highlighted Ireland as one of the world's top emerging surfing destinations. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ "The quality of Irish surf has been recognised for many years, writes adventure journalist Alf Alderson, "but it’s only recently that it has really…
Sperm Whale Dies on Dungarvan Beach
A sperm whale that beached on a sand spit in Dungarvan, Co Waterford on Friday has died. The male whale had been spotted off the coast in the 24 hours before it was discovered 'live stranded' on Cunnigar Strand. Rescuers…
Rambler 100 Incident Shows Strength of Ireland's Search and Rescue Service
While it might be an exaggeration to say that all of the 21 crew members of Rambler 100 owe their lives to the Irish Search and Rescue service, there are certainly five people whose future prospects were greatly improved by…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Sunday 'Family-Funday'
Something to do with the kids!....head off to Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow for the 'Family Funday', an event full of activities held on the Carlisle Pier, writes Jehan Ashmore. There will be bouncing castles, a bottle-stall, clowns, face-painting, fortune-teller, goldfish,…
Lively Lady Wins DBSC Race on IRC and ECHO
Derek Martin's Beneteau 44.7 Lively Lady produced wins on IRC and ECHO in Dublin Bay Sailing Club's race this afternoon in medium winds that featured a long spinnaker run the length of Dublin Bay. Martin's Royal Irish club mate George…
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