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Nice to be Invited to the All Ireland Sailing Championships
Wayfarer Dinghy National Champion Trevor Fisher was not invited to sail in last weekend's Waterway's Ireland ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships. Here he outlines why and suggests the system for participation in 'Ireland's most prestigious sailing event' needs an overhaul.…
Medals from Miami if Inconsistency Can Be Ironed Out
#OLYMPIC – Now that Ireland's Star, 49er and Laser Radial places are secure for the Olympics, attention now turns to delivering at the event itself. We're only 200 days or so out from the first race of the Olympic sailing…
Dalkey Meeting to Discuss Proposed Oil Drilling
#'DALKEY ISLAND' PROSPECT – In response to a proposed exploratory search for oil and gas operation by Providence Resources off Dalkey Island, Co. Dublin, as previously reported on, a public meeting is to be held by Dalkey Community Council…
St Michael's Head Draws A Record 577 Crews
#ROWING–Cold weather isn’t deterring the largest entry to date of Limerick’s St. Michael’s Rowing Club Head of the River(HOR) race which will be held on Saturday, January 28th in O’Brien’s Bridge. Over 1000 athletes are entered in what is the…
Shore Angling Competition Raises Funds for Courtown Lifeboat
#ANGLING - Strongs winds and heavy seas weren't enough to dampen the spirits of the anglers taking part in the Courtown Sea Anglers RNLI fundraising event last Sunday, the Gorey Guardian reports. Top winner on the day in the shore angling…
Corks Pop for Cruising's 4,000th Member
#CRUISING – On the first day of the London Boat Show the Cruising Association's Patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, welcomed Eric Roberts as the 4,000th member of the Association. Eric, 57, lives in Shenfield, Essex, and was introduced to the Cruising…
Tall Ships Conference Sets Sail for Aalborg, Denmark
#TALL SHIPS – The port city of Aalborg, Denmark, will host Sail Training International's annual Tall Ship conference in November 2013. The agreement was signed today by Aalborg Mayor Henning G Jensen and Sail Training International's President and Chairman Nigel…
IWDG to Host European Cetacean Conference in Galway This March
#MARINE WILDLIFE - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will host the 26th annual European Cetacean Society Conference in Galway on the weekend of 24-25 March this year. The Galway Bay Hotel will be the site for the main…
Body Recovered as Search for West Cork Fishermen Continues
#RESCUE - Garda divers have this morning recovered a body in their search for the crew of the fishing vessel Tit Bonhomme off the coast of West Cork. As previously reported on, five of the six-person crew went missing…
NZ Firm Delivers Fishery Monitoring Vessels to Alaska
#FISHING – New Zealand's Stabicraft Marine has delivered nine custom 659 Wheel House vessels to Alaska where they will be used as observation boats to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery's interaction with sea mammals and sea birds.…
Sabre 426 and Beneteau Idylle 1350 Go On Sale
#BOATS FOR SALE – Two 40-foot sailing cruisers have gone on sale on the Afloat boats for sale site today one priced at €249,500 and the other at €74,950. They're on sale through popular Cork broker Crosshaven Boatyard who currently…
Murphy, O'Leary and Burrows Back in Action in Miami
#US SAILING – This weekend the Irish Olympic Star sailing team aka Peter O'Leary and David Burrows along with Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial is back in action in Miami at the first ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta of…
Fast flow at Portora, Enniskillen
#Erne – As a result of fast river flow On the Erne system at Enniskillen, Portora Lock is presently closed. Also, a defective sluice gate on the weir means there are fast flow rates in the vicinity of the lock.…
New Admiral Takes the Helm at Royal Cork
#royalcork – Outgoing Admiral Paddy McGlade took Royal Cork Yacht Club through a packed agm last Monday as Peter Deasy was elected Admiral to the oldest yacht club in the world writes Claire Bateman. Pat Lyons will serve as Vice…
Belfast to Showcase Holiday World
#HOLIDAY WORLD SHOW -The Belfast Telegraph Holiday World Show will be officially opened by actress and comedian Crissy Rock of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here' fame, where she is to 'check in' at the city's King's Hall,…
Titanic Artifacts a Snap - at $189 Million!
#TITANIC - The Titanic is for sale - if you have a spare $189 million to spend, according to the Los Angeles Times. The single-lot auction, which will take place in April on the 100th anniversary of the Belfast-built ocean…
Third Annual Pike World Cup Set for Lough Ree This April
#ANGLING - The Third International Pike Competition and Pike World Cup Boat Angling Tournament is set to take place on Lough Ree in Co Westmeath from 18-20 April 2012. While the first event in 2010 attracted 55 anglers, that number…
NI Calls for Voluntary Ban on Offshore Salmon Fishing
#ANGLING - Northern Ireland's Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) has called on anglers to help protect the North's wild salmon, following new research that shows a significant drop in their numbers. Fisheries Minister Carál Ní Chuilín told BBC…
Fin Whale 'Feeding Frenzy' Off Hook Head
#MARINE WILDLIFE - A "feeding frenzy" involving a pod of fin whales was spotted off Hook Head in Co Wexford last week, The Irish Times reports. And according to Andrew Malcolm of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), two…
Crash Gybes Plus a Win for the Ladies!
#FROSTBITE – The second Dun Laoghaire frostbite race of 2012 was sailed in blustery, breezy and shifty conditions in Dun Laoghaire’s harbour on Sunday 15th January. A very healthy turnout of 17 boats contested a 5 lap race which saw…

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