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Afloat.ie: Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Makes Stephen's Day Rescue
Two people were rescued when their boat encountered difficulties at nightfall on Dublin Bay this evening and were brought to safety by the Dun Laoghaire RNLI Inshore lifeboat (ILB). The initial alert came shortly after 4.00pm when the 21ft open…
Afloat.ie: Tricky Start to Sydney-Hobart in Prospect
The low pressure system remnant of a tropical cyclone crossing the continent is setting up a tricky wind pattern for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, for its Boxing Day start. While the scenario is still changing, pockets of light breeze…
ICAP Leopard preparing for Boxing Day Race Start
Round Ireland record breaker ICAP Leopard, the 100ft supermaxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar CEO Mike Slade, is now training hard in Sydney ahead of her assault on the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Her crew inlcudes Wexford's Justin Slattery. This…
Afloat.ie: Third long-range helicopter rescue in week
The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter service faced extreme conditions for the third time in a week when the Waterford Sikorsky helicopter rescued a fisherman 225 kilometres (140 miles) south of Fastnet Rock writes Lorna Siggins in today's Irish Times…
Afloat.ie: RORC Announce Change to the Class Bands for Commodores’ Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) today announced a change to the class rating bands for the 2010 Rolex Commodores’ Cup.  The lower limit of Class 1 has been lowered by 10 points from 1.120 to 1.110.  The rating bands…
Afloat.ie: New Horizons for Solo Sailors
With over 85 expressions of interest and some 35 sailors of all ages gathering in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on Wednesday the 16th December to meet, discuss and commit to short handed yacht racing in Ireland. It…
Afloat.ie: Diesel Bugs Eradicated – Geoff Holt to depart in 2 hours
Geoff Holt’s enforced stop-over at the Cape Verde Islands has been a frustrating two delay in his Atlantic crossing but he is about to get underway again in two hours time. The problems Impossible Dream was experiencing were due to…
Afloat.ie: Erne Closure of Jetties and Pump Outs
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters, owners and inland waterway users that the undermentioned public moorings will be closed as a result of damage caused by the recent flooding.  These moorings will remain closed until repairs have been carried…
Afloat.ie: Three English fishermen rescued by Irish ferry
An Irish ferry rescued three English fishermen off the French coast when their vessel was involved in a collision and sank. Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times has the story here.
Afloat.ie: Cork Reaches Australia then Retires
Following a dramatic start to their race from Cape Town, South Africa, when Cork collided on the start line with Hull & Humber, the team has arrived in Geraldton, Western Australia at the end of the Southern Ocean leg of…
Afloat.ie: Wrasse Instead of Turkey on Christmas Eve?
A story about how an island fisherman is keeping up a tradition going back centuries gives a glimpse of how different island life can be especially at Christmas time. Malachy Beatty supplies wrasse to the islanders of Inis Mor. The…
Afloat.ie: Last Minute Stocking Filler?
  Last minute stocking filler? Pick up Afloat's Irish Sailing Annual for the sailor in your life. We've got 2009 wrapped inlcuding: Jeremy Irons and his Willing Lass, a mini Valkyrie and the X-41 Factor are just a few of…
Afloat.ie: Hyde Crosses the Line in St. Lucia
Royal Cork's Stephen Hyde sailing A Lady (Avoidng the Recesssion in Style blog here) was among 200 yachts arriving at Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia over the past two and a half weeks, and the celebration on Saturday 19 December,…
Afloat.ie: Fish Barrier at Fermoy
Minister of State Conor Lenihan today announced he had reviewed the approach to resolving the barrier to fish passage at Fermoy. Minister Lenihan said, “Since taking up responsibility for inland fish I have been anxious that progress be made to…
Afloat.ie: Captain Simon Coate Appointed Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master
Captain Simon Coate has been appointed Harbour Master of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. He  succeeds  Captain Jim Carter,  who has retired after 34 years at the helm. A Master Mariner,  Captain Coate spent 29 years at sea in the Merchant Navy,…
Afloat.ie: RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers Ready for Christmas Call Outs
Last year, Irish lifeboats launched 14 times during Christmas week (from 24 December to 1 Jan inclusive). This Christmas season Irish lifeboat volunteers with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) may well leave festive family celebrations behind again to brave…
Afloat.ie: UK Makes changes to Collection of Time Expired Pyrotechnics
In the UK, the Maritime And Coastguard Agency (MCA) with the assistance of the Department for Transport, will continue to accept TEPs from the public; however the collection and disposal service will no longer be undertaken by the Ministry of…
Afloat.ie: Short-handed association formed
A fledgling Irish short-handed sailing association began to take shape last week, with more than 35 people in attendance at the National Yacht Club to discuss how to encourage the discipline. Among those in attendance were former solo Round Ireland…
Afloat.ie: Christmas Day Swim Advice
Irish Water Safety has issued a warning to cover activities over the holidays including Christmas Day swims. Christmas Charity Swims The Christmas season in Ireland is a time when thousands of people around the country traditionally run sponsored swims in…
Afloat.ie: End of Southern Ocean leg for Cork, Ireland in the Clipper Race
Following a dramatic start to their race from Cape Town, South Africa, when Cork,Ireland collided on the start line with English entry Hull & Humber, the Irish team has arrived in Geraldton, Western Australia at the end of the Southern…
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