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CH Marine Seeks Sales & Admin Staffer For Expanding Paddle & Water Sports Division
CH Marine is currently recruiting for a sales and administration person for Bantry Bay Canoes, the busy and expanding kayaking and watersports division based at its Skibbereen outlet. A proficient knowledge of all codes of paddling is essential, alongside modern…
The RNLI lifeboat en route to the dismasted yacht
Galway RNLI has rescued a man whose yacht got into difficulty on Galway Bay this morning. Galway RNLI says that the yacht was sailing from Barna to Ballyvaughan in Clare when the forestay broke and the mast crashed onto the…
Rescue 117 and crew at RAF Northolt
On Saturday morning (29 August) the Irish Coast Guard was called on short notice to carry out the high-priority transport of a child to the UK for urgent medical treatment. The Waterford-based coastguard helicopter Rescue 117 was scrambled for the…
EU-US "Mini Deal" on Lobster Imports  Negotiated by Former Commissioner Phil Hogan May "Wipe Out" Irish Lobster Fishery
Irish lobster fishermen are warning that they face a “wipe-out” as a result of an EU-US trade deal negotiated by former Irish commissioner Phil Hogan. As The Sunday Independent reports, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine says Ireland is…
A 2014 High Court ruling, upheld by the Supreme Court 3 years later, found the penalty legislation to be unconstitutional in not allowing for fair procedure.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been accused of having “conveniently ignored” a Supreme Court ruling on penalty points for commercial fishing by signing in a new system late last week. Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Séan O’Donoghue condemned the move…
Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale (with article author Mark Mansfield pictured second from right) at the start of the Fastnet 450 Race
Mark Mansfield, Olympian and Professional sailor and a member of this year's Fastnet 450 Race organising committee reckons lessons learned in this COVID-hit 2020 sailing season means there can still be good compliant big boat racing even in these strange…
Tom Dolan is currently lying in seventh place after the first night at sea  in the 51st Figaro Race from France
Tom Dolan has had a great start to the 51st La Solitaire Du Figaro, the County Meath man's third attempt at the solo marathon race.  Dolan is lying in seventh place this morning, mixing it with the all-important top ten…
The upturned fishing boat is inspected by the Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore rescue boat
The Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore cross channel ferry spotted a 20-foot Kinsale-based fishing boat capsized off the coast of Wales this afternoon. The ferry, under the command of well-known Irish yachtsman and tall ship skipper Captain Gerry Burns, was…
‘Skill Up’ This September With The Royal Cork Yacht Club
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has launched a new drive encouraging its members to ‘skill up’ this September. Are you interested in going on the water with your sailor? Are you interested in getting trained up for mark laying, safety…
A still from Ailís Ní Ríain’s video and sound composition East-West
An art project involving multiple collaborators and many years in the making will soon invite the public to connect, both in person and online, with one of the last unknown spaces on earth — the ocean wilderness. Aerial/Sparks was created…
Minister Simon Coveney raises the Cork300 flag with Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service Commodore Michael Malone, and the Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Colin Morehead.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Defence Simon Coveney TD marked the Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th birthday at a small ceremony on Haulbowline island this weekend (Saturday 29 Aug), the Irish Naval Headquarters and home of the original 'Water…
Robert O'Leary's Dutch Gold crew are  1720 Southern Champions
Robert O'Leary's Dutch Gold Baltimore Sailing Club crew add the AIB Southern Championship title to their 1720 sportsboat trophy haul after an emphatic six-point win at Cork Harbour today.  O'Leary counted a tally of eight results inside the top four…
UK Sailmakers Ireland are carrying out sail repairs to keep the 1720 fleet going during the 1720 Championships
We've been working hard this weekend to keep the 1720 sportsboat boys in the game at the AIB Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. When you rip it, UK Sailmakers Ireland can fix it in time for the next…
The sunken vessel across the Bangor Harbour slipway
A Notice to Mariners issued on 29th August by Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough warns that the slipway in front of the Lifeboat house has been closed due to a sunken vessel. On Wednesday night (26th August) the owners of…
Ireland has two entries in today's noon start (Irish time) of the La Soltiaire du Figaro fleet
Dublin's Kenny Rumball and Meath's Tom Dolan can expect a fairly fast, long, and open 642 nautical miles first leg, to the Fastnet and back, in the first challenge for the 35 solo sailors who embark on the 51st edition of…
Ben Mulligan (right) with Cormac Bradley. Mulligan's new Flying Fifteen launched today to win at the first time of asking on Dublin Bay
Ben Mulligan's brand new Flying Fifteen 'Enfant de Marie' was launched from the DMYC in time for today's first DBSC Saturday Race and was rewarded with a maiden voyage victory. A fleet of 121 boats across all the DBSC classes…
Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series Champion -Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)
Today's last race of the four-race Viking Marine sponsored ISORA Coastal Series was the only one to have started with any breeze above ten knots, providing a suitable send-off for the 12-boat fleet finale. Overall leader Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)…
Junior sailing with the INSS this summer
The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School (INSS) is looking forward to the return of the Saturday Sailing programme for kids aged seven to 17. After a successful summer implementing new measures in accordance with coronavirus restrictions, the programme will…
Overall leader - Robert O'Leary's Dutch Gold crew are five points clear at the top in the 1720 Southern Championships sponsored by AIB. Scroll down for photo gallery
The overnight AIB 1720 Southern championships leader Robert O'Leary has built a five-point winning margin after five more races were sailed today at the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted event.  The Baltimore Sailing Club crew sailing 'Dutch Gold' are putting in…
The 34th Lock on the Royal Canal at Balroe
Waterways Ireland advises masters and users of vessels on the Royal Canal that the inland waterway is closed between Balroe and Ballynacarrigy in Co Westmeath. Navigation will be prohibited between the 34th and 35th locks for the next two weeks…

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