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Terry Johnson Recognised for his Work with RNLI Ireland
Terence Johnson was made a Life Governor of Irish Water Safety to day at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin in due recognition of his work as Chairman of the Irish Management Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Government Chief…
First Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race Abandoned Due to Lack of Wind
It would not have been a problem if the 80-metre Irish Lights Vessel Granuaile moored in Scotsman's Bay was the only obstacle for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) fleet to overcome tonight. It was obvious though – as soon…
Rowers Cross Irish Sea for Wicklow Charity
East coast rowers are undertaking an Irish Sea fundraising event for the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. A group of 10 rowers will depart from Fishguard in Wales this Saturday at 3.30pm and aim to arrive in Wicklow harbour at 10am Sunday…
Give Vessels a Wide Berth at Limerick Riverfest on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland has advised masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon navigation that Limerick River Fest will take place in the vicinity of Sarsfield's Lock, Limerick from 3 pm until 7 pm on Sun 1 May 2011. Masters are…
Irish Optimists Finish Top in Braassemeer
Ireland finished top country at the massive Dutch Easter Optimist dinghy sailing event at Braassemeer Easter regatta. The National Yacht Club's Sean Donnelly was fourth and Royal St. George's Adam Hyland fifth overall in the Gold fleet. Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain took…
Derry-Londonderry Crew To be Selected for World's Longest Yacht Race
Almost 400 people from all over the world are converging on Southampton on Saturday to discover which team they will be sailing with in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. They will be taking part in the eighth…
Celtic Link Ferries Look Forward to New Ferry
Celtic Link Ferries are to introduce a replacement ferry on their Rosslare-Cherbourg port route later this year, writes Jehan Ashmore.The current ship serving the route to France is a modern 26,500 tonnes ro-pax ferry Norman Voyager which entered service for…
Lifeboat and Helicopter Discover 'Upturned Hull' is Yacht Racing Mark
Skerries RNLI Lifeboat was tasked last night at 8pm to reports of an upturned hull in the water off Donabate Co Dublin. The lifeboat was launched within six minutes and with the help of the Coast Guard Helicopter "Rescue 116"…
Sailors Plan Month Long Journey from Shannon to Liffey and Back
Nenagh resident and inland waterways enthusiast, Nick Theato, single-handed aboard 'Bo-Bo, a five metre Pedro trailer/sailer and Pat Kelly, Killadangan, with his son Andrew in 'Shu-Ra-Nu', a 6 metre Etap 20 trailer/sailer, plan to raise funds for Lifeboats Ireland by…
1720 European Championships to be Launched on the Lee
The 1720 Sportsboat European Championships and the class national championships will be launched at a "Sailing By The Lee" event on Friday 29th April, 2011 where six 1720's will be raced on the River Lee adjacent to the Headquarters of…
McCrohan is Afloat Rower of the Month (and podcast!)
Siobhan McCrohan is the Afloat Rower of the Month for April. The Galway woman was a convincing winner of the women’s single sculls final at the National Trials, following a similar win at the National Assessment in Newry. Last season…
Waterford Businesses Want Fair Pricing at Tall Ships
Waterford's business and tourism leaders have demanded "fair pricing" in the city during the Tall Ships Races this summer, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/sail/tall-ships/ Reports have circulated that local hotels and other businesses were planning to raise their prices for…
Safety Notice Issued after Winch Accident
Sailing winch manufacturer Lewmar have issued a safety notice following an accident aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently an investigation is…
Irish Private Islands Up For Sale
Three private islands off Ireland's west coast are now up for sale - with the cheapest being a snip at just €150,000. Irish Central reports that the three islands are currently offered via the website privateislandonline.com which aims at the…
Dublin Port to Pay €16.5 million Dividend to the State
At its Annual General Meeting today, Dublin Port Company which operates Ireland's largest port, handling over half of Ireland's trade, announced it will pay a €6.5 million dividend to the State in June 2010 based on its Financial Results for…
Ireland to Share Fisheries Protection Resources with France, Spain and UK
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has announced that Ireland, United Kingdom, France and Spain will share resources – patrol vessels and personnel, in a continuing effort to monitor trans-boundary fisheries. This further development of international co-operation on fisheries control for…
'Grave Consequences' If UK Coastguard Stations Close Says Union
Union leaders and seafarers have spoken out over the proposed closure of coastguard stations across the UK as a parliamentary committee begins its inquiry into the cutbacks. http://www.afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ Northern Ireland's only full-time search and rescue centre at Bangor is one…
Body of Fisherman Found in Castletownbere
The body of a fisherman reported missing from a trawler at Castletownbere, Co Cork yesterday morning has been recovered. Local divers teamed with the Castletownbere Lifeboat and the Irish Coast Guard for a search that ended around 1.30pm when the…
500 Boats will Kick Start the Dublin Sailing Season this Weekend
Typically the start of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is a traditional season highlight on the capital's waters but there's so much sailing slated for Dublin Bay the weekend it's hard to know where to start. There could be…
Annalise Murphy Lines up for SB3 Eastern Championships in Howth
Although the sailing numbers entered to date are smaller than usual for the SB3 fleet, what it lacks in quantity it will more than up for in quality when racing starts off Howth next Saturday (April 30th). Unless last year's…
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