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Heritage Week: Maritime Lectures In Dun Laoghaire
It's mid-way through Heritage Week (20-28 August) and as part of the numerous events organised nationwide there will be a maritime lectures seminar held this Sunday and run by the Maritime Institute of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The lectures will…
Irish Offshore Sailing Makes Success of Debut Season
Irish Offshore Sailing, a new yacht training centre based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin is now launching its autumn winter calendar, having had a very busy first season, despite the current economic climate. The school is an RYA and ISA…
Bavaria 33 HT Motor Cruiser With Big Price Reduction
With a normal retail price well in excess of €250,000 O'Sullivan's marine of Tralee have just added a Bavaria 33 HT Sports Cruiser to the Afloat Boats for Sale site with a final price reduction on this Demo model. 'Going,…
Clipper Cruiseship Calls In for Fish & Chips
As Le Diamant berthed in Dublin Port this morning the Clipper Odyssey which also called to the capital with the French-flagged cruiseship this day last week, is visiting the fishing capital of Killybegs today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Co. Donegal port…
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Assists in Unusual Call
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat launched today to fallen power lines at the Erne River, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal to provide on scene safety. The alarm was raised by the Coast Guard at 12:35. Power lines had been damaged on Inish Saimer at…
Ainslie to Contest J109 Championships
The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is based around a programme of rowing and sailing events, but also incorporates a busy programme of activities including air displays, fireworks, a large fair, and many other smaller events that happen in and…
Yacht Broker O'Leary Marks Return to DBSC Sailing with a Win
Ross O'Leary marked his return to Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) racing last night with a light air win in the PY/Laser class. The Dun Laoghaire based yacht broker has missed part of the dinghy season due to an ankle…
King One Drops to Tenth After Round Isle of Wight Race
Dave Cullen's King One lies tenth overall at the 2011 Half Ton Classic Cup after double points results from a Round the Isle of Wight dropped the Howth boat from third. Day two of the  saw the 38–strong fleet racing…
Irish Sailing Association Hits Out at Newstalk Interview
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has hit back at last week's Newstalk radio interview where questions over the state funding of Irish Olympic Sailing was raised. In the interview with a number of Olympic hopefuls, including Dun Laoghaire sailor Annalise…
Ireland 'Can Benefit from Nurturing Sailing'
Two recent letters in The Irish Times serve as a "reminder of the high value of sailing to the social and economic health of Ireland". Enda O Coineen - who helped bring the Volvo Ocean Race to Ireland - writes…
Warning Over Oil Drill Threat to Rathlin Island Wildlife
Wildlife on Rathlin Island could be under threat if oil-drilling licences are awarded in the area, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The north Antrim coast has been earmarked as a site for potential oil exploration in the latest round of British…
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. 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…

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