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Ireland's Big Wave Surfers Showcased in New Film
Ireland's first ever 'big wave' surfing contest has been immortalised in a new documentary film (SEE TRAILER BELOW). http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ High Pressure – The Story of Ireland’s First Big Wave Surfing Contest follows the story of those hardy souls who took…
Howth Yacht Club's 37th Laser Frostbite starts in November
One of Ireland’s longest running dinghy frostbite series begins its 37th running on Sunday 6th November when Howth Yacht Club’s Laser Frostbite gets underway. The Frostbite, which began in 1974, comprises a pre-Christmas and post-New Year series (starting January 8th),…
Ireland Thankful to Escape Favourites Tag for Commodore's Cup 2012
Ireland's 2010 Commodore's Cup winning captain showed his relief at the news that Hong Kong have been tipped as favourites for next July's event, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/sail/events/commodores-cup/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/1021/1224306212856.html The announcement was made this week at the Royal Ocean…
New Book On Titanic Captain Edward John Smith to Be Launched
The definitive account of the life and career of the respected and popular TItanic Captain due to be published on the 21st of November 2011. Titanic Captain: The Life of Edward John Smith by G J Cooper will include: ·…
'Reconnaissance' Wins Fenit to Dingle Race
Peadar O'Loughlin's Sigma 33 Reconnaissance was the overall winner of Tralee Bay Sailing Club's race from Fenit to Dingle this October but only after a great comeback in the last two miles of this County Kerry race. The first boat…
Search and Recovery Operation Underway at Banagher Bridge
A search and recovery operation is being conducted from Banagher bridge downstream towards Meelick Lock. A number of vessels are involved including a dive vessel and a sonar search craft. Waterways Ireland request masters of vessels to proceed at slow…
European Naval Flotilla Docks in Dublin
As ferry-passengers departed Dublin Port this morning, a flotilla of naval-ships would of been seen as they arrived off the Baily Lighthouse in Dublin Bay bound for the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leading the flotilla of the four European naval…
Creidne Sail Training Scheme
The Naval Service's Sailing Training Vessel Creidne cuts a great pose sailing in Cork Harbour on page three of the Autumn issue of Afloat. The refurbished 47-footer is now in full use by the Naval Service as a training vessel…
Irish Aquatic Sports Off Target for Olympic Spots
Ireland's aquatic sports are way off target for qualification for next summer's Olympic Games, according to performance heads. “The reality is we’re no better than a 50-50 chance of qualifying a crew," said Rowing Ireland performance director Martin McElroy, who…
National Maritime College Open its Doors
The National Maritime College of Ireland, Europe's only purpose built Maritime Education facility, will host an Open Day on Tuesday next, October 25th from 10am to 3pm. Situated on the shores of Cork Harbour this magnificent facility has both a…
Killer Whales, Minkes Spotted Off Coast
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has announced two new reports of whale spottings off the Irish coast in recent days. http://www.iwdg.ie/article.asp?id=2493 On 14 October the east coast rescue helicopter spotted a group of at least five lunge-feeding whales…
Bass Fishing Permit Refusal is Welcomed
Environmentalists have welcomed the decision by the Minister for the Marine to refuse a permit for commercial sea bass fishing in the Celtic Sea, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1019/1224306074351.html The Friends of the Irish Environment hailed Minister Simon Coveney's…
Lecture: The Vasa-Fifty Years On
It's that time of the year again as the Maritime Institute of Ireland embark with their winter lecture series held in the Stella Maris Seafarers' Club, close to Busaras, Dublin city-centre.  The first talk will be about the Vasa, Fifty…
SB3 Sailors Sailing for $30,000 Black Sea Bounty
Howth SB3 Sailors Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Joe Turner areamong the teams competing for the Rodion Luka Friendship regatta in Odessa on the Black Sea this Saturday. Event Sponsor Transbunker has offered $30,000 prize money for the event to…
New Sponsor Announced for 2012 Commodore's Cup
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has announced Brewin Dolphin as the new Title Sponsor for the 11th Commodores' Cup sailing championship, which is run, with the support of the Royal Yacht Squadron, between Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th July…
Inaugural RS400 & RS200 Sprint Trophy Preview
This Saturday's inaugural RS400 & RS200 Sprint Trophy hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, sees the regular contenders face off in this season's finale against some formidable additions to these growing classes. In the RS200 class National Champions…
Freeze on NI Fishing Licence Fees
Northern Ireland's sports minister has announced that there will be no increase in fishing licence fees for the 2012 angling seasons. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ Carál Ní Chuilín said that "In light of the current economic climate, I have decided to keep the…
Surfers Sought for TV3 Dating Show
A TV producer is seeking surfers to take part in the next series of TV3's hit dating programme Take Me Out. Sideline Productions is looking for both male and female "fun loving" contestants to audition for the enertainment show, where…
Wild Salmon Showing Signs of Adapting to Climate Change
New evidence is indicating that wild salmon are adapting to climate change by feeding in colder waters, The Irish Times reports. According to salmon expert Dr Ken Whelan, wild salmon are now diving as far as 800m below the surface…
New Media Man Announced for Discover Ireland Backed VOR Entry
Team Sanya, the Chinese - Irish backed entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, announced today that Andres Soriano (ESP/USA) is to take on the role of their Media Crew Member. There has been some disappointment at home given the…

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