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Port of Cork To Take Part in Heritage Day
On Saturday 27th August 2011, the Port of Cork will open its doors to the public from 11am until 4pm as part of Cork Heritage Day. The spectacular rooms of Custom House will be open to the public offering visitors…
UK Coastguard Warns on Tides and Sea Safety
As the UK Bank holiday approaches the UK coastguard has issed a warning to check tides and stay safe. With the school holidays well underway and the busy bank holiday weekend around the corner, coastguards and the Shipping Minister are…
US Cutter Eagle Returns to Home Port After Europe Voyage
The US Coast Guard's training barque Eagle returned to her home port of New London, Connecticut last week after a summer-long voyage to Europe. Last May the ship and its crew paid a visit to Waterford ahead of this year's…
Windsurfer Caught Out by High Winds in Galway Bay
Newstalk reports that an experienced windsurfer was rescued from Galway Bay on Sunday night. http://www.newstalk.ie/2011/news/galway-windsurfer-rescued-during-high-winds/ The crew of Galway's RNLI lifeboat were alerted at 4pm on Sunday afternoon after the windsurfer had been caught out by strong north-westerly winds. The…
Haugheys Present Prizes at Dingle Regatta
Members of the Haughey family were on hand to present prizes to the winners of this year's Dingle Regatta at the weekend. The Irish Independent reports that Conor Haughey was joined by brothers Ciaran and Sean, sister Eimear and their…
Lambay to Rush Swim For a Good Cause
Darragh Coffey will be among a group of hardy souls who are set to swim unaided from Lambay Island to Rush Harbour - all for a good cause. The group will be covering the 4.5km of open sea in aid…
RAN Looking Good For Second Victory
After the drama of Tuesday's capsize of Rambler 100 finishers of the Fastnet race continue to arrive in Plymouth. Following the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) this morning, so the first of the Mini Maxis arrived…
Regular Crews to the Fore on Dublin Bay
There was a clearance after yesterday afternoon's rain showers that gave a bright evening with ideal westerlies for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club race in Scotsman's bay. Top dinghy perfomers continued their winning runs with Stephen Oram's unnamed Fireball in…
Arctic Fox Beats Kerfuffle for Howth Squib Honours
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. TUE + SAT SERIES 3 (RACE) 16/08/2011 17 Footer SCRATCH: 1, Rita Curley/Lynch; 2, Deilginis Deilginis Group; 3, Isobel B & C Turvey; 17 Footer HCAP: 1, Deilginis Deilginis Group; 2, Isobel B & C Turvey; 3,…
Hyland and McCann head Optimist Nationals after first day
With the forecast for day two of the Image Skincare Optimist National Championships casting doubts over action afloat, the Howth YC Race Committee opted to run three races on the opening day instead of two, after which Adam Hyland of…
Figaro Fleet Near Les Sables
After the excitement of the Dun Laoghaire depature on Sunday the third leg of the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro should be finishing in Les Sables d'Olonne on Wednesday around noon. The 46 boat strong fleet has been progressing in light…
Dundalk Dredger Docked in Dublin Port Is Up for Sale
As one of the consequences of the statutory transfer of operations from Dundalk Port Company to the Dublin Port Company in July, the grab-hopper dredger, Hebble Sand is up for sale, writes Jehan Ashmore. Last year Dundalk Port Company had…
Epic Racing Expected as Toppers Finals Commence
With just three days racing to go before Friday's final race in the Sovereign Ski Topper World Championship at the National Yacht Club, the event is shaping up to be a battle royale. The Qualifying races are over and the…
Fastnet Race Monohull Record Falls
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went not to Mike Slade's 100 foot supermaxi ICAP…
Government Minister Commends Emergency Services in Fastnet Rescue
Following the dramatic rescue of 21 sailors from the over turned maxi racing yacht 'Rambler 100' off the South West Coast, Minister Simon Coveney, a racing sailor himself,  has commended the successful efforts of our rescue services in bringing everybody…
Ferry Runs Aground off Doolin for Three Hours
The capsized Rolex Fastnet Race entrant Rambler 100 was not the only vessel that got into difficulties yesterday as an Aran Islands ferry became stranded off Doolin Pier, according to a report in today's Irish Times. Rose of Aran, a…
Rambler 100 Capsize - 'A Scary Moment We Will Not Forget'
At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi…
Rambler 100 Crew Member 'Feels Lucky to be Alive'
An Australian crewmember on the stricken Rambler 100, which capsized in high winds during yesterday's Rolex Fastnet Race, has told reported that he feels "lucky to be alive". http://afloat.ie/sail/events/fastnet-race/ Mike Motti was one of five crew who were separated from…
Antoher competing yacht in the Fastnet race captured dramatic photos of the stricken 100-footer. Team Phaedos' media personnel who were at the Fastnet Rock last night waiting for photogrpahs of their big catamaran passing 'the Rock' when they got a…
Baltimore Lifeboat Plays Key Role in Rambler Crew Recovery (Pics Here)
Baltimore RNLI lifeboat crew were involved in the major rescue operation this evening (Monday 15 August 2011) when a 100 ft yacht capsized during the famous Fastnet race with a crew of 21 onboard.  Five of the crew were missing…

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