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New Coastal Canoe Trails for Northern Ireland
This week Northern Ireland welcomes the launch of two new coastal canoe trails. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/canoeing/ The new Foyle Canoe Trail stretches for 33 miles from Lifford in Co Donegal to Moville on the Inishowen peninsula at Lough Foyle, passing through Derry…
Kilfeather Retains Irish Open Surf Title
Stephen Kilfeather retained his Irish Open Surfing Championship title at last weekend's County Sligo Open. http://afloat.ie/watersport/surfing/ The 24-year-old Sligo native squeaked past fellow Team Ireland members Cain Kilcullen and Ronan Oertzen to clinch the title for the second year in…
Varadkar Welcomes Payment of First-Ever Port of Cork Dividend
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has today welcomed the decision of the Port of Cork to pay the state a dividend of €634,315 in respect of 2010. This represents 30% of the Port's after tax profits and…
Container Ship Refloated After Beaching in Cornwall
A container ship en route from Cork to Rotterdam has been freed after running aground off Cornwall. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/port-and-shipping-news/ BBC News reports that the 131m-long Karin Schepers was beached near St Just early this morning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-14384139 Rescue teams were alerted to…
Minister Coveney Lends His Support for Cork Harbour Open Day
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Mr Simon Coveney T.D was in Ringaskiddy at the National Maritime College of Ireland today to help promote Cork Harbour Open Day 2011. The event which takes place on Saturday 10th September is…
Angling in Ireland: What's Your View?
A recent letter to The Irish Times highlights the long way Ireland has to travel if it's to position itself as a top angling destination in Europe. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0725/1224301316244.html Reader Kevin McDonnell from Co Cork recounts a fly-fishing trip in Norway,…
McCaffery's Pterodactyl Wins Glen Race
DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing Club Results for 2 AUGUST 2011 CRUISERS 3 - 1. Asterix (Counihan/Meredith/Bushell), 2. Upd8 (Whelan/McCabe/Carey), 3. Papytoo (M.Walsh/F.Guilfoyle) Ensign - 1. NYC 1 (Olivier Prouveur), 2. NYC 2 (Helen Cooney) GLEN - 1. Pterodactyl (R…
Delahaye wins on Home Waters and Britain's Phil Sharp Seventhth
At 13:14:36 on Tuesday 2nd of August, Fabien Delahaye crossed the finish line to win the first leg of La Solitaire du Figaro between Perros-Guirec and Caen in first place.  The Normandy skipper sailing on Port Caen Ouistreham took just…
Swimmer Dies After Being Swept Out to Sea
A 35-year-old woman died after being swept out to sea while swimming at a beach in Co Clare yesterday, the Irish Independent reports. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/woman-35-dies-after-being-swept-out-to-sea-2836883.html The Limerick woman, named locally last night as Julie Burke, was caught in a strong current…
New Offer to Pay Boat Insurance By the Month
One of Ireland's online boat insurers, Craftinsure.ie, has reduced the criteria for its popular monthly premium option to annual premiums of just €100 with effect from 1st August 2011. Previously reserved for much higher premiums, the monthly payment option is…
Lifeboat Helmsman Kyle Marshal Receives Recognition at Buckingham Palace
It was a proud day for Bangor's senior RNLI Helmsman Kyle Marshal when he received an invite to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace last week. The Royal invite for Kyle and his wife Paula was in recognition of…
Heritage Week: Maritime Lecture Seminar Day
This year's Heritage Week (20-28 August) includes a one-day maritime lecture's seminar organised by the Maritime Institute of Ireland. The lectures will take place in Dún Laoghaire Club, Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire (12.30 to 6pm) on Sunday 28th August. In…
Cultra duo retain Squib national title at Howth
Ross Nolan and Gordon Patterson from the Royal North of Ireland YC are the 2011 Squib National Champions, retaining their title at Howth Yacht Club by five points in a 7-race series (sponsored by SIAC Construction) in which they were…
O'Beirne's Finish in Gold Fleet at Feva Worlds
Conor and Dab O'Beirne from Dun Laoghaire's's RSGYC had a 7 and an 11 to finish in 29th overall in the Gold fleet at the RS Feva Worlds. They were the only Irish boat to make the Gold Fleet after two…
La Rochelle Laser Results Show Progress
Promising results came young Irish sailors came from the World and European Laser Radial Youth Champs in La Rochelle that ended at the weekend. Wexford and the National Yacht Club's Philip Doran finished 11th in Worlds (8th in Euros). Blessingtonn's…
Ni Shuilleabhain Third After Light Air Oppy Opener
Light fickle winds on the first day of the Volvo Gill Optimist Open and British National Championships in Pwhelli prevented top Irish top challenger Peter McCann from Royal Cork making an early breakthrough but other Irish sailors have prevailed in…
Fickle Winds Prevail for RORC Channel Race
From Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Sunday the RORC fleet set off east under spinnaker for the start of the 122 mile race. Harry Heijst's Winsome, got probably the best start of the entire fleet hugging the island…
Kirwan's Ruff'n'Ready to the Fore on Dublin Bay
July's last Dublin Bay Sailing Club race on Saturday produced a win for Ann Kirwan's Ruff''n'Ready in the Ruffian class. Second was Michael Cutliffe's Ruffles and third Derek Mitchell's Derek Mitchell. Full results for the DUBLIN PORT Dublin Bay Sailing…
Figaro Fleet Inches Forward to Dun Laoghaire
Thirty hours into racing on the first leg of La Solitaire du Figaro, 320-miles from Perros-Guirec in Northern Brittany to Caen,  lower Normandy, and the leaders are positioned just 5 miles from Fairways, off the Needles, on the western tip…
Overdue Sailor Located
At 09.00am today Belfast Coastguard were contacted by the brother of a sailor who was concerned for the safety and well being. He had last communicated with his brother yesterday morning when he departed Peel, Isle of Man on passage…

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