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Tight Finishes as 82 Boats Cross the Line, 200 Still Sailing in 2011 Fastnet Race
After an extremely quiet 24 hours, from last night boats have been streaming into Plymouth, with over 50 boats finishing between midnight and noon. There have been some tight finishes in this Rolex Fastnet Race between the Volvo Open 70s…
Norwegian Tall Ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl Sails into Dublin Bay
Norwegian Tall Ship, S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl, sailed into Dublin this afternoon, Thursday 18th August at 15.00 hours at Sir John Rogerson's Quay almost exactly one year in advance of an entire fleet of Tall Ships coming into Dublin port. Dublin…
Tail Back in the Fastnet Race
Pace slowed on day 3 of the Rolex Fastnet Race. After a brisk first 48 hours, pace in the Rolex Fastnet Race has slowed up with high pressure encroaching into the Celtic Sea and towards the south of Cornwall, just…
Cork and Strangford Sailors to the Fore at Topper World Finals
The 173 strong fleet of youth sailors at the Sovereign Ski Topper World Championships produced some surprises on the first day of the finals on Dublin Bay. Having dominated the qualifying series this week, Matt Venables of Sutton YC (UK)…
DSC Alert Sends Rescuers Straight to Scene of Sinking Vessel
Belfast Coastguard was able to send rescue services straight to the scene of a sinking leisure vessel tonight although the crew couldn't make radio contact. The digital selective calling (DSC) alert requesting immediate assistance was received at just after 8.15pm.…
Leadership changes at Optimist Nationals after day two
After two more races in the Image Skincare-sponsored Irish Optimist Championships at Howth, there are new leaders in both fleets, with Peter McCann of Royal Cork YC now heading the senior division and UK Junior Champion Max Clapp of Royal…
Small Is Beautiful as Cruiseships Call Closer to Capital
It's been some time since more than one cruiseship has moored on the River Liffey's Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arriving from Douglas before sunrise was Zegraham Expeditions Clipper Odyssey (1989/5,218grt) which docked at berth No. 8,…
Avoiding a Capsize to Windward
We had great reaction to the dramatic 'windward capsize' picture from last weekend's Feva national championships on our home page. Afloat Photographer Bob Bateman (who else?) was on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour to capture the windward capsize of…
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. 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…

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