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Foreshore Powers Transfer to Dept of Environment
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, has published the Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Bill 2009, which will give effect to the transfer of all Foreshore licensing functions not associated with aquaculture and sea-fishing, from…
Seventeen Lives Saved in Dramatic Near-Drowning Rescues
Rescuers from twelve dramatic near-death incidents will receive recognition at Irish Water Safety's National Awards Ceremony at Dublin Castle on Tuesday 17th November from 3.00pm to 5.30pm. Seventeen lives were saved through the brave actions of these rescuers. Mr Michael…
Blue Skies for Dinghy Supplies Howth Frostbites
The first race of the 2009/2010 Howth Yacht Club Frostbites was started with blue skies and an inviting 10kt northwesterly. This was a welcome relief after the 38kt squall which caused sailing to be abandoned on the water the previous…
First Days Racing in CH Marine Winter League
Remarkable conditions greeted competitors at the start line for the first days racing in the CH Marine Winter League at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. A light northerly breeze,  clear blue skies and an excellent turnout of 32-boats gave Race…
RNLI and Kerry GAA Launch Reindeer Run
The RNLI has joined forces with Kerry GAA star Colm Cooper to officially launch a fun run with a difference – the RNLI Reindeer Run will take place on Sunday 29 November in the Killarney National Park and all funds…
ISORA Calendar Expands for 2010
Following the ISORA AGM at the National Yacht Club today, three day races have been added to the mooted 2010 schedule; a Sunday race from Dun Laoghaire and two day races from Pwllheli. The hope is the additional races will…
Eamonn Rohan is October's Sailor of the Month
Eamonn Rohan of Crosshaven is the Irish Independent/ “Sailor of the Month ” for October. His prototype King 40 Blondie IV has taken the Class 1 championship in the Royal Cork’s Autumn League by 0.5 points, after the most hotly-contested…
Speed Sailing Underway
Action from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and good conditions on Wednesday (4th October) saw some racing but – as is the way of these things – the wind died down before the windsurfers got a result. Thursday was more of the…
As two possible Irish Commodore's Cup teams emerge from last month's Royal Cork's Autumn league indicator event, ICRA Commodore Barry Rose says that next week's ICRA meeting will be vital to the formation of these teams. But in a bid…
Cork Steals Clipper Lead
Having crept closer and closer to Hull & Humber throughout the last two days, at midnight Cork stole the lead from the English boat and this morning the Irish team continues to put the miles between them and the rest…
Howth Remembering Fastnet 30 Years On
Matt Sheahan was only 17 when he entered the 1979 Fastnet race on his father's yacht, Grimalkin. The 608-mile (978 km) course started in near perfect conditions, but for the crew of Grimalkin it ended in tragedy as they battled…
Postponement of Head of the River
The National Sculling Head of the River Race due to be held tomorrow, Saturday 7th in Blessington, Co Wicklow has been postponed until Saturday 14th of November. The forecast for the area includes strong winds which make conditions on the…
Rowing Ireland’s first national event of the season, the Heads of the River time trial races which was due to be held at  Blessington Lake this Saturday 7th November, has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The event, which…
Among the hundreds of boats listed on Afloat's boats for sale listing, it's significant that a ten-year-old boat stands out this week. It is well-known that the renowned Nelson marque has a wide range of commercial and pleasure uses from…
Canal Improvement Works at Killaloe-Ballina
Owners and Masters of all craft berthed in the canal north of the Killaloe-Ballina on the Shannon Navigation lock and inland waterways should be aware that planned improvement works will begin shortly. Initially this will consist of the installation of…
High Water Levels on Erne System
The Rivers Agency have reported to Waterways Ireland that water levels in the inland waterways in both Upper and Lower Erne have risen quickly over the last few days as a result of the exceptional rainfall over the past three…
Bravery Medal for Portrush Lifeboatman
Anthony Chambers, mechanic and crew member at Portush Lifeboat Station, Antrim, N. Ireland, is to be awarded the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Bronze Medal for Gallantry for rescuing two 14-year-old boys trapped by the rising tide in a cliff…
Now that the mackerel talks have broken down, what happens next? The fisheries industry is vitally important to Ireland's economy, particularly now that the recession is biting. Tom MacSweeney investigates this Friday, November 6th, at 10.30pm on his Seascapes radio…
Unique Boating Book for Children
Created by boater Nicholas Agro, the Little Harbor Publishing book 'My First Picture Book of Boating Words' might make a suitable gift for your little sailors. A unique boating book for young children, each page contains vibrant color photos of…
Mike Perham to Feature in Channel 4 Documentary
Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail solo around the world, is the subject of a 90-minute documentary to be aired on Channel 4 tomorrow night. "The schoolboy who sailed the world" is one of Channel 4's Cutting Edge series…

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