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The 2022 Autumn League will start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday
The Autumn League will start at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday, continuing until the month's end. Racing is for Spinnaker, WhiteSail and 1720 classes in Cork Harbour. The event is sponsored by AIB this year. The club says, "following Skipper…
RS Feva sailing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
At Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour on Sunday, RS Feva dinghies raced their club championships. There were six races, with five to count, allowing for one discard. Ten Fexa XLs raced. Ben and Charles Dwyer won the first…
German Botin 56 Black Pearl has unfinished business in the RORC Transatlantic Race and has entered the 2023 edition starting on Sunday 8th January
The ninth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, supported by Calero Marinas and the International Maxi Association, is scheduled to start from Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands on Sunday 8th of January 2023. Racing across the Atlantic is a phenomenal experience…
New marine research ship to be named in a ceremony held in Dingle
RV Tom Crean, Ireland’s newest marine research vessel named after the Kerry explorer will be officially commissioned in Dingle next month, reports RadioKerry. At almost 53-metres RV Tom Crean will be used (by the Marine Institute) for ocean surveys, fishery,…
Optimist dinghies racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour
The Optimist dinghy Cobbler League will take place across the first Sundays in October; 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. Racing will take place for Junior and Senior fleets with separate…
Freeport Bid: The Port of Milford Haven (above) in Pembrokeshire which is the UK’s largest energy Port, is among the south-west Wales ports involved in the bidding consortium.
In south-west Wales a freeport bid consortium consisting of Associated British Ports, Neath Port Talbot Council, Pembrokeshire County Council and the Port of Milford Haven has been launched to explore the case for a green freeport in the region. Both…
An inshore fishing vessel on Dublin Bay
Fishing industry representatives say they are confounded and disappointed by the Government’s repeated refusal to draw down EU fuel aid. They met with the Minister for the Marine on Friday and urged him to secure the existing EU aid to…
RStGYC's Kate Flood (208735) and Malahide Yacht Club's Glenda Gallagher (191325) compete in the 4.7 Fleet Under 30 racing at the Royal St. George's ILCA/Laser End of Season Championship on Dublin Bay
The Royal St George Yacht Club hosted the last of this season's ILCA/Laser championship events, the aptly named ‘2022 End of Season’, this past weekend. This event had previously been hosted in Kinsale Yacht Club for the last two years.…
The 'GhostShip' Alta made world headlines when it suddenly landed on Irish shores after 2 years of drifting around the Atlantic Ocean. Next February will mark 3 years since the cargoship was washed up on the east Cork coastline near Ballycotton.
The ghost ship MV Alta made famous, after been washed ashore close by of Ballycotton, Co.Cork, during a storm in February 2020, may not last another winter on the rocks, going by the latest images of the shipwreck. Corkman Charlie Wilkins,…
Outbound to the Kish light on Dublin Bay - Colm Duggan's Viking was the top Shipman 28 competitor in 12th place in the 56-boat for the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Chris Power Smith's well-proven J122, Aurelia, took the overall win in Sunday's fine turnout for the Leinster Boats sponsored annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club.  The Royal St.George offshore exponent ended up with a three-minute winning…
The aim of the scheme is to increase the attractiveness for Irish shipping companies to employ seafarers. Registered vessels must be self-propelled and have more than 100 tons of gross tonnage
The European Commission has approved extending an Irish scheme to refund employers' social security contributions for seafarers on certain vessels until December 2028. The aim of the scheme is to increase the attractiveness for Irish shipping companies to employ seafarers,…
Quentin Delapierre marked his first anniversary as France driver by winning his first ever SailGP event, with a narrow three-second lead over the Americans on the Bay of Cádiz
In the closest-ever finish to a SailGP event, Quentin Delapierre led the France SailGP Team to a stunning victory by just three seconds over Jimmy Spithill's U.S. team to claim the team's first event win in SailGP. The event win…
The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillard records Amundsen’s words on hearing of the Irish explorer’s death
A mural paying tribute to Irish and Norwegian explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen has been unveiled by Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland Mari Skåre in Athy, Co Kildare. The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillow records Amundsen’s words on hearing…
Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire - founded in 1838, but right up to
the minute in modern Ireland and junior sailing
The Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire may have been founded way back in 1838, and it makes its headquarters in one of the stately classic buildings which set the traditional style on the harbour waterfront. But 184 years…
Shell had agreed deals with Cork-based company Simply Blue to acquire a 51 per cent share in the Western Star Floating wind project off the coast of Clare and to jointly develop the 1.3GW Emerald floating wind project off the south coast
Wind Energy Ireland has expressed concern at Shell’s withdrawal from the Irish offshore renewables market. A Sunday Business Post exclusive today quotes a senior industry source stating that Shell is leaving to focus its efforts on “countries with more accommodating…
Cetacean spotters at Clogher Head in Co Kerry for this year’s All-Ireland Whale Watch Day on Saturday 20 August
Despite lower attendance and a reduced sighting rate, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says it is “delighted” with the return of its All-Ireland Whale Watch Day last month. Held on Saturday 20 August during Heritage Week and for…
Competitors in a previous Liffey Swim
The annual Liffey Swim was held in Dublin city centre on Saturday (24 September) with nearly 500 people taking part, as RTÉ News reports. Dublin Swimming Club’s Ken Dent took the men’s honours, leading from the outset and setting a…
Brian Jones at the helm of his J122 Jelly Baby, the winner of the 2022 RCYC Naval Race
The Jones family J/122 Jelly Baby from the host club were the winners of the annual Royal Cork Yacht Club Naval Race in Cork Harbour on Saturday.  Racing in the seven-boat spinnaker division, skipper Brian Jones beat season-long big boat club…
The overall DBSC Saturday series leader Timothy Goodbody in the RIYC-based White Mischief took another race win
Patrick Burke's Prima Forte from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner by three seconds on corrected time in Saturday's AIB DBSC Saturday league on Dublin Bay.  Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast finished in a corrected time of one hour 57…
Ante Razmilovic’s Swedish Blue (GBR 1438) is the 2022 International Etchells World Champion with crew Brian Hammersley and Dubliner Noel Drennan
The new Etchells World Champions are Ante Razmilovic’s Swedish Blue, with the Irish-born Australian Noel Drennan a member of the three-man crew. Three races were completed on the final day, with results still provisional. The five-day racing was organised by…

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