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Peter Vine at the helm
Octopus fishing in Tarawa, accidentally sinking a Royal Navy RIB, monitoring the Loch Ness monster and deep diving to 287 feet... That’s just a small taste of adventures experienced by scientist, author, and film producer Peter Vine, who lives in…
Class 0 start on the first day of the 2019 Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale
The details of a revised plan for the O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup 2021 have been published by Kinsale Yacht Club together with a Notice of Race (NOR). The Notice of Race is downloadable below as a PDF document (2mb) Sovereign's…
Continuity for Fishing for the First Three Months of 2021
The Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D., has welcomed the agreement reached at the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers in Brussels overnight to set quotas for fish stocks for the first three months of 2021. The Minister said, “Our fisheries sector…
The front bow compartment is leaking on LinkedOut
Thomas Ruyant, who is lying in second place in the Vendée Globe, has slowed his boat to a near halt after discovering that the front bow compartment of his IMOCA LinkedOut was filling with water. Shortly before 2100hrs Ruyant, who…
Jean Le Cam with Kevin Escoffier safely onboard his boat after a rescue in the Vendee Globe Race. A race jury has awarded LeCam a time correction of 16hrs 15 mins for his part in the rescue
The Vendee Globe International Jury published their decisions for time compensations awarded to three of the four skippers who were involved in the rescue operation for Kevin Escoffier during the period late afternoon and overnight Monday, November 30 when the…
Yannick Bestaven is the current race leader at the halfway point
Yannick Bestaven, skipper of Maître CoQ IV took the lead of the Vendée Globe early this morning. And though the 47-year-old from La Rochelle who is sailing a 2015 launched boat has threatened the lead before sailing an accomplished, express…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI to remember those who lost their lives at sea during the year online this year
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI Christmas Eve public ceremony to honour the memory of 15 lifeboat volunteers that died on service 125 years ago has been cancelled this year and will be shown online.…
Prints and cards of club president Kieran Faherty’s painting ‘Brewing Up A Storm’ have been quickly selling out
What started as a small fundraiser for Galway RNLI and Cancer Care West has turned into something spectacular as the players and members of Galway Corinthians RFC have raised over €8,500 for both organisations through two fundraising efforts. The first…
File image of the bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon
Waterways Ireland is notifying all masters of vessels that diving operations will take place at Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 18 December. The locations of the diving operations are 1 along the quay wall some 30 metres downstream and upstream of the…
Irish Coast Guard Confirms Recent Changes to VHF Working Channels
The Irish Coast Guard has has upgraded radio equipment at a number of VHF network remote locatosn in recent months. Following these upgrades, the table below sets out the detail of the new coastguard working channels that are now in…
Selecting the Rules Mode in the World Sailing Rules App
Ahead of the 2021-2024 Racing Rules of Sailing which come into effect on 1 January, the RYA has released an update to the World Sailing Rules App — giving sailors access to a ‘one-stop shop’ for the 2021-2024 rules and…
Natasha Lambert at the start of this year’s transatlantic ARC
A young woman with cerebral palsy has become the first person to cross the Atlantic by ‘sip and puff’ sailing. Natasha Lambert — who three years ago sailed into Dun Laoghaire to complete a crossing of the Irish Sea by…
A still from Crann, directed by Laura Hilliard
A replica of an ancient currach has been set alight in the shadow of Skellig Michael — and all in the name of art. The arresting image is one of the highlights of Crann, a film directed by Laura Hilliard…
Chris Lindsay of Carrickfergus
Chris Lindsay from Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough has been awarded the Sportmaker Technical Official of the Year title through Sport Northern Ireland. Since July 2019, Chris has officiated at World Championships across various classes and countries, with the highlight of…
The port health authorities at Liverpool instructed that the Stena Line’s Irish sea ferry Stena Edda must be held at Birkenhead, across the River Mersey from Liverpool, as a precaution.
Passengers were stranded overnight on a ferry bound for Belfast from Liverpool due to some crew members coming down with Covid-19. The port health authorities at Liverpool instructed that the Stena Edda (introduced earlier this year) must be held at…
12-year-old Rory Pollard
Christmas has come early for 12-year-old Rory Pollard, who has been awarded a brand new boat by the John Merricks Sailing Trust. Rory, from Whitehead and a junior member of County Antrim Yacht Club, is the only sailor from Northern…
Volunteer 2021 HM Coastguard Rescue Officer Recruitment Opens
HM Coastguard N Ireland and South West Scotland have opened its recruitment window for volunteer 2021 Coastguard Rescue Officer Recruitment. The team of volunteers is made up of people from all backgrounds including other emergency services, government agencies, business owners,…
Action stations – round Ireland two-handed champions Cat Hunt and Pam Lee focusing on speed aboard their record-making, record-breaking Figaro 3 Iarracht Maigeanta
The all-categories Round Ireland two-handed sailing record-holders, Greystones' Pamela Lee and shipmate Catherine Hunt, have been nominated as contenders for the Team of the Year Prize 2020 by, thereby renewing sailing's position at centre stage in national womens' sport.…
Drivers will face checks from Revenue, the Dept. of Agriculture, the HSE and An Garda Síochána. Above truck trailers at one of Dublin Port's ferry terminals located at Alexandra Basin which in recent years began redevelopment as part of the port's Masterplan to cater for increased capacity and larger ships. AFLOAT also adds in this scene taken in April (on right) ropax ferries of P&O serving the Irish Sea link to Liverpool and in the background CLdN's freight-only ro-ro Celine connecting directly to mainland Europe.
An Oireachtas Committee will hear the Irish Road Haulage Association calling for a single entity to take charge of the free movement of traffic from ports ahead of Brexit. Its President, Eugene Drennan, reports RTE News, is due before the…
Summer evening sunshine greets the Galway Bay Sailing Club fleet as they welcome home the Transatlantic-voyaging ketch Danu (at centre) at Kilronan in the Aran Islands at the end of July 2020
Galway Bay Sailing Club, comfortably ensconced in their fine clubhouse at Renville New Harbour near Oranmore at the head of Galway Bay, can look back at many ups and downs during the fifty years of sailing development they've experienced from…
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