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Tom Dolan in Dunkirk and ready to go for stage 3 on Sunday morning
Tom Dolan is hoping the same measured, steady approach that has served him well on the first two stages of La Solitaire du Figaro will work just as well on Stage 3, a challenging 504 miles leg from Dunkirk in…
LÉ Niamh was to go on patrol last Monday but was forced to cancel when a communications specialist earmarked for the four-week patrol was unable to join the crew due to illness.
Naval Service manpower crisis continues, writes Irish Examiner, with ships being delayed going on patrol because they are short of a specialist crew member. LÉ Niamh was to go on patrol last Monday but was forced to cancel sailing when…
Retired nurse Nora Flanagan is Arranmore RNLI’s lifeboat press officer
Arranmore RNLI volunteer Nora Flanagan has been recognised for 25 years of service to the charity that saves lives at sea. The retired nurse, who serves as the Donegal island station’s press officer, first got involved with the RNLI in…
Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI crews from Portaferry and Newcastle work with Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 to rescue the crew of the grounded fishing boat at Ardglass last October
The latest Marine Notice from Department of Transport highlights the importance of planning seagoing voyages, especially those involved in fishing. It follows a recommendation from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) this summer in its report on the sinking of a…
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat towing the yacht into harbour
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat had a midweek launch to assist two sailors on a 14-metre yacht with engine failure off the Wicklow coast. The Shannon class lifeboat set off shortly after 1pm on Wednesday 9 September and located the yacht…
Hire cruisers at Banagher Marina this summer
Cruiser hire firms on the River Shannon have experienced a boom in business from ‘staycationers’ as holidays abroad this year were cancelled in droves, according to RTÉ News. While some operators felt the brunt of coronavirus restrictions in the spring…
The Goodbody family of Dun Laoghaire have been remarkably successful in making the best of 2020's shortened season. On Thursday evening their J/109 White Mischief emerged as overall winner of Cruisers 1 in the DBSC Thursday Series under both IRC and ECHO, and they also were champion J/109. Meanwhile in August, Richard Goodbody and his 16-year-old son Max crewed aboard Chris & Patanne Power-Smith's J/122 Aurelia to take line honours and third overall in the Fastnet 450
Even Dublin Bay Sailing Club, with all its remarkable expertise and sheer firepower, has been unable to slow Planet Earth in its daily rotation, let alone alter the steady changing of our little solar satellite's endlessly shifting tilt as it…
Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash will have Cove Sailing Club Commodore (second from left on rail) as crew in Saturday’s Cobh to Blackrock Race
A pre-race favourite for Saturday's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour has been withdrawn.  Cove Sailing Club Commodore Kieran Dorgan's First 36.7 Altair, a past winner of the 10-km in-harbour race, will miss the 2020 edition because the boat…
The Cahore Inshore Rescue Service lifeboat
A busy week of callouts for Co Wexford’s Cahore Inshore Rescue Service began on Tuesday (8 September) with the rescue of a father and son who got into difficulty on an inflatable toy off Cahore Pier. As the Irish Mirror…
Visitors on X-Yachts’ ‘Experience the Brand’ days will see models like this X4⁶ in Hamble
X-Yachts has released a new video which showcases the yachts on display in Hamble from today, Friday 11 September. The Danish builder is taking a relaxed, and safer, approach for prospective buyers to ‘Experience the Brand’ at its Hamble Point…
Eight Under 25 teams will battle it out in the club's fleet of four Elliott Six-Metre sportsboats
The National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set to run the first of their 'Covid Friendly' match racing events this weekend. Eight Under 25 teams will battle it out in the club's fleet of four Elliott Six-Metre sportsboats. As…
The River Class racing at Strangford Lough
Scottish yacht designer Alfred Mylne designed the River Class in 1920 at the behest of eight members of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club (RUYC) in Bangor on Belfast Lough. Next year the design is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In all…
The site of the now cancelled Ocean Village Show in Southampton
At 6.34 pm this evening, Thursday 10 September, on the eve of opening day, British Marine received the devastating news from Southampton City Council that the BOATS2020 show could no longer go ahead due to the rising risk of COVID-19…
DBSC has posted the series results with the conclusion of tonight's FF race.
On the last midweek night of the DBSC season – truncated by a delayed start but extended by two weeks, both due to the understandable restrictions imposed by Covid-19, thirteen Flying Fifteens enjoyed a genteel night on Dublin Bay. The…
Rockabill VI was the winner of tonight's DBSC final Thursday Race in the Cruisers IRC Zero division
An excellent fleet of 114 Dublin Bay Sailing Club boats turned out for the final Thursday of the Covid-extended mid-week racing on Dublin Bay in a light to moderate SW'ly. Results are below DBSC Results for 10/09/2020 Cruiser 0 IRC:…
More Than 300 Scientists Sign Statement Urging EU To End Overfishing & Protect Ocean Health
Scientists from GMIT, NUI Galway, UCD, Trinity College, UCC and Queen’s in Belfast are among the signatories to a statement calling for an end to overfishing in European waters “as an urgent and necessary response to the biodiversity and climate…
Irish Sailing Welcomes Galway Hookers Into The Fold
Irish Sailing has welcomed its newest affiliate in the shape of the Galway Hooker Sailing Club. The club was formed in 2017 when a group of friends came together to revive and retain the Galway Hooker tradition in Galway. The…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer taking the cruiser under tow
A busy week for Lough Derg RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers continued on Tuesday night (8 September) after a 20ft cruiser suffered engine failure at the lough’s northeastern end. The lifeboat Jean Spicer launched just before 9.20pm and used all onboard electronic…
Deep sea trawler ploughs into heavy weather
RTE reports of a group representing the fishing industry which has said the Brexit Action Plan published by the Government fails to deal with a range of issues immediately facing the sector. The plan launched yesterday follows Britain's publication of…
Storm II Code 2 IRC Jib October 2012
The UK J109 class ran their UK Nationals at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup in Cowes last weekend. Here in North Sails Ireland, we watched this event closely because NSI led the charge in the UK & Ireland J109 sail development…

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