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Boats are Excluded From State COVID Support Because They are Mobile
It seems logical, boats move, but that is their business. The Department of Finance takes a different view. It has told boat operators that this mobility excludes them from being given the supports offered to businesses which are landbound –…
Showing the plate – and then some. Ewan McMahon in action off Malta yesterday (Wednesday)
In Japan, public opinion may be divided as to whether this summer’s already postponed Tokyo Olympics should be postponed even further, or indeed completely cancelled. But completely focused athletes such as Laser sailor Ewan McMahon of Howth have no choice…
Current leading monohull - Olivier Magre’s Class40 Palanad 3
On the fifth day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, all of the competing yachts are fully offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Life on board will have found a rhythm to the corkscrew motion of surfing downwind for days on end.…
Stena Embla on her berth in Belfast in early January
Stena Line’s newest addition to its fleet, the brand-new Stena Embla ferry will make its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service. Originally scheduled for service on the Belfast-Liverpool route, due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes…
Race leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia)
With nothing more than a handful of small miles separating them, the leaders of the Vendée Globe are engaged on a straight head-to-head speed test which may yet prove decisive, and which may finally show the ultimate value of a…
Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat towing the fishing vessel into Wicklow harbour
Wicklow RNLI brought three fishermen to safety this morning (Wednesday 13 January), after their vessel got into difficulties off the Wicklow coast. The all-weather relief fleet lifeboat RNLB Joanna and Henry Williams put to sea shortly before 9:15 am under…
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson posing with a crab caught in Orkney last year
A crisis in Scotland’s fishing industry since the end of the Brexit transition period has only worsened as a leading logistics provider has called a halt to deliveries of fresh seafood to the EU amid a raft of delays. As…
Jim Schofield with the plywood-and-epoxy hull of his ClassGlobe 5.80
An amateur sailor is putting his lockdown downtime to good used by building a boat he plans to sail solo across the Atlantic, as RTÉ News reports. Inspired by a worldwide ‘build at home’ challenge, 57-year-old Jim Schofield started work…
File image of a fishing boat in Howth Harbour on the Irish Sea
Ireland’s fishing fleet stands to lose more than a quarter of the quota of its largest fishery in transfers to the UK under the recent Brexit trade deal. And the quota share for herring caught in the Irish Sea will…
Rolex China Sea Race 2021 Cancelled Amid Pandemic Concerns
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has cited “continued uncertainty regarding international border openings” amid the coronavirus pandemic in its decision to cancel the 2021 Rolex China Sea Race, which had been due to start on 31 March. In a statement,…
Unlucky 13th - the 2021 edition of the RORC Caribbean has been scrubbed
Competitors will have to wait until 21 February 2022 to take part in the Caribbean's only offshore race - the RORC Caribbean 600 - after the RORC announced the cancellation of the 13th edition due to the pandemic After much…
Hang Ten - Junior Optimist sailors catch a wave in California
They say that a good junior sail training programme will gradually introduce the young people to an increasingly demanding range of experiences afloat. But we doubt if the instructors in Santa Cruz in California at the weekend had had something…
The Marine Institute Headquarters, at Rinville in Galway
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill four vacancies on the board of the Marine Institute. Candidates must have demonstrable experience relevant to the work of the Institute in one or…
The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen on her first sail after restoration, slipping effortlessly along on the Shannon Estuary off Kilrush
The continuing restoration of the Dublin Bay 21 class of 1902, in the longterm project guided by Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra of Dun Laoghaire, has seen the work of Master Shipwright Stephen Morris of Kilrush and his team…
Defenders Team New Zealand nosedived and capsized in an unforced error shortly after gybing
Whether it be for the Challengers or the Defender, the speed at which the whole America's Cup fleet is developing has already taken even the experts by surprise. During the break between the PRADA America's Cup World Series Auckland and…
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) has taken the lead again
(Day 66, 250 miles east of Rio) After 65 days racing and over 23,000 nautical miles sailed on the course, the Vendée Globe in effect restarted off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today with the five top boats regrouping within 26…
Inland Fisheries Ireland officers photographed a “working site” with evidence of gravel removed from the Gaddagh River
A farmer from Beaufort in Co Kerry was convicted and fined €3,300 plus costs following a prosecution taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). In a hearing at Caherciveen District Court on Thursday 10 December, Judge David Waters convicted Raymond Breen…
File image of the Royal Canal at Ashtown
Waterways Ireland advises towpath users that site investigation works have commenced on the Royal Canal towpath between Phibsborough and Ashtown and will continue until March 2021. Dublin City Council have classified these as part of critical infrastructure works so they…
A massive fleet make their way out of the Solent in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race
Like tickets to Glastonbury, registration opened on the dot of 1000 UTC today for this summer’s Rolex Fastnet Race and speedily sold out. Within an hour an unprecedented 400 boats had entered the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event, which…
Seven men died when their dredger, the Solway Harvester, was caught in a storm off the Scottish coast on January 11th, 2000.
Fishing communities on both sides of the Irish Sea have marked the 20th anniversary of the sinking of a scallop dredger with the loss of seven lives off the Isle of Man. The Celtic League non-governmental organisation has also marked…
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