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Noel Butler and Stephen Oram
Sixteen Fireballs travelled to Dromineer last weekend to take advantage of a special pre-worlds coaching session at Lough Derg Yacht Club. The programme, organised by the Irish Fireball Association was delivered by top dinghy coach Thomas Chaix. Many travelled down…
An IFA Fish Farmer Group at Blackshell Farm in Clew Bay
The Chairman of IFA Aquaculture has called for more Government support to be given to fish farming. Fish farmers are members of IFA Aquaculture, part of the Irish Farmers’ Association. There have been lengthy delays over many years in the…
The new proposed UK legislation will ban ferries that don’t pay their workers the equivalent to minimum wage from docking at the nation's ports. The development announced today from the Dept. of Transport (see link below) on the consultation process of the proposed legislation.
Seafarers numbering in tens of thousands must be paid an equivalent to the UK National Minimum Wage in a major step forward on pay protection, confirmed the British Government today (10 May). Following P&O Ferries’ decision to sack 800 workers,…
Guy O’Leary is swimming a mile each day during the month of May
Dublin Bay sailor Guy O’Leary is back in the water and challenging himself again to swim a mile each day during the month of May in aid of cancer research. Each day of the MileADayInMay! swimming challenge will see Guy…
Ship-wreck in the Thames Estuary, which holds 1,400 tonnes of explosives which could detonate.
On the Thames Estuary and hidden below the waves, reports BBC News, is one of London's most unlikely tourist destinations. We've travelled about 30 minutes, along with a handful of day trippers from Southend, into the estuary. Slowly, a set…
P&O's Pride of Kent has been cleared to resume sailing on the Dover to Calais route following safety inspectors carried out by the MCA.
At the Port of Dover a second P&O ferry has passed its safety inspection, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said. The Pride of Kent can now join the Spirit of Britain, which the MCA cleared to sail on…
ILCA 4s prepare to start in a Munster Laser Championships race at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
Eighty Laser/ILCA dinghies from twenty clubs around Ireland returned to the sunny South East venue of Dunmore East this past weekend for the 'Connaught' Championships at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club. Although the wind God didn’t deliver the usual breezy/wavy conditions…
Ian Walker
North Sails is excited to welcome world-renown sailor Ian Walker to their management team. Walker is a two-time Olympic medallist, an America's Cup veteran, and winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 as skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. He…
The winner of the ESPO Award for 2021 was the Polish Port of Gdańsk Authority.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports focuses on the “Role of maritime passenger transport in enhancing the city connectivity and bringing added value to the local community”. Are you an ESPO (observer) member…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School operates year-round running sailing and powerboating training courses for children and adults
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Co.Dublin is expanding their office team with a new part-time position for the weekday mornings. The team is growing in line with increasing participation numbers and demand for sailing and…
Located in Donegal Bay, Bundoran Lifeboat Station has provided search and rescue cover since 1994
A surfer who got into difficulty at Rossnowlagh Beach yesterday afternoon (Sunday 8 May) was brought to safety by the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI. The alarm was raised by a passer-by on the beach shortly after 3 pm. The…
The business of the City of London is business. Thus last week's visit there by the Limerick trading ketch Ilen saw many boxes being ticked in an efficient style, including a clear affirmation that The Dey of Kilcoe takes precedence…
Dover-Calais: Pride of Kent (on left) a P&O ferry failed three previous inspections
A vessel of P&O Ferries is being examined for a fourth time, after failing three inspections since the operator sacked nearly 800 seafarers. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a team of surveyors are reinspecting the detained ferry Pride…
Sea Swimming at a Cork County Council designated beach
“People who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers,” are being asked to tell the Council if they think “existing designated bathing waters” should be maintained or new ones identified.” Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every…
John Lavery and Alan Green were the winners of Saturday's first DBSC Flying Fifteen race on Saturday
On arrival at the sea-front late on Saturday morning, one might have been forgiven for thinking that Keat’s Ode to Autumn was in vogue as a mist had descended on Dun Laoghaire to the extent that there was shore-side speculation…
29 boats started on Clogherhead Strand for the sixth annual Boyne Boat Race
From 6.30 am on a damp and drizzly Sunday morning May 1st, 29 boats of all shapes and sizes started to arrive on Clogherhead Strand to prepare for the sixth Annual Boyne Boat Race, taking place later that morning writes Sarah…
Dinghy sailing at the Royal Western Yacht Club's Splash & Sail day on the Shannon Estuary
The Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary opened its sailing season with a ‘Splash & Sail’ day of celebration to launch the dinghy sailing fleet and club kayaks. The event was attended by many…
Gerry O'Sullivan and his shipmates on the Formula 28 Animal capture the moment of sunrise in Howth Yacht Club's
There was much movement ashore and afloat pre-dawn on Saturday, with many groups and crowds all over Ireland gathering in preparation to mark the Pieta House-supporting "Darkness into Light" initiative. At HowthYC, the nautical version was "Sailing Into Light", and…
Henry O'Donnell who has become first man to finswim solo around Ireland
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O’Donnell has become the first man to finswim around Ireland. The solo swimmer completed 1,569 kilometres, equivalent to 847 nautical miles, when he landed at Carrickfin beach in the Donegal…
Mark laying with Howth Yacht Club
If you’re looking for a different way to get involved with this summer’s Wave Regatta, Howth Yacht Club’s rescue and mark-laying team may have a spot for you. The team will be active across the various courses, laying marks and…

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