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According to the Naval Service, for the past number of days LÉ Eithne has operated in support of HSE to prepare stocks of PPE for distribution throughout the Cork region. In addition Naval Service Reserve personnel have been instrumental in this effort. Above the flagship last week having departed Haulbowline in Cork Harbour is seen heading upriver on the Lee to Cork city where it remains on standby for other tasks when required.
Crew of the LÉ Eithne, which EchoLive.ie reported earlier today, have been tasked to deliver personal protective equipment to HSE locations across Cork city. The Naval Service vessel is docked in Cork city since March 20, awaiting a tasking from the HSE…
RYA Welcomes Business Grants & Rates Packages For Sailing Clubs In England
Sailing clubs and centres in England are already beginning to benefit from the £22 billion grant and business rates package recently announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the RYA says. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industry, such as…
The new gowns being manufactured at the Crosshaven sail loft
Cork Harbour sailmaker Barry Hayes and his UK Sailmakers firm at Crosshaven have joined the fight against Covid-19 and are deploying their resources to help make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers at the front line in the fight…
Dublin Port at its most attractively busy on a summer’s day. However, the suggestion that commercial port activities be moved elsewhere to aid city waterfront development has recently been aired yet again.
In recent months the concept of a fixed link between Ireland and Britain has been rapidly developing as various politicians have proposed bridges between Northern Ireland and Scotland across the narrow, storm-tossed and tide-riven waters of the North Channel. But…
RYA Urges British Boaters To Think Again Before Cancelling Payments & Support Local Networks
British boaters are being encouraged to support their local boating networks wherever possible during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As Boating Business reports, the RYA is asking people to think again before cancelling payments to sailing clubs, marinas, class associations and…
The 2021 Irish Sea sailing calendar has some early date clashes for cruiser-racer campaigners. The Dublin Bay J109 Something Else (John Hall), above, is a regular competitor and past class winner at the Scottish Series in late May but next year the Loch Fyne event clashes with the ICRA Nationals at Hall's home club, the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire
The wholesale cancellation of early 2020 regatta fixtures, is impacting the 2021 season with some conflicting dates appearing for May and June 2021. So far, four key fixtures of Irish interest appear to be affected next season. Firstly, Scotland's biggest sailing event,…
Social distance markings painted on the ground at popular Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay
Outdoor enthusiasts have been urged to “stay local” this weekend to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Two mountaineering organisations have urged people to refrain from heading to the uplands this weekend and ensure their one daily walk is…
A canal lock gate in Dublin
Outdoor ethics programme Leave No Trace Ireland has published a set of simple guidelines for getting outdoors responsibly and safely amid the Covid-19 crisis. “Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that collectively, we use the outdoors responsibly, taking…
Antigua Sailing Week is one of the biggest events on the Caribbean sailing calendar
This year’s Antigua Sailing Week, which was originally scheduled for Sunday 26 April to Friday 1 May, has now been cancelled amid the continuing coronavirus situation. In a statement, the major offshore regatta’s president Alison Sly-Adams said: “As a result…
Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta scheduled for May has been moved to September due to Coronavirus fears
It was just a little more than a week ago that Irish Sailing issued its first statement over the coronavirus outbreak to the effect that ‘all events were going ahead as scheduled’. Then last Thursday (12 March) it cancelled its…
Mark Mills of Mills Design (pictured centre) accepts his award in Monaco
County Wicklow based yacht designer Mark Mills and Wally Yachts have won first prize at the première edition of the MDO Montecarlo prize for the wallycento Tango. Wally and Mills were honoured at the awards ceremony held at the Yacht…
ClassMini 5.80 Association founding board member Eli Van der Broke hands over the licence of prototype Mini 5.80 number 02 to Michiel Pals at Kolibri Yachtbuilders in the Netherlands
A new home-build sailboat class is targeting sailors young and old who dream of sailing the oceans in a handy, affordable and ocean-worthy yacht. The Class Mini 5.80 was officially launched yesterday, Saturday 14 March — despite the sudden closure…
Pilots' Union Says Review of Rescue 116 Final Report in Conflict With International Safety Standards
The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association has said the Government’s establishment of a review board into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash draft final report is in conflict with international safety standards writes Lorna Siggins The pilots’ union was responding to Wednesday’s announcement…
R116 Coastguard Helicopter
Almost three years after four Irish Coast Guard aircrew lost their lives in a helicopter crash off the north Mayo coast, a senior counsel has been appointed to chair a review into aspects of the State investigator's final report writes Lorna…
Rolex Capri Sailing Week Cancelled as Italian Sailing Federation Suspends All events
Due to the number of coronavirus cases reported in Italy as a consequence of the global COVID-19 epidemic, the Italian Sailing Federation has suspended all events and competitions on a national basis until next April 3rd. Only after that date,…
Coronavirus Forces Postponement of Two Key Marine Events
Uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 has influenced postponement of the annual Irish Skipper Expo and a charity evening in aid of the Lost at Sea Tragedies (LAST) next weekend, writes Lorna Siggins. Mara Media, which organises the Irish…

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