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Paul Kehoe refuses to comment on criticism from Italian authorities of LE ‘Niamh’ in not entering territorial waters of Libya during a refugee rescue operation in August 2015. Above a RIB dispatched from LE Samuel Beckett assists a rescue last year.
#MinisterDefends - Paul Kehoe Minister of State for Defence has said he was immensely proud of the Naval Service as the LE Eithne and its crew prepared to depart for the Mediterranean to assist in the rescue of refugees fleeing…
The Geo Caspian will be trailing yellow tail boys more than 8,000 metres behind
#MarineNotice - Geoscience company CGG’s 3D seismic survey in the Porcupine Basin extends from today (Saturday 20 May) for the next 50 days, weather dependent. Joining the survey previously reported last month is the Geo Caspian (Callsign 3FCZ6), accompanied by…
French 'Foiling Festival' Starts Today
Running from today to Sunday 21st May, Pouliguen Bay - La Baule - Pornichet will host the second edition of the Foiling Bay, a spectacular event that celebrates the foiling phenomenon. This year the Foiling Bay, La Baule’s newest Derby,…
Spanning the generations. At the award of the Mitsubishi Motors “Sailing Club of the Year 2017” trophy to Wicklow Sailing Club were (back row, left to right) Cillian Ballesty, Robert Bell King, Carl Somers, Kieran Fitzgerald and Ryan Fitzgerald, (middle row) W M Nixon, Billy Riordan (CEO Frank Keane Holdings), Jack Roy (President Irish Sailing Association), Frank Keane (Chairman FKH, owners of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland), Denise Cummins (Commodore, Wicklow SC (2017-2018), Hal Fitzgerald (Commodore WSC 2015-2016), and Gerard Rice (MD, Mitsubishi Motors) (front row) Jack Cummins and Hal Og Fitzgerald. Photo: Angela Ballesty
The sun shone on a crowded Wicklow Sailing Club last night as one of the country’s smallest clubs was celebrated with the presentation of the Mitsubishi Motors “Sailing Club of the Year 2017” award to WSC in recognition of its…
Scarborough in North Yorkshire is a popular port of call for cruisers around the UK and Ireland
#Missing - Emergency services are scouring the coastline around Scarborough in north-east England after a yacht with no crew ran aground near the town early this morning (Tuesday 16 May). According to the Guardian, the yacht, named Don’t Panic and…
Former Irish Naval Service LE Aisling which was sold for €110,000 but is said to be back on market at €685,000. The vessel renamed Avenhorn was towed from Cork in late April and is seen above just after delivery voyage to Rotterdam.
#AislingResale - An auctioneer in Cork who handled the State’s sale of the Naval Service patrol ship LE Aisling for €110,000 has said he is not surprised if the vessel is now being advertised at multiples of that figure, writes…
Wicklow Harbour, a busy and colourful place on the morning of the Round Ireland start
In a big sailing week for County Wicklow, New York Yacht club has announced Kilbride's Mark Mills will design its brand new IC37 One-Design IC37 One-Design fleet, and tonight Wicklow Sailing Club will be awarded the coveted Mitsubishi Motors Ships Wheel…
LÉ Niamh had informed the Italian coastguard it was too dangerous to proceed to the vessel as it was too close to the Libyan coast, according to extracts of recordings cited in evidence during a trial in Palermo, Sicily.
#DeploymentDelays - Tensions between a Naval Service patrol ship and the Italian coastguard writes The Irish Times, have emerged during a trial of three Libyan men accused of people trafficking in the Mediterranean. The exchanges have led to a call…
Pictured onboard Irish Ferries’ Ulysses at Dublin Port to launch the fourth Our Ocean Wealth Summit are PwC advisory partner Declan McDonald, tax partner Yvonne Thompson and Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan
#OurOceanWealth - Professional services giant PwC has announced a new three-year headline sponsorship of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit, the fourth of which takes place in Galway next month. The one-day summit on Friday 30 June at NUI Galway coincides…
The Irish Youth Sailing Club launching in better times from Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier
#Crime - A sail training boat owned by the Irish Youth Sailing Club is among those vandalised in an incident at Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier over the weekend, as reports. The RIB, which was slashed and had its outboard…
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Day Four of the Fastnet Race began with a guest appearance by the Courtmacsherry lifeboat, and the drama continued at the front end of the fleet with two VOR65s finishing within 60 seconds of each other. With boats still rounding the…
Bangor RNLI were involved in the search operation in the Irish Sea off Dumfries and Galloway since Saturday evening
#Missing - Police Scotland confirmed that two bodies were recovered from the Irish Sea in the search for a speedboat missing off the Scottish coast, according to Yachting & Boat World. RNLI lifeboats and coastguard volunteers from Northern Ireland were…
Pamela Lee of Greystones worked the bow of winning TP52 Conviction at Antiqua Race Week
Greystones Sailing Club and Lough Derg Yacht Club member Pamela Lee racing on TP52 'Conviction' as Bow at Antigua Race Week wrapped up class RSA3 in impressive style. When we last reported, Conviction led with four wins from five races and she continued on that…
NI Lifeboats Join Search For Speedboat Missing Off Scotland
#Missing - RNLI lifeboats from Bangor and Donaghadee have joined the search for a speedboat with two men missing off the Scottish coast, as BBC News reports. Coastguard volunteers from Bangor are also part of the emergency operation launched last…
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While the restoration of Conor O’Brien’s ketch Ilen continues apace in Oldcourt, Co Cork, apprentice boatbuilder Elan Broadley, pictured above, is currently getting the ship’s tender ready for a debut at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival later this month. Winkie Nixon looks…
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Maiden medallists Tidey & Dolan are Sailors of Month: Three years ago Saskia Tidey had just vowed to “bring a medal home” with new 49erFX partner Andrea Brewster, while Co Meath sailor Tom Dolan was still formulating a plan to mount a Mini Transat…

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