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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,…
Hydrographic & Geophysical Surveys For INFOMAR In Celtic Sea & Atlantic Ocean
Hydrographic and geophysical survey operations will be undertaken by INFOMAR in the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean between April and October this year, according to a recent Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Covering some 125,000…
Abandoned fishing boats at Salen on the Isle of Mull
Writing in Marine Industry News, boat recycling expert Luke Edney says a dedicated plan is needed to avoid the UK’s shores becoming a dumping ground for end-of-life boats. Influenced in no small part by a costly disposal process, more and…
The survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager
The Mobility of Sediment Waves and Sand Banks in the Irish Sea (MOVE) Survey will be carried out from Tuesday 31 March until Monday 13 April in the south Irish Sea, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Department…
Kilmore Quay Marina is one of the latest to switch its pumps to white diesel
White diesel supply is improving around the Irish coast, with marinas at Kilmore Quay and Kilrush the latest to switch their pumps, writes Gail McAllister. In particular, this provides a welcome source of fuel midway between Dun Laoghaire and Cork,…
Sinot’s Aqua concept mega-yacht would be powered entirely by liquid hydrogen
Multi-billionaire Bill Gates has not commissioned an eco-friendly luxury superyacht that’s powered entirely by liquid hydrogen, the boat’s creators insist. First unveiled at last autumn’s Monaco Yacht Show, the futuristic Aqua is a 370ft, five-deck mega-yacht with room for 14…
Revenue says they will enforce the new diesel fuel arrangements on a risk basis
If green diesel is found by the Revenue Commissioners in the fuel tank of a private pleasure craft during the early part of 2020, the owner of the craft may be liable for prosecution unless he or she can demonstrate…
British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur
British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur’s foundation is seeking more “circular economy pioneers” through its latest programme. Postgraduates and professionals with suitable qualifications who are able to attend a four-day workshop in Atlanta, USA, in May are invited to apply for the…
Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (IUSRU) is one of two charities that will be backed in the fundraiser on Thursday 2 April
The Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit is one of two charities that will be supported in an upcoming table quiz and raffle in Dublin city centre. Richard Cruise, Conor Galvin and David Cotter are organising the event to raise…
Public Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework
Directive (2008/56/EC) Article 17 update of the Assessment (Article 8), Determination of Good Environmental Status (Article 9) and Environmental Targets (Article 10) The Marine Strategy Framework Directive is implemented in 6-year cycles commencing in 2012. The Initial Assessment addressing Articles…
Gardai say they are investigation the claims against sail repair man Dillon Oberholzer
Gardai say they are investigating complaints made about a Mullingar-based sailmaker who boat owners claim has left them out of pocket, as the Sunday Times reports. Leixlip narrowboat owner Alex O’Fhailgigh says he paid a €1,000 deposit to Dillon Oberholzer…

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