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Thunderchild II at the Corryvreckan whirlpool
Cork Harbour Boat manufacturer Safehaven Marine undertook an 800nm four-day cruise in Thunder Child II to Scotland, living off the boat to visit a place called the Gulf of Corryvreckan. A pretty wild yet beautiful place writes Thunderchild's skipper, Frank…
Thunderchild II in the Corryvreckan whirlpool off the West Coast of Scotland. The whirlpool which forms at the right state of the tide is the third largest in the world
It’s not often a record-breaker visits Bangor but Safehaven Marine’s Managing Director Frank Kowalski, who set the Round Ireland and Rockall Record in the original 17 metre XSV 17 demonstrator Thunder Child in 2017, brought his striking yellow hulled Thunder…
Exam Schedule For Certificates Of Competency Now Available
A full schedule of the Irish Maritime Administration examinations for Certificates of Competency as Deck Officers, Marine Engineer Officers, Skippers and Second Hands for the year commencing 7 September 2020 is included in Marine Notice No 28 of 2020 attached…
The ceramic amphoras could date from the first century AD
A routine inspection of a frozen seafood shop near Alicante in Spain has revealed a trove of ancient Roman artefacts, as the Guardian reports. Objects including a number of ceramic amphoras — receptacles for carrying oil and other liquids —…
The Dublin Bay J/99 Juggerknot II racing double handed in an ISORA race. Four is the maximum crew number permitted on the J99 model for the UK-based J Cup this September
The J Cup, a regatta for all J/Boats, that was rescheduled from July to the 3rd of September looks set to be one of the first 'fully crewed' sailing events that will be held in the UK this year. In…
The new and the traditional – Clifden Boat Club is saluted by classic Galway Hookers
Clifden Boat Club is the primary sailing and boat sports access point for the picturesque town of Clifden, the natural capital of Connemara, the “Land of the Sea” on Ireland’s far west Atlantic coast. While the club’s history goes much…
The new Code D Gennaker is easy to use. See Video below
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland has been showing off a new 'Code D' gennaker that's been designed for simple and easy use. The Cork Harbour sailmakers say the cruising sail furls easily every time as he demonstrates in the…
Busy times at the new North Sails service loft in County Wicklow
North Sails Ireland is reporting that the new service location in County Wicklow is off to a flying start writes Nigel Young. In the first 21 days, Shane Hughes and his team have serviced over 75 sails and they do…
Depending on the type of sailing you’re doing, be it racing, cruising, or some combination thereof, your choice of headsails may differ
Having the right headsail for the job is important. Quantum’s Chris Williams from the US and Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland help demystify the different types of headsails and when to use them for optimal performance. Depending on the…
The new Zhik mask - When it gets wet with the spray of the bow, it still feels very comfortable
In the light of the new July ruling's about face coverings, Piet Poelmann, CEO of Zhik, the Australian marine clothing brand, has introduced a new face mask that is weatherproof, washable and comfortable. It is not just another face mask.…
Dara Calleary is Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo
Dara Calleary has been named as the new Minister for Agriculture and the Marine following last night’s dramatic sacking of Barry Cowen from the post. RTÉ News reports on the new appointment confirmed today (Wednesday 15 July) by Taoiseach Micheál…
The new Rodman Spirit 31 at Crosshaven Boatyard
Crosshaven Boatyard — the Irish agents for Rodman Boats — yesterday took the wrapping off a new Rodman Spirit 31 at their Cork Harbour yard and marina. The hardtop inboard model comes with 320HP Volvo diesel engine, slightly different from…
Get Out & Have Fun On The Water With Jobe Towables From CH Marine
With the weather looking up from this weekend, there’s no better time to get out and have fun on the water with a Jobe towables from CH Marine. The range includes inflatable chairs like the two-seater Anura, now only €239…
UK Sailmakers Ireland: Headsail Trim & Vertical Camber
In this article, Barry Hayes (UK Sailmakers Ireland) and Pat Considine (UK Sailmakers Chicago) explain headsail vertical camber and why it’s so important to boat speed and performance of the boat. In reality, understanding headsail vertical camber is the modern…
Barry Cowen is Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly and had been in the role of Minister for Agriculture and the Marine for only two weeks
Ireland’s new Marine Minister has been sacked from his role amid controversy surrounding a three-month road ban he received for drink-driving in 2016. RTÉ News reports that Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen’s appointment as Minister of Agriculture and the Marine…
For sale: One Seal 22 in aid of the RNLI
Thanks to the generosity of Ivon and Jane Roberts from Rosscarbery, County Cork, you now can be the next owner as the couple has donated their boat Decade to Union Hall RNLI. Ivon and Jane bought Decade on their tenth…

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