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#Search - The Irish Examiner reports that a postmortem was due yesterday on the as-yet unidentified body recovered off Sheep's Head in Co Cork in the search for two men missing since the weekend.

Meanwhile an extreme weather warning for Cork and Kerry is hampering the search effort for the second of the pair, one of whom has been named as 31-year-old Dutch national Roland Deckers, whose family owns a holiday home in the area.

The other has been named by RTÉ News as 33-year-old Othman Rahmouni, a resident near Amsterdam.

Weather conditions yesterday were judged not suitable for diving, ruling out a search below the rising waves on the West Cork peninsula, and the operation has been stood down till conditions improve.

"We'd hope to get a window in the next few days, but it's not looking great weather-wise," said Valentia coastguard spokesperson John Draper.

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#Missing - RTÉ News reports that an air and sea search and rescue operation to locate a missing person off Howth in North Dublin has been suspended.

According to the Howth Coast Guard, rescue crews including the Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 were tasked immediately upon reports from several witnesses of a person entering the water at Balscadden Beach east of Howth village around 7pm last night (Friday 18 October).

The search was called off late last night as conditions deteriorated on scene, and resumed at 5.30am this morning, but appears to have been stood down around 10am, as reports.

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#Missing - The body recovered off the Antrim coast last Friday has been confirmed as that of a the Polish national who went missing while sea angling with friends in Portrush a month ago.

Last weekend reported on the recovery of a man's body off the Antrim coast on Friday 11 October.

And according to the Belfast Telegraph, the PSNI has since confirmed that the body has been identified as 38-year-old Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz.

Andrykiewicz, who had been living in Northern Ireland for six years, was swept out to sea while fishing on rocks at Ramore Head on 14 September.

The search operation was slowed in the first few days by stormy conditions along the North Antrim coast, and was eventually wound down earlier this month.

The Belfast Telegraph has much more on this sad story HERE.

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#NewsUpdate - Search and rescue teams recovered a body from the water off Howth late last night (Monday 14 October).

RTÉ News reports that the alarm was raised shortly after 9pm last night for a missing person, with the search being concentrated around the town's east pier and Balscadden Road area.

However, the Howth Coast Guard blog confirms that close to midnight a body was located by a coastguard search team and recovered to shore by the Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Paramedics attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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#Missing - RTÉ News reports that a search and rescue effort resumes this morning for a fisherman missing off Co Clare after he was washed into the sea yesterday evening (6 October).

The Latvian national was angling with friends off rocks near Fanore when he was knocked off balance by an unexpected wave. One friend jumped into the sea to attempt rescue but was unsuccessful, and was himself later treated for hypothermia.

A search of the shoreline was set to resume this morning as weather and sea conditions remain difficult, with a small craft warning in effect around the coast as winds are expected to reach Force 6 or higher.

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#Missing - The search continues on the North Antrim coast for a missing man thought to have been swept out to sea while angling at the weekend.

The man has been named as 38-year-old Polish national Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz, who had been living in Northern Ireland for six years and worked at a vegetable produce firm in Co Armagh.

BBC News reports that the family of the missing man have arrived in Northern Ireland as search and rescue services continue to comb the coast around Ramore Head in Portrush, where he was last seen.

The search for Andrykiewicz had been slowed earlier this week by the stormy conditions in the region.

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#Missing - The Irish Times reports that the search for a sea angler missing off the North Antrim coast has been postponed due to today's dangerously high winds.

The PSNI has also urged members of the public wishing to help with the search for the 38-year-old - who is believed to have been swept into the sea while fishing on rocks at Ramore Head yesterday - to step back and leave the search to the professionals.

“Deteriorating weather and sea conditions mean that the search environment is extremely challenging and police do not want to see anyone put at risk," said a spokesperson.

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#Missing - RTÉ News reports that the search resumed this morning (7 September) for a man reported missing in Howth yesterday evening.

Search and rescue services sprang into action after reports that a man was spotted in the water near the Baily Lighthouse.

It later emerged that the missing man is in his 40s, and fishing gear believed to belong to him was found in the area where he was last seen.

The search was suspended last night around 8pm due to fading light and resumed this morning, but the surface search has now concluded with no sign of the missing man.

Garda divers are assessing conditions for a possible underwater search later today.

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#MarineScience - A team of young scientists have lost a special weather balloon probe somewhere in Dundalk Bay - and they've turned to the internet for help.

CoderDojo mentor Daniel O'Reilly, who has been working with the teens on their project for a national science competition, has appealed on Twitter for assistance, posting an image of the missing item and its last known location.

The silver duct-taped box is marked as 'Infinity-1' and was launched from Armagh on a weather balloon last Thursday 22 August.

The probe parachuted from 30km into Dundalk Bay and has not been seen since. It's last known whereabouts were at co-ordinates 53.09795, -6.29013.

If anyone finds the box, either in full in part, on the shoreline or in the bay, they are urged to contact O'Reilly at +44 (0) 770 890 5697 or 087 689 0785, or email [email protected]

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#News - UTV News reports that a body recovered from the River Foyle on Thursday 9 May is that of missing Dublin teenager Kieran McKeon.

The 18-year-old was reported missing two months ago along with a friend, 21-year-old Alexandra O'Brien, whose body was found in the water close to Foyle Bridge in Derry on 14 March, as previously reported on

It's thought that the two took their own lives in a suicide pact, after eyewitness reports described two people falling into the river from the bridge.

Personal items said to belong to O'Brien and McKeon were found on the bridge which sparked off the search operation led by Foyle Search and Rescue, which had continued every evening since at low tide, with a full search once a week.

UTV News has more on the story HERE.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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