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Break up of wooden sunken boat to a skip for disposal
Inland Waterways
The salvage and disposal of a number of sunk and abandoned vessels from the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal at Lowtown took place on 12-13 October 2016 by Waterways Ireland. As part of the canals clean up a number…
MOD 70 – Maserati
Offshore
Following a uniquely beautiful and challenging course, the Rolex Middle Sea Race, organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, is mentioned in the same breath as the top Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney - Hobart and Newport-Bermuda. It typically attracts…
Sailing Yacht A afloat in the Kieler Förde in northern Germany
News Update
#Superyacht - Sailing tests have begun on what’s purported to be one of the world’s largest sailing yachts, as Mail Online reports. Sailing Yacht A’s functional name is very much an understatement, as this enormous vessel is more than 140m…
Mike Slade's 100ft Maxi, Leopard
RORC
Racing across the Atlantic evokes the primal desires of any offshore sailor and the Grenada-bound RORC Transatlantic Race, departing from Calero Marinas Marina Arrecife, Lanzarote on Saturday 26th November, has attracted a highly diverse range of boats and crews to…
Angling at Galway city’s Salmon Weir could be threatened by a new draft bye-law
Angling
#Angling - Galway anglers are mounting a protest against proposals to ban fishing in public spaces around the city, as the Connacht Tribune reports. Both the Galway Bay Sea Angling Club and Galway City Salmon Angling Association have written separately…
Ronan Byrne
Rowing
#Rowing: Ronan Byrne came home fastest of over 200 scullers to win  the Cork Sculling Ladder time trial at the Marina in Cork. The UCC man, the outright sculling ladder winner for the two seasons and time trial winner 12…
Delays to the Galway City Bypass have led to proposals from instating a new car ferry service on Lough Corrib or building a bridge
Ferry
#CorribFerry? Delays with the Galway City Bypass writes The Connacht Tribune has turned the spotlight on an alternative project to relieve traffic that was mooted almost 40 years ago. It would involve a bridge over Lough Corrib that would effectively…
Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe presenting the new international operational service medals to Irish Navy Service personnel
Navy
#Medals - Personnel from Irish Defence Forces writes RTE, who have taken part in humanitarian operations abroad have been presented with a new medal in Rosslare Harbour. Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe presented the new…
Claire Sugden, The Justice Minister, meets Portush Lifeboat volunteers
RNLI Lifeboats
Claire Sugden, The Justice Minister called in on her local RNLI Lifeboat station at Portrush the weekend to pay tribute to the work they do on the North Coast. The Minister was keen to meet all the volunteers including crew,…
Enda O'Coineen, Ireland's first Vendee Globe competitor appears on a bill board at the race village
Vendee Globe
'I don't care about the race or proving that I am better than my neighbour' declares Ireland's first ever entrant into the world's toughest yacht race, the Vendee Globe. The declaration is made by Enda O'Coineen (60) who will take…
Classes one, two and the 1720 sportsboats started beyond Whitegate on the Eastern bank and sailed two races round the cans. See photo gallery below
Royal Cork YC
A long rolling sea in Cork harbour and spring tides welcomed today's CH Marine Autumn League at Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. After six races sailed Kieran Dorgan's Beneteau 36.7 Altair looks the boat to beat in IRC one. After one discard, Dorgan…
Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park was the venue for the 2016 National Marine Gallantry & Meritorious Service Awards
News Update
#Awards - Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross presented the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Farmleigh House on Friday evening (14 October) Minister Ross praised the “courageous achievements and service of…
Youghal Lifeboat Launches To Man Taken Ill On Angling Boat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Youghal RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked yesterday morning (Saturday 15 October) in choppy waters to reports of a man taken ill on board a chartered angling vessel. At 11.30am the lifeboat launched to the location around a…
Afloat paid a visit on the historic occasion of the last ever ship, Arklow Fame to use Dublin Graving Docks. The decision to close the largest dry-dock facility in the state has been described as 'lamentable' by the Maritime Institute of Ireland
Ports & Shipping
#Lamentable – The decision to close the largest graving dock in the state in Dublin Port has been described as ‘lamentable’ by the Maritime Institute of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the M.I.I.’s latest biannual newsletter, the Institute expresses…
Irish exports: The container terminal of the Doyle Shipping Group in Dublin
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories over the last fortnight. In the 'Top 150 Born in Ireland' report, according to the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) the leading largest indigenous companies in that sector…
Artist Brian Byrnes and Maedhbh Murphy, archivist of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with the artist’s new painting envisaging how Sir Thomas Myles’ Chotah, one of the Irish gun-running vessels of 1914, might have looked with a steam-driven auxiliary engine fitted. Sir Thomas Myles was President of the RCSI from 1900 to 1902
W M Nixon
The Erskine Childers-led Howth and Wicklow gun-runnings of July 1914 took place so quickly and efficiently that those involved ashore only had fleeting glimpses of the boats involved. Although Erskine & Molly Childers’ historic ketch Asgard is now conserved and…
The Marine Institute headquarters in Rinville
Marine Science
#INFOMAR - Galway’s Marine Institute hosts the 2016 Seminar for INFOMAR – Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resource – next Wednesday 19 October. With a focus on ‘collectively creating an INFOMAR legacy’, the free day-long event…
The first ever Irish entry in the race is pictured above second boat in on the port hand of the Vendee Globe pontoon.
Vendee Globe
The magic of the Vendée Globe Race Festival can begin now that Ireland's Enda O'Coineen and 27 other competitors have been moored up in Les Sables d'Olonne since last night. The first ever Irish entry in the race is pictured above…
Antix of Royal Cork
Boat Sales
Technical gremlins caused Antix to be advertised 'in error' last Friday on the Ancasta boat sales site. The Irish Commodore's Cup winning yacht is not for sale on its website, yacht brokers Ancasta have confirmed to Afloat.
Mirror Dinghy ‘Changed Sailing Forever’
Mirror
#Mirror - The Mirror newspaper has paid tribute to its namesake dinghy, which features in the top 10 of Yachting World’s list of the most influential boats of all time. Launched in 1963 and aimed at the same market as…

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