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The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118, is helping to bring Christmas cheer to Tory Island off the Donegal coast. Nine (9) islanders who otherwise would not have got home for Christmas are this afternoon being flown from Donegal…
A breezy conclusion to the Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay last Sunday saw the Beneteau 34.7 Adelie crowned champion of the 79–boat fleet. Full results and overalls are downloadable below.  
#EpsilonsSecond - Epsilon's second Christmas takes place on the Irish Sea, as the chartered ro-pax has a year remaining before the three-year contract expires in 2016 to ICG, parent company of Irish Ferries, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Italian flagged ropax…
#VesselValeVisits – Leadship of Arklow Shipping’s newest and only cargsoship currently in service out of 10 vessels ordered, Arklow Vale is understood to have made her maiden call to the island of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,999grt cargoship had…
#LifeRing - A life ring belonging to the US Coast Guard was found more than 6,000km from home on the Clare coast recently. As BreakingNews.ie reports, the ring was spotted from the air by the crew of the Shannon-based Irish…
#Biodiversity - Climate change is putting increasing pressure on natural habitats for Irish wildlife, particularly where biodiversity is affected by human action. That's the conclusion of the first National Biodiversity Indicators report, which sought to measure changes affecting marine wildlife…
#StormEva - A Status Orange gale warning is in effect for all Irish coastal waters as the fifth winter storm of the season moves in from the Atlantic today (Wednesday 23 December). Storm Eva will see south to southwest gales…
The 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the most challenging offshore race in the world and is affectionately known among the sailing fraternity as ‘The Great Race’. With the current forecasted weather conditions, the 2015 edition promises…
The 2016 Irish Sailing Annual published this week at €6.50 includes a sailing season review, a preview of an action packed 2016 including an ISA calendar of events plus a line up of Afloat's Sailors of the Year. Check out…
The world sailing organisation has changed its name – and about time too! The initials, ISAF, had to be explained in the English language as – International Sailing Federation. Having to explain an organisation’s name does it no favours. The…
There are two meanings of the word open when it comes to sailing writes Richard Aspland. You have 'open' which is both male and female in the same fleet racing against each other. Then you have the kind of open…
City of Edinburgh Council planning committee have granted planning consent to the revised masterplan for Edinburgh Marina. ­The 300 berth marina, residential, retail and spa hotel developmentwill be the focal point of Granton Harbour’s regeneration, just 2.5 miles from Edinburgh…
Cork Boat club in Blackrock Village, Cork has celebrated the completion of an 18-month programme of renovation of its clubhouse with a re-opening ceremony attended by club members and their families, as well as local public representatives. As Afloat.ie reported…
#Rescue - An elderly man with a suspected broken ankle was rescued from one of Northern Ireland's most popular coastal walks at the weekend, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The injured man was on a part of the Causeway Coast…
#PortChristening - Arklow View a newbuild cargoship which was launched last week without official ceremony as previously explained on Afloat, will however be given the opportunity of a christening ceremony, writes Jehan Ashmore. Royal Bodewes, the Dutch shipyard in Hoogezand,…
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