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GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy is one of two GP14 helmsmen to decline this weekend's All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
All Irelands
Two invitees have declined their invitations to this weekend's Irish Sailing Association (ISA) All Ireland sailing competition at Royal Cork Yacht Club over an entry fee that the ISA says it is forced to charge in the absence of an event sponsor. GP14 World…
The Irish eight which won at the World Masters Regatta in Denmark.
Rowing
#Rowing: The Irish eight which won at the World Masters Regatta at Lake Bagsvaerd, Denmark, have been chosen as the Afloat Rowers of the Month for September. There were a number of good results by Irish crews at the event,…
Stern view of giant containership Gustav Maeark
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOreview: The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review which is produced in-house returns this week with coverage of domestic and global shipping news. Irish Maritime News: Objectors fear marine test site could facilitate fish farm. The Connaught Tribune claimed this week…
Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards Are Open for Nominations
Coastal Notes
2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme’s ‘Ocean Hero Awards’. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts’ Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006 to honour the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our…
Mary McInerney with Waterways Ireland’s Sinead Mallon on the ‘boatel’ Lovely Leitrim in Enniskillen this week
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland was on hand to welcome Mary McInerney and Jorgen Bjerknes’ new ‘boatel’ on arrival in Enniskillen earlier this week as part of their tour of the Erne System. Based between Carrick-on-Shannon and Enniskillen, the married couple…
The lone kayaker spotted by a concerned onlooker off Howth on Wednesday morning 28 September
Rescue
#Rescue - Howth’s coastguard and lifeboat teams launched to the rescue of a lone kayaker off the North Dublin headland yesterday morning (Wednesday 28 September). After a concerned onlooker called 999 when spotting that the kayaker was on the water…
A Portuguese man o’ war beached in the Bahamas
Marine Wildlife
Irish Water Safety (IWS) is alerting the public to exercise caution on our south, west and northwest coastline over the next few days due to jellyfish arriving on our shores, as previously reported by Afloat.ie.  IWS says Ireland has experienced tropical…
Afloat has identified Seatruck's ro-ro freighter, Clipper Ranger that was deployed this month to begin a new Dublin-Bristol route
Ferry
#AwardResults - Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea's only operator dedicated to unaccompanied ro-ro freight, was last night piped by the post in a category at the Lloyds List Global Awards, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Company of the Year’ award went…
Today is the IMO's World Maritime Day Forum which features a live streaming debate ‘Global Shipping’s Future Challenges’ today at 15.15hrs for you to also join in on twitter
Ports & Shipping
#WorldMaritimeDay - The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) World Maritime Day Forum takes place today and the theme for 2016 is "Shipping: Indispensable to the World". The IMO forum will also today include a debate ‘Global Shipping’s Future Challenges’ at 15.15hrs…
A buoyant Flying Fifteen fleet on Dublin Bay
Flying Fifteen
This coming weekend the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships are being hosted by the National Yacht Club and local fleet captain Joe Coughlan is hoping to have up to thirty entries. With great numbers out in Dublin Bay all…
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A climber needed rescuing after becoming cragfast whilst climbing the cliff. Scroll down for video.
Coastguard
Two Coastguard Rescue Teams carried out a difficult and complex rescue in a Force 9 gale, after a climber became cragfast on cliffs at Fairhead, near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. At about 11.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 28 September) the UK Coastguard received…
YXT 20m Support Vessel World Debut At Monaco Yacht Show
Boat Sales
The YXT 20 was conceived to support power and sailing yachts of any size, or be an explorer yacht, all on her own.The large 45 square meter open deck can be a comfortable base for a large tender, a sailboat,…
Skerries Sailing Club looking very trim, as befits the new SuperValu TidyTown status, with GP 14s preparing to go out to the race area
Coastal Notes
Anyone involved in assessing national sailing contests such as the Mitsubishi Motors “Club of the Year” or the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” awards will be able to tell you it’s much better to do such work by stealth if…
Rare moment in Irish shipbuilding as the new carferry Spirit of Rathlin is lowered into the River Avoca yesterday
Ferry
#FerryLaunched – A newbuild and that of a car ferry, which is rare in Irish shipbuilding, was launched at Arklow, Co. Wicklow yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 6 vehicle / 140 passenger ferry, Spirit of Rathlin was launched from Arklow…
The initial alarm was raised by a member of the public reporting two kayakers in trouble with one kayaker in the water
RNLI Lifeboats
Larne RNLI has rescued two kayakers who got into difficulty off the County Antrim coast yesterday evening (Tuesday 27 September). The volunteer lifeboat crew responded to a launch request from Belfast Coastguard at approximately 6.30pm following reports of two kayakers…
Deputy CEO Niclas Mårtensson has been appointed CEO by Stena Line
Ferry
#NewStenaCEO - A new CEO has been appointed by Stena Line, the Swedish owned company which is one of Europe’s largest ferry operators with 35 ferries and 22 routes in northern Europe. Deputy CEO Niclas Mårtensson assumed the position with his…
Dr Peter Heffernan, Dr Margaret Rae, EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Dr John Killeen at the Atlantic Stakeholders Conference in Croke Park on Tuesday 27 September
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Co-ordination and Support Action (AORA-CSA) has received the first Atlantic Project Award for International Cooperation. The Marine Institute-led project was presented with the accolade yesterday (Tuesday 27 September) during the Atlantic Stakeholders Conference…
The Terminator 755 is the first 100% fiberglass model released with Sealegs that does not feature the Hypalon or Aluminium pontoons
Boat Sales
New Zealand based Sealegs International has announce the coming release of the Terminator 755 Amphibious by Sealegs at the Auckland On Water Boat Show. The craft features System 60, the amphibious enablement system (AES) by Sealegs, and was developed by…
Sunseeker's 116 yacht is a new model for the boat show season
Boat Sales
Sunseeker International powerboat firm is celebrating a triumphant start to the boat show season following the successful Cannes Yachting Festival and Southampton Boat Show, with £70m of confirmed retail orders (exc. tax), and an expected £25m of additional orders to…

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