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The Marine Institute headquarters in Rinville, Galway
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute will host a three-day workshop on some of the latest technology for ocean mapping next month when the CARIS World Tour stops off in Galway from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 November. Information sessions, detailed…
Conrad Colman's IMOCA 60 is using SolarCoth Systems solar panels laminated into his UK Sailmakers Titanium mainsail
Vendee Globe
Conrad Colman's IMOCA 60 getting ready for the Vendée Globe singlehanded around the world race that will start in November. The 29–boat fleet are due in France next week, including Ireland's first ever entry in the race by Enda O'Coineen.…
Enda O'Coineen's Kilcullen Voyager alongside at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Vendee Globe
With the Vendee Globe Round the World race start less than a month away, Ireland's first ever entry in the race departs Dublin on Monday for the French Race start at Les Sables d’Olonne. Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr…
 Sailing should be fun….49er President Marcus Spillane and ISA Coach Rory Fitzpatrick showing what a 49er can do
W M Nixon
Is it a bird, is it a plane? The International 49er Skiff is twenty years old in 2016, and it has been part of the Olympics since 2000. Yet for most sailors it is still as modern and bewildering as…
Loop Head Lighthouse – The increase in visitors represents the fifth successive annual increase in visitor numbers at the West Clare landmark
Lighthouses
A record number of people visited Loop Head Lighthouse on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare during 2016. Figures from Clare County Council show that 27,274 people visited the lighthouse during the opening period up to Sunday 2 October compared…
Flying Fifteens expect a good turnout following the success of last week’s East Coast Championships and the high numbers racing during the summer
Flying Fifteen
This coming weekend the Mitsubishi Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series starts and are being hosted by the National Yacht Club for the next six weeks. Local FF fleet captain Joe Coughlan is hoping for a good turnout following the success of…
Preparing the Tritonia diving suit for descent to the Lusitania in 1935
Diving
#Lusitania - Yesterday (Thursday 6 October) marked 81 years since the discovery of the wreck of the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale, more than 20 years after the ocean liner was lost. And less than three weeks from…
Satellite image of Lough Neagh
Aquatic Tourism
#Tourism - Lough Neagh joins an exclusive list of 100 ‘sustainable destinations’ after its success in a global tourism competition this week. As the News Letter reports, the largest inland waterway in the island of Ireland was put forward for…
Read Today's Irish Sailing & Boating E–News from Afloat.ie
News Update
Read Afloat's e–news below with all the latest sailing and boating highlights featuring: Star(fish) attractions: Why village sea centre & All-Ireland trail are shining bright; Txt for Spinal Injuries’ RIB; & save date for Ilen baa-rty Sign up for a…
Kinsale Harbour
Kinsale
#Kinsale - Harbour users in Kinsale can now check tide times online thanks to a new Twitter account. Kindle Tides (@KinsaleTides) does exactly what the name suggests, tweeting daily with the latest tide information for the Co Cork harbour in…
Well done to anyone who spots the typo in this first version of the community invitation to the Ilen Decking-Ceremony at Oldcourt near Baltimore on Saturday October 15th.
Historic Boats
We well know from running stories now and again about the restoration of the Conor O’Brien 57ft ketch Ilen at Oldcourt near Baltimore for Limerick’s Ilen Boat-building School just what a high level of interest it arouses at home and…
The Schooner 'Result' after completion in Carrickfergus 1893
Historic Boats
An all-day Belfast–based conference this month entitled 'Our Maritime Heritage: Research, Resources and Restoration' is taking place at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The first 65 delegates to register here will receive a complimentary lunch. A keynote speaker…
The Spinal Injuries Ireland RIB on a trip out from Dun Laoghaire
RIBs
As part of its annual fundraising campaign, Spinal Injuries Ireland is seeking support from the sailing and boating community on its 'Colour me Friday' campaign day today.  Spinal Injuries Ireland is the only support service for people who have sustained…
Wicklow Head lighthouse is one of 12 Great Lighthouse of Ireland to win a silver prize at the Responsible Tourism Awards
Aquatic Tourism
Maritime tourism operators featured at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards announced at a ceremony yesterday in Dublin. In the best for Natural Heritage Tourism category, a silver award went to Sea Synergy Marine Awareness & Activity Centre (Co. Kerry). The marine interpretive…
Solo sailor – GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy out and about in Dun Laoghaire in his Solo dinghy. The design features inward sloping decks, making it more comfortable to sit–out
GP14
GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy is known for his exploits across a number of sailing classes, most recently the Fireball dinghy, (winner of the Munsters in Killaloe) but perhaps less known is his Solo dinghy form. It turns out the…
Panorama of Upper Lough Erne
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland completed the first week of its pilot 'Water Project' for post-primary schools last Friday 30 September. Ninety students and teachers from four second-level schools in Co Fermanagh are engaged in water-based learning activities on Lough Erne…
Read Today's Irish Sailing & Boating E–News from Afloat.ie
News Update
Read Afloat's e–news below with all the latest sailing and boating highlights including: Stow the Speedos: Dun Laoghaire’s Urban Beach ‘on hold’; Bulloch ‘marine activity’ build plans; Irish Lights honour is in the post Sign up for a daily digest of Irish sailing and…
Cork Harbour as seen from Cobh
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Some 35,000 wheelie bins’ worth of raw sewage is being discharged into Cork Harbour every day, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has told the Dáil. But as The Irish Times reports, the minister has promised that the problem will…
New Stamps Commemorate Irish Lights
Lighthouses
#IrishLights - An Post has today (Thursday 6 October) a set of stamps to commemorate the Commissioners of Irish Lights. There are four stamps in the collection designed by Vermillion Design, featuring Irish Lights staff working on a buoy; a…
Fishing Ports Raided In Undocumented Worker Sting
Fishing
#Fishing - Fishing ports in Howth and Castletownbere were raided by gardaí and State agencies yesterday (Wednesday 5 October) in a sting operation focused on undocumented workers, as The Irish Times reports. The raids come after revelations last November in…
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