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Carrickabraghy Castle on the Isle of Doagh
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#Missing - The search continues today (Wednesday 31 August) for a man missing after going swimming off the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal this past Monday. According to The Irish Times, the man in his 50s was reported missing at…
Sean Craig was the winner of last night's first of two DBSC Laser races
DBSC
CRUISERS 1 - 1. Powder Monkey (C Moore), 2. D-Tox (P McSwiney et al) FIREBALL Race 2- 1. No Name (S Oram), 2. Goodness Gracious (Louise McKenna), 3. Clandog Millionaire (C Clancy) IDRA 14 FOOT Race 2- 1. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne),…
Ireland is in the top of the SB20 Worlds in Cascais
SB20
The Cascais SB20 World Championships got off to a strong start yesterday with three races held in testing but hugely enjoyable conditions with Portuguese sun and strong breezes. Ireland has four entries in the 76–boat event. Bango (James Gorman, Rory Fitzpatrick,…
 Eddie Warden Owen's RORC team of Ossie Stewart and John Greenwood, was top Corinthian Team for the Etchells Open European Championship.
Etchells
The New Zealand team racing Feng Shui of Andrew Wills, Anatole Masfen and Matthew Kelway, has won the 2016 Etchells Open European Championship writes Louay Habib. After two days of tricky shifting breeze in the Solent, the New Zealand Team…
The FV Napier before it was lost in a sudden flooding incident of the Saltee Islands on 30 January 2014
Fishing
#Fishing - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing vessel operators to monitor their bilge spaces prior, during and after voyages. It is also essential that bilge alarms are tested regularly, to determine…
Donaghadee RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Saxon tows a RIB to safety  from the North Channel
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Donaghadee RNLI was called upon three times in the last week to assist vessels which got into difficulties off the coast of North Down. The first callout was on Thursday 25 August after a yacht with five people…
Pictured at the launch of the Launch of FLAGS (Fisheries Local Area Groups Groups) programme at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty are Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM with FLAGS representatives, WEST FLAG, Paddy Crowe, Inis Oirr, Co. Galway; SOUTH WEST FLAG, Kevin Flannery, Dingle Co.Kerry; NORTH FLAG, Gerry Gallagher, Co. Donegal; SOUTH FLAG, Finian O’Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork; SOUTH EAST FLAG, Noel McDonagh, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford and NORTH WEST FLAG, Gerard Hassett, Achill, Co. Mayo.
Fishing
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty today. €12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for…
A 420 dinghy competing in Royal Cork Yacht club's 'At Home' Regatta. Scroll dow for Photo Gallery
Royal Cork YC
The final day of Royal Cork Yacht Club's 'At Home' was a day to remember writes Bob Bateman. With temperatures in the mid–twenties, there was plenty of activity afloat and ashore. Adults and children alike soaked up the party atmosphere…
The Hibernia team includes Phillip Fitzgibbon navigating, Denis Dillon dealing with logistics and on-board hydraulic monitoring. Jonathan Napier is co–driver, Jonathan was famously the last Concorde flight pilot.
Powerboat Racing
Hibernia Racing, The International Irish Marathon Offshore Powerboat Racing Team headed by driver and throttle man John Ryan are set to take on their toughest challenge to date; the Cowes Classic 2016 Offshore Powerboat Race. The race takes place this…
Stacked high: Round timber at Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre, awaits to be loaded by short-sea coasters, such as Ayress, which is currently returning to the Scottish port from Passage West, Cork Harbour.
Cork Harbour
#TimberLinks– Coast Lines Shipping Ltd's Ayress discharged round timber at Passage West, Cork Harbour, from where she is returning today to load the same cargo at Campeltown, Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The privately owned wharf, at Passage West near Monkstown,…
Wicklow Port has been transferred to Wicklow County Council
Ports & Shipping
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. has signed an Order transferring Wicklow Port Company to Wicklow County Council, with the consent of his colleagues Paschal Donohoe T. D., Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Simon Coveney…
Galway Docks
Galway Harbour
#Galway - Galway is missing out on millions of euro annually due to a lack of modern marina facilities, according to a top Irish sailing executive. Pierce Purcell of Galway Bay Sailing Club told the Connacht Tribune that investment in…
The 'Caley' funnel of Scottish publicaly run operator, CalMac, will remain a familiar sight on Clyde and Hebridean Isles west coast services following granting of a new eight year (2016-2024) contract. The funnel is that of Caledonian Isles that serves Arran.
Ferry
#NewEra - Scottish transport operator, CalMac has gone public for the first time with ambitious plans to transform west coast ferry services following formal granting of its new contract for the next eight years.  As reported on Afloat, CalMac was…
Laser sailor Annalise Murphy poses for photographers with her Olympic Silver medal in Dun Laoghaire
Annalise Murphy
#AnnaliseMurphy - Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has had a passenger jet named after her by an Irish airline, as Dublin Live reports. But it's not just any aircraft, as its airline's chief pilot is her own father Con Murphy…
Holland America Line's cruiseship Prinsendam made her second call to Belfast Harbour this season. Overall this was her 14th visit to the city
Cruise Liners
#HALcall – Holland America Line’s Prinsendam berthed in Belfast Harbour this morning as part of a 28 Day Celtic & Bourgundian Explorer Cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. This was the second call of HAL's Prinsendam to Belfast this season as she…
The victorious Jump Juice crew
Royal Cork YC
Conor Phelan’s Ker 37 Jump Juice defended her 2015 Abersoch Keelboat Week title in some style on Friday winning both the penultimate and the final races. The Royal Cork yacht finished the regatta a whopping 11–points clear. As Afloat.ie previously…
calypso leads in race 3 of the International 12 Footer & Dublin Bay Sailing Club 12 Footer Irish Championship
Racing
With so much interest in single handed Olympic sailing, it is appropriate that the 12–footers had their Irish championships a week after Annalise’s success in Rio at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The 12–footers were used for the Olympic…
The top Etchells team today was Feng Shui, from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Auckland, NZ
Etchells
For the first day of the 2016 Etchells Open European Championship, Principal Race Officer, Phil Lawrence, prophesied that it might be a long day and he was spot on writes Louay Habib. Malahide YC's Bedrock skippered by Richard Burrows is…
Home are the Heroes – Paul & Gary O'Donovan return to Skibbereen. video clip below
Rowing
#Rowing: Thousands turned out tonight for the official return of Olympic silver medalists Paul and Gary O'Donovan to Skibbereen, West Cork The duo and members of team and management travelled in an open-topped bus through the town.
Migrants rescued from a wooden vessel located 40 Nautical Miles of Tripoli, Libya
Navy
#MigrantRescue -LÉ James Joyce has rescued a total of 165* migrants in three separate vessels during search and rescue operations north-east of Tripoli,Libya The search and rescue (SAR) request came earlier today from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre. During…

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