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Skerries RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson for the second time in two days on Tuesday evening (29 November 29) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports from a fishing vessel of a boat on…
One of the five passenger ferries of Aran Island Ferries, the operator has ceased running a winter service over a dispute about levies with Galway County Council
Island News
#AranIslands - The use of the Irish Naval Service to provide a short-term service to residents on Inis Mór (largest of the Oileán Árann /Aran Islands) is being explored by Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne. As Galway Bay FM reports the…
Handicaps & Starts For DBSC Turkey Shoot
Turkey Shoot
Overall scores start to get interesting now with discards kicking in at DBSC's six race Turkey Shoot series on Dublin Bay this Sunday. Below are Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday with no changes in starts from last weekend. 
Thomson Closes in on First Place in The Vendée Globe Race (Video)
Vendee Globe
British Skipper, Alex Thomson, is on track to re-claim his lead in The Vendée Globe Race. Over the past 24 hours Thomson has gained 22.2nm cutting Armel Le Cléach’h’s lead on board Banque Populaire VIII from 29.9nm to 7.7nm. For…
An original caisson base to be used for the Kish Lighthouse was damaged in a storm but was aquired 50 year ago in 1966 to form part of the old Greystones Harbour in Co. Wicklow
Coastal Notes
#Greystones - The Kish Lighthouse on Dublin Bay marked its 50th anniversary a year ago this November however the original caisson base destined for the iconic structure half a century ago instead became part of the now demolished old Greystones Harbour,…
Sailing with Royal Irish based Clarke is Aoife English, Maurice O'Connell and American Olympic 470 duo David Hughes and Stuart McNay
Racing
A series long lead held this week by Irish Melges 24 Embarr continues in Miami, Florida today at the 74–boat World Championships. Skipper Conor Clarke has an eight–point lead over Italy's Gian Luca Perego. Third after six races is New England…
Union Chandlery Host RNLI Pop–Up Shop This Saturday
RNLI Lifeboats
This Saturday, Union Chandlery in Cork city will be hosting an RNLI pop–up shop where 100% of the proceeds will be going directly to the RNLI. These funds are vital for keeping RNLI boats on the water and providing the…
Bray Harbour in County Wicklow
Coastal Notes
Clubs and users of Bray Harbour met again last Tuesday night at Bray Head Fishing and Social Club to form the Bray Harbour Action Group to deal with the build up of sand silting up the harbour. Newly appointed chair…
The Solstice class cruiseship Celebrity Eclipse is revealed as the first major cruise operator's ship to' home port' in Dublin by offering cruises from early summer 2018.
Cruise Liners
#HomePort - Celebrity Eclipse has been revealed as the first cruiseship by a major operator to 'home port' in Dublin Port by offering cruises that begin in early summer 2018. As previously reported on Afloat.ie Celebrity Cruises begins the ships…
Inishturk Fish Farm Application Tops €200k
Fishing
#FishFarm - Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) has spent over €200,000 on its application for a proposed salmon farm off Inishturk in Co Mayo, as the Irish Examiner reports. The planned project, much like the withdrawn proposal for Galway Bay for…
Kiltybarden Lake in Ballinamore is a host venue for the World Pairs Angling Championship
Angling
#Angling - Following the announcement of an €800,000 stimulus package for economic development on Ireland’s waterways, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has released details of Leitrim’s share to develop angling in Ballinamore. An award of €100,000 from the Department of Arts,…
It is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, according to Sir John Parker's call for “sea-change” which would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub.
Belfast Lough
#NavalNewbuilds? - Proposals of future naval shipbuilding to be shared around UK yards including Harland & Wolff writes The News Letter have been warmly welcomed in Belfast. The report prepared by Ulster-born industrialist Sir John Parker - a former chief…
As Dublin City Council debates floatels, a five star cruise ship such as the SunBorn flotel in Canary Wharf, London is envisaged for Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay
#Floatels - The idea of floatels is still been worked out by Dublin City Council as it decides whether to move ahead with the idea of this concept of homes on big boats for students, workers or tourists.  As the Dublin…
Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, now faces a winter without its ferry link to the Galway mainland
Island News
#AranIslands - Ferry services to the mainland from the largest of the Aran Islands will be suspended till March from tomorrow following a last-ditch effort to extend winter sailings. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Inis Mór residents were guaranteed their…
Minister Paul Kehoe inspects a Naval Service guard of honour during the new Defence Forces medal award ceremony held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend.
Navy
#NewMedals – New International Operational Service Medals were presented to members of the Defence Forces by Minister Paul Kehoe in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The medals are in recognition of their humanitarian missions overseas which…
Mirabaud Racing Image Winner by Jean-Marie Liot
Marine Photo
149 photographers spanning 25 countries participated in the seventh edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image. Jean-Marie Liot, from France, won the main award, whilst the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum and World Sailing's annual conference chose Nico Martinez's…
The Cuban Blockade
Island Nation
It is strange how things happen. In the week in which Fidel Castro died and there has been such controversy about how President Higgins eulogised him and ‘shipped’ a lot of criticism for what he said and while the airwaves heard…
Funding under the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative is to stimulate economic development along rural waterways, Blueways and their hinterlands
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD, of €842,000 funding under the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative, which will stimulate economic development along rural waterways, Blueways and…
Rambler 88 leaves the rest of the ARC 2016 fleet in her wake as she builds up speed off Gran Canaria
RORC
George David's super-maxi Rambler 88, overall winner and record breaker in the Volvo Round Ireland race 2016 back in June, has added a new accolade to her already enviable sailing reputation as she crossed ARC Finish Line in Rodney Bay,…
The large baleen whale spotted on Cross Beach at the weekend
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) received a report at the weekend of a large baleen whale struggling in the shallows at Cross Beach in north-west Co Mayo. The 12-metre marine mammal, thought to be a sei…

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