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The partnership will see competitors benefiting from an exclusive Henri Lloyd Privilege Club
SB20
Marine clothing brand Henri Lloyd has announced its support of this year’s SB20 World Championships, being hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes this August. The partnership will see competitors benefiting from an exclusive Henri Lloyd Privilege Club that…
Stuart Greenfield will be racing his vintage Ron Holland Half Tonner Silver Shamrock Two Handed
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Silver Shamrock, the Ron Holland designed Half Tonner that won the World Championship in 1976 will be the smallest yacht taking part in the RORC Myth of Malham race on Saturday. Owner Stuart Greenfield is racing Two Handed with co-skipper Nathan…
Fog from Dublin Bay and spells of sunshine formed the weather yesterday when the first Finnish Navy vessel made a visit to Dublin. This involved the minelayer flagship FNS Hämeenmaa that is to remain in port till Friday.
Naval Visits
#FirstFinnish – For the first time the Finnish Navy made a historic visit to Dublin yesterday when flagship FNS Hämeenmaa arrived on the Liffey quays to begin a four-day call, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,300 displacement minelayer had sailed from…
Win this Ergofit Pro Lifejacket worth €205 lifejacket in our free to enter competition below
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Leading Irish Chandlery CH Marine is giving away a Crewsaver Ergofit 190N Pro Auto Harness Light and Hood worth €205 in this free to enter Afloat.ie competition.  The competition is part of CH Marine's annual LIFEJACKET AWARENESS WEEK that kicks off this…
Fanad Lighthouse on the stunning scenery of the Donegal coastline
Lighthouses
#lighthousePics - The guardians of some of Ireland's most iconic lighthouses, the Commissioners of Irish Lights are looking for new and exciting images of Lighthouses located along our stunning coastline. Whether you are a professional photographer or just a budding…
Master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. They are pictured on the bridge of Stena Europe that operates the new Rosslare – Fishguard route timetable that began this week
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#NewTimetable - The launch of the new timetable on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard route has begun this week. The revised timetable now gives customers the chance to avail of three day sailings and one extended overnight crossing. The operator…
Howth Coast Guard volunteers searching low waters off Sutton
Rescue
#Rescue - A surfer was rescued in West Kerry on Monday night (22 May) after he was pulled from the shore by a rip current, as RTÉ News reports. Dingle Coast Guard and Valentia RNLI fought difficult conditions – with…
Seatruck Ferries 'Clipper Point' arrives into Dublin Port
Ferry
Seamus Leheny will join Seatruck Ferries as its new Commercial General Manager. Leheny leaves his current role as Policy and Membership Manager for the Freight Transport Association in Northern Ireland. Prior to working for the FTA he worked for both TR and Hamilton…
Dun Laoghaire harbour - should there be a place for contributions from some other very real harbour users in a soon–to–be–laid time capsule?
Dublin Bay
President Higgins will mark the beginning of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour next Wednesday (May 31st) by installing a new time capsule in the harbourside George IV Memorial. The Memorial already has a time capsule from May 31st 1817,…
The British registered 2002–built navy hulled yacht Song of the Sea travelled up the Irish Sea before anchoring just off Dun Laoghaire Harbour this afternoon
Dublin Bay
As soon as the sea fog lifted on Dublin Bay this evening, it revealed a magnificent 112–foot Swan type yacht, Song of the Sea, at anchor in Scotsman's Bay on the south side of the capital's waters. The sailing yacht…
The King George IV monument gets a make–over at Dun Laoghaire ahead of the Bicentenary opening ceremony at 14:30 on Wed 31st May 2017
Dublin Bay
Two hundred years after the foundation stone was laid to build Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the President Michael D Higgins, accompanied by his wife Sabina, will officiate at the Bicentenary opening ceremony at 14:30 on Wed 31st May 2017, at the…
Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey sailing the Jimmy Furey-built Water Wag Mariposa in idyllic conditions on the Golfe de Morbihan
Historic Boats
The intriguing story of how a ship’s gig of 1796 came to be quietly preserved in Bantry House is well known among classic and traditional boat enthusiasts writes W M Nixon. The elegant craft was left behind after the unsuccessful…
Bring in your lifejacket to CH Marine for a free RNLI Lifejacket Clinic at its Cork branch THIS SATURDAY from 11am - 3pm.
CH Marine Chandlery
CH Marine's annual LIFEJACKET AWARENESS WEEK kicks off this Saturday 27 May with lots of lifejacket info, special offers and support. Given the recent results from a Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifejacket last month that found barely one fifth of lifejackets…
The bow of the Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary that had been detained during its call to Wicklow Port.
Ports & Shipping
#DetentionLifted – The detention of a Dutch flagged general cargoship in Wicklow Port since the weekend has finally been lifted as the vessel is no longer currently listed by the Paris MoU, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crown Mary had arrived to…
Despite some frustrations for the Fireballers this was a very pleasant evening’s racing in warm pleasant conditions
Fireball
While Tuesday was a warm blustery day by the time Fireballers descended on the waterfront clubs the breeze was fading. Early birds Frank Miller and Ed Butler sailed to the harbour mouth to be greeted by 180 degree shifts and…
Paul Kehoe refuses to comment on criticism from Italian authorities of LE ‘Niamh’ in not entering territorial waters of Libya during a refugee rescue operation in August 2015. Above a RIB dispatched from LE Samuel Beckett assists a rescue last year.
Navy
#MinisterDefends - Paul Kehoe Minister of State for Defence has said he was immensely proud of the Naval Service as the LE Eithne and its crew prepared to depart for the Mediterranean to assist in the rescue of refugees fleeing…
President of the Nautical Institute Captain David 'Duke' Snider speaking at the National Maritime College
Island Nation
A ”Truism” is defined as a self-evident truth. That underlines the accuracy of the descriptive saying “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” and the application nof it to the attitude of the Irish Government towards seafarers. Every day Ireland’s ports are depended upon by the…
RV Celtic Explorer at work in the Atlantic earlier this month
Marine Science
#ClimateChange - Preliminary results from the recent ‘health check’ of the Atlantic Ocean suggest a greater penetration of manmade chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) further into the deeper ocean since 20 years ago. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, an Irish-led international team of…
Many whale species can be found in the waters of the mid Atlantic during the summer months - prompting vigilance for offshore yacht crews
Offshore
#Offshore - Offshore yachts beware this summer after three British sailors had a lucky escape when their yacht collided with a whale and sank in the mid Atlantic. According to Independent.ie, the trio from the Destiny of Scarborough were picked…
Ireland's Aisling Keller from Lough Derg Yacht Club is competing in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland
Tokyo 2020
Both Finn Lynch in the Laser and new Northern Ireland 49er combination Matt McGovern and Robbie Gilmore sit in the top ten of the Delta Lloyd Regatta Medemblik, Netherlands that started yesterday. Six Irish sailors into total are competing with great competition…

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