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Vendee Globe
Launched in 2016, Vendée2020Vision is a new initiative to support British sailors along the path to success in yacht racing’s most challenging event - the Vendée Globe, the quadrennial singlehanded non-stop round the world race. Singlehanded offshore racing is an…
The lure of the Fastnet Rock is as big as ever
Fastnet
Entry into the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event, the Rolex Fastnet Race surpassed expectation today in record-breaking time. The 340-boat limit was reached in just 4 minutes and 24 seconds setting a new record. Within the first minute of…
Ardmore Seawolf a product/chemical tanker of 49,999dwt is one of the largest and newest of the 27-strong mixed fleet of Ardmore whose principle operating office is located in Cork City at Albert Quay.
Ports & Shipping
#Appointments – Ardmore Shipping Corporation which has its Principal Operating Office at Cork City’s Albert Quay has made several appointments last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ardmore is engaged in the ownership and operation of a fleet of 27 product and…
Sea trout with Sea Lice
Fishing
The Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland has welcomed new research by scientists from Inland Fisheries Ireland and Argyll Fisheries Trust (Scotland) which found that sea trout carry significantly higher levels of sea lice infestation closer to marine salmon farms. Researchers…
Successful applicants for beach lifeguarding will receive world class training in search and rescue
RNLI Lifeboats
 Recruitment has opened in Northern Ireland for this summer’s crop of beach lifeguards and face to face fundraisers. Both roles are essential in supporting the RNLI’s aim to keep people safe and prevent tragedies around the North Coast and in…
Naval Service OPV90 class L.E. James Joyce was one of three ships tasked in SAR missions for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean in the year of 2016
Navy
#NavalReview - The Defence Forces in the year of 2016 have been tasked by the Government to play a central role in the 1916 Centenary Commemorative programme. Notwithstanding the ceremonial activities performed during 2016, Óglaigh na hÉireann maintained operations, contributing…
Afloat last year reported on Atlantic Star the first of five G4 series of the World's largest new con-ro giant ships. The leadship entered service in March on a UK (Liverpool)-Europe-North America service for Atlantic Container Line.
Ports & Shipping
#Top25boxCo - According to Multimodal, the 14th edition of Dynamar annual Top 25 Container Liner Operators publication has been issued. It offers an exclusive insight into the world’s largest container shipping companies, their history, nature, characters, developments, strategies, relationships and…
 A thumbs up from Johnny Durcan in Adelaide after the final race, at least he's still smiling despite what he termed 'a disappointing overall result!'
Youth Sailing
Although December's youth sailing world championships did not deliver the result Johnny Durcan had hoped for, the young Crosshaven Laser Radial helmsman went on to race at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide last week. The Royal Cork and National Yacht…
Light winds for today's DMYC Frostbite race inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Fireball
Series 2 of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbites started in very hopeful conditions writes Cormac Bradley. However, within 35 seconds of a self-imposed deadline to call proceedings off, the Race Officer decided that a race could be started. The…
Following Fred Olsen's Boudicca that marked the first cruise caller of 2017 to Dublin Port, the capital is to welcome Saga Cruises smaller Saga Pearl II on St. Patrick's Day. The 449 passenger ship became the first cruiseship to visit Warrenpoint. Co. Down in recent years.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseIncrease – Dublin Port in 2017 is to welcome a total of 125 cruise calls an increase on last year, however Dun Laoghaire Harbour will have a repeat of last year with eight calls, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on…
The anchored tanker in Dublin Bay at the centre of cargoes 'issues' Iver Ability as previously reported on Afloat.ie is seen been passed by ropax ferry Epsilon yesterday mid-afternoon. The vessel on charter to Irish Ferries was underway from Dublin Port on the first sailing of the New Year bound for Cherbourg, France. With the fading light note the deck lights on board the ferry.
Ferry
#FrenchFerry - The first sailing in 2017 of Epsilon on the Ireland-France route of Dublin-Cherbourg operated by Irish Ferries took place yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Under overcast skies yet flat calm seas, Epsilon departed Dublin Bay in mid-afternoon where the…
Achill RNLI volunteers prepping their XP rescue dinghy
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Achill RNLI was requested late on Thursday night (5 January) to help locate and rescue two adult male hill walkers who were in distress in the vicinity of Mweelrea mountain in Killary Fjord, Connemara. The Irish Coast Guard…
Brexit Is ‘A Positive’ Says New Lough Erne Resort Manager
Inland Waterways
#LoughErne - New Lough Erne Resort general manager William Kirby sees Brexit as another opportunity to build the Lough Erne brand and the golf resort’s reputation as a worldwide destination. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Kirby says he is under…
Still from the time lapse video showing one of the massive turbine blades on Galway's dockside
Galway Harbour
#GalwayPort - The Port of Galway has tweeted a time lapse video of an enormous turbine blade being manoeuvred into position for transport to the new Galway Wind Park project last week. Galway Harbour is playing a key role in…
Cliona Hagan with volunteer crew members Brian Faulkner, Dessie Daly and Mark Vaughan
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Country singer and RTÉ’s Best Newcomer 2016 Cliona Hagan is set to perform at the annual Bundoran RNLI dance, which takes place on Friday 27 January at the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran. The event, now in its…
Connemara Airport at Inverin, near Rossaveal
Island News
#AranIslands - Issues remain with the new contract for Aran Islands air services, according to one local senator. As Galway Bay FM reports, Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh says the new PSO agreement imposes additional fees on flights not specified on the…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: Irish oarsman Gavan Hennigan has crossed halfway on his row across the Atlantic Ocean. The Galway man has had a tough 36 hours, with northerly winds pushing him off his preferred course, but the winds are switching to a…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
News Update
#DLHarbour - Councillors are set to debate a report that identifies issues with the ownership of key parts of Dun Laoghaire Harbour ahead of its transfer to the local authority. According to The Irish Times, the council-commissioned due diligence report…
Afloat.ie adds the above 3-D visualisation of the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey was commissioned by the campaign group, Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association. The BHPA commissioned graphic artist, Dan O'Neill, with the support of an architect, to translate the developer's plans which are currently under planning application.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - A major campaign in Dalkey is under way to stop what has been described as the ‘Costa del Sol’ style development at Bulloch Harbour in south Dublin. As The Irish Times writes on the eve of its 200th…
Making the international stage. The start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 as seen from a typical Wicklow hilltop, with George David’s mighty Rambler 88 dominating the line–up
W M Nixon
Wicklow Sailing Club are best-known as the big-hearted little organisation which keeps the iconic Volvo Round Ireland Race show on the road with such style that it is now one of Europe’s premier events, with a stellar international entry list…
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