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Derry during a previous Clipper race stopover
Clipper Race
Conall Morrison, 35, from Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, has been named as one of the twelve professional Skippers who will lead a team in the next edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. It adds yet another Irish dimenson…
Three J109s approach a gybe mark in last Sunday's DBSC Spring Chicken Race on Dublin Bay
DBSC
Despite the breezy forecast, DBSC organisers say they will be making every effort to get another race in this Sunday at the Rathfarnham Ford Sponsored Series on Dublin Bay. Handicaps and start times for the fourth race are downloadable below.…
The Westerly Centaur stayed true to her origins as an uncompromising bilge-keeler
Boat Sales
Cheltenham Week of all times, it’s more than appropriate to be considering a Laurent Giles-designed 1978 Westerly Centaur for sale on Afloat Boats for Sale at a bargain price in Crosshaven writes W M Nixon. The 26ft Westerly Centaur has…
The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race - Close to 400 boats in the combined IRC and non-IRC fleets will compete in the world's largest offshore race starting on Sunday 6th August
Fastnet
The world's largest, most prestigious offshore sailing event will take place this summer off the Irish south coast with the 47th running of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Some offshore yacht races struggle for entries, but the Royal Ocean Racing Club's…
The 2015-built 60m Perini Perseus has been achieving her first wins this week in the Caribbean under Nin O’Leary’s command
Royal Cork YC
It’s the peak of the best of the sailing season in the Caribbean, and key Irish crews are making a major impact at the sharp end of the fleet writes W M Nixon. Former All-Ireland Sailing Champion Nin O’Leary of…
Irish Coastguard helicopters have become the potent symbol of a civilised society in an island setting
Coastguard
While it may be a matter of discussion as to whether or not Ireland is truly a maritime nation, there is no doubting the fact that we are an aviational people to a remarkable degree. We’ve inherited a deeply-felt distrust…
Dara Fitzpatrick as pictured in Afloat in June 1994 - then a 22-year-old helicopter co-pilot with four years of flying experience already under her belt
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - Tributes have poured in for Dara Fitzpatrick, the senior pilot who lost her life in yesterday’s Irish Coast Guard helicopter incident off Blacksod in Co Mayo. Speaking to RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland earlier, sister Niamh Fitzpatrick, praised…
Claire Lambe
Rowing
#Rowing: Claire Lambe has been named in the Cambridge crew for the Women’s Boat Race on April 2nd. The Dubliner (26) will row in the number three seat for the light blues. Lambe represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in…
TRANSIT GATEWAY Mapping Phase 2: 'Dublin Port from 1708 to 1785 / Walls of Protection' is the second of nine seminars that charts the evolving changes of the historic port over the centuries to the present day.
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As part of “Dublin Port Perspectives”, Transit Gateway is a project that documents the transitional changes of the shape of Dublin Port from its medieval shoreline to its current infrastructure. Following the recent introductory seminar of Transit Gateway, the…
Captain Paul O'Regan, Harbourmaster of the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay
Island Nation
Bantry Bay is one of this island’s greatest maritime resources and is about to be opened up with a new marina very close to the centre of the town. Twenty-two miles long from its entrance and with 22 slipways and…
The Trinity team of Scott Flanigan, Cara McDowell, Daniel Gill, Kate O’Reilly, Richard Roberts, and Laragh Lee are 2017 Varsities champions
Team Racing
University College Dublin Sailing Club (UCDSC), the defending Varsities champions, hosted the Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsities out of Clifden Boat Club from the 10th to the 12th March. 26 teams were racing at the final IUSA event of…
The race will visit the Northern Irish city for the fourth consecutive time, in July 2018
Clipper Race
Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, will again feature as a Host Port in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race. The decision that the race will visit the Northern Irish city for the fourth consecutive time, in July 2018, was confirmed…
Man of the sea. Hugh Kennedy at the helm of his Clare Lallow-built classic Tosca IV, putting the Coningbeg Lightvessel astern during the annual summer pilgrimage to Baltimore in West Cork
News Update
Hugh Kennedy’s eighty-five years of well-lived life successfully combined so many aspects of Irish sailing, and indeed Irish life generally, that we have to keep reminding ourselves that it was just one man who so ably filled such a variety…
J109 Dear Prudence on the edge after gybing in Sunday's Spring Chicken Race on Dublin Bay. See gallery below
DBSC
1720 Merlin leads the ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II by a single point after three races sailed in the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay. Sunday's third race was sailed in blustery conditions that led to…
Royal Princess on a cruise call to Dublin Port
Cruise Liners
#RecordCalls - Irish ports in 2017 will have their busiest ever cruise ship season with over 300 vessels scheduled to visit ports and harbours, large and small, around the island. The record year further extends the success of the past…
Port of Cork's ferry terminal in Ringaskiddy
Port of Cork
#BypassUK - The Port of Cork has ramped up talks with continental ferry companies writes Independent.ie about providing more direct freight routes between Ireland and mainland Europe due to Brexit, its chairman has said. John Mullins said fresh food exporters…
Sir David Attenborough and Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret with a model of the newbuild polar research ship currently under construction at the shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside
Ports & Shipping
#ExportDrive -UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird that is building polar research vessel Sir David Attenborough, says it plans to unleash an ‘aggressive exports drive’ in 2017 after one of its busiest years for commercial marine work, which saw it land the…
Galway City Council councillors have voted to cut a marketing grant to Galway Port used to attract liner traffic. Above Afloat adds is Holland America Lines Prinsendam at anchorage during a cruise of western seaboard ports.
Galway Harbour
#GrantSlashed - There was consternation among Galway City County councillors that its marketing promotion fund would hand over €10,000 to the Port of Galway to attract cruise ships when the harbour body lavished handsome salaries on its executives. According to…
A major search operation has been ongoing since the early hours for Rescue 116 and its crew off Blacksod in Co Mayo
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - One person has been taken from the scene in the search for an Irish Coast Guard helicopter and crew that went missing off Mayo in the early hours of this morning, according to the Galway Advertiser. Update 2.55pm: The…
A major sea search is underway off the Co Mayo coast, near Blacksod for a Coast Guard Helicopter
Coastguard
A major sea search is ongoing off the county Mayo coast approximately six miles west of Blacksod this morning. At approximately 1am this morning contact was lost with a Coast Guard SAR Helicopter off the West Coast of Ireland during a…

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