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As ISORA fleet leader after five races, Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox) has to be a favourite in tonight's 2017 D2D race
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Even with leading contenders Aurelia (J/122) and Jacana (J/115) scratching (the former with rigging problems, the latter with logistics difficulties), J/Boats still might have it all the way in the remaining fleet of 43 boats in the National YC’s 275-mile…
The custom-built Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service on the route linking Church Bay,Rathlin Island to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim,
Island News
#EntersService – The new custom-built car ferry Spirit of Rathlin has finally entered service with a first scheduled sailing today on the Rathlin Island link with Ballycastle on the Antrim mainland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Spirit of Rathlin built by Arklow…
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Dun Laoghaire Dingle
Track the progress of the 2017 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race fleet here on the live tracker when the race starts at 7pm tonight on Dublin Bay. Forecasts show gusty south and south westerly winds for the start, the…
The D2D fleet assembles at the National Yacht Club this morning. The Arklow J122 Aquelina is pictured foreground with other competitors also arriving for tonight's start
Dun Laoghaire Dingle
A 43–boat fleet are expecting an upwind start and winds gusting to 25–knots for tonight's 7pm Dun Laoghaire–Dingle Race at the National Yacht Club. At start time, winds are expected to shift from a southerly to a south westerly direction…
Inner city school kids from the Greig City Academy in Hornsey, east London take on their greatest challenge in the 605nm Rolex Fastnet Race in August
Fastnet
While everyone who enters the Rolex Fastnet Race dreams of winning or doing well, the event's stature as the world's largest offshore yacht race, means this is often not the only reason for taking part writes James Boyd. Around 400…
Glenlee (seen above in Glasgow) was the former Galatea of the Spanish Navy whose sail trainee ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano is currently visiting Dublin and is open to public tours today (Wednesday 14 June). The Glenlee (a barque dating to 1896) is an impressive centrepiece to the contrasting striking multi-award winning Riverside Museum, Glasgow that was designed by the Iranian born architect, the late Zaha Hadid.
Tall Ships
#OpenTallships - As one of the world’s largest tallships from the Spanish Royal Navy is visiting Dublin Port, Afloat also highlights a former sail trainee from the Iberian nation that is the centrepiece of a Scottish museum, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The Volvo Ocean Race will switch from a 3-year to a 2-year cycle after the upcoming 2017-18 edition
Volvo Ocean Race
The Volvo Ocean Race will switch from a 3-year to a 2-year cycle after the upcoming 2017-18 edition, a change that will provide more continuity and more commercial value for professional sailing teams, sponsors and Host Cities. It's the latest…
MS Prinsendam of Holland America Line at anchor off Bantry House & Garden, West Cork. The call of the 37,000 tonnes cruiseship was the first in almost 30 years to the stunning location of Bantry.
Cruise Liners
#BantryBay - MS Prinsendam of Holland America Line made her maiden call to Bantry Bay Harbour writes West Cork Times on what was to be the first visit of a cruise liner to Bantry in almost 30 years. Carrying more…
Howth Yacht Club's Laura Dillon negotiates a crowded mark rounding at the Dragon World Championships
Dragon
As Ireland's sole representatives, Howth Yacht Club's Laura Dillon with Jonathan Bourke, Rita Gonçalves, Antonio Gois lie just outside the top third of the Dragon World Championships after three races sailed in Cascais, Portgual. As Afloat.ie noted in its daily e–news…
The J109 Jalapeno (Paul Barrington) was second in DBSC combined cruisers
DBSC
B21S - 1. ISOLDE (B MULKEEN & J MARTIN), 2. BILLY WHIZZ (P SHANNON), 3. VENTUNO (R FOGARTY) COMBINED CRUISERS TUESDAY - 1. D-Tox (P McSswinet et al), 2. Jalapeno (P Barrington et al), 3. Windjammer (L Casey & D…
Margaret Cremen
Rowing
#Rowing: Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey have been chosen to represent Ireland at the World Junior Championships in August in Lithuania. The junior double, which took silver at the European Junior Rowing Championships in Germany last month, tops the list…
Pictured at today's launch at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club are (L-R) Johanne Murphy, ISA Inclusion Games Officer, Harry Hermon, CEO ISA, Nadine Lattimore, Oisin Putt and Mark Pollock
ISA
Mark Pollock, Commonwealth Medal Winner in Rowing, Round Ireland Sailor, Adventurer and Cure for Paralysis activist has launched the inaugural Watersports Inclusion Games, organised by the Irish Sailing Association. The Games is a free event which will allow people of…
TV personality Angela Rippon, Godmother to Columbus, who named the new flagship at the ceremony within the splendid Palladium show lounge.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship- The latest addition to Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet of new flagship Columbus as previously referred on Afloat was named at a glittering ceremony held at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. The Godmother to Columbus, who named the…
Cruising on Beaufort Venture
INSS
#Cruising - Leisurely cruising isn’t all that’s on the agenda when the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Elan 36, Beaufort Venture, sails the South East Coast this July. INSS cruising instructor Gary Curran will lead each cruise in a…
70 Dragons from 19 nations, including an Irish Dragon from Dublin, are contesting the World Championships in Cascais
Dragon
Dublin sailors Laura Dillon from Howth Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire sailor Jonathan Bourke lie 18th after the first race of the  2017 Dragon World Championship in Cascais, Portugal yesterday. The sole Irish entry 'Cloud' is also crewed by Rita Gonçalves and Antonio…
Corrib Gas Field Pipeline Survey & Inspection From This Month
News Update
#MarineNotice - Shell E&P Ireland advises that inspection and engineering tasks will take place at the Corrib Gas Field and related offshore infrastructure from this month. The work, due to commence in mid June and last for around 40 days,…
Lough Ree RNLI’s volunteer crew with the Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Volunteers from Lough Ree RNLI had a successful training exercise with the Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 yesterday (Sunday 11 June). The lifeboat and helicopter crews came together for a joint training exercise at Lough Ree…
Branch chairman Noel Phillips, lifeboat crew Derek Shevlin, Drogheda Harbour Master Captain Martin Donnelly, Drogheda Mayor Oliver Tully and lifeboat crew Barbara Kirk at the launch of Clogherhead RNLI’s lifeboat appeal
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Clogherhead RNLI in Co Louth officially launched the station’s €150,000 Shannon lifeboat appeal on the final day of the Drogheda maritime festival yesterday (Sunday 11 June). The total cost of Clogherhead’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat will be…
The exhibition Cold Recall is based on images from the original lantern slides that Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen used in public lectures about his expeditions through the Northwest Passage and to the South Pole
News Update
#Amundsen - A unique exhibition on Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole was officially opened at NUI Galway by Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, on World Oceans Day (Thursday 8 June). A…
The track of Coastguard Helicopter  R117 to assist a Dublin Bay yachtsman who was washed overboard in 'rough sea conditions'
ICRA
An ICRA competitor is in hospital today after being washed overboard on the return voyage from the championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday. The Dublin Bay competitor ran into problems off the Waterford/Wexford coast last night. Yesterday's last day of…

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