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Iain Miller at the entrance to the sea cave at Umfin Island off the Donegal coast. Scroll down for video.
Canoeing
This is Umfin Island, which lives 3 km west of Gweedore, Donegal and is uninhabited except for a couple of thousand ground nesting sea birds. The short film shows Iain Miller paddling through a 300–metre sea cave tunnel which passes…
Thew new IC37 Design
Offshore
After a decade of competition with the Swan 42 One-Design sailboat, the New York Yacht Club has announced a new class that will carry the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, sailing’s Corinthian interclub competition, into its second decade.…
On board for the record attempt is: Lloyd Thornburg, Brian Thompson, Ireland's Justin Slattery (left), David Swete, Peter Cumming, Fletcher Kennedy & Henry Bomby
Offshore
Pulling out in the fog from the Long Beach dock in California last Friday morning was Lloyd Thornburg and his crew aboard Phaedo3 headed towards the official start point of the WSSRC Transpacific Record writes Rachel Fallon Langdon. After waiting…
Dolan slipped to second in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai in the last 30 miles on Friday
Solo Sailing
After Ireland’s Tom Dolan slipped to second in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai in the last 30 miles on Friday, all of Irish sailing – and a wider community of supporters internationally – shared his frustration writes W M Nixon. But those…
Cast Your Vote: An artist's impression of the new ferry to serve the Scottish island of Arran on the Forth of Clyde.
Ferry
#VoteFerryName - A public vote is underway to name the first of a pair of Scottish newbuilds for operator Caledonian MacBrayne. The 102m dual-fuel ferries are to serve Arran on the Forth of Clyde and south-west Scotland, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The new Hanse 445. Derek Matthews Pleoine of Dee, ECHO overall winner in today’s ISORA Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire race, is the first of this marque in local waters.
ISORA
Paul O’Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has won overall in a fast ISORA Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire Race today writes W M Nixon. After the 0800hr start, a blistering pace was set in a rising southwest to south wind which obligingly backed…
Colin Byrne skippered XP33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club to victory in today's DBSC Class One IRC race. Full results below
DBSC
Breezy south-westerly winds swept the Colin Byrne skippered XP33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club to victory in today's DBSC Class One IRC race. Two RIYC J109 club mates, Chimaera (Andrew Craig) and White Mischief (Tim Goodbody) were…
NUIG's senior eight win at Lough Rynn Regatta.
Rowing
#Rowing: NUIG carried off the men’s and women’s senior eights at the Lough Rynn Regatta in Leitrim today. Enniskillen, the former Portora, won the men’s and women’s junior 18 titles. While the morning session had run off on time and…
MSC Preziosa was originally to be named Phoenicia from an order placed in a French yard by a Libyan state-owned company. The civil war that broke out in 2011 however put an end to that arrangement.
Dublin Port
#SplendidSister - A near sister of MSC Splendida which at 333m became the longest ever cruiseship to visit Dublin in recent years is currently docked in port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship is MSC Preziosa that called yesterday to Greenock,…
A rare call by a cargoship to Arklow took place recently when Arklow Fortune berthed on the banks of the River Avoca. The 4,950dwt short-sea trader that is registered in the port had called to undergo repairs.
Ports & Shipping
#RareCall – A rare appearance of a cargoship and aptly from Arklow Shipping took place recently with the vessel in its homeport of where Ireland’s largest shipowner’s have their head-office, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored online the ship in…
Claire Feerick and Ava Clarke of Neptune win the Senior Women's Double at Lough Rynn Regatta.
Rowing
#Rowing: Claire Feerick and Ava Clarke beat a Carlow-Kenmare composite in a tight finish of the women’s senior double at Lough Rynn Regatta today. The men’s four was also a tight race with NUIG beating a junior four which may…
Salmon Farm Sea Lice Halve Wild Atlantic Salmon Runs Says New Study
Marine Wildlife
#Salmon - Wild Atlantic salmon smolts migrating to sea from Irish rivers can become infected with sea lice from West Coast salmon farms and suffer increased mortality soon after leaving the coast, cutting their numbers by half. That’s the conclusion…
Team Oracle in trouble: capsizing after a foiling gybe at high speed in Bermuda on Wednesday 10 May
America's Cup
#AmericasCup - Team Oracle USA have their work cut out for them after their second capsize in as many months during training for the America's Cup in Bermuda this week. Sail-World has the full report on the latest incident, which…
Two-Hander 'Bam' From Howth Yacht Club Takes Early Lead in ISORA Holyhead–Dun Laoghaire Race (Tracker HERE!)
ISORA
Howth Yacht Club's Conor Fogerty is the early IRC leader in this morning's ISORA race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. Fogerty's two–handed Jeanneau Sun Fast leads from Welsh yacht Jackknife with Royal Irish Yacht Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) third and…
Mirror Southerns At Lough Derg Yacht Club Next Weekend
Mirror
#Mirror - The 2017 Mirror racing season opens with the Southern Championships at the host venue of the 2013 Mirror Worlds, Lough Derg Yacht Club, next weekend from Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 May. Mirror Sailing Ireland is hoping for…
Stephen Tudor’s defending ISORA Champion, the J/109 Sgrech from Pwllheli, in her glorious home waters. Today she’s racing in the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire race, in which Progressive ECHO is being tested against IRC to see if more cruising-oriented boats can be encouraged into ISORA Racing
W M Nixon
After the accelerating build-up to Olympic Medal success throughout the summer of 2016, there was hope in some sections of the Irish sailing community that the mood of 2017 might be different in pace. Tokyo 2020 still seemed very far…
Change of helm – Taking over from Marcus (right) on the maritime programme on RTE Radio 1 commencing Friday 23rd June will be RTE Correspondent Fergal Keane
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, tonight we hear about the commemoration of the United States Navy in Cobh one hundred years ago we’ll be talking to Commander Taussig’s great grand daughter Elizabeth Helmer,…
Dolan saw his wafer-thin class lead worn down by a succession of challengers in other Pogo 3s
Solo Sailing
The finish of the Mini-en-Mai at La Trinite sur Mer today concluded a period of frustration for Ireland’s Tom Dolan in Offshoresailing.fr, as he saw his wafer-thin class lead worn down by a succession of challengers in other Pogo 3s…
NYC’s Junior Section Celebrates Golden Jubilee This Month
National YC
#NYC - The National Yacht Club’s youth sailing section marks its golden jubilee with a weekend of celebration on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May. Festivities kick off on the Saturday evening with a reunion dinner (€35pp) for those who…
Family Fun Day At Royal St George Yacht Club This Sunday
RStGYC
#RStGYC - All are invited to the Royal St George Yacht Club’s family fun day this Sunday 14 May — both on the water and cheering on the fleet from the Dun Laoghaire waterfront. The action kicks off from 1pm…

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