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The European Championship will be an Open event, meaning that amateurs and professionals will race each other and the presence of professional sailors on board the entries is unrestricted
RORC
June 2018 will see the cream of the IRC fleet gather in the Solent for an exciting 12-race multi-disciplinary team and individual regatta. The Commodores' Cup, a team-based keelboat event, has been running every other year since 1992 and has seen…
A ship’s telegraph much like this one was retrieved from the Lusitania wreck by diver Eoin McGarry - but another was previously lost on an unsupervised dive
Diving
#Lusitania - Questions have been raised by an Oireactas committee after a telegraph from the Lusitania wreck was lost during an unsupervised dive last summer. According to RTÉ News, no archaeologist was present on the diving expedition on 13 July…
Belfast Lough panorama
Belfast Lough
#BelfastLough - A sea captain has been convicted of being drunk on duty while piloting a merchant vessel in Belfast Lough last year. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Eugenijus Tulauskas was found to be nearly four times over the legal…
“The Race of the Year”. Shortly after the start of the RORC Caribbean 600, with the big boats hard on the wind and closing the cliffs of Antigua. George David’s Rambler 88 (foreground) was to go on to take line honours, but ahead of her at this stage are Bella Mente (US 45) and Proteus, locked together right in on the land, with Bella Mente about to call for water and tack with control over Proteus.
Sailor of the Month
It is already being celebrated as “The Race of the Year”, even though 2017 is barely two months old. But it is difficult to visualise any forthcoming contest that will quite match the 600-miles-plus ding-dong that was the battle for…
Cathy & Daragh Nagle at their home club of the Royal Victoria YC in western Canada receiving the Sydney Bryant Award for Blue-Water Cruising Excellence
Sailor of the Month
Daragh Nagle, an ex-Pat Dub who live and sails from Victoria on the west coast of Canada, is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for February in honour of his award of the Irish Cruising Club’s premier trophy, the Faulkner…
The Skerries inshore lifeboat escorts the stricken fishing vessel to Skerries Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI responded to three calls for help since the weekend, bringing to safety three men, a woman – and a dog. Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly after 6.30am yesterday morning (Wednesday 1 March) after a…
The first in a series of nine seminar phases of 'Transit Gateway- A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port' begins next week in the capital. Each specific seminar is dedicated to charting the evolving changes of the historic port over the centuries to the present day.
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway – The introductory seminar phase of 'Transit Gateway- A Deep Mapping of Dublin Port' organised by Silvia Loeffler is to take place next week in the capital. The project is part of “Dublin Port Perspectives 2017” that documents the…
The Clipper Race has been instrumental in highlighting the waterfront as a major asset in Derry
Clipper Race
An independent report commissioned by the Clipper Race with a Northern Irish research company into the economic and social impact of last July’s stopover and Foyle Maritime Festival on Derry-Londonderry has revealed the biggest impact of its six-year partnership. The…
Donegal harbours such as Greencastle on Lough Foyle (above in foreground) could possibly be used post-Brexit to directly import cargoes by ships instead of neighbouring Northern ports.
Ports & Shipping
#BrexitDonegal - The possibility of utilising harbours in Greencastle or even Buncrana, reports Donegal Now for commercial shipping could yet emerge as one of the unexpected positive consequences of Brexit. If, as seems increasingly likely, a "hard border" is established, this…
Cruiser Racing on Dublin Bay has been extended for the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
DBSC
Handicaps and start times (downloadable below) have been issued for this Sunday's DBSC Spring Chicken series racing. Also issued is an amendment to the Sailing Instructions to extend the series after recent cancellations due to bad weather on Dublin Bay. …
The National Yacht Club's Charles Apthorp and Alan Green (closest red spinnaker above) were third in the penultimate race in New Zealand yesterday
Flying Fifteen
The penultimate race of the Flying Fifteen World Championship in Napier has set up to be a mouth watering finale with the title hanging in the balance writes Johnny Fullerton. The National Yacht Club's Charles Apthorp and Alan Green took a…
Cruiser racing in Cork Harbour – national and local racing results for cruisers are calculated under IRC and ECHO handicap systems. Saturday's ICRA conference in Limerick is calling for debate on a future direction for cruiser–racing in Ireland
ICRA
The Irish Cruiser Racing Associaton (ICRA) has called for debate about the future direction of Irish cruiser–racing at Saturday's national conference in Limerick. Here, Brian Turvey makes his contribution by describing how IRC and ECHO rating systems work in Ireland and…
Swami the former Arklow Swan of ASL whose 2016 built new cargoship Arklow Cape made a first call to the Port of Kinsale in recent days.
Ports & Shipping
#ScenicPort - Scenic Kinsale with its marina and fishing fleet based in the west Cork harbour is widely renowned for its culinary status, however what is probably less known is its commercial shipping activity, writes Jehan Ashmore. Around 100 cargoships…
Banna Strand on Tralee Bay is TripAdvisor users’ favourite Irish beach of 2017
Aquatic Tourism
#TopBeaches - Banna Strand in Co Kerry has topped TripAdvisor’s list of Ireland’s best beaches. The stretch of sand on Tralee Bay takes the top spot in the annual table from second-placed Inchydoney in Co Cork, which had been the…
A free exhibition and lectures organised by the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society take place this March at EPIC - The Emigrant Irish Emigration Museum housed in the chq Custom House Quay. Above: A bygone era as Guinness ships and barges line the Liffey.
Dublin Port
#Exhibition – On this first day of Spring marks the launch of The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society's free exhibition hosted at EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum located in the chq, Custom House Quay. The society is dedicated to preserving…
Lough Derg’s new canoe trail will be part of the ’slow tourism’ initiative for walking, cycling and boating routes in the Midlands
Aquatic Tourism
#Tourism - Boating in the Midlands’ waterways will be the focus of a major tourism push this year, as The Irish Times reports. Fáilte Ireland’s new ‘slow tourism’ initiative will concentrate on promoting existing walking and cycling greenways and ‘blueway’…
RS Feva dinghy racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
RS Sailing
The RS Feva class is seeking to repeat its great turnout of 38 boats at the 2016 Greystones Sailing Club hosted National Championships. 'There is no reason why we can’t achieve similar numbers at our events this year', according to…
National Yacht Club pairing Charles Apthorp and Alan Green (centre boat) work hard at yesterday's windward mark of the Flying Fifteen Worlds, New Zealand
Flying Fifteen
What a difference a day makes, the sun came out for day four of the 21st Lexus Flying Fifteen World Championship in Napier writes Johnny Fullerton. Race 5 was sailed in a light NE breeze shifting from 40 - 50…
SB20 sailing on Dublin Bay. The class dinner is being held at the RIYC this Friday
SB20
The Graham Elmes Memorial Trophy will be presented to Cork Harbour's Dave Barry and the crew of SB20 Lia as winners of the 2016 Travellers Trophy at Friday night's SB20 Annual Class Dinner at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun…
Baltimore Sailing Club Commodore Michael Walsh
Island Nation
I was in Baltimore Sailng Club last week for the annual training camp run by the Optimist Association when 130 young sailors braved and overcame what were at times quite testing sailing conditions. I watched with admiration the impressive organisation…

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