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The Irish Marina Operators are one of a number of Irish Marine industry stands at Southampton Boat Show
Marine Trade
Award winning actress, Kym Marsh, helped celebrate all the fun and excitement on the opening weekend of TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show. Coronation Street star, Kym, was joined by her partner, Matt Baker and daughter, Polly along with other friends and…
New sails for UCD Sailing Club
Team Racing
As the new year of University team racing sailing kicks off, UCD Sailing Club announces it has 'extended its partnership' with sponsors Bank of Ireland so the club sets sails with brand new North sails for its Dun Laoghaire based Firefly…
The upcoming RYA Youth Nationals also saw 420s training under the RYA Open Pathway training in Northern Ireland
420
With the first 420 open training session due to start on the 28th, 29th and the 30th October at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this weekend saw a start in earnest to 420 winter training programmes around the…
Sam Laidlaw's Aguila was the deserving winner of the Quarter Ton Cup. Laidlaw is the form Quarter–Tonner and won most of this year's events
Racing
Mark Mansfield, the recently appointed UK Sailmakers Ireland Racing Consultant, reviews last week's Quarter Ton Cup in Cowes in which he sailed as tactician on Ireland's fourth placed Anchor Challenge skippered by Paul Gibbons This year's Coutts Quarter Ton Cup event was reduced…
The weekend event brings to a close the involvement of the Swan 42 one-design
Royal Cork YC
There was both disapppointment and excitement for Irish Sailing fans at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup on Sunday when the Royal Cork Yacht Club team headed by Anthony O'Leary failed to make the top ten of the 14–boat fleet…
The GP14 Autumn Open was sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery
GP14
470 Olympic helmsman Ger Owens, sailing under the Swords Saliing Club burgee, continued his winning run in the GP14 Autumn Open at the weekend when he topped the 19–boat Autumn Open event sailed for the first time in Cork Harbour. The…
International 12 competition inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
RStGYC
The International 12 foot and DBSC 12 foot dinghy Irish championships were scheduled, as reported earlier on Afloat.ie, for Dun Laoghaire for the weekend of 10th September 2017. However, the weather forecast was very poor, so, the Royal St. George…
The rise in common dolphin strandings since 2011 is alarming wildlife enthusiasts
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has expressed its dismay at another record year for cetacean standings around the Irish coast. The first eight months of 2017 alone have seen 201 recorded strandings - up 30% compared…
Part of Ballycastle Golf Club was closed to allow for a controlled explosion on the adjacent beach
Coastal Notes
#Alert - Ballycastle was put on alert yesterday afternoon (Saturday 16 September) as a Second World War-era mine washed up on the Co Antrim beach, according to the Belfast Telegraph. British Army technical officers performed a controlled explosion of the…
Lively Lady (Derek Martin) in Cruisers Zero
DBSC
BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Fiddly Bits (Timmins/Quigley/Murray/Breen), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Attitude (Milner Sugars Owens)  BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Prospect (Chris Johnston), 2. Crazy Horse (F Heath & I Schuster), 3. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power) CRUISERS 0…
Noel Bultler has commanding lead at the Fireball Nationals on Lough Derg
Fireball
Yesterday's disruption to normal service at the Fireball National Championships, when Neil Coiln & Margaret Casey won the last race of the day, was eradicated by an authoritarian performance by Noel Butler and Simon Revill when they took all four…
One of several dining options on board CMV's Magellan, the 'Kensington' Restuarant (seating 414) located on Amundsen Deck 8 of the 9 passenger deck cruiseship.
Cruise Liners
#VisitOnboard - Afloat took the opportunity to visit on board Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) Magellan during a recent call to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Upon embarking the gangway it was pleasing to see crew members giving a fresh…
Harbour porpoise like this one in Denmark have been protected by a Special Area of Conservation across Dublin Bay since 2013
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - This weekend Dublin Port is deploying data buoys in Dublin Bay to monitor marine wildlife activity during the controversial dredging works at Alexandra Basin. According to The Irish Times, the four boys will provide live data on any…
Skerries RNLI’s volunteer crew members observe the fire on shore
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI launched on Thursday evening (14 September) after the Irish Coast Guard received a number of calls reporting a vessel on fire north of Balbriggan. The lifeboat was tasked with volunteer Conor Walsh at the helm and…
Pat Lake was involved in the building of the leather boat that recreated St Brendan’s legendary voyage in 1976
News Update

Pat Lake RIP

16th September 2017
The death has occurred unexpectedly in Cork of one of the most respected figures in boat building in Pat Lake, who led Castlepoint Boatyard in Crosshaven for many years before his retirement a decade ago. Pat had been a major…
Noel Butler (pictured here with Stephen Oram on the wire) leads at Lough Derg
Fireball
Three races at the Fireball National Championships have been completed at Lough Derg Yacht Club yesterday in a breeze that peaked at 15 knots and bottomed out at 6 knots from 330° for most of the day writes Cormac Bradley.…
Aguila on her way to victory in the 2017 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup
Royal Cork YC
Winds ranging from 5 knots to 27 knots provided a thorough test of competitors at this year's Coutts Quarter Ton Cup. Few teams were able to maintain consistent performance across such a wide range of conditions and for most it…
Cliffhanger….the Volvo 65s Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Vestas in a tacking duel at The Needles lighthouse during the first race of the new fleet, a sprint round the Isle of Wight in the middle of Cowes Week 2017. Annalise Murphy will contest the Volvo Ocean Race on Turn the Tide, and Damian Foxall and James O’Mahoney are with Team Vestas
W M Nixon
In the days when sailing was a seasonal sport, a few main pillar events dominated the international programme. The Sailing Olympics. The America’s Cup. The Fastnet Race. The Dragon Gold Cup. The Sydney-Hobart Race. The Whitbread Round the World Race.…
The new 40–berth Bantry Harbour Marina is among the facilities being marketed to potential visitors at the Southampton Boat Show over the next week
Aquatic Tourism
#Tourism - The Port of Cork, Bantry Bay Port Company and the Royal Cork Yacht Club are joining forces to promote marine leisure in Cork at the Southampton Boat Show. The three organisations are in attendance at Stand J047 from…
Monika Dukarska
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland will send a very big team to the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Thonon in France from October 13th to 15th.  Twenty-three crews from nine clubs will represent the country. The top contender for honours is Monika Dukarska…

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