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Sanita Puspure
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s Sanita Puspure finished third in her heat of the women’s single sculls at the World Cup Regatta in Belgrade today. The single qualifying place for the A Final was taken by Magdalena Lobnig of Austria, who held off…
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll
Rowing
#Rowing: Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan finished fast but could not nail down a place in the top three in their heat of the men’s pair at the World Cup Regatta in Belgrade this morning. The Ireland lightweight pair competed…
Water Wags on Lough Boderg. There was a strong turnout of 22 for Wednesday's race in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Water Wag
It wasn't only last night's Dublin Bay keelboats that were having a lively start to 2017 after the spell of north–easterlies. The DBSC Water Wags also had a pretty lively sail on Wednesday with 22 Wags out in force. Tim…
Denise Walsh
Rowing
#Rowing: Denise Walsh gave Ireland a tremendous start to the World Cup Regatta in Belgrade today. The Skibbereen woman came from way down at 1500 metres to win her heat and qualify directly for the final of the lightweight single…
Minister for Transport Shane Ross and local independent T.D. Michael Healy Rae recently travelled on board the ageing God Met Ons III (1963/95gt) to meet the board of directors of Valentia Island Ferries to discuss possible funding of a new ferry. Subject to Government funding, VIF are notably seeking an Irish yard to build the 18 car/95 passenger ferry.
Island News
#NewFerry - The future of the Valentia Island ferry in Co Kerry remains in doubt as God Met Ons III dating to 1963, easily the country’s oldest domestic ferry, will no longer meets marine safety requirements, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
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News Update
While the restoration of Conor O’Brien’s ketch Ilen continues apace in Oldcourt, Co Cork, apprentice boatbuilder Elan Broadley, pictured above, is currently getting the ship’s tender ready for a debut at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival later this month. Winkie Nixon looks…
A Royal Cork 1720 in the first race of the club's May League. Scroll down for more photos
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club's UK Sailmakers May league began this evening and Afloat.ie's Bob Bateman captured the sailing action from Cork Harbour. In the first race of a seven boat 1720 division Heroes and Villains (Gary Rhodes) was the winner. Brian…
Tonight's Beneteau 31.7 (Echo) race was won by Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power). Lorcan Balfe's Extreme Reality (above) was third. Full results downloadable below
DBSC
Big seas and a big north easterly breeze made for a lively second DBSC Thursday night race for 22 keelboat classes this evening on Dublin Bay.  IRC One was won by Tony Fox's Gringo from the National Yacht Club. The…
Former Aran Islands passenger-freight ferry Oileáin Árann currently has a career in Icelandic coastal waters serving a pair of islands. The livery is also an advert for the nation's famous wooly jumpers!
Ferry
#ÁrannSæfari - The return of Ireland's largest domestic freighter, Bláth na Mara, this week on the Galway-Aran Islands routes recalls memories of a predecessor that remains in service albeit in Icelandic waters, writes Jehan Ashmore. The predecessor is not to…
O'Donovans Back in Action at World Cup Regatta
Rowing
#Rowing: The 2017 World Rowing Cup series starts in Belgrade, Serbia tomorrow (Friday), running until Sunday. The regatta has attracted rowers from 26 nations and ranking among the medal prospects are athletes who won medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic…
Joseph Taussig was remembered by his great-granddaughter Lizzie Helmer in Cobh this morning
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Tom MacSweeney writes on Afloat.ie today about the centenary of the US Navy’s arrival in Cork Harbour during the First World War. But the event has a living connection, as the Irish Examiner reports, with the great-granddaughter of…
Rosslare Harbour’s all-weather lifeboat establishes a tow with the troubled yacht off the Wicklow coast
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI assisted three men onboard a yacht yesterday evening (Wednesday 3 May) after it got into difficulty off the Wicklow coast. The all-weather lifeboat, under coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke and with six volunteer crew members onboard, launched…
Arklow RNLI was first requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat for a 23ft yacht was in difficulty somewhere near Arklow Bank
RNLI Lifeboats
Arklow RNLI responded to three consecutive call outs yesterday evening (Wednesday 3 May) bringing three yachts with eight onboard, safely to shore. The volunteer crew who spent six hours at sea, was first requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat shortly…
Concerns over the future of the Valentia Island car ferry service which Afloat adds is operated by the 1963 built God Met Ons III. The vessel is at Reenard Point on the inaugural day of operations in July 1996 with the backdrop of Knightstown, Valentia Island.
Island News
#ValentiaFerry - There are concerns over the future of the Valentia Island carferry service as the vessel of more than 50 years will no longer meet marine safety requirements, reported RTE Six One News. Islanders of the Co. Kerry island…
Organisaton of National Ex Servicemen at this morning's commemoration in Cobh
Cork Harbour
The arrival of the United States Navy into Cork Harbour a hundred years ago today when America entered the First World war is being commemorated at ceremonies in Cobh today writes Tom MacSweeney. A commemorative plaque was unveiled at Admiralty…
When the wind came in with sufficient vigour to give his tall frame its natural advantage, Ewan McMahon took full control of the racing at Ballyholme
Sailor of the Month
It was the biggest ISA Youth Sailing Pathway Nationals yet seen, and the 2017 Championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club – 190 boats, 208 sailors – lived up to and beyond expectations in a variety of sailing conditions between 20th and…
Grand Harbour, Valletta,Malta
Ports & Shipping
#MaritimeYearEU -The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) issued a statement yesterday to contribute to Maritime Year of the European Union and to follow up on the Valletta Declaration, the ministerial declaration on maritime transport, adopted on 28 March focusing on…
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News Update
Maiden medallists Tidey & Dolan are Sailors of Month: Three years ago Saskia Tidey had just vowed to “bring a medal home” with new 49erFX partner Andrea Brewster, while Co Meath sailor Tom Dolan was still formulating a plan to mount a Mini Transat…
Dr Jason Smithwick, new Director of Rating for IRC
RORC
The Lymington (UK) based Rating Office, headquarters of the world's most popular rating system IRC, is to be managed by Dr Jason Smithwick. Following on from academia, roles in the research industry and sailing's international federation Smithwick will take up…
When Pierce Power of Passage West on Cork Harbour was commissioned to build the original punt for John Valentine Sisk in 1926, the specification was for an easily-rowed stable 10ft dinghy which could comfortably carry four adults. This is the modern version, providing much lighter weight through edge-glued construction
Historic Boats
The Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2017 from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May will feature a remarkable selection of old, restored and new craft - traditional and classic alike - all reflecting the many aspects of the arts and crafts…

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