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The racing format will focus on IRC racing for this year's Women’s Open Keelboat Championships
Racing
The Women's Open Keelboat Championship will be returning to Hamble for its 9th outing in 2017. This year the event, hosted once again by Hamble River Sailing Club, is being held on the weekend of 3-4th June 2017. The volunteer team…
One of a pair of ferries operating Stena's Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route is seen in H&W. Compare this photo of the conventional graving dry-dock with that of the 'floating' dry-dock in Afloat's Cork Harbour news report yesterday. This focused on Cork Dockyard's Dutch connections.
Belfast Lough
#Harland&Howth - Harland and Wolff, Belfast has been busy working with Stena Line ferries while in Howth Harbour, Co.Dublin the boatyard there has begun work on a passenger-only ferry that in recent years began running cruises, writes Jehan Ashmore.  The annual…
Galway Man Convicted of Poaching Offence
Fishing
At a sitting of Galway and District Court on the 7th of February 2017, Judge Mary Fahy convicted Mr. Gerry Farragher of Rinnaharney, Annaghdown, Co. Galway, for the illegal use of a net to catch salmon, in breach of Section…
Flying Fifteen sailing on Dublin Bay. Sailing is recovering after recession
Island Nation
Sailing is in recovery mode after six or seven years of famine. That is the opinion of the Chief Executive of the Irish Sailing Association, Harry Hermon. This week he told me frankly that the sport had struggled over the past…
Howth Harbour is synonymous as a centre for fishing boats (as above), however other vessel types call to use the boatyard's syncrolift to lift boats out of the water.
Dublin Bay
#Boatyard – The latest customer at Howth Boatyard, Co. Dublin is a 120 passenger excursion boat that operates cruises from the harbour to Ireland’s Eye just offshore and around Dublin Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boat St. Bridget operates for…
Phaedo^3 with County Kerry's Damian Foxall (second from right) onboard took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean C600.
RORC
After an epic battle with their MOD70 sister ship Maserati, Phaedo^3 with County Kerry's Damian Foxall onboard took multihull line honours in the RORC Caribbean 600. The Round Ireland speed record holder Lloyd Thornburg and his crew of Brian Thompson,…
The operation is being coordinated by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Valentia and is being supported by the Naval ship LÉ Róisín
Coastguard
The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 has evacuated a seriously injured crewman from a large Russian fishing vessel approximately 140 nautical miles West of Kerry Head. The operation is being coordinated by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in…
RORC Caribbean 600, and it’s Wonderstart!!!! Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente on port tack putting it over on Proteus, winner of the 2016 race, as the Ian Moore-navigated USA 45 calculates calling the cliffs to perfection as the gun goes
RORC
Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for October 2016, ace navigator Ian Moore originally from Carrickfergus, is once again calling the shots aboard Hap Fauth’s Maxi 72 Bella Mente. And they’re leading the fleet in the RORC Caribbean 600 by nearly…
The ‘Disney Magic’ will travel to Cork Harbour for the first time as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise
Port of Cork
Disney Cruise Line has revealed its summer 2018 itinerary includes the Port of Cork on their list of first time visits. 2017 is already being described as one of the busiest cruise seasons in Cork with 69 cruise liners calling…
DBSC Committee Boat Freebird officiates at the Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
DBSC
A great turn–out after two cancellations got the 2017 DBSC Spring Chicken Series for Sailing Cruisers off to a great start on a lovely day at the National Yacht Club last Sunday.  The Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet was the first…
Speakers Announced For Dive Ireland 2017
Diving
#Diving - A number of main stage speakers have been announced for Dive Ireland 2017 at Athlone’s Hodson Bay Hotel from 4-5 March. Marine salvage specialist Brian McAllister will talk the challenges of raising the Costa Concordia off the coast…
Schull Marina Project Closer To Fruition As Funding Sources Targeted
Irish Marinas
#IrishMarinas - A long-awaited marina development in Schull Harbour may finally get under way if funding from three possible sources can be secured, according to the Southern Star. Fáilte Ireland, the Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme and EU funds have been…
 Gold ISA medals awarded to overall 2016 National Champions 189 Azeezy
Mermaid
This year marked the third consecutive year that the Mermaid Sailing Association held a stand-alone Prizegiving Dinner event to properly acknowledge the winners of the sailing season just gone. Now normally held around February time, this event gives a fantastic…
An Irish managed cargoship, Ziltborg that is owned by Dutch owners is seen at their headquarters homeport of Delfzijl where the vessel is in a floating dry-dock. Such a structure was a feature of Cork Dockyard where currently an unconventional busy marine engineering scene is underway as giant ship-to-shore container cranes are to be loaded onto a heavy-lift ship bound for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
Cork Harbour
#FloatingDock - Dublin based Corrib Shipping Group’s management of a newly acquired cargoship that went into a floating dry-dock in the Netherlands last month brings memories of a similar former structure in Cork Dockyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargoship Ziltborg is…
Derry sailor Sean McCarter competing onboard Maverick yesterday
RORC
Sean McCarter, the Derry Clipper World race sailor who is part of the Infniti 46 Maverick crew has retired from the RORC Caribbean 600 following an injury to a crewman this morning.  A statement from the boat an hour ago said: "Maverick diverted to Nevis…
At the Foynes YC celebrations on Sunday were (left to right) Tom Neville TD, Patrick Finucane Hon Treasurer FYC, Simon McGibney FYC, Harry Hermon CEO ISA, David Lovegrove President ISA, Elaine O'Mahoney FYC, James McCormack Commodore FYC, Patrick O'Donovan Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Adam Teskey Limerick County Council, Kieran Keary Limerick County Council, and Kevin Bartley Secretary FYC.
Shannon Estuary
Leading figures in sailing, national politics and regional industry and commerce joined with many members at Foynes Yacht Club on Sunday in honouring its award of the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year title for 2016 at the FYC…
Team Averda (GBR/Andrew Baker) are on 10.5 points after the third round of the Sailing Tour of Arabia
Racing
Northern Ireland sailors Andrew Baker and James Espey are fighting hard in the Sailing Arabia Tour onboard Team Averda but it is a veteran crew that saw off spirited attacks from rivals Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA) and Team Zain…
Plastical classical…..Shipman 28s in Dublin Bay
Racing
It’s an interesting thought that some of the individual wooden classic boats which will be making a feature of their vintage origins in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary regatta from July 6th to 9th will actually be quite a…
The Archaeology of the Erne Waterways Talk
Inland Waterways
Lough Erne Heritage will hold a free talk at 2:00pm, on Saturday 25 February by Claire Foley on ‘The Archaeology of the Erne Waterways’. Claire Foley, an archaeologist of some 45 years’ experience, working first from Dublin when she excavated Parkes Castle…
The J Class in its full majesty
Racing
Just over one hundred years on from the advent of the Universal Rule, to which they were originally built, the J Class will this year get to race its first ever World Championship. The J Class Association has recently become…

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