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16 DBSC Turkey Shoots racers were given estimated times for this fifth race as the wind died before the finish.
Turkey Shoot
Yesterday's penultimate DBSC Turkey Shoot race was completed but only after Race Officers chased the wind across Dublin Bay. After a wait for wind yesterday morning the DBSC flagship was moved from the outfall buoy off Dun Laoghaire's West Pier…
Close up of a typical Airtonic heater installation on a yacht
Boatyards
A generic guide to the important differences between marine and vehicle heater systems. At this decidedly chilly time of year, the regular use and expected performance of your boat’s marine heating system will no doubt be at the forefront of…
Sailors in ten Olympic classes and an Open Kiteboarding competition competed for bragging rights heading into the new Olympic quadrennial as well as a share of the $200,000 AUD prize pot
Olympic
Ireland's Laser Radial Olympic medalist Annalise Murphy who was competing at a Moth event in Bermuda lat week will have been keeping a close eye on the Sailing World Cup Final in Melbourne, Australia where her Radial competitors were in action…
Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan competing in New Zealand this week
Youth Sailing
Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan and the National Yacht Club's Nicole Hemeryck are ready for battle at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships in New Zealand this Friday. Both the Irish sailors will compete in the Laser Radial class which…
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority which in recent years hosted an annual conference of the British Ports Association. The  BPA in a Post-Brexit environment is calling on the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’.
Ports & Shipping
#BrexitPorts - The British Ports Association (BPA) in response to potential administrative complications that could arise from Brexit, is calling for the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’. As Container Management writes, BPA…
Enda O'Coineen had to go over the stern of Kilcullen voyager to release a jammed sheet
Vendee Globe
Ireland's first Vendee Globe competitor Enda O'Coineen climbed out over the stern of his round–the–world yacht to free a loose line. In 15th place overall from a fleet of 29, the Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor describes the latest obstacle…
Lukas Babac
Rowing
#Rowing: Lukas Babac won the Dirty Dozen Challenge run by Castleconnell Boat Club, with Declan O’Connor of St Michael’s second. The Slovakian was a bronze medallist in the lightweight single sculls at the World Championships this year. Monika Dukarska of…
King Seaways a cruiseferry of DFDS Seaways departing Newcastle in the UK bound for Amsterdam. The 2,280 passenger car-ferry had served on the Ireland-France link for Brittany Ferries as Val de Loire from 1993. Note the forward slanting superstructure, a legacy of the French ferry company that added this feature after acquiring the German built TT Line Nils Holgersson. At more than 31,000 gross tonnage she was then the largest ferry operating in Irish waters.
Ports & Shipping
[email protected] - DFDS celebrates its 150th anniversary today, the giant Danish ferry and freight operator is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company which includes container operations connecting Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. On 11 December 1866, the famous Danish…
A stranded common dolphin caught in a fishing net
Fishing
#Supertrawler - An MEP for Ireland South is calling on the European Commission to investigate an alleged connection between ‘supertrawler’ activity and a spike in dolphin standings earlier this year. As the West Cork Times reports, Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune…
Storme Delaney from Sandycove in County Dublin completed the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on board Andrew Middleton's Beneteau First 47.7, EHO1
Cruising
At least three Irish flagged boats as well as a number of international boats with Irish crew onboard have finished or are nearing the Caribbean finish of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers having crossed from Gran Canaria up to a…
SPOT THE 'SEAL': Bulloch Harbour and namesake castle built in the 12th century by Cistercian Monks, overlooks the south Dublin Bay working harbour in Dalkey. Asides planning permission sought for a mixed development property scheme at the former premises of Western Marine, other developments to improve marine facilities of the harbour took place in recent months. Also above is Northwestern I, the only large inshore fishing boat based in the harbour which is popular for anglers hiring boats in the summer out to waters off Dalkey Island.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour – Afloat in October reported of a planning application for a mixed development scheme at the former premises of Western Marine at Dalkey’s Bulloch Harbour, whose waters are under pilotage district of Dublin Port Company, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Strangford Lough's new £6m carferry cannot disembark vehicles at high tide. The 28 vehicle vessel custom built for the Strangford-Portaferry link which is a distance of half a mile across the 'Narrows'
Ferry
#Strangford - Strangford Lough's new £6m carferry as previously reported on Afloat remains tied up in County Down because problems with the ramps mean vehicles are unable to drive off it. The ramps on the vessel reports BBC News which…
Getting them introduced to sailing – junior wannabee sailors aboard SailCork’s First 36.7 Holy Grounder
W M Nixon
After decades of expansion, many participant sports which are at the heart of our way of life have in recent years seen the numbers actively involved becoming static at best, and in many cases contracting. This is particularly the case…
Deadline Extended For Views On New Marine Research & Innovation Strategy 2021
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The public consultation on a new plan setting out Ireland's Marine Research and Innovation Strategy for the period 2016-2021 has been extended till Friday 30 December. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the draft strategy as prepared by the…
Autumn on the River Shannon
Inland Waterways
#Shannon - The latest meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group in Carrick-on-Shannon saw the unprecedented decision to develop a plan for a strategic maintenance programme on the River Shannon. Programmed maintenance works have not been…
Arranmore RNLI
RNLI Lifeboats
Arranmore RNLI rescued four fishermen this morning after their 70ft boat got into difficulty off the Donegal coast. The crew of the vessel which was travelling from Greencastle to Killybegs, raised the alarm before 7am after the boat developed steering…
Aran Islands Lifeline: Cargoship Bláth na Mara (1983/330grt) is the main Aran Islands freight-only vessel that is based out of Galway Port as seen berthed at the harbour's outer pier.
Ports & Shipping
#AranIslands – As talks today to resolve the ongoing Aran Islands ferries dispute over passenger levies with Galway County Council, Afloat.ie takes a snapshot of a separate but freight-only operator providing vital supplies to islanders, writes Jehan Ashmore. The affected…
Online Entry Opens for Irish Cruiser Nationals 2017 at Royal Cork Yacht Club
ICRA
Both the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) and the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) have just launched their respective websites for the ICRA National Championships which will take place at the Crosshaven club from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June.…
Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale runs from 21st-24th June 2017
Sovereign's Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club reports five entries already received since opening entry this morning for the Sovereign's Cup entries from 21st-24th June 2017. This is the 12th Sovereign’s Cup and organisers are looking forward to welcoming over 100 boats to Kinsale next…
A view from the bridge: RMS St. Helena's cargo deck hatch hold covers as seen in June when moored during a 'first ever visit' to the UK capital at the Pool of London. In the background the historic financial district of the City of London and skyscraper of 20 Fenchurch St. nicknamed the 'The Walkie Talkie' building given its unique shape.
Ports & Shipping
#MarineMoney - Four days after the inauguration of the new US President in early 2017, Marine Money together with Anchor Sponsor KMARIN/KOTAM will host the 8th Annual Marine Money London Forum on Wednesday 25th January. Amongst the Forum topics will…
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