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Méabh Ní Ghionnáin and Kaitlyn Dow with the unmanned sailboat that brought them together
Coastal Notes
#Lancer - An American high school student this week made the trip across the Atlantic to meet the Galway schoolgirl who found her marine science project mini-yacht last year. Kaitlyn Dow from Waterford High School in Connecticut met eight-year-old Méabh…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
News Update
#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
The LE Aisling is for sale by Public Auction (if not previously sold). The Auction will be held at 12.00 noon on Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Boat Sales
LE Aisling is for Sale by public auction (if not previously sold) at 12.00 noon on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, Cork. The vessel is offered For Sale AS SEEN AS IS at Cork Harbour. FOR SALE BY PUBLIC…
Coal-carrying cargoship, Jolanta which was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour. The 99m ship however did not trade to ports on the Irish Sea or beyond?... So how could that be?... to find out the ship's destination (as pictured above) read below. Note yellow heavy machinery vehicle dozer on coal heap.
Belfast Lough
#CoalShip – A general cargoship that was a frequent caller to Belfast Harbour but did not depart to a port on the Irish Sea or for that matter beyond, so how could that be?, writes Jehan Ashmore. The answer to…
Nicknamed ‘the last of the Mohicans’, the LÉ Aisling set the bar under its first captain, the ‘Sheriff’, Lieut Cdr Peadar McElhinney.
Navy
#AislingAuction - The last ship built for the Irish Naval Service at Verolme Cork Dockyard is to go under the hammer at auction in Cork next month some nine months after it was decommissioned from service. As the Irish Times…
Mixed sailing cruisers competing in a Royal Cork Yacht Club Race in Cork Harbour. The ICRA National Championships wil be held at RCYC from 9th to 11th June
ICRA
Plans are well underway at the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships in Cork Harbour on the 9th to 11th June. For the second consecutive year the nationals will be a three day…
The IWAI has expressed grave concern over the impact that water abstraction will have, not just on Lough Derg, but on the entire Shannon Navigation
Inland Waterways
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) has responded to Irish Water’s third Public Consultation on the Preferred Option to abstract water from Parteen Basin to service the East and Midlands region. In its submission IWAI has again expressed grave…
Capacity crowd – the gathering at last weekend’s ISA Cruising Conference in Cork, with Gail McAllister at the lectern and renowned chef Rachel Allen busy with her demonstration
Cruising
The Irish Sailing Association Cruising Conference headed south this year with the original venue set at the historic Port of Cork meeting room. But when demand went beyond the capacity of the Port HQ, the venue was moved over the…
Winds gusting to 45mph are forecast for start time on Sunday
DBSC
After only one race sailed in three weeks, DBSC Spring Chicken organisers are making plans to extend the Dun Laoghaire series if this weekend also falls foul of the strong wind forecast.  Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's Dublin Bay…
Bray Harbour Action say delay in dealing with sand build-up could leave the harbour as a 'permanent derelict eyesore'
Coastal Notes
Bray Harbour Action Group (BHAG), at its meeting on Tuesday 21st Feb, welcomed the report by District Manager Des O Brien to the Bray Municipal District meeting on 7th February as reported in the Bray People of 18th February here.…
DBSC entry Lively Lady (Rodney Martin). DBSC has added three coastal fixtures to its 2017 programme starting this April
ICRA
ICRA Ratings officer Denis Kiely from Cork will chair an open floor Q&A session on the topics of cruiser racer sailing in Ireland at the ICRA Conference on March 4. The aim of the session, according to Commodore Simon mcGibney, is…
Bad Forecast Claims St Michael's Head of the River
Rowing
#Rowing: St Michael’s Head of the River, scheduled for Saturday (February 25th) has been cancelled. The forecast for O’Brien’s Bridge was not good. The organisers hope to reschedule the head for March 18th, the date vacated by Galway Head of…
Bella Mente – unbeatable in Caribbean 600
RORC
Things are very sweet for the Irish contingent in Antigua at the moment with the leaderboard showing our presence in first and fifth places overall, together with the multihull and overall line honours, in the RORC Caribbean 600 2017 writes…
Hap Fauth's Maxi72, Bella Mente passing Redonda
RORC
The All-American Maxi72 battle in the RORC Caribbean 600 lived up to expectations with Hap Fauth's Bella Mente (navigated by Carrickfergus's Ian Moore) and George Sakellaris' Proteus enjoying an epic match race. The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on…
Ferries Isle of Inishmore and Stena Europe due to Storm Doris have yet to enter Rosslare Harbour following departures from Welsh ports in the early hours of this morning. The rival ferries are seen during calmer weather in the Wexford ferryport.
Ferry
#StormDoris – A pair of rival ferries have not been able to enter Rosslare Harbour from Wales since this morning due to Storm Doris. The gale to storm force conditions have battered coasts and caused high seas leading to ferry…
Climbers with Goleen Coast Guard attempt to retrieve the trapped dog from the cliff at Castlepoint
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Goleen Coast Guard raced to the rescue of a dog trapped on a coastal cliff face in West Cork yesterday morning (Wednesday 22 February). As BreakingNews.ie reports, two coastguard climbers set up a rig to abseil down to…
Dublin Bay Mermaid 188 ‘Innocence’ helmed by Darragh McCormack with crew Cathal McMahon and Mark McCormack, pictured here sailing at the 2016 Mermaid Munster Championship at Foynes Yacht Club, which they won overall
Mermaid
#Mermaids - The Dublin Bay Mermaid ‘Champions in the Spotlight’ series — in which MSA Captain Roisin McCormack profiles the class’ three reigning National Champions (National, Leinster and Munster) — comes to a close this week with current Munster Champion…
The first of three giant cranes is loaded onto the heavy lift vessel Albatross at Cobh on Wednesday 22 February
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - The first of three Liebherr cranes has been loaded onto the Albatross heavy lift vessel at the Port of Cork. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the three 85-metre-tall cranes — each weighing more than 1,000 tonnes — are…
Storm Doris has caused some ferry cancellations and delays on the Irish Sea today
Ferry
#StormDoris – Travel disruption due to Storm Doris has led to one of the largest ferries on the Irish Sea unable to enter Dublin Port due to the adverse weather conditions. An attempt however by the 44,000 gross tonnage Stena…
Warrenpoint Harbour is to expand with a new Quinn Cement export hub. The facility is expected to underpin the economy on both sides of the border and in the south of England. Seen above is a 'M' class bulk-carrier of Arklow Shipping along with the bunker tanker Mersey Spirit which has featured in 'Ports & Shipping' news throughout the years.
Ports & Shipping
#QuinnCement - Quinn Cement and Warrenpoint Harbour Authority have announced the opening of a new cement export hub at the Co. Down port. The £2.5 million investment reflects a 10-year deal between the Cavan-based company and WHA. Final commissioning of…

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