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The diver’s remains were recovered at the Pinto, one of a multitude of wrecks off the North Coast
Diving
#Diving - The body of a diver missing off the Donegal coast since Saturday was recovered yesterday (Monday 14 August), according to Canada’s Globe and Mail. The deceased, a Canadian citizen believed to be in his 60s and who has…
Sail Training Ireland Presents Awards For Waterford Bursary Voyages
Tall Ships
#TallShips - Sail Training Ireland’s 2017 Waterford Bursary Scheme voyages came to a successful conclusion on Friday at a presentation ceremony held in the historic Mayor’s Parlour in Waterford city’s town hall. Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Pat…
Mature male Pacific pink salmon caught on the River Erriff in Co Mayo on 9 August
Angling
#PinkSalmon - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has appealed to anglers and the general public to remain vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon in Irish river systems. To date, 30 pink salmon have been recorded in nine…
Baltimore RNLI's inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI assisted two sailors yesterday evening (Monday 14 August) after their yacht lost power off Mizen Head in West Cork. The alarm was raised earlier in the afternoon following a report from the crew of a 26ft…
Ben-My-Chree which in recent weeks undertook berthing trials at the Port of Larne
Ferry
#ferry -The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has launched a public consultation as the operator is considering running services to and from Larne, Northern Ireland. As previously reported on Afloat the ferry Ben-My-Chree in recent weeks undertook berthing trials…
RS400s competing at Blessington Sailing Club
RS Sailing
Over RS Sailing 40 crews arrived at Blessington Sailing Club to the clubs usual very friendly hospitality to join the newly established local fleet of RS200’s writes Kevin Brazel. Download full results below. With a 1300 first gun on Saturday…
The 56ft ketch Ilen shortly after her launch at Baltimore in 1926
Historic Boats
When the restoration project on the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien/Tom Moynihan Falkland Islands Trading Ketch got under way at two locations – Liam Hegarty’s boat-building shed in the former Cornstore at Oldcourt near Baltimore, and the Ilen Boat-building School premises…
Consistent sailing for Nigel Biggs put the British team in the lead of the Half Ton Cup in Kinsale
Kinsale
Nigel Biggs on his newly-refurbished Checkmate XVIII leads the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club after a rain-soaked opening day but only two points separate first to fourth places. Although Phil Plumtree’s two-times past champion…
At the opening of the new facilities at Dromaan on the Clare coast of Lough Derg were (left to right) Cllr Pat Burke (Leas Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council), Carol Clarke (Whitegate Community Council), Carmel Keenan (Local Community Activist), Colm Burke (Inland Waterways Derg Branch), Theron Robson (Senior Engineer, Waterways Ireland), and Gerard Dollard, (Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Services, Clare County Council)
Inland Waterways
New canoe facilities and services blocks have been provided at Dromaan Harbour, County Clare, as part of a regional initiative aimed at promoting water-based activities on Ireland’s third largest lake. The Lough Derg Canoe Trail, an initiative of the Lough…
Variety Voyager underway from Dublin Port earlier this season
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners – In this busy month for cruiseships calling to Dublin Port a trio of such ships were welcomed to the capital last week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Around 20 cruiseships this month remain scheduled to make a call to the…
The enormous Caribbean Princess docked at Belfast Harbour. The Grand Glass cruise liner is due for another visit to Belfast on 22 August, plus two more stopovers in September
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - Belfast Harbour has submitted a planning application for a new cruise liner berth at Belfast Lough, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Belfast city councillors are this week expected to discuss the proposals for a £15 million (€16.5 million)…
Valentia RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat on Saturday morning (12 August) to assist three people onboard a fishing vessel with mechanical failure. At 9.23am, Valentia Coast Guard requested the local lifeboat station to assist the vessel one…
Vikings take to the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire this Sunday, 20 August
Dublin Bay
#dublinbay - The Vikings are to invade Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of the Bicentenary celebrations. The pretty angry group of Nordic seafarers are to be welcomed to the 200 year old harbour next Sunday 20th August. The invasion takes…
Waterford Harbour yacht Fools Gold skippered by Rob McConnell has had more success at the Welsh IRC Championships
ICRA
With light winds forecast for the final day, the fleet left the event pontoons to the two racing areas in glorious sunshine, a relief to shed the wet weather gear! IRC 1 and 2 sailed two windward/leeward races off shore…
Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII, the UK entry came to the assistance of a Finnish rival in Kinsale as the call went out for a spare mast
Kinsale
As the 21-strong fleet (just two down from expectations in March) for the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club prepares for race one this morning, a race against time has been ongoing since Friday to…
An ancient class in the best of health. The Howth Seventeens Oona (left, Peter Courtney, built 1910), Isobel (Conor & Brian Turvey, built 1988) and Orla) (Ian Malcolm, built 2017) racing towards Ireland’s Eye in their Annual Championship on Saturday. In addition to their five race “National” Championship, the class provides about 60 club and regatta races in the course of the season
Howth YC
The Massey family’s 1907-built Deilginis of Howth Yacht Club has retained the Howth Seventeen Annual Championship after a five–race series concluded on Saturday with a countback following a points tie with the 1910-built Oona (Peter Courtney) writes W M Nixon.…
Johnny Durcan pictured at January’s Australian Youth Nationals in Adelaide
Youth Sailing
Johnny Durcan sailed in Crosshaven on Thursday night (10 August) for the first time since his dramatic capsize at the 29er Worlds in which he became trapped under his skiff. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Royal Cork’s hottest youth…
Coastguard In Ongoing Search For Missing Diver Off Donegal
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Sligo’s Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 is involved in an ongoing multi-agency search for a diver missing since yesterday afternoon (12 August) off the Donegal coast. According to TheJournal.ie, the man was part of a group diving…
RNLI volunteers assist one of the three kayakers who attempted to aid the rescue of the injured teenager Courtown Harbour
Rescue
#Rescue - The Arklow lifeboat joined Courtown RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard in a multi-agency rescue on Friday evening (11 August) after a teenage girl fell from an inflatable ‘doughnut’ being towed by a jet ski in Courtown Harbour.…
Bantry’s own footballing legend, Graham Canty along with Bantry Bay Port Company Chairman, John Mullins (right) were on hand to open the new 40–boat marina
Irish Marinas
Bantry Bay Port Company officially opened the new Bantry Harbour Marina yesterday (Friday, 11th August 2017). Over 40 boats visited the new marina which was officially unveiled by Bantry’s own footballing legend, Graham Canty along with Bantry Bay Port Company…

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