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Looking east from the Foynes Yacht Club clubhouse, sixteen J/24’s have arrived to the club’s new pontoon
J24
Eighty five sailors from around Ireland have gathered in Limerick with all province’s being represented at the two day Yachtsman Euromarine J/24 Western Championships. Looking east from the Foynes Yacht Club clubhouse the sixteen J/24’s gently move tied to the…
Two contrasting images reflecting the wide-ranging activities of Wicklow Sailing Club. Above, the Volvo 70 Monster Project, line honours winner in the 2014 Round Ireland Race while under charter to WSC member David Ryan, comes roaring in to the start at a real rate of knots while (below) life returns to normal with the weekly summer’s evening race for local cruisers.
W M Nixon
Irish sailing’s informal inter-club competition has named a “Club of the Year” annually since 1979, and since 1986 the title’s steadfast sponsorship support from Mitsubishi Motors has made it an integral part of the national sailing scene. Yet it has…
All lined up and ready to go.....the ancient Howth 17s have safely made it on trailers to Rosslare, and hope to transit France from Cherbourg tomorrow. In the foreground are the 1898-vintage Aura (cream hull) and astern of her is Leila, also 1898
Howth YC
Ireland’s oldest keelboat class, the Howth 17s which were founded in 1898, saw six of their boats depart Rosslare at 1600hrs today writes W M Nixon. All six have safely covered the first road stage of their long haul from…
Astor enters Dublin Bay during a leisurely late morning arrival today. The mid-sized cruiseship with its distinctive and stylish funnel casing made calls to small scenic ports along the full length of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Cruise Liners
#MidSizeShip - Astor which at 20,000 tonnes is termed as a mid-sized cruiseship called to Dublin Port today having made a cruise along the Wild Atlantic Way, writes Jehan Ashmore. A pilot cutter in Dublin Bay came alongside Astor that…
Rewards For Capture Of Tagged Irish Sea Cod
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#IrishSeaCod - The Marine Institute is encouraging the fishing industry and recreational sea anglers alike to report the capture of tagged cod in the Irish Sea and claim a monetary reward. Tagging cod in the Irish Sea will enable research…
Birthday boy Hugo Johnston (7) joined Marine Minister Michael Creed to open ‘Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic’ at Galway City Museum
Marine Science
#MarineScience - Marine Minister Michael Creed fficially opened Ireland's first sea science gallery at Galway City Museum yesterday (Thursday 18 May). ‘Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic’ is Ireland’s first marine science exhibition to have audio and visual displays accessible…
Fisherman Says He Was Dumped In Sea After Work-Related Injury
Fishing
#Fishing - The International Transport Workers Federation says it will be closely watching the Garda investigation into a Ghanaian fisherman’s claims that he was dumped at sea in a survival suit from an Irish trawler. As the Irish Examiner reports,…
Frazer Aisling Gabrielle, a 44 car capacity ferry that called to Wicklow Port last night following work carried at New Ross boat yard. The recently renamed ferry departed from the port's East Pier this morning and is bound for Greenore on Carlingford Lough.
Ferry
#FerryWickow - A newly renamed car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle called to Wicklow Port prior to the opening of the new Scenic Carlingford Ferry that is scheduled to begin operations early next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44 car capacity…
Nicky O'Hagan and Matthew McDonald of Whitechurch Youth Group
Angling
Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched the Dublin Angling Initiative for the 2017 angling season. The initiative which is focused on the Greater Dublin Area, aims to promote, develop and improve angling among young people in target communities. Young people can…
The Royal Canal's 200th anniversary will be celebrated at Clondra, County Longford on May 27th
Inland Waterways
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will commemorate the Royal Canal's 200th Anniversary in the presence of Waterways Ireland, the Royal Canal Amenity Group and invited guests in Clondra, Co Longford on the 27th May 2017. The event takes…
Tom Dolan competes in the Mini-en-Mai Race. See Video below.
Solo Sailing
After Ireland’s Tom Dolan slipped to second in the 500-mile Mini-en-Mai in the last 30 miles last Friday he shared his frustration in a searingly honest analysis of his performance. Now he has put together a video (below) from race…
Local West Cork yacht Cuilaun of Kinsale, a 54 ft McGruer Ketch, is heading for the Glandore Classic Boat Festival on July 23rd
Historic Boats
As a fleet of Irish historic yachts depart for Morbhian Traditional Yachting Regatta and Dun Laoghaire Regatta announces up to 70 classic boat entries will compete in its inaugural Kingstown 200 Cup, classic boats continue to register for Glandore's Classic…
Just three knots blowing at race time
DBSC
With only three knots of wind from the south the prospect of any DBSC racing on Dublin Bay tonight always looked slim. Even so, DBSC Committee boats and a selection of entries from the 22 classes in the 200–boat fleet ventured…
Water Wag No.44 Scallywag is one of nine heading to the traditional French yachting regatta at Morbihan
Water Wag
Over the next few days fourteen Water Wags will head by ferry to France to participate in one of the greatest classic boat regattas in Europe. As Afloat.ie reported previously, one thousand four hundred and forty two traditional workboats and…
The injured cyclist is winched from the Strand at Wicklow Harbour to a waiting ambulance
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI lifeboat pagers were activated at 12.24pm on Tuesday afternoon (16 May) after a cyclist had fallen from the quayside onto the Strand beach at Wicklow Harbour. The volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were on scene within minutes…
Loughshinny Beach, between Skerries and Rush in North Co Dublin, has again failed to meet the EPA’s minimum standards for bathing water quality
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - Three beaches in Dublin and three in Galway have failed to meet the minimum standards for bathing water quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Irish Times covers the latest EPA Report on Bathing Water Quality,…
Released into the daylight at last – Bill Trafford at Skenakilla with his latest creation
Etchells
As Johnny Smullen, boatbuilder to America’s Cup legend Dennis Conner has put it, the transformation job on a tired old Etchells 22 is simply amazing writes W M Nixon The well-worn white hull of a standard Etchells 22 went into…
A giant squid preserved in ice at Melbourne Aquarium in Australia
Marine Wildlife
#GiantSquid - A giant squid measuring nearly six metres in length has been caught off Dingle in Co Kerry — the first encounter with the rare ocean creature in Irish waters in 22 years, as TheJournal.ie reports. Fisherman Pete Flannery…
At the time when the first boats started, there was almost no wind in that part of the harbour
Water Wag
Yesterday evening the Water Wags raced for the Buckingham Cup & Wigham Trophy with handicaps applied at the start, resulting in some boats starting five and a half minutes ahead of others. The handicaps were allocated on the basis of…
French 'Foiling Festival' Starts Today
News Update
Running from today to Sunday 21st May, Pouliguen Bay - La Baule - Pornichet will host the second edition of the Foiling Bay, a spectacular event that celebrates the foiling phenomenon. This year the Foiling Bay, La Baule’s newest Derby,…

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