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Quick drying – The Henri Lloyd Elite Racer Jacket & Salopette is constructed from the latest in Elite fabric technology
Marine Clothing
New for 2017, Henri Lloyd’s new race collection features the Henri Lloyd Elite Racer Jacket & Salopette.  Born out of the firm's experience of working with some of the Worlds leading yacht racing teams including Land Rover BAR and Wild…
Derek Joyce (right) of 187 Zuleika, claiming his Leinster title pictured with his crew James Sinnott and Cillian Joyce and Michael Conway of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club
Mermaid
Following on from last week’s article which kicked off the Mermaid Dinghy Sailing series, ‘Champions in the Spotlight’, this week Roisin McCormack has been chatting to Derek Joyce who sails his Mermaid 187 Zuleika out of Wexford. A long time…
140 Optimist sailors from 8 – 15 yrs will be in West Cork
Optimist
The traditional Optimist Baltimore Spring Training Week event, one of the top International sailing clinics in Europe, takes place next week.  Baltimore Week is Ireland’s largest sailing camp and this year has seen over 140 Optimist sailors from 8 – 15…
Round Ireland record holder Phaedo3, Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 is in action in the Caribbean
RORC
Both monohull and multihull Round Ireland record holders are part of a fleet of over 80 yachts expected for the ninth edition of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 in which 900 sailors from 30 different nations will race non-stop around…
Charles Apthorp and Alan Green of the National Yacht Club will race in the Flying Fifteen World Championships in New Zealand
Flying Fifteen
Alan Green and Charles Apthorp of the National Yacht Club head for the Flying Fifteen World Championships in New Zealand on Thursday - Summer racing in the South Pacific. Alan and Charles team up for many events and Charles whose…
John Mulligan
News Update

John Mulligan 1938-2017

15th February 2017
Ben Mulligan fondly remembers his father, Dun Laoghaire Dragon sailor John Muilligan, who died in February. Dad and his family narrowly escaped from the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 being evacuated by ship to Australia. They were later miraculously…
An Archambault A 35 as you’ll have seldom seen her - kitted out for the easiest of handling, and with a family crew out for a sunny day sail.
Boat Sales
The J/109 has firmly established herself as the boat-to-go-for if you’re sailing in Ireland and want a 34-36 footer which offers surprisingly good accommodation with an excellent competitive performance, and often with a virtually one-design racing option writes W M…
Early Bird Registration Now Open For Our Ocean Wealth Summit
News Update
#OurOceanWealth - Early bird registration is now open for the fourth annual Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which takes place on Friday 30 June at NUI Galway. Global and national leaders from across the marine sector are set to convene and…
Claimed to be the world’s most fuel efficient RoPax vessels are a quartet of newbuilds for Stena Line who plan to introduce them on Belfast routes. Afloat adds that the current pair of ferries on the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route are only 'stern-loading' vessels unlike the newbuilds.
Ferry
#NewbuildsBelfast - A newbuild contract announced last year by Stena for a quartet of ropax ferry vessels with a delivery schedule during 2019 and 2020 are planned for Irish Sea service. The vessels are being built at the AVIC Shipyard…
Cranes of the bulk-carrier Nonna Ulia berthed in Dublin Port. According to the iShipIndex overall bulk traffic through the Republic's ports fell 7% during 2016.
Ports & Shipping
#iShipIndex - The latest iShip Index published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) shows that shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland fell by 2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 when compared to the corresponding period…
Jeanie Johnston assisted by tugs Shackleton and Beaufort to a temporary berth at North Wall Extension on Monday. This afternoon the barque is to complete the short passage upriver to Custom House Quay and reopen for tours this Friday. Note on the right in the background is the blue crane of the graving dry-dock from where the tallship vacated as the final ship to use the facility.
Tall Ships
#DublinsTallship - Jeanie Johnston which became the final ever vessel to use Dublin Port's last working graving dock is to return to her usual city-centre berth this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Monday, the replica of a 19th century famine…
Cruising in Cork Harbour. A view of Drake's Pool near Crosshaven
Cruising
Due to demand for this weekend's ISA Cruising Conference 2017 in Cork city, there has been a change of venue. The one day conference sponsored by Union Chandlery moves from the Port of Cork offices to the Clayton Hotel City…
Damian Foxall – Recreation Education Manager at the Canadian Wildlife Federation
Island Nation
I have been thinking of whales this week and remembering when I first saw a big one very close-up, so at the start of my podcast you can hear the sound, recorded underwater in the Atlantic Ocean of a humpback…
Priced at €16,500 the boat comes with many extras including a trailer
Boat Sales
The five–times National Championship winning clinker–built Mermaid Zuleika is for sale. Built in 1996 by Des Tyrrell the Derek Joyce owned and skippered dinghy was fitted with a new deck last season. Priced at €16,500 the boat comes with many extras…
Jeanie Johnston under tow of Dublin Port tugs, Shackleton and Beaufort (astern) of the tallship which is seen off the Lead-In Jetty of the dry-dock in Alexandra Basin. The pair towed the barque to the an adjacent (albeit temporary) berth on the Liffey which given the strong winds took almost an hour to complete. Note construction-related machinery for the 'Soft' Port HQ boundary project next to the site of the ABR project.
Ports & Shipping
#Towage - In reporting news from Cork in December, at first glance the appearance of a tug surprisingly seemed to strongly suggest that of a Dublin Port tug, however this was clearly not to be, writes Jehan Ashmore. As a pair…
Data from the wave buoy is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
TechWorks Marine has deployed an operational Wave Buoy by Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour. As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large…
The port of Foynes looking westward. While the commercial harbour in the foreground is busy, there’s still ample space beyond for a sheltered corner where Foynes Yacht Club has been so active and successful that it is the new Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year. It will be visited by ISA President David Lovegrove this weekend for a Family Day and a special awards ceremony
Shannon Estuary
They’re keen on their sailing in Foynes Yacht Club in its sheltered channel behind the island on the south shore of the majestic Shannon Estuary writes W M Nixon. And they’re keen on their teaching too. Elaine O’Mahoney stood down…
Hospital ship, Africa Mercy of NGO humanitarian agency Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. 75% of the world’s population live within 150km of a port city where the ship assists the world's poorest. Afloat adds that the former Scandinavian train-ferry, Dronning Ingrid, featured in a BBC TV documentary that followed medics from Northern Ireland as volunteers on board.
News Update
#MercyShips- Mercy Ships a NGO humanitarian agency and Stena Line, the world’s largest privately owned ferry company, have decided to enter a long-term partnership. The goal is to raise general awareness about the charity, promote volunteering and charitable giving both…
Marine Notice: Training Course Statutory Certification In Ireland
Ports & Shipping
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 6 of 2017 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that anyone undertaking maritime training in Ireland should ensure that any course leading to certification is approved by and complies with the…
The ferry terminal, which closed in 2015, was made available to rent for events last November
Dublin Bay
#UCDBall - Dun Laoghaire Harbour is set to host the revived UCD Ball this April. A total of 7,000 tickets will be made available to students across the capital for the event, scheduled for the former HSS Ferry Terminal on…

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