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At the 1969 Quadrimillennial celebrations at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are (left to right) Clayton Ewing (Commodore, Cruising Club of America), An Taoiseach Jack Lynch TD, and Dennis Faulkner, Commodore Irish Cruising Club.
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One of the most noted sailing figures in Northern Ireland, Sir Dennis Faulkner died peacefully at his home close along the shore beside the hidden waters of Ringhaddy Sound in Strangford Lough at the age of 90 on New Year’s…
Afloat adds that controversy arose as the public where at the scene of cargo from MSC Napoli (62,000grt) that washed ashore at Branscombe Beach, Devon UK. The 4,419 TEU containership during a storm suffered structural damage and was deliberately run aground at nearby Lyme Bay almost a decade ago on 20 January 2007. The 275m (900ft) vessel was one of the largest to be decommissioned at Harland & Wolff having been dismantled at their dry dock.
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#Decommissioning - For many UK ports writes EnergyVoice, developing the facilities needed for large-scale decommissioning projects is a quest they are just embarking on. But for the Belfast based Harland and Wolff (H&W) shipyard, the asset it describes as the…
Online Entry Opens for Irish Cruiser Nationals 2017 at Royal Cork Yacht Club
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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.…
It is unlikely a brand new warship would ever be built entirely in Belfast, according to Sir John Parker's call for “sea-change” which would see ships built in modular form across the UK for final assembly at a specific hub.
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#NavalNewbuilds? - Proposals of future naval shipbuilding to be shared around UK yards including Harland & Wolff writes The News Letter have been warmly welcomed in Belfast. The report prepared by Ulster-born industrialist Sir John Parker - a former chief…
HMS Duncan pictured in Portsmouth this summer
Naval Visits
#NavalVisits - The Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan was among a fleet of NATO warships that sailed into Belfast Lough on Friday 4 November, as ITV News reports. The Type 45 Destroyer, only the second of its kind in Northern Ireland’s…
The moment when a nation held its breath. Annalise Murphy in her Laser Radial approaches the finish line to clinch the Silver Medal in the Olympic Games at Rio, Tuesday August 16th 2016
W M Nixon
It’s indicative of the pace of Irish sailing in 2016 that for anyone taking an overview, it takes a bit of an effort to remember what the weather was like for much of our spring, summer and autumn. Admittedly, here…
The restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle, currently based in southern Brittany, would be a star turn in the Classic Yachts section in next year’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta if she could be persuaded to return for the celebration of the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2017.
W M Nixon
It could be argued that Dun Laoghaire Harbour has never been completely finished writes W M Nixon. To varying degrees, it has always been Work in Progress. Construction started in 1817, yet it was maybe all of twenty or even…
An aerial view of Carrickfergus marina (left) the sailing club (centre) and the town Harbour on the right in County Antrim
Irish Marinas
Sponsored content: Carrickfergus Marina situated on the northern shore of Belfast Lough is making the most of the current Euro-Sterling exchange rates to highlight its Five Gold Anchor facility, with 300 fully serviced berths, to sailors and boat owners considering…
HMS Duncan which departed Portsmouth Naval Base to 'shadow' the Russian Navy. Seen above at the UK port is a sister of the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon which called to Cork Harbour this summer.
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#Destroyer - A UK naval destroyer was forced to cancel a visit to Belfast today, due to Russian warships understood to be bound for Syria to reinforce attacks on Aleppo, writes Jehan Ashmore. Senior Royal Navy Officer for Northern Ireland,…
The Schooner 'Result' after completion in Carrickfergus 1893
Historic Boats
An all-day Belfast–based conference this month entitled 'Our Maritime Heritage: Research, Resources and Restoration' is taking place at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The first 65 delegates to register here will receive a complimentary lunch. A keynote speaker…
Holland America Line's cruiseship Prinsendam made her second call to Belfast Harbour this season. Overall this was her 14th visit to the city
Cruise Liners
#HALcall – Holland America Line’s Prinsendam berthed in Belfast Harbour this morning as part of a 28 Day Celtic & Bourgundian Explorer Cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore. This was the second call of HAL's Prinsendam to Belfast this season as she…
Despite difficult trading, annual turnover increased in 2015 to over £66m, the highest level of the past decade.
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#Turnover2015 - Harland and Wolff Group (H&W) writes the Belfast Telegraph continues to operate in testing market conditions as a diverse engineering business. The company, a subsidiary of the Fred Olsen Energy Group, operates in shipbuilding, heavy engineering, ship repair,…
The jib topsail blossoms to drive Dickie Gomes’ Ainmara on her way as she sails fast to collect the “Best in Show” award at the RUYC’s 150th Anniversary Sail-past, fifty years after she took part in the same Club’s Centenary Regatta in 1966 with the same crew on board
W M Nixon
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon grabbed only a few hours sleep after his almost continuous coverage of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 before haring off to Bangor in County Down to sail in the RUYC 150th Anniversary Regatta on Saturday…
Howth 17s participated in Royal Ulster Yacht Club's 150th anniversary sail past at the weekend
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At Royal Ulster Yacht Club over 80 boats gathered off Bangor on Saturday to take part in the 150th Anniversary Sail Past. It was the latest event in June's RUYC Sesquicentennial celebrations. Previously, as Afloat.ie reported, the club welcomed HRH…
Coaster Torrent with a cargo of pot-ash alongside Clarendon Dock, Belfast Harbour.
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#RecordPerformance -Turnover at Belfast Harbour, which handles 70% of Northern Ireland’s seaborne trade and 20% of the entire island’s, rose by 3.4% to £54.3m. According to the annual report for 2015, operating profit also increased by 3.4% to stand at…
The International 12 Metre Sceptre – America’s Cup Challenger in 1958 – will be in the fleet celebrating the Royal Ulster YC’s 150th Anniversary at Belfast Lough on Saturday June 25th
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The first event of the 150th Anniversary celebrations for Royal Ulster Yacht Club at Bangor on Belfast Lough will take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June. The Sigma 33 UK & Irish National Championships has attracted twenty boats…

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