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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.
Belfast Lough
#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
Belfast Lough
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.
Belfast Lough
#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
Belfast Lough
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…
Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the marine, engineering and offshore renewables energy manufacturing facility located on Queens Island
Belfast Lough
#H&W - Harland and Wolff, Belfast faces a tough year ahead having failed to secure a "sufficient workload" as the latest accounts shows a big drop in profits for 2015. The Belfast Telegraph writes that the firm generated operating profit of…
HMS Caroline in Belfast docks, September 2015. She is now nearing the completion of a restoration by Blu-Marine of Belfast in a project led by Staff Captain John Rees OBE
W M Nixon
Next Tuesday, May 31st, marks the Centenary of the outbreak of the Battle of Jutland off the northern coast of Denmark, the greatest sea battle of World War I (1914-18). In terms of the fire-power of the 250 vessels in…
The world's most powerful tidal turbine built at Harland and Wolff is to be launched in Belfast Lough today
Belfast Lough
#WorldsLargest - The world's most powerful tidal energy turbine writes the BBC News was assembled at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. One of the yard's cranes, Goliath, will lower the 520-tonne structure into Belfast Lough today, Wednesday. Each of the…
HMS Caroline, the only surviving vessel of the Battle of Jutland, in Belfast's Alexandra Dock, Queen's Island
Belfast Lough
#HMScaroline - Descendants of First World War Irish sailors reports the Belfast Telegraph are to take part in commemoration ceremonies in the city where the only surviving vessel of the Battle of Jutland remains.   HMS Caroline has undergone a…
The magic book. The Princess Royal receiving the special copy of Lord Dufferin’s Letters from High Latitudes from Myles Lindsay, Vice Commodore, at the recent reception in the Royal Ulster YC
W M Nixon
Maybe it’s time and more to see sailing and its story – and particularly the complex history of Irish sailing north and south – in a new light. This year, the historical sailing focus is on Northern Ireland, where the…

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