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With her staysail stowed as she approaches the pier in Kinvara, the Croi an Cladaig is a handsome 2012 example of the traditional boats being built by Badoiri na Gaillimh in the heart of Galway City
Historic Boats
This weekend’s annual Cruinnui na mBad festival (the Gathering of the Boats) in Kinvara in the southeast corner of Galway Bay celebrates a tradition going back far into the mists of time writes W M Nixon. In the old days,…
Vision of Connemara and Galway Bay cruising. Lunchtime stopover for Drascombes on passage from Kilkieran towards Roundstone
Galway Harbour
Irish sailors don’t need their attention mesmerized by the horses and people clattering around the Galway Races Week to be well aware that in sailing matters too, it’s not a question of whether or not the West’s awake writes W…
The three-masted Belem dating to 1896 presents a magnificent sight along with a Galway hooker. The historic former cocoa bean carrying cargoship and one-time Guinness family owned yacht is to be open to the public in Galway Port on Thursday 3rd August.
Tall Ships
#tallships - The magnificent historic French tallship Belem dating to 1896 is to make a visit to Galway Port early next month and will be open to the public, writes Jehan Ashmore. 121 years ago the three-masted Belem was constructed…
Liam Burke’s Farr 31 Tribal crew are 2017 WIORA champions with five straight wins
WIORA
The WIORA Championships concluded yesterday in the Aran Islands. First gun time was delayed on the final day to 1155 to allow competitors to see the Lions match before heading out racing. The forecasted light winds thankfully didn’t materialise and…
ICRA Commodore and leading WIORA member Simon McGibney (left) with President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy at Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands today for the opening of WIORA Week 2017
ISA
The President of Irish Sailing, Jack Roy, is on a busy schedule at the moment. Today he is in Cill Ronan in the Aran Islands for the opening ceremony and first day of racing in the West of Ireland Offshore…
The voyage will head for Limerick with eight teenagers from six countries including Ireland on board, as part of a Safe Haven Ireland voyage.
Tall Ships
#Tallships - Following the successful Seafest held in Galway the wooden sailing ketch Brian Boru has set sail from the mid-west port as the last ship to depart from the event. The Brian Boru is specifically modified for carrying passengers…
So far thousands have flocked west for first day of SeaFest, which continues this weekend. Above the flyboarding antics of Jet Man!  In the background is the coastal tanker and regular caller to the port, the aptly named  Galway Fisher which had sailed from Whitegate Oil Refinery. See related story under Cork Harbour news dated 27 July.
Maritime Festivals
#Seafest - Thousands of visitors turned up in Galway yesterday for the first day of SeaFest. If figures are anything to go by and forecasts are right, this year's SeaFest is set to be 'the biggest and most spectacular' sea…
Life And The Sea: A Special Commemoration At SeaFest 2017 This Evening
Galway Harbour
#GalwayHarbour - A civic and military service to remember all those who have lost their lives at sea and recognise the heroism of all in our rescue services will be held in Galway Harbour this evening (Friday 30 June). Mayor…
Fourth class pupils from Cregmore NS at the RV Celtic Explorer in Galway Docks
Maritime Festivals
#SeaFest - Students from fourth class at Cregmore NS recently visited the RV Celtic Explorer in Galway Docks as part of their marine science and art project building up to SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival. Afloat.ie previously reported on the project, which…
A truly unique venue. The Aran Islands are the location for the staging of the four-day West of Ireland Offshore Racing Championship in July
WIORA
Cormac MacDonnacha describes himself as “one of the busiest men” in Galway this week as he strives to bring traditional boats and the modern GRP racing variety together in a major sailing event at a fledging club, writes Tom MacSweeney.…
Green Dragon as she was in her glory days. Her spare mast will be stepped today in Galway Docks, the most important stage in bringing her back to full sea-going order
Galway Harbour
The veteran Volvo Racer Green Dragon (back mast-less in her old home port of Galway since Sunday) has been sorted. Her spare mast will be stepped today, with the port’s adopted French supersailor Yannick Lemonnier playing a key role in…
A quiet evening at the Claddagh, with a classic Galway hooker gliding along on a calm sea. But the peacefulness is going to be rudely shattered with a Viking invasion in the days ahead, just as the many traditional Galway Bay boats are gathering for their annual festival
Historic Boats
When the Vikings were busy at the day job raiding along the Irish coast, they relied on a considerable element of surprise to achieve success writes W M Nixon. So much so, in fact, that they occasionally worked overtime, and…
Green Dragon coming into Galway Docks on Sunday morning Photo Pierce Purcell Jnr
Volvo Ocean Race
The Sino-Irish Volvo Racer Green Dragon has been having a somewhat checkered career since leaving Ireland, and though she took Transatlantic line honours in the ARC in December as the beginning of a Portuguese involvement in future Volvo Races, more…
The mystery burgee on display in Galway Bay Sailing Club
Historic Boats
In the Committee Room of Galway Bay Sailing Cub there hangs a neatly-framed flag writes W M Nixon. But the flag itself is no longer neat – it has been battered by the winds. This flag has been about, and…
The Marine Institute brings together over 200 international delegates who are attending the 11th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety conference at NUI,Galway at the event was David Lyons, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Jeff Fisher Marine Institute Dorothy-Jean McCoubrey, University of Auckland , Dr Peter Heffernan Marine Institute, Terrance O’Carroll, BIM and Joe Silke, Section Manager of Shellfish Safety at Marine Institute
Fishing
More than 200 international delegates will attend the 11th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety (ICMSS) from Sunday 14 to Thursday 18 May 2017 at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Convened by Ireland’s Marine Institute, the ICMSS is the…
At the opening of the re-vamped GBSC clubhouse on Sunday were (left to right) RS 400 sailor Nicholas Tobo from France, Hildegarde Naughton TD who performed the opening ceremony, former Commodore Gary Allen who heads the GBSC Building Group, and RS 400 crew Stephen Norman (USA) Photo: Murt Fahy
Galway Harbour
The impressive upgrade of Galway Bay Sailing Club’s clubhouse at Renville New Harbour near Oranmore at the head of Galway Bay was officially opened on Sunday by Hildegarde Naughton TD as the highlight of a sunny afternoon’s celebration of a…

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