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MS Prinsendam of Holland America Line at anchor off Bantry House & Garden, West Cork. The call of the 37,000 tonnes cruiseship was the first in almost 30 years to the stunning location of Bantry.
Cruise Liners
#BantryBay - MS Prinsendam of Holland America Line made her maiden call to Bantry Bay Harbour writes West Cork Times on what was to be the first visit of a cruise liner to Bantry in almost 30 years. Carrying more…
TV personality Angela Rippon, Godmother to Columbus, who named the new flagship at the ceremony within the splendid Palladium show lounge.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship- The latest addition to Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet of new flagship Columbus as previously referred on Afloat was named at a glittering ceremony held at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. The Godmother to Columbus, who named the…
Visiting Yacht Pier: (from left to right) Joe Hiney, Paul Fleming  Drogheda Port Company, Heidi & Steve Wickham, Mary T Daly Louth Co Co, Martin Donnelly Drogheda Port.
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Drogheda Port Company in partnership with Louth County Council have announced the opening of Fiddle Case Pier, Drogheda’s first official berth for visiting yachts. Designed to help promote and facilitate maritime tourism in Drogheda, Fiddle Case Pier will be able…
Star Pride arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour accompanied by The Dublin Port Tug Beaufort on her port bow
Cruise Liners
A Dublin Port Pilot boat and a Tug accompanied Star Pride, a 208–passenger cruise liner into her berth at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. The 133m Star Pride, launched in 1988, is one of three German built cruise ships, that…
2017 ICRA Prizewinners gathered at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for more prizegiving photos
ICRA
ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney and Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral John Roche presented the national champions with their trophies and prizes at the Cork Harbour Club this afternoon. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the prizegiving atmosphere at Crosshaven.  Read all Afloat's coverage…
Hat Trick –ICRA Class One winner is John Maybury's Joker 2 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club
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An early end to a gale-lashed ICRA National Championships series at the Royal Cork Yacht Club didn't stand in the way of John Maybury's Joker 2 from successfully defending his Division 1 title and lifting the trophy for the third…
Swimming is prohibited at Dollymount (above) and Sandymount pending the results of water quality tests
Coastal Notes
#Pollution - The beaches at Dollymount and Sandymount on Dublin Bay have been closed to swimmers after a sewage spill in the Liffey caused by heavy rain on Thursday (8 June). According to BreakingNews.ie, swimming is banned at both of…
The third and final day of ICRA racing has been cancelled in Cork Harbour this morning
ICRA
2017 ICRA Champions will be crowned shortly at Royal Cork Yacht Club after a decision to cancel today's final races due to strong winds in Cork Harbour. Organisers ran a full schedule of races on Friday (day one report here)…
Class Zero leader Dark Angel from Wales competing in Cork Harbour today. See Bob Bateman's ICRA photo gallery from day two below
ICRA
Bob Bateman's photo–gallery from this afternoon's second day of racing at the 2017 ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club is below. WM Nixon's second day race report is here.  [data-ps-embed-type=slideshow] > iframe {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;} _psEmbed("https://afloat.photoshelter.com");
Find our Afloat.ie readers a hint of sun, and we’ll put you top of the page..... Ciaran White’s immaculately-maintained Scandal is one of the J/24s dominating Class 4, and she currently lies second overall
ICRA
They’ve had a mighty busy day at Cork for Day 2 of the ICRA Nats 2017, with Race Officers Jack Roy and Peter Crowley putting through a rapid-fire programme of three races to give them an event and a result…
Volunteers Required For Watersports Inclusion Games
Dublin Bay
#Sailability - Volunteers are required for the Watersports Inclusion Games at the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire on 24-25 June. The free event celebrates sailing, rowing and canoeing activities for people of all abilities from the physical, sensory,…
Ferry or Office? Dun Laoghaire's Ferry Terminal on St. Michaels Pier (note on right the car-ferry berth linkspan) is the location should the historic ferry service be restored with Holyhead. There are currently plans to redevelop the terminal building for maybe a high-tech company to move into the waterfront property.
Ferry
#CallForFerry – President Higgins recently launched the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations, however no ferry service remains with Holyhead from where the Welsh port has been connected with for the best part of 200 years, writes Jehan Ashmore. The historic…
Howth's Equinox (Ross McDonald) at today's first race of the ICRA Nationals. Scroll down for photo gallery.
ICRA
A highly anticipated ICRA National Championships got underway at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon with two races successfully completed before the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse tomorrow. WM Nixon has wrapped up the first…
Hung out to dry? On the contrary, this is just expiring with laughter aboard Joker II as John Maybury’s J/109 powers along to a couple of wins on Day One of the ICRA Nats at Crosshaven
ICRA
John Maybury’s J/109 Joker II (RIYC) put in a cracker of a start in the opening two races of the ICRA Nats at Royal Cork this afternoon with a couple of straight bullets in IRC 1 writes W M Nixon.…
For the first time in Ocean to City’s history, there has been a significant change of race route, due to the high winds forecast for Cork Harbour
Coastal Rowing
The 200-boat Cork Harbour Festival’s Ocean to City coastal rowing race that has been shortened to begin at Blackrock to avoid the weekend's high winds. Cork Harbour Festival grows each year, and its flagship event Ocean to City - An…
Almost tucked into the corner of the Old Harbour, the innermost within Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the tallship Phoenix that called in briefly for repairs to the brig's bottom timbers. The sight of such a vessel at this location was a surprise no doubt to onlookers and DART commuters alike.
Tall Ships
#BottomsUp - In a follow-up to Square Sail, the film production operator of Phoenix that called to Dun Laoghaire for repairs was made all the more intriguing given as to where the brig berthed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34m long…

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