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Surfing Quarter Tonner – Diamond (James Mathews) rides the waves off Kinsale
Kinsale
With winds blowing up to 30 knots to close out its Spring Series the Kinsale Yacht Club season on Saturday, the south coast club's season is off to a great start with both the Sovereign's Cup in June and the Half–Ton…
Conor Phelan's Jump Juice crew in yesterday's final race of the KYC Spring League. Srcoll down for more photos
Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring League closed out yesterday in fine style in strong southerly winds on the South Coast. Bob Bateman captured the action and his photo gallery is below:   [data-ps-embed-type=slideshow] > iframe {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;}…
CalMac during 2016 carried more than 5m passengers, their busiest in two decades. Passenger totals increased by 9.27% while car traffic rose by almost 16%. Among such activity is captured in this scene of vehicles loading on board Isle of Arran in Campbeltown prior to the 2 hours 30 minute crossing to Ardrossan.
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#KintyreService – Operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) during 2016 carried more than 5m passengers, began crossings mid-week on the seasonal Ardrossan-Campbeltown route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Calmac the largest UK ferry operator achieved the 5m figure which was their busiest in more…
On the May Bank Holiday Monday, artist Sheelagh Broderick is holding a public meet up on the Great South Wall for a "work in progress" review.
Dublin Port
#PortWalks - Download, walk & listen with the Dublin Port Walks this May Bank Holiday Monday where there is an opportunity to engage with your surroundings on a walk and through a free site specific public artwork. Port Walks is an…
Kintyre Express that operates the KE IV is seen berthed in Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre. The sign is a reflection of the political times facing Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Ferry
#ScottishService - Ballyscastle, Co. Antrim not only has a ferry route to Rathlin Island but also to Scotland where the UK Prime Minister today is making a first campaign ahead of June's snap general election, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operator, Kintyre…
Ken O'Connell of Limerick Market Quarter helps launch Limerick’s Riverfest
Maritime Festivals
#Festivals - Limerick becomes a mecca for watersport enthusiasts this May Bank Holiday weekend for the city’s Riverfest 2017, which kicks off today (Friday 28 April). Highlights of the city’s premier summer maritime festival include the Riverfest BBQ Competition, the…
Current Rathlin Island serving carferry, Canna operates the service. The Rathlin Ferry Co are to introduce the newbuild Spirit of Rathlin on completion of crew training and certification from the MCA.
Island News
#Old&Newferry – Ferry services to Rathlin Island are operating though the new carferry Spirit of Rathin built in Arklow, remains undergoing essential crew training and certification from the Maritime Coastguard Agency, writes Jehan Ashmore. The £2.8 newbuild car ferry built…
The €126 million port extension is for a four-phase development that involves reclaiming 27 hectares of bay area,
Galway Harbour
#PortDelay - The delay in issuing a decision on the Port of Galway's multi million euro harbour extension looks set to continue, with An Bord Pleanála stating this week that they have no timeline on a possible decision date, writes…
Rockabill (Paul O'Higgins) of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the Cruisers Zero winner in last night's first DBSC Thursday race
DBSC
A low tide and north–westerly wind gusting to 15–knots greeted a strong turnout of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 200 boat fleet in 20 classes for last night's first Thursday race of 2017. Provisional results are downloadable below. Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill…
The Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC (10.70 x 3.40 m) out on the river Shannon from this weekend
Inland Waterways
With its first hire this Saturday, River Shannon Boat hire firm Carrickcraft is launching the first of its new steel–built Linssen vessels just in time for the 2017 season. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, Ireland's largest cruise hire charter company is expanding…
Snow-capped mountains and green sided fjord form the stunning backdrop as Hurtigruten's expedition/coastal cruiseship Midnatsol explores polar regions and cruises in Norway. This morning Midnatsol called to Cork City quays along with megayacht cruiseship Le Soléal.
Cruise Liners
#CorkCityCallers – An expedition / coastal cruiseship that trades to both polar regions and a megayacht cruiseship called to Cork City quays this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Norwegian operator Hurtigruten Voyages Midnatsol (midnight sun) which normally plies stunning deep-inland fjords…
The christening ceremony of Silver Muse took place in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The ultra-luxurious cruiseship is to depart Villefranche, France this day next week on a pre-inaugural 'Venetian Society Cruise'
Cruise Liners
#MonacoCeremony - Prince Albert II of Monaco attended Silversea Cruises christening ceremony of their new flagship Silver Muse in the principality, before a pre-inaugural cruise to Greece begins next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported, Afloat had identified Silver…
Dublin Bay which is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere that highlights the important relationship between people and wildlife
Dublin Bay
#BiosphereTours – Dublin Bay Biosphere Guided Tours begin today from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin and Howth and on every Wednesday until 14 June, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dublin Bay which is internationally recognised for its wealth of marine wildlife and cultural…
The Lower Aghada Pier Development Group are reminding boaters to make the pier a port of call as the pontoon is now reinstalled
Cork Harbour
The Lower Aghada pontoon has been reinstalled for the coming boating season in Cork Harbour. Local community efforts in Aghada in 2011 led to an upgrade in the underused and deteriorating pier. It is now a popular Cork Harbour destination…
Winds gusted to 35–knots at start time
DBSC
Last night's opening race in the DBSC summer season was abandoned due to strong northerly winds on Dublin Bay. Unfortunately, it was a predictable outcome given earlier forecasts had suggested the prospect of wind in excess of 25 knots by…
Tom MacSweeney racing Seascapes at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Island Nation

Launch Your Boat Time!

25th April 2017
It’s launching time at Castlepoint Boatyard at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour where I keep SCRIBBLER II. That’s my Sigma 33, named rather appropriately for a journalist/scribe, as I’ve been told. The first SCRIBBLER was a Ruffian 23, much sailed and…

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