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The tragedy unfolded on 30 June 2015 not far from the Baltimore Beacon
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#Baltimore - A verdict of accidental death was returned at Clonakilty courthouse today (Tuesday 26 April) in the deaths of a Penney's retail scion, his son and his son's girlfriend, all three of whom drowned off Baltimore in West Cork…
HNLMS Walrus (S802) underway with other vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy
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#CrewRest – The Dutch embassy has contacted Afloat.ie to say the submarine that docked in Dublin Port was not in directly for repairs but for a crew rest and recreational call to the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. HNLMS Walrus had…
The Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus (seen on a previous call) docked in Dublin Port yesterday due to repairs
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#SubRepairs - It transpires the Dutch submarine HNMLS Walrus which made a call to Dublin yesterday is in port due to repairs according to the Dutch Embassy, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,650 displacement tonnes (when submerged) 'Walrus' class are regarded…
Laser sailor James Espey guaranteed Ireland a spot in Rio more than 18 months ago
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#JamesEspey - Olympic Laser hopeful James Espey made time in his busy Rio 2016 training schedule for to help launch a new campaiign aimed at getting people involved in watersports, according to the News Letter. As previously reported on Afloat.ie,…
Foyle sailability
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Following on from yesterday's Dun Laoghaire announcement of its Sailability programme the River Foyle in Derry has launched its fun introductory session as 'a fantastic opportunity for people with disabilities' to ‘Try Sailing’ for the first time and learn the…
It's now looking highly unlikely that Britain's latest polar research vessel will be named Boaty McBoatface despite the popular vote
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#BoatyMcBoatface - Not so fast, Boaty McBoatface! Despite the public voicing their choice of name for Britain's latest marine research vessel, the UK's Science Minister has put the kibosh on that notion – to much disappointment online. As reported yesterday…
Boaty McBoatface is the public's choice after a controversial online naming poll
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#BoatyMcBoatface - The votes are in and 'Boaty McBoatface' is the clear choice in a public poll to name a new British polar research vessel, according to the Guardian. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, bosses at the National Environment Research…
Douglas Bay, Isle of Man
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#IrishSea - The inquest into the death of a Polish woman from Dublin whose body was recovered from the water off the Isle of Man last summer has recorded an open verdict, as BBC News reports. Recording his findings at…
Galway Docks
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#Galway - BreakingNews.ie reports that post-mortems on two bodies recovered from Galway waters over the weekend are scheduled for today (Monday 18 April). Gardaí have confirmed that the body of soldier Private Ben Garrett (21), who was missing since 31…
All coastal Member States must establish maritime spatial plans by 2021
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Maritime spatial planning for Ireland takes a step closer this year thanks to an EU directive first adopted in 2014. The directive obliges all coastal Member States to establish maritime spatial plans by 2021. Member States, including Ireland, must transpose…
All that remained of the much-loved and superbly-restored 26ft Pegasus at Rinville in Galway Bay
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A much-admired ongoing restoration project, which had resulted in the full return to original condition of the classic sloop-rigged 26ft South Coast One Design Pegasus, almost ended in tragedy with an explosion aboard the newly-launched boat on the Galway Bay…
Maritime aspects of the 1916 Rebellion are being discussed at the NMCI this morning
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Ireland is an island nation but not yet a maritime nation. So said Capt. James Robinson of the Irish Maritime Forum and formerly of the Irish Naval Service when opening the Forum's conference at the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy,…
Under legislation proposed by a new nationwide maritime republican pressure group called SOAR, only the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at Kilrush (above, with RWYCI burgee) will be allowed to retain its “Royal” title
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The recently-formed maritime association SOAR (Sailors Of A Republic), which claims to have a nationwide membership, today outlines its plans to reclaim the yacht and sailing clubs of Ireland into a truly republican spirit. “In view of the successful and…
Brightlingsea One Design C56 Never Say Never - Owner Geoff Gritton at the helm. See video below.
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Not sailed in Ireland but looking remarkably similar to our own sadly depleted Dublin Bay Mermaid class, the Essex based Brightlingsea One Design (BOD) Class – a classic 18-foot three-man clinker dayboat which has been sailed continuously at Brightlingsea since…
Ed Dubois
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Dubois Naval Architects made the sad announcement yesterday that founder and famed yacht designer Ed Dubois has passed away. “Following a period of illness last year, Ed had been in better health and working as normal. Unexpectedly he was admitted…
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Get the latest edition of Afloat magazine is in your newsagents now. The 48–page edition carries news from all coasts and is on sale at €5. Contents include: Irish Sailing Association News on an upgraded Try sailing initiative plus a new sailing passport, how Donegal…

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