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In a horror story for yacht owners who spend too much on their boats, The Guardian reports that a "manipulative and angry" woman has been jailed in Britain for sinking her estrange husband's yacht. Mandy Fleming became enraged when she discovered her husband had been fitting out his yacht in Brighton Marina when he said he had no money. She drilled three holes in the hull of the £75,000 (€86,700) boat and turned on cooker gas taps which turned it…
Thursday, 06 October 2011 12:51

Afloat Autumn Issue In Shops Next Week

Afloat's Autumn issue hits the shops next week and here's a sneek peek at what's inside... Diving Lusitania Exclusive images from the doomed Ship Canoe Round Ireland Shooter's 1,000 mile Journey The Next Dinghy Does the RS200 fit the bill? The Big Chill Snow in October? Never... PLUS... Dublin Bay 2012 - On Course for the Youth Worlds Offshore Account - How Raging Bull won the Wolf's Head Trophy Ladies Victory at Inter Counties - Laura Dillon won in the…
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Stena Line's two new 'Superfast' ferries which will be introduced next month on Belfast-Cairnryan route will incorporate Nordic spa's, offering passengers a unique experience on the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 203m pair of sister-ships, Superfast VII and Superfast VIII (photo) are currently undergoing extensive upgrades in Poland by specialist cruiseship outfitters. When work is completed they will have a spa containing a sauna and jacuzzi which will be exclusively available to Stena Plus and…
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:38

Donegal-Derry Ferry Route Closes

At the weekend, the Greencastle-Magilligan ferry Foyle Venture (1978/324grt) made her last sailing, marking the end of a service that started on Lough Foyle in 2002, writes Jehan Ashmore. The closure has led to 12 full-time staff and six-part staff losing their jobs. Ongoing discussions are taking place between local TDs, councillors, the ferry operator and the Minister of Transport and Tourism and Donegal County Council to try and restore the route which has also been supported by Limivady Borough…
Friday, 23 September 2011 17:53

Cruise Liner Traffic to Remain Buoyant in 2012

Although the economy has been on a roller coaster ride towards recession, serious discounting has allowed the cruise industry to remain remarkably buoyant, a situation that will continue into 2012, according to Douglas Ward, the author of the soon to be published 2012 edition of the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships (pub date Oct 1, 2011, £17.99, as well as a new App edition).  However, for families eager to take advantage of cruising's outstanding value next summer,…
The body of a woman found washed up on a beach in Scotland's Mull of Kintyre is believed to be that of Northern Irish woman Karen Coyles, who disappeared from her home in Ballycastle, Co Antrim on 11 September. The Irish Times reports that a tourist found the body yesterday afternoon. It is believed to have been in the water for some time. A postmortem will be carried out today on the body, the identity of which has yet to…
Friday, 23 September 2011 12:35

Watch Brent Geese Return to Strangford Lough

Birdwatchers in Northern Ireland will want to be at the Mount Stewart lookout on 2 October for a special 'bird's eye view' of the return of thousands of Brent geese from colder climes. The News Letter reports that the free event from 2-4pm at the entrance to Mount Stewart on Strangford Lough will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the geese - arriving after epic journeys from as far away as the Canadian Arctic - and the…
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