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Two new Stormforce 1650s like one above are now in service in Belfast Harbour
Marine Trade
#PilotBoats - Belfast Harbour has completed its £2 million deal with Redbay Boats for two new pilot boats to service the city’s busy waterfront, as The Irish News reports. Already on service is the Captain Michael Evans named after the…
The Irish Laser Youth Championships was decided in Wexford
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North Dublin sailors were top of the fleet at the Irish Laser Youth Radial Championships at Wexford Boat Club last weekend, a fixture that clashed with the second Dinghy Fest at Royal Cork Yacht Club. The event was sailed as…
Galway Hookers in the city’s harbour as part of SeaFest’s Try Sailing programme
How To Sail
#TrySailing - Galway skippers, scouts, clubs and centres volunteered their time during SeaFest 2017 to give 555 children and adults a Try Sailing experience on Galway Bay. Over 100 volunteers represented the likes of Galway Bay Tours, Galway Bay Sailing…
Peter Dunlop's Mojito is a leading contender in the offshore class of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
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Due to the postponement of the Lyver Race last weekend it has be announced that the Royal Dee Jack Ryan Whiskey Irish Sea Offshore Championship will be decided by the four Offshore Class races of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta to…
The drill ship Stena Icemax will be working in the Southern Porcupine Basin for the next two months
News Update
#MarineNotice - Providence Resources advises it intends to drill an exploration well in the Southern Porcupine Basin. Operations were scheduled to begin today (Monday 3 July) to drill the well at a depth of 2,250 metres some 220km off the…
Marine Institute CEO Dr Peter Heffernan with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Hildegarde Naughton TD out and about at SeaFest on Saturday 1 July
News Update
#BlueEconomy - The ‘blue economy’ is outperforming Ireland’s general economy, according to Galway’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit. Figures from the fourth SEMRU report released for the Our Ocean Wealth Summit on Friday (30 June) show that the direct economic value…
Easy To Fly is a new foiling multihull from Jean-Pierre Dick and Guillaume Verdier
Marine Trade
#Foiling - Orders are flying in for a new design foiling catamaran, according to its French makers. Easy to Fly is the brainchild of solo sailor Jean-Pierre Dick, who placed fourth in the most recent Vendée Globe, and Guillaume Verdier,…
Mediterranean sailing at its best. With a suit of sails made by UK McWilliam, including one of Des McWilliam’s very special spinnakers, the Judel Vrolik IMS 48 Cristabelle is making hay off Alicante
W M Nixon
Yesterday’s report on Afloat.ie of the major changes shaping up in the ownership structure of the UK/McWilliam Sailmakers business in Crosshaven clearly rings a bell with many in the sailing community at home and abroad. The remarkable response has reinforced…
Toppers at East Antrim (L-R) Back row; Kelly Patterson, Nicola Williamson (event chairperson), Rory Williamson (sun glasses), Mathew Liddle and Michael Fairfowl (Blazin Digital). Front; Zoe Whitford and Charlie Patterson
Topper
With only days to go, the countdown towards the Topper Irish National Championships - now in its 30th year - has started in earnest.  East Antrim Boat Club are the hosts and the leading LED signage and marketing company Blazin…
Black is beautiful – and fast. Rob McConnell’s A35 Fool’s Gold (Waterford Harbour SC) powers her way to a clean sweep of the Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale last week with the latest in UK McWilliam sails. Graham Curran of the sailmakers is trimming the headsail
Marine Trade
Leading Irish and international Crosshaven-based sailmakers UK/McWilliam are embarking on a fresh stage of development, with a major change in the company’s ownership structure which will draw on and develop the company’s exceptional range of global activities and expertise, providing…
Alex Barry – the ISA's All Ireland Sailing Champion will defend his RS 400 Southern Championship crown this weekend
Royal Cork YC
Cork Harbour's own Alex Barry will be out to retain his southern title in the RS400 class as part of Royal Cork's Dinghyfest that starts tomorrow. It's one of a number of championships being staged as part of the Crosshaven…
The Irish National Sailing School's Jedi (skippered by Kenny Rumball pictured above in red) is vying for the overall ISORA points lead but this weekend's Lyver race has been deferred
ISORA
Friday's ISORA Lyver Race from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire has been defered due to weather conditions. Strong northerly winds are forecast to blow all day today at Dun Laoghaire. 'Due to weather conditions preventing boats delivering to Holyhead for the…
Win a Henri Lloyd Breeze Holdall in our free to enter competition below
Marine Clothing
Leading Sailing Clothing Manufacturer Henri Lloyd is giving away a Breeze Holdall – very handy for boaters on the move – in this Afloat.ie competition below.  New for 2017, the Henri Lloyd Breeze Sailing Holdall has been designed for the everyday traveller, both…
On the Friday opening of Dublin Riverfest held earlier this month is seen the purpose-built spectator stand that is a novel feature for an Irish maritime festival. The stand was especially erected to overlook the tallships (including Shtandard also above), the flyboarding antics of Jet Man and those ThunderCats!
Tall Ships
#SpectatorStand - Looking back on the fifth Dublin Port Riverfest held over the June bank holiday the Liffey event attracted record crowds thronging the North Wall Quay, writes Jehan Ashmore. On the Saturday alone a record 41,500 visitors attended out…
Welsh Yacht Mojito leads the ISORA series but this Friday's Lyver race from Liverpool carries extra points
ISORA
The Commodore of the Royal Dee Yacht Club, Alastair Soane, has announced that “Jack Ryan Whiskey” is to sponsor the Royal Dee Yacht Club Irish Sea Offshore Championship that starts with the “Lyver Race” from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire this…
ISA’s Re-Brand as 'Irish Sailing' Gets Mixed Response
News Update
We live in a world swamped in acronyms, so much so that even a simple one like ISA has to be explained as “Irish Sailing Association” to all except those involved with or interested in our sport writes W M…

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