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The combined Irish Cruising Club/Ocean Cruising Club muster in Ensenada de Barra last Tuesday, with Alex and Daria Blackwell’s much-travelled Bowman 57 ketch Aleria from Clew Bay at centre
Cruising
The sixty-boat twelve-day Irish Cruising Club Cruise-in-Company in northwest Spain comes to a conclusion in Bayona tonight after an impressive display of well-planned logistics by lead organiser Peter Haden and his team writes W M Nixon. This saw the many…
Belfast Lough was the destination for a 14–boat CAI Summer Cruise
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The Cruising Association of Ireland held its summer cruise to Belfast Lough in early July 2017. Fourteen boats comprising over forty sailors of varying ages gathered in Bangor Marina, County Down and were welcomed there by David Meeke and Betty…
The ICC Galician Rally’s assembly harbour at Portosin, with most of the rally participants in the outer berths of the marina
Cruising
The Irish Cruising Club’s 2017 Rally in northwest Spain begins its stately progress southwards today from the fleet assembly point of Portosin writes W M Nixon With its organisation ably led by experienced Galician cruiser Peter Haden (whose home port…
The serious helmsman. Jack Roy and his daughter Jill racing their Squib class Kanaloa, no 130. One of the oldest boats racing in the Dublin Bay class, they worked together to restore her from a near-derelict condition
W M Nixon
The role of President of what is now Irish Sailing is central to our activities afloat. The diverse boating community that the President both serves and represents is affected by the variable socio–economic circumstances in which our sport - in…
Crosshaven in Cork Harbour is the home of Royal Cork Yacht Club, the marketers of a new cruising initiative: 'The Cool Route'. The concept is designed to encourage exploration of the route – or parts of it – between Cork and Tromso in Norway
Cruising
The Cool Route Project, funded by the EU’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and led by Cork Institute of Technology, commenced in June 2015. Since then, as Afloat.ie reported previously, project partners in Ireland Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands…
The classic yawl Verve in sweet silhouette on Dublin Bay
Volvo Regatta
With Frank Kowalski’s Safehaven team in Thunder Child in the midst of their challenge for the Round Rockall & Ireland Record, it’s timely to remember that one of the entries in the Classics Division racing for the Kingstown 200 Trophy…
Coastguard Tows Cruiser To Safety On Lough Derg After Engine & Anchor Troubles
Rescue
#Rescue - A cruiser with four on board was aided by the Irish Coast Guard after it suffered engine trouble and snapped its anchor line in poor weather on Lough Derg yesterday (Sunday 2 July). As BreakingNews.ie reports, the alarm…
Cruising on Beaufort Venture
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#Cruising - Leisurely cruising isn’t all that’s on the agenda when the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Elan 36, Beaufort Venture, sails the South East Coast this July. INSS cruising instructor Gary Curran will lead each cruise in a…
Bunagee Pier Safe Haven Set For Official Opening Tomorrow
Irish Marinas
#Marinas - Minister of State Joe McHugh will officially open the new €1.3 million Bunagee Marine Development on the Inishowen Peninsula tomorrow afternoon (Friday 9 June). The new safe haven for coastal cruisers, including a breakwater and pontoons to accommodate…
Marine Notices: Seafarer Exam Dates, Fishing Vessel Code Reminder & ID For Recreational Craft
News Update
#MarineNotice - The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has posted its schedule of examination dates for Certificates of Competency for Deck Officers, Marine Engineer Officers, Skippers and Second Hands for the year commencing 1 September 2017, as detailed in…
Lough Ree RNLI on exercise
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI assisted two people aboard a grounded motor cruiser yesterday afternoon (Sunday 4 June) on the eastern shore of Lough Ree. The alarm was raised at 12.19pm when two people on board the 34ft cruiser went…
Seol Sionna, the local heritage group responsible for newbuild turf boat, the five-tonne gaffer Sally O’Keeffe, are set to take part in the inaugural Shannon Estuary Cruise
Cruising
#ShannonCruise - Cruisers in the West of Ireland are invited to join the inaugural Shannon Estuary Cruise next month. The seven-day cruise from 17-23 July is the brainchild of Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland Commodore Richard Glynn, a life-long Kilrush…
Howth, the venue for this weekend’s CAI Rally and AGM, while Howth YC is also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its “new” clubhouse. And bonus points for anyone who deduced this photo was taken mid-week. Almost the entire fishing fleet – which usually crowds the dock to the west at weekends – is out working at sea
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland is already well into a busy season in 2017, but it moves up a gear this weekend with the AGM at Howth presided over by Commodore Clifford Brown tomorrow (Saturday) at 1800hrs, and based around…
One happy dog in the care of Lough Ree RNLI after a cruiser grounded on the Long Shoal on Monday morning
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI’s lifeboat crew were alerted by the Irish Coast Guard on Monday morning (8 May) when four people and their dog on board a 40ft motor cruiser ran aground on the Long Shoal near the eastern…
Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Just hours after attending a grounded barge at the northern end of the lough, the volunteer crew of Lough Ree RNLI were back on the water yesterday morning (Sunday 30 April) to assist a motor cruiser with seven…
Neil Prendeville KYC, Deidre Lane MSc MNI Master Mariner, Sue Horgan Rear Commodore KYC and Thomas Roche Commodore KYC
Kinsale
Saol Eile's Paraic O’Maolriada and wife Myra sailed around the world under the Kinsale Yacht Club burgee writes Bob Bateman. It took the couple six years returning late last season. They picked up an Afloat Sailor of the Month Award for their endeavours…

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