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The late Joe Fitzgerald in party mode in Youghal while Commodore of the Irish Cruising Club in 1986
Cruising
Joe Fitzgerald of Cork went from among us a month and more ago at the age of 94. That month provides us with an added perspective for a full appreciation of his well-lived life afloat and ashore. It enhances our…
Milford Marina, south Wales voted among top five marina's in the UK
Cruising
#Top5UK - Milford Marina, south Wales was among the top five marinas in the UK announced at the Southampton Boat Show having been voted by magazine readers of the 'Sailing Today' Awards.  The 328 berth marina at Milford, Pembrokeshire, was…
The upgraded 1985 Westerly Merlin
Boat Sales
In these hectic times, with volatility a fact of life, the new buzzword is “manageability” writes W M Nixon. It may not provide slogans which set the world on fire. You won’t see people marching in their droves along O’Connell…
“Whither O splendid ship….?” The tall ship Jeanie Johnston in Dublin may be going nowhere for a while as repairs are being completed, but the fleet of the Cruising Association of Ireland coming up-river past her in Saturday’s sunshine included several boats which have completed long voyages.
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland’s annual rally in Dublin’s River Liffey over the weekend brought a whiff of the open sea and a fleet of 32 boats into the heart of the busy city past the visiting “ten storey” cruise…
Newcastle Lifeboat Launches To Drifting Cruiser
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI's inshore lifeboat Eliza was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard just before 2pm on Saturday afternoon (17 September) to investigate a vessel adrift four miles east of Newcastle in Co Down, near the mouth of Dundrum…
One of cruising’s many pleasures is the unrivalled opportunity it provides to enjoy island and coastal wildlife without fuss. These puffins were seen on the Treshnish Islands west of Mull during the cruise by the Sun Fizz 40 Mystique of Malahide (Robert & Rose Michael) to the west coast of Scotland in July 2016
W M Nixon
While today’s galaxy of our top international sailing talent draws in its stars from many parts of Ireland to focus their energies and campaigns through a relatively few major centres, there was a time when one charming little estuary village…
Not quite Venice perhaps, but quite something for Dublin – the CAI fleet at the Customs House, September 2015
Cruising
One of last year’s most successful events was September’s Cruising Association of Ireland Rally in Dublin’s River Liffey writes W M Nixon. This involved the varied fleet – many of them much-travelled cruising boats – going in convoy through all…
Neil Hegarty’s Dufour 34 Shelduck arriving in St Lucia in December 2013 at the end of the outward Transatlantic crossing in her three year Atlantic circuit cruise, which was completed back at Baltimore in West Cork this weekend when Shelduck arrived in from Newfoundland.
Cruising
An exemplary three year Atlantic circuit sailing cruise was completed this weekend with the return to Ireland of Neil Hegarty’s Dufour 34 Shelduck from Cork. Shelduck has reached Baltimore in the last of the summer after a rugged 16–day west-east…
Far from the madding crowd. In the unsettled weather of ten days ago, this twin keeler found peace and quiet at the head of Crookhaven in West Cork.
Cruising
While the current spell of balmy weather may make the cruising life seem like the ultimate dream, it doesn’t take too much effort to remember that ten days or so ago, it was blowing old boots with rain to match…
Round the World Irish sailing couple Myra Reid and Paraic O'Maolriada
Cruising
Round the World Irish sailing couple Paraic O'Maolriada and Myra Reid returned to their home port of Kinsale in County Cork at the weekend having completed a six–year circumnavigation writes Bob Bateman. The fluent Irish speakers returned to the West Cork…
Round Ireland Sailing But at a Leisurely Pace!
Cruising
As Afloat.ie reported in April, Sailing In Dublin Club yacht Silverwind set out on the first of its fourteen week long cruises around Ireland this summer. Club member Damien Byrne describes his week long cruise with stunning views of West Cork.…
The Irish Cruising Club Rally to Drogheda was the first in 41 years
Cruising
Drogheda Port Company welcomed the Irish Cruising Club Rally to Drogheda on the weekend of Saturday 4th June for the first time in 41 years. The club last visited Drogheda in September 1975. The recent promotion and popularity of the…
H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman among loose floes on Mischief in Greenland
Cruising
H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman’s mountain travel philosophy, rooted in Africa and the Himalaya and further developed in his early sailing adventures in the southern hemisphere, was honed to perfection with his discovery of Greenland as the perfect sailing destination. His Arctic…
Derry is one of the leading partners in the Cool Route cruising project for the North Atlantic region
Cruising
#CoolRoute - With their city's namesake yacht's performance in the Clipper Race firmly in mind, Derry officials met with fellow Cool Route partners in Glasgow last week ahead of hosting their own project meeting this October. As Derry Now reports,…
Recently, the crew of the Maiken was enjoying a leisurely sail through the South Pacific  when they spotted a strange discoloration on the water. They moved in closer to inspect it, but by the time they realized what it was, it was too late. The crew of the Maiken was  sailing the South Pacific when they spotted an unusual shadow
Cruising
We don’t really think about it on a daily basis, but the Earth is still changing all the time. It just happens so slowly that we can’t really perceive it. But every now and then, things speed up… a lot. Check…
Crosshaven is a mecca for sailing and cruising in Cork Harbour
Cruising
#CoolRoute - Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is inviting alumni and friends – especially those with no previous experience – to 'Try Sailing' at a yacht club near you. The drive comes from a partnership between CIT, the Royal Cork…

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