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The UK flagged Maybe underway off the east coast having anchored overnight off The Murrough, Wicklow. The ketch is seen heading northward bound for the Irish Maritime Festival, Drogheda that took place in mid-June
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#SailingBursary - As part of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary Presentations to mark the fifth year of the local youth initiative a large gathering was held to celebrate the event.  The gathering was the largest ever event held in Drogheda…
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!
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#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…
The Phoenix Tall Ship on the River Boyne
Maritime TV
The Irish Maritime Festival will be centre-stage on RTE Nationwide tonight at 7.00pm on RTÉ One as the full half-hour programme is dedicated to its recent staging at Drogheda Port on the River Boyne. It will feature the Boyne Swim,…
Russian frigate Shtandart will stand tall in Belfast after wowing the crowds in Drogheda last weekend
Maritime Festivals
#TallShips - This year’s Belfast Maritime Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 16 June) with a chance to climb aboard some of the visiting tall ship flotilla, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot welcome visitors…
Sea Cadets Jack Petchey at Monkstown Marina in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
Hello and you’re welcome to my weekly podcast on Afloat, based on my This Island Nation radio programme. While debate continues – and so do efforts – to get another Tall Ship for Ireland – that would provide sail training…
Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night
Drogheda Port
One of the musical highlights of the recent Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda were the two unique sold out concerts held on the deck of the Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke on the historic River Boyne. The idea for the…
Glenlee (seen above in Glasgow) was the former Galatea of the Spanish Navy whose sail trainee ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano is currently visiting Dublin and is open to public tours today (Wednesday 14 June). The Glenlee (a barque dating to 1896) is an impressive centrepiece to the contrasting striking multi-award winning Riverside Museum, Glasgow that was designed by the Iranian born architect, the late Zaha Hadid.
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#OpenTallships - As one of the world’s largest tallships from the Spanish Royal Navy is visiting Dublin Port, Afloat also highlights a former sail trainee from the Iberian nation that is the centrepiece of a Scottish museum, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Almost tucked into the corner of the Old Harbour, the innermost within Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the tallship Phoenix that called in briefly for repairs to the brig's bottom timbers. The sight of such a vessel at this location was a surprise no doubt to onlookers and DART commuters alike.
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#BottomsUp - In a follow-up to Square Sail, the film production operator of Phoenix that called to Dun Laoghaire for repairs was made all the more intriguing given as to where the brig berthed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34m long…
The brig Phoenix on The Boyne at a previous Drogheda Port Irish Maritime Festival
Drogheda Port
The Irish Maritime Festival sails back into Drogheda Port this weekend (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June) bringing its largest ever flotilla of Tall Ships including the Russian frigate Shtandart and the Earl of Pembroke. Keen photographers can see the…
New INSS Sail Trainer? No, just old friends calling by to say 'Hi'
Tall Ships
The Irish National Sailing School (INSS) welcomed their old friends on the Tall Ship Phoenix back to Dun Laoghaire Harbour today. The Phoenix, operated by film production facility Square Sail, participated in last weekend's Dublin Port Riverfest on the River…
The massive Elcano is en route to Dublin
Tall Ships
The Spanish Embassy in Dublin and Dublin Port Company have announced that one of the world’s oldest and largest tall ships, the “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” will make a five-day visit to Dublin Port, arriving on Saturday, 10th June and…
Take a visit on board the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group's research vessel, Celtic Mist. The ketch is berthed at the Grand Canal Quay of the dock basin today as part of the Dublin Riverfest.
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#HelpCetaceans - From the fast and furious ThunderCats to the more serious side of marine wildlife as the Irish Whale & Dolphin ketch is part of the Dublin Riverfest which concludes this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on…
ThunderCats race each other at the Dublin Riverfest where tallships and much more are open on this third and final day of the maritime gathering.
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#ThunderCats - Thousands of onlookers visiting the Dublin Riverfest watched as ThunderCat powerboats whizzed past tallships lining the North WaII quay, writes Jehan Ashmore. The thunderboats from the UK that are making their debut in the capital, raced along a…
The Russian re-creation of a 1703 warship of Peter the Great, the Shtandard under sail off Dun Laoghaire and heading for Dublin Port Riverfest
Tall Ships
Tall Ships sailed under gentle south-west winds up the River Liffey and into Dublin Port at lunchtime having spent the night at anchor on the South side of Dublin Bay off Sandycove. The Tall Ships are in port and open…
The fascinating Russian re-creation of a 1703 warship of Peter the Great, the Shtandard (right) will be one of the stars of this weekend’s Dublin Port Riverfest. While she lacks the size of the almost unmanageably large Kruzenshtern (left), Shtandard has proven herself a wonderful seagoing ambassador, and will be in Dublin port direct from the Morbihan Festival in France
Dublin Port
For anyone interested in boats and the sea, the June Bank Holiday Weekend is always busy with multiple maritime happenings, many of which will be of interest to all the family writes W M Nixon. But if sailing is specifically…
Earl of Pembroke (foreground) moored in Scotsman's Bay and Kaskelot on her way to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in advance of Dublin Port's Riverfest on the River Liffey this weekend
Tall Ships
Just a day late for Dun Laoghaire harbour's 200th commemorations and 24 hours early for Dublin Port's Riverfest there is no doubting the evocative age of sail with the arrival of two tall ships sailing into Dublin Bay this morning. The…

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