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Gregor McGuckin helming his Golden Globe 2018 yacht with the intention of rescuing an injured fellow competitor. He was under jury rig after capsizing and dismasting in the Southern Ocean.
#lectures - A Glenua talk by Gregor McGuckin entitled: “Gregor’s Golden Globe Race 2018” Thursday 21 February at (20:00hrs) will take place at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin 4. There will be an entry fee of €5…
As one mountainous wave after another surged past the harbour mouth, the Coxswain saw his chance - he was looking for a trough we could get ourselves into - and slammed the throttles forward
30 years ago this month the volunteer crew of Portrush RNLI Lifeboat launched in dreadful conditions to reports of two Spanish trawlers in difficulty - This was when the famous Portrush lifeboat picture was taken by photographer Ian Watson (above).…
Summertime at Lough Ree Yacht Club at Ballyglass near Athlone, hospitable hosts for Ireland’s varied cruising interests on Saturday
Lough Ree Yacht Club at Ballyglass, where the spacious waters of the great Shannon lake start to narrow back to river size for the passage south through Athlone, is already well into planning for its Quarter Millennium in 2020. Founded…
GP14s are heading for Cullaun Lake in May
2019 will be a busy year for the Irish GP14 dinghy fleet and to celebrate the progress being made in Cullaun with a new Clubhouse at Kilkishen in Co Clare and also to recognise the recent growth of GP14 sailing in…
The RCYC Academy is made up of 16 and 25 year -olds who get the chance to experience local sailing plus a chance to compete nationwide at Summer events.
Winter sail training for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Keelboat Academy sponsored by EY is continuing in Cork Harbour this February writes Bob Bateman Primarily using the club's 1720 sportsboats, the Academy is made up of 16 and 25…
Team Ireland Men’s Shore Angling Team from (L to R) Aiden O'Halloran Captain, Willie Weir, Joe Carley, Richard Gormley, Albert Allen, Sean Ivory Asst. Manager, JP Molloy, John O Brien Manager
The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers men's Senior Shore Angling Championship Team have won World silver medals in South Africa. The result highlights the efforts and successes of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers. IFSA ladies also had a very…
The magic atmosphere of classic boat-building - the Dublin Bay 24 Zephyra under re-construction at the Apprenticeshop in Maine, USA.
Dublin Bay has an unrivalled continuous history of One-Design sailing and racing writes W M Nixon. It runs in a golden thread all the way back to 1887, when Ben Middleton launched his little class of Water Wag dinghies to…
The ICRA Nationals returns to Dublin in 2019
The three-day ICRA Championships being held in Dun Laoghaire from June 7 will comprise of four fleets accommodating offshore, traditional and white sail racing. Each fleet will get its own race areas with race management lead by International PRO David Lovegrove. Back…
Ian Walker Director of Racing at the RYA will present the prizes at the RYA NI awards tonight in Belfast
Sailors and boaters across the country are getting ready for RYANI’s Annual Awards, which take tonight at Belfast Harbour Commissioners. The awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements made over the last year by clubs, teams and individuals across…
River Explorers Programme Expanded & Fully Booked For 2019
Waterways Ireland and Leave No Trace Ireland are working in partnership again to deliver their River Explorers programme. River Explorers engages local primary school children to take pride in their local river, lake or canal. Funding was successfully secured during…
Wicklow lifeboat crew on the relief Shannon lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater, which arrives on Sunday 24 February
#Lifeboats - As noted by Tom MacSweeney in his latest podcast, Wicklow is the last RNLI station with a Tyne class lifeboat in service. Before the current Tyne lifeboat Annie Blaker is officially taken off service later this year, it will be…
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Get Ready For The New Season With Viking Marine’s Pre-Launch Checklist
With the countdown to launch well under way, Viking Marine provides a handy checklist below to help with your own to-dos getting your boat ready for another season’s sailing. Stock is now arriving in-store and online at VikingMarine.ie for all…
Presenting a sleek profile: LE George Bernard Shaw (P64) with a crew of 44 personnel, made a first visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour last weekend when alongside Carlisle Pier.
#navy - A first-ever visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour of the Naval Service newest OPV P60 class took place last weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fourth of the Offshore Patrol Vessel class sisters to enter service, LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
Eamonn O'Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port Company
#cruiseliners - The Port of Dublin is to greatly curtail cruise ships using its facilities and may axe the business altogether. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company told the Sunday Independent that rising freight volumes and the need to…
Rapporteur Deirdre Clune, an Irish MEP. The EPSO welcomes new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe).
#ports&shipping- The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the agreement reached on 7 February between the Parliament and the Council on the new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe). With the new framework, which will repeal…
Devenish Island on Lough Erne is one of the monastic sites that would feature as part of a Pilgrim Way, for which a feasibility study is currently being undertaken
A series of consultative workshops on the feasibility of an iconic Pilgrim Way between the Shannon Navigation and Erne System took place earlier this month. In late 2018, West Limerick Resources in partnership with Waterways Ireland and 13 local development…
Online Applications For Mooring & Passage Canal Permits Now Open
#InlandWaters - Combined mooring and passage permits and extended mooring permits for the Grand Canal, Royal Canal and Barrow Navigation for the 2019 season are now available online from Waterways Ireland. All permits will run until Thursday 31 October, with…
The body of Canadian national Randy McNalley was recovered at the Pinto on 14 August 2017
A Canadian national who died on a diving expedition off Donegal in 2017 was one of two separate diving tragedies in the region within weeks of each other, as RTÉ News reports. As reported at the time on Afloat.ie, the…
Winds of change? Beaufort, a tug of Dublin Port Company and astern the UK's Royal Navy 'River' class OPV HMS Mersey and Liverpool serving ropax ferry, Norbank of P&O Ferries. In addition Irish Ferries newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats going astern prior to heading to Holyhead, Wales.
#navalvisitors - A UK Royal Navy vessel deployed to patrol the Strait of Dover, due to the rise in recent months of migrants trafficked on boats from France, is currently visiting Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Tuesday, HMS Mersey…
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BJ Marine's Beneteau range is heading for the Angling Show in Swords, County Dublin this weekend
Following on from the success of last year's show and the positive reaction to the Barracuda 6 BJ Marine have decided to double our presence at this weekend's Angling Show at Swords in County Dublin. BJ Marine will have the…

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