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Karol McNern from Ballyshannon, a former helm at Bundoran RNLI, will ride unsupported from Malin to Mizen — a 1,225km route from one end of Ireland to the other — and back
A Donegal cyclist is set to embark on a mammoth world-record cycle attempt, riding unsupported from Malin to Mizen — a 1,225km route from one end of Ireland to the other — and back. The gruelling non-stop ride is set…
Chartered catamaran ferry MV Aflred is to operate additional sailings on CalMac’s Arran route until August
Scotland west coast ferry operator CalMac recently announced that, following a successful trial period, the MV Alfred will operate additional sailings between the mainland and Arran until August. The 430 passenger catamaran, which can also carry vehicles, operates the Firth…
Konan Pazzaia of Queen's University Belfast BC will row for Ireland in the Men's Single at World Cup III in Poznan, Poland this weekend
Rowing Ireland’s High-Performance Director, Antonio Maurogiovanni, has announced the rowers that will represent Ireland at World Cup III. Racing will take place from the 14th – 16th June in Poznan, Poland. Selected Irish Crews Women’s PairFiona Murtagh (University of Galway…
Andrew 'Hammy' Baker on the tiller of Alan Hannon's JPK 1030 Coquine, the leader of the 2024 Musto ISORA Series
After nine races sailed, consistency pays for Belfast Lough debutante Coquine in the Musto Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association Series, where skipper Alan Hannon has a .3 lead at the top of the 34-boat fleet leaderboard. ISORA published the overall…
The newbuild cable barge was lifted within the Harland & Wolff (Appledore) shipyard building hall in north Devon, England, where the vessel is to operate for the UK’s Royal Navy at the main base in Portsmouth. The yard has, under previous owners, built more than 300 ships, among them the Irish Naval Service’s most modern OPV, L.É. George Bernard Shaw (P64) which was commissioned in 2018.
Harland & Wolff (Appledore), the north Devon shipyard in England, has reached an important milestone at the facility that, under previous owners, as Afloat reported, built in 2018 the last offshore patrol vessel for the Irish Naval Service. On this latest…
J109 yacht Jelly Baby from the Royal Cork Yacht Club n the rocks at the entrance to Cork Harbour during an Autumn League race. No one was injured in the incident on October 24th, 2021, when nine crew were competing in the last race of the series.
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) says the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) should take action to ensure skippers and people in charge of its racing yacht fleet review their crew training obligations. The review should be conducted in the…
Magnet (Kieran O'Brien and Fiorentina Stanciu) was the IRC and ECHO winner of the first race of the Whitesail IRC Cork Harbour Combined Clubs June League
The revived Cork Harbour Combined Clubs June League has been strongly supported by cruiser racers. The first race, including whitesail and spinnakers, sailed around Spike Island and in the main harbour. The results provided by the RCYC (see below) show…
Independent councillors Paddy McQuillan and Kevin Callan (on right), after hearing the update on the fate of the disused dredger Hebble Sand, which is to be removed from Drogheda town quay
The Deputy Mayor of Drogheda has been campaigning for some time the removal of a disused dredger, Hebble Sand, at Drogheda Port. As LMFM reports, Independent Councillor Kevin Callan has welcomed confirmation from Louth County Council that the 757-ton grab-hopper…
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Denis O'Callaghan, with Catherine Harris and Cheryl Baker, members of Dun Laoghaire Tidy Towns group, flanked by representatives of Every Can Counts
A giant sea turtle installation made of recycled aluminium cans appeared on Dún Laoghaire East Pier to mark World Ocean Day last weekend. Made from 2,000 cans, the PixelCan artwork was created by leading recycling not-for-profit, Every Can Counts, in…
Sea Tech Week 2024 registration is open
Ireland is the country of honour at this year’s Sea Tech Week, the international event dedicated to marine and maritime science and technology. The 14th edition of the expo takes place from 15-17 October at the Quartz Congress Centre in…
Boats will congregate in Shannon Harbour for the 51st rally from 21-23 June
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Grand Canal that the 51st IWAI Shannon Harbour Rally will take place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June. All vessels entering the Grand Canal are reminded to…
Killaloe SC’s new clubhouse compound offers sheltered launching directly into the open sailing waters of beautiful Lough Derg
Join Killaloe Sailing Club's raffle this autumn, and you could sail away with a brand-new ILCA/Laser dinghy worth nearly €11,000. With only 120 tickets available, your odds are fantastic. WHY KILLALOE SAILING CLUB? Nestled on the scenic shores of Lough…
A sunny June Saturday afternoon, and high water in the Tolka Estuary (with Clontarf beyond) for the new skiff and builder Patsy Whelan Jnr.
For sailing folk in Dublin Bay, coastal rowing and racing with skiffs in their many forms seem a world unto itself. As too does the Tolka Estuary, that mysterious waterway in the North City that makes it way southeast to…
Marine Ireland Industry Network Event in Donegal
Join the Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) for the first in-person event of the year in Killybegs, Co Donegal on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June. An event of two parts, join on the Thursday evening in the Tara Hotel…
Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew assess the second casualty when brought onboard the lifeboat in the man-overboard exercise on Sunday 9 June
Portaferry RNLI joined the Strangford ferry service and Portaferry Coastguard on Sunday morning (9 June) for a planned man-overboard exercise on Strangford Lough. The exercise focused on an alert that one, then two people had fallen overboard. There was a…
DFDS is to sell its routes linking Norway and Denmark to Swedish operator Gotlandsbolaget in a deal that includes two cruise ships, Crown Seaways (built in 1994) and Pearl Seaways (built in 1989). The routes across Skagerrak and Kattegat involve around 800 employees at sea and on land. AFLOAT adds that DFDS has an Irish operation through the ferry route connecting Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk, France.
Ferry and logistics operator DFDS will sell the mini-cruise route Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen, linking Norway and Denmark, to the shipping company Gotlandsbolaget. The decision will ensure that the Oslo, Frederikshavn, and Copenhagen (OFC) route to be sold to the Swedish company receives…
The anemometer pylon is removed from its East Pier housing at Dun Laoghaire in January 2024 for refurbishment
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's anemometer pylon has been refurbished, and work is underway this week on its reinstallation at the town's East Pier. Eagle-eyed observers spotted its removal in late January, and this week, the structure arrived back on site for…
Craner Swift, the name given to the second of two new £25 million ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes, arrived at the Port of Greenock in what is a major boost to productivity for the Clydeside port in south-west Scotland.
The second of two new £25m ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, each of 932 tonnes arrived at the Port of Greenock, where it was unloaded yesterday after having been transported from Cork Harbour. Following a naming competition with local schoolkids, the cranes…
Industrial Action: the Harland and Wolff shipyard in east Belfast with its iconic cranes. Afloat notes this week (11-13th June) the company is exhibiting at Seawork 2024 held at the Mayflower Park in Southampton.
At the historic Harland & Wolff Group’s shipyard in Belfast, workers have voted in favour of carrying out industrial action. The General, Municipal, & Boilermakers (GMB) union has said its members voted with a 98% majority after the shipbuilder, which…
The start of the 2022 Round Ireland Yacht Race. The biennial event epitomises the spirit of sailing, and with the countdown to June 22nd underway, the stage is set for an exhilarating 2024 event
With just 10 days to go until the 22nd edition of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race, scheduled for June 22nd at 13:00 hrs, Wicklow Sailing Club, in partnership with SSE Renewables, is gearing up to welcome 54 boats…

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