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The 77ft Maritana – designed and built in Waterford - makes her debut in the river off the city at Reginald’s Tower in the summer of 1882. Two years later, she was awarded the Concours d’Elegance at Cowes
When we think of timelessly beautiful yachts, we’ll naturally think of sailing vessels, where beauty is created by a sweet harmony of the hull lines with an elegantly retrained sheer, combined with a rig which is all of a piece…
Donaghdee Harbour
Good news for those boaters keen to get back on the water in Ards and North Down in Northern Ireland. All the Harbours and slipways operated by Ards and North Down Council will be open from this morning (Wed 27th…
Scandinavian ferry M/V Copenhagen was retrofitted with a Norsepower Rotor Sail unit measuring 30m in height and 5m in diameter. The hybrid passenger ferry operated by Scanlines serves between Denmark and Germany. AFLOAT adds almost a decade ago a newbuild cargoship E-Ship 1 with similar technology made a maiden call to Dublin Port with components on board for a wind-farm project.
A global provider of auxiliary renewable wind propulsion systems, Norsepower Oy and market leader in green ferry operation, Scanlines today announced the successful installation of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution. According to Fathom.World, the installation was completed in just hours during…
Forty Foot on Dublin Bay was classified as excellent. Also above Afloat adds is the backdrop of Dun Loaghaire Harbour's East Pier lighthouse.
Beaches and the quality of bathing waters in Ireland is continuing to improve, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA director Dr Micheál Lehane said local authorities must remain vigilant to ensure public health was protected and continue to identify…
Webinar: The Future of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) is to be held on 1 July. Above AFLOAT's photo shows a diversity of ship types berthed in Dublin Port. From the left is a cement-carrier, cruise ship and con-ro vessel which connected Ireland and mainland Europe.
A Motorways of the Sea (MoS) webinar "Shaping the Policy of a European Maritime Space – The Future of Motorways of the Sea" is to take place on Wednesday 1st July 2020 (09h30 – 11h15). The Motorways of the Sea (MoS)…
One of Julian Everitt’s E-Boat concepts
The Royal Irish Yacht Club welcomes acclaimed yacht designer Julian Everitt as the latest speaker in its members-only series of online talks tomorrow evening, Wednesday 27 May. First inspired to become a yacht designer when he saw Sceptre leaving Poole…
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RS Aeros in Dublin Bay
The Irish RS Aero dinghy fleet grew by six over the last week and a half. The class now stands at over 20 boats and the Irish National Marine Services team handed over one of the demo boats for a…
RNLI lifeboat crews from Skerries and (right) Clogherhead arriving on scene at Mornington Beach
RNLI lifeboat crews from Skerries and Clogherhead launched yesterday (Monday 25 May) to retrieve a number of adults and children who had become stranded on rocks near Mornington Beach, east of Drogheda. The lifeboats were launched shortly before 3pm after…
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Galway Bay based sailmaker Yannick Lemonnier is a short handed expert
Quantum Sails Ireland's Yannick Lemonnier based in Galway is a short and single-handed sailing wizard. Get ready for your solo and short-handed adventures with these short videos explaining Yannick's top six tips and tricks. Note: Tips 1-3 are from Yannick's…
Stewart Hosford
Cork Harbour based Stewart Hosford is CEO of Sir Keith Mills’ pan-global sports investment group Origin Sports. He moved from the corporate world of banking in 2010 to take the helm at Alex Thomson Racing before embarking on his latest role…
Boot Dusseldorf Prepares for January 2021 Show
Messe Düsseldorf, organisers of Boot, the giant European Boat Show, have begun online registration for the forthcoming boot from 23 to 31 January 2021 under the motto “restart your business @ boot Düsseldorf”. The show is popular with Irish visitors…
Carrickfergus navigator Ian Moore
One big overall win has eluded Northern Ireland navigator Ian Moore - in nine attempts at the Rolex Fastnet Race Moore’s team has made the podium twice but failed to win the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship race. Ian is fascinated…
Mainstream Renewable Power founder Eddie O'Connor
Offshore wind power off the west coast alone could generate annual revenues of €21bn a year from 75,000 megawatts of installed capacity, according to Airtricity and Mainstream Renewable Power founder Eddie O'Connor. Speaking to the Sunday Independent newspaper, the renewable…
Meet in the middle of the Harbour for Prof O'Connell's Dun Laoghaire Laser Clinics
Olympic and International coach Maurice "Prof" O'Connell will be running Laser racing coaching sessions in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this week starting on Tuesday, May 26th. The format will be some short sharp boat handling sessions, in four boat groups, followed…
The River Shannon at Athlone
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that drilling and site investigation works will take place on the Shannon Navigation in the vicinity of Athlone Marina from this Wednesday 27 to Monday 31 May. The drilling will take place…
Youghal’s inshore lifeboat launches for the missing person search
Youghal RNLI’s volunteer crew were part of a multi-agency operation yesterday evening (Sunday 24 May) to reports of a missing person in Youghal. The inshore lifeboat launched in good weather on a filling tide at 6.04pm a few minutes after…
The Priests’ Beach in Blackrock, Co Louth
The Irish Mirror reports that two people were rescued from a beach in Co Louth on Saturday afternoon (23 May) after getting into difficulty in the water. Clogherhead RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard were tasked to the scene at…
Chartered ro-ro freight ferry Arrow, AFLOAT adds (on left) with the IOMSP's seaonal fastcraft ferry Manannan and ropax Ben-My-Chree berthed in Douglas Harbour
Manx ferry operator the lsle of Man Steam Packet is financially fit enough to cope and has not needed to seek out any government support during the Covid-19 crisis. It has also emerged, reports IOMToday, that hundreds of people have…
HYC Commodore Ian Byrne on the winch and Lea O'Donoghue maintaining social distance on the helm aboard the Commodore's Sunfast 32 Sunburn, all within 5 kilometres of home in the weekend's revival of sailing at Howth
We'll put aside for the moment the fact that Bono's father, the late Bob Hewson, lived out his days in Howth, a place he adored. We'll let it go for now that U2 drummer Larry Mullins lives in an elegantly-restrained…
Cruiser Racing on Tralee Bay
Tralee Bay Sailing Club and the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) have announced its staging of the 2020 WIORA Championships at Fenit in County Kerry has been postponed until September. TBSC Commodore Liam Lynch and WIORA Commodore Gary…

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