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Colonel Blair Mayne SAS (and later of Royal Ulster YC) with his best mate, getting into battle mood in the North African desert during World War II of 1939-45. Anyone who gets along well with a Jack Russell terrier, while looking so very like superstar actor Liam Neeson before Neeson was born, must have had some redeeming features - even if he was a danger to all when partying in a new kitchen
County Clare is a place unto itself and a magic if challenging coastline for boats, bounded as it is by the Atlantic to the west, Galway Bay to the north, Galway County to the northeast, Lough Derg and the Shannon…
Women make up less than 2% of seafarers worldwide, an International Maritime Organisation has heard
The International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations agency for the sea, has called for more involvement by women in the world’s maritime operations, marking today’s International Day for Women in the Maritime sphere. Its Secretary-General, Arsenio Dominguez, says that, currently,…
For the Grand Ouest Trophy race, Tom Dolan (right) will resume his partnership with the young French co-skipper Paul Morvan, whom he sailed with on the Laura Vergne Trophy race earlier in the season, finishing in fourth place
At 735 nautical miles long, the Banque Populaire Grand Ouest Trophy race, which starts Saturday at 1300hrs local time, is one of the most extended offshore courses of the 2024 season for Ireland’s Tom Dolan. For the double-handed course, which…
Ireland, Belgium and the UK signed a letter of agreement on the development of Europe’s first planned hybrid electricity interconnector between three countries. It took place at a meeting on offshore wind development in Bruges. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan (centre) has signed the agreement in Bruges with his Belgian and British ministerial counterparts, Tinne van der Straeten (left) and Andrew Bowie MP
Ireland, Belgium and Britain have signed a new co-operation agreement on renewable energy and electricity interconnections between the three states. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan has signed the agreement in Bruges with his Belgian and British…
To address the carbon outlay of the process of developing such wind farms, the expert team recommend developing a recycling process for end-of-life blades
A windfarm can offset carbon emissions generated across its 30-year lifespan in under two years, a new study says. The study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand also demonstrates that within six months a turbine…
Fleet movements: One of the Irish Ferries trio of vessels on the Dover-Calais route, the Isle of Innisfree, is to transfer to Rosslare-Pembroke when Spirit of Britain (to be renamed) is introduced on the Dover-Calais route in June. The ‘Spirit’ class cruise ferry is to boost capacity on the busy UK-France short-sea trade link in competition with P&O Ferries and DFDS. In the meantime, as Afloat previously reported, Irish Ferries fast-ferry Dublin Swift resumed its'seasonal’ service on the Dublin-Holyhead route today.
Irish Ferries bareboat charter and acquisition of Spirit of Britain, which served P&O Ferries Dover-Calais service, will lead to the Irish operator’s transfer of Isle of Innisfree from the UK-France link to their Rosslare-Pembroke route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The changes…
The popular Sandycove beach near Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Bathing water quality monitoring at Sandycove and other beaches around the coast takes place during the bathing water season (June 1st to  September 15th) according to the Environmental Protection Agency
Bathing water quality around the Irish coast was high overall last year, with 97 per cent of monitored sites meeting or exceeding the minimum standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. The EPA says that some 114 bathing sites (77…
Sean Lemass's First 40, Prima Forte was third in the Cruisers Zero division of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fourth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the 2024 season
Kyran McStay's X-35 D-Tox was the winner of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fourth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the 2024 season as Royal Irish Yacht Club boats swept the Cruisers Zero IRC podium. The McStay boat took the victory in…
Harland and Wolff has said negotiations with the UK government are continuing
The shipyard owner of Belfast’s Harland and Wolff Group has denied that the UK government has refused to give the group a £200m loan guarantee which is seen as crucial to the yard’s future. As The Times newspaper reported on…
Ann Kirwan at the helm of a Ruffian 23 in West Cork
Irish international offshore sailor Joan Mulloy has recently completed a ten-day trip from Antigua to Portugal in a Mod 70 trimaran as part of the Famous project led by Dee Cafarri and Alexia Barrier, which aims to break the record…
The 2024 Monkstown Bay Sailing Club will hold their annual ‘Dash for Cash’ race on Saturday afternoon
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club will hold their annual ‘Dash for Cash’ race on Saturday afternoon with First Gun at 2 p.m. It is a dinghy pursuit race with €300 cash first prize, €100 for second place, and €100 for the…
SeaBot Maritime is a leading provider of smart remote operations training in unmanned surface vehicle (USV) operations
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and SeaBot Maritime (Ireland) have signed a “groundbreaking” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on integrating complex systems with specialised skills for the maritime workforce. This partnership aims to position Ireland as a…
Artist’s impression of the 280m cable-stayed bridge that will connect the A2 Newry-to-Warrenpoint dual carriageway with the R173 at Omeath
Work will soon begin on a new road span linking Co Louth and Co Down across the Carlingford Lough narrows after the awarding of the construction contract to BAM Ireland for the Narrow Water Bridge. Stormont First Minister Michelle O’Neill…
The 2023 Irish Champions, IRL3809, helmed by Michael O'Connor from the Royal St. George Yacht Club (RStGYC), will compete at this weekend's Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024, incorporating the SB20 Eastern championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club
This weekend's Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024, incorporating the SB20 Eastern championships, marks the first test for SB20 crews in the current season. Thirteen crews, including the national top tier, will be on the starting line.…
The winner of the main fleet at East Antrim's IODAI Optimist Ulster Championships was Juliet Ryan (RSGYC/MYC/HYC)
The Oppie circuit was in full swing last weekend as East Antrim Boat Club hosted almost 100 sailors and their families for the Ulster Championships. The next day, as the sun shone and the craic started to build, the main…
A radar satellite image of wind farms in Liverpool Bay, captured by the European Union's Copernicus Sentenil-1 satellite
TechWorks Marine, a leading marine data company based in Dublin has recently announced a significant contract worth €475,000 with the European Space Agency (ESA). The contract aims to expand the use of satellite data and products in Europe's renewable wind…
Local ILCA, Fireball and Melges 15 classes compete in DBSC dinghy racing on Tuesday, May 14th Scotsman's Bay against the backdrop of the visiting 300-metre-long Norwegian Star cruise liner to Dun Laoghaire Harbour
After some late April cancellations, Tuesday night AIB-sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) dinghy sailing is off to a gentle start in May with some good turnouts across ILCA 6 and 7, Fireball, IDRA 14, PY and a DBSC debutante…
North Channel twins Stena Superfast VII (pictured on Loch Ryan) and Stena Superfast VIII will be retrofitted with methanol propulsion, which will see the Belfast-Cairnryan pair after the conversion project transferred to LR class.
Following the successful methanol conversion of the Scandinavian cruise ferry Stena Germanica in 2015, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Stena Line will work in partnership on a project to retrofit two North Channel fast ro-ro vessels with methanol propulsion. According to…
Cellist Naomi Berrill at Galway Bay will play at Galway’s Cellissimo 2024 festival this weekend
Marine experts have joined with musicians for a collaborative project as part of Galway’s Cellissimo 2024 festival this weekend. “Galway Bay Is Calling” is the title of a project by cellist and composer Naomi Berrill which she has worked on…
Black Star’s crew placed third at 44Cup Baiona
Ireland’s Simon Johnson was among the crew of Black Star who completed the podium at the 44Cup Baiona at the weekend. As previously reported on, Artemis Racing were victorious in the second round of the 2024 44Cup which concluded…

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