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Ireland’s first “hydrogen valley” will be established in Galway port
The EU is giving 8 million euros to set up Ireland’s first “hydrogen valley” in Galway port as one of nine such projects across Europe. The EU funding is a significant boost for the multi-million euro green energy scheme, which…
Abhilash Tomy (IND) gearing up for the storm
With 20,000 miles and five months at sea — 70% of their voyage complete — the leading yachts in the Golden Globe Race are starting to show little signs of fatigue requiring constant maintenance, just as they are undertaking the…
Monday 6 February: Leg 2, Day 13 onboard Team Holcim-PRB as Tom Laperche shakes out a reef in the main
It’s been a long, exhausting but also thrilling second leg of The Ocean Race 2022-23 and the pattern is not going to change in the final stages, with the five IMOCA crews bracing themselves for one last push to Cape Town.…
Shore-power: British Ports Association welcomes the UK Government’s new £77m Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed the UK Government’s new £77m Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition, which was launched yesterday. BPA research has found that no shore power project anywhere in the world has gone ahead without…
A teenage student, Harry Besley is planning to travel on an 'electric' rigid inflatble boat  (RIB) to locations with a 'Round Britain' tour to promote alternative to fossil-fuelled boats. The project calls to accelerate the need for eBoat charging and for the industry to invest in appropriate boat designs.
A student is to visit the Isle of Man as part of a Round Britain tour using an 'electric' rigid inflatable boat (RIB) rather than a traditional outboard engine. The tour will be a World Record attempt to travel around…
An Irish short film featuring communities who make a living from the sea is set to reach global audiences tonight (Tuesday, February 7th). Fair Seas: The Kingdom of Kerry has been selected for inclusion at the Festival of Ocean Films…
Busy people – Alex and Daria Blackwell of Clew Bay have won several awards over the years for their contributions to international cruising
Daria and Alex Blackwell of County Mayo have been a significant power couple in global voyaging for many years now, operating from their base at Port Aleria among the many islands of the inner reaches of Clew Bay, and voyaging…
The second of two 6,000dwt LNG dual-fuel tankers, Lady Maria Fisher trading for James Fisher Everard (JFE) has entered service and is currently transporting vegetable oil from Vietnam to Europe, so to be processed into bio-diesel. JSE operate a fleet of tankers among them Corrib Fisher, Afloat adds, which has regularly called to the Port of Galway bringing petroleum products from Whitegate Oil Refinery, Cork Harbour.
A second 6,000dwt LNG dual-fuel tanker for James Fisher and Sons plc based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria on the Irish Sea has been delivered. The newbuild Lady Maria Fisher will be traded by James Fisher Everard (JFE) alongside its existing fleet…
In Auckland, New Zealand, Emirates Team New Zealand is practicing with two AC40s
All of the America's Cup teams have had an extremely busy January due to their training regimens being notably more intense. Data gathering and analysis are more crucial than ever, with only a few months till sign-off for the AC75…
The Sonata is a well-known and much-loved cruiser racer in the Lough, as is the growing Impala fleet, which numbered 11 at EDYC early last year. 
East Down Yacht Club welcomes Impala and Sonata keelboats to a two-day combined racing event on the 27th and 28th of May. The club is situated near Killyleagh on the west side of Strangford Lough on a nine-acre site, including…
Kieran Dorgan from Cove Sailing Club leads at the Monksotwn Bay Laser League in Cork Harbour
At Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour, where eleven races have been sailed in the club’s Winter Laser League, racing resumed on Saturday when Kieran Dorgan from Cove Sailing Club just around the corner at Whitepoint, continued to lead…
Squib racing at the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series 2023
Cinnamon Girl, the two-handed cruiser crew of Sam Hunt and Cian McCarthy, sailed the Squib, Breakaway, to first place in the first race of Sunday’s Custom Rigging Frostbite Series at Kinsale Yacht Club. This was the second day of racing,…
Aerial view of Dublin Bay
Members of the National Yacht Club are invited to a talk on safe navigation in Dublin Bay, hosted by Dublin Port Company on Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm. The talk will be will be presented by members of the port…
Clarisse Crémer by her Vendée Globe IMOCA with the branding of her now former sponsor Banque Populaire
Vendée Globe competitor Clarisse Crémer says she is “in shock” after being dropped by her main sponsor just weeks after having a baby. According to Marine Industry News, the record-setter was let go by Banque Populaire in the wake of…
The Melges 15 won Sailing boat of the year in 2022 and has been Melges's best-selling design. With over 600 boats already built, they have quickly established strong fleets wherever they have been established
The Melges 15, a new double-handed dinghy, will launch in Europe this summer, with its first European fleet set for Dublin Bay. The drive for the new class is being led by John Sheehy of the Royal Saint George, who hosts a Zoom call…
Wayfarers (x2), Fireballs, ILCAs and the IDRA mixing it at the weather mark. In the background, ILCAs are running towards the weather mark
There are days when it is difficult for competitors, there are days when it is difficult for the Race Officer, and then there are days when it is difficult for everyone! Sunday, 5th February, was one of these latter days!!…
Racing at Kinsale's 2021 Sovereign's Cup Regatta. The 2023 event runs from 21st to 24th June
Kinsale Yacht Club has 30 registered entries to date for its biennial Sovereign's Cup 2023 Regatta.  One of the latest entries for the Simply Blue sponsored Cup from 21st to 24th June is George Sisk and Tim Kane's Dun Laoghaire-based Wow!  The…
The UK Sailmakers Ireland Talks Series begins in Ballyholme Yacht Club on February 23
Irish Laser ace Liam Glynn will be on home waters when he and UK Sailmakers Ireland manager Barry Hayes deliver the first of a series of UK Sails countrywide talks beginning in Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough later this month.…
Malin Head Coast Guard and Arranmore Lifeboat (above) responded to the incident off the Donegal coast
A post-mortem investigation will be performed on the body of a fisherman who drowned on Saturday evening (February 4th) off the coast of Donegal. The man, who was in his late 30s, fell overboard from a boat off the northwest coast…
America’s Cup Recon Emirates Team New Zealand LEQ12 - Set to be stand-out global events, the Women’s & Youth America’s Cup Regattas are two of the major highlights of AC37 in Barcelona, shining a spotlight on the next generation of America’s Cup sailors
Two of the primary events of AC37 in Barcelona are the Women's & Youth America's Cup Regattas, which place a strong emphasis on the upcoming generation of America's Cup sailors. The most prestigious prize in sailing is the ultimate platform…

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