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Irish Sailing Virtual Meetings of Clubs Discuss COVID-19 Crisis
A total of 37 Category One Irish Sailing Clubs attended a series of virtual meetings hosted by Irish Sailing. The aim was to introduce David O’Brien – Irish Sailing’s new President, to communicate further updates and clarify existing matters arising…
Until 31st May the RORC Rating Office is cutting the cost of IRC trial certificates by 25%
The RORC Rating Office team is working remotely and continuing to provide the excellent service expected from owners, clubs and the industry around the world. As all sailors are looking forward to when they’ll be able to get out on…
Loughs Agency Advises Against Angling In Its Waters Under Covid-19 Restrictions
Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon has contacted anglers, angling clubs, fisheries and angling governing bodies to update them on the impact of Covid-19. The letter urges the angling community to follow the guidance provided and to keep up to date…
The Stealaway built in Ballyholme
Betty Amstrong explores past boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme in the seaside town of Bangor on Belfast Lough. Did you know that before Enrico Caproni built his famous ‘Palais de Dance’ in 1928 on Seacliff Road that there was a shipyard…
Rowing Olympian & World Champion to Give Free Live Rowing Training Session
St. Michael’s Rowing Club, Dún Laoghaire are organising a free live training session for anyone who has access to a rowing machine. The session is provided by Niall O’Toole, rowing Olympian and World Champion. The session will be streamed live…
Industry leader said (ferry) ships 'days away' from being laid up in ports. ABOVE Stena Estrid departing the Port of Holyhead and bound for Dublin Port
Laid up ferries, reports NorthWalesLive, could be in port and Irish Sea routes suspended unless the UK Government steps in to help, industry sources say. Ferry firms are lobbying the UK and Irish governments for support as passenger numbers between…
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch is one of three Irish sailors seeking to qualify for Tokyo in the men's Laser class
Ireland will keep its only Tokyo 2020 berth so far and could benefit from another if final outstanding qualification events do not take place, according to the world governing body for the sport of sailing. Confirmation that the place Lough…
MD Frank Kowalski and his Safehaven Marine team exercise the State’s recommended physical distancing measures for a safer workplace
New restrictions prompted by Covid-19 require new ways of working for essential businesses, and Safehaven Marine in Cork is among those rising to the challenge. The performance boatbuilder has spread out its production over two large factories, with staff divided…
Dive Deep Into ‘Oceans Of Learning’ Online Resources
Dive deep into the oceans of learning resources available on the Marine Institute’s website via the Oceans of Learning series, which offers downloadable resources, videos and interactive activities exploring our marine resource and marine scientists’ vital work. As the institute’s…
The new Beneteau 27 arrives in Cardiff
The first Beneteau 27 in the UK and Ireland was delivered by BJ Marine to a new Irish Sea customer last week. As regular Afloat readers will recall, the deal on the new design was done at January's Boot Dusseldorf…
A moment of special peace in a troubled time. David Wilkins of Malahide receives his 1980 Olympic Silver Medal from IOC President Lord Killanin as his Flying Dutchman crew Jamie Wilkinson of Howth awaits his turn.
With the world becoming unrecognisable as the invisible Enemy of the People takes over to make our lives Coronavirus-dominated and postpone the 2020 Olympics to 2021, in our not-so-splendid isolation we can find consolation in disappearing into the Afloat archives…
Dr.Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute
The new Chief Executive of the Marine Institute says that it is essential that there is good public understanding of the importance of the sea. The Institute is the national agency responsible for maritime research, technology development and innovation policy.…
The new Zodiac Open 5.5 has a Deep V fibreglass hull
MGM Boats describes the new Zodiac Open 5.5 that has recently landed at the boatyard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour as the 'Swiss army knife of boats'. As regular Afloat readers will know, MGM Boats became Irish Zodiac distributors last December. In…
Brian Thompson - video interview below
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has interviewed offshore racer Briton Brian Thompson who has broken 33 world sailing records. The profile piece on youtube below features videos and live commentary about his astounding career. The Vendee Globe, Rolex Fastnet…
Most of the passengers (including Irish citizens) from the Zaandam and its (fleetmate) ship the Rotterdam will begin disembarking today (yesterday)
A cruise ship hit with the virus, RTE News reported, with around ten Irish citizens on board has docked in Florida in the USA (yesterday). Most of the passengers from the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam will begin…
The classic stem shape exemplified by Tom Crosbie’s International 8 Metre If off Cobh in 1960. Designed and built by Bjarne Aas in Norway in 1939, the 49ft If was unusual for her class in having full standing headroom
The accepted and popular shapes of boats and yachts in different ages changes so much that you’d be forgiven for thinking that their functions also change completely to suit the requirements of each new era. Of course, design development, measurement…
Royal Cork Keelboats Launch North Sails April Digital Virtual Regatta
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has been sailing on Cork Harbour for the past 300 years and while boats and their crews are currently unable to take to the wonderful waters of Cork Harbour due to COVID-19 a little plan…
There are signs that by September the current restrictions may be relaxed so KYC continue to work towards delivering a truly outstanding Dragon Gold Cup 2020
Kinsale Yacht Club (KYC) and the International Dragon Association (IDA) have today confirmed that planning for the 2020 Dragon Gold Cup, to be raced off Kinsale from 5 to 11 September, is still progressing as normal at the current time.…
According to the Naval Service, for the past number of days LÉ Eithne has operated in support of HSE to prepare stocks of PPE for distribution throughout the Cork region. In addition Naval Service Reserve personnel have been instrumental in this effort. Above the flagship last week having departed Haulbowline in Cork Harbour is seen heading upriver on the Lee to Cork city where it remains on standby for other tasks when required.
Crew of the LÉ Eithne, which EchoLive.ie reported earlier today, have been tasked to deliver personal protective equipment to HSE locations across Cork city. The Naval Service vessel is docked in Cork city since March 20, awaiting a tasking from the HSE…
Belfast's City Hall was lit up in blue as a tribute the healthcare workers
The clapping for carers expression of support during the COVID-19 emergency was repeated at 8 pm last night across Northern Ireland and included applause for NHS workers, as well as the frontline staff who work in the docks – hauliers,…

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