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The opening race of the women's Laser Radial (ILCA6) World Championships in Mussanah, Oman has been postponed
The opening race of the women's Laser Radial (ILCA6) World Championships in Mussanah, Oman has been postponed due to lack of wind at the venue. A fresh attempt to start the series will be made on Thursday to begin the…
Conor Haughey’s Hibernian is proving to be a swift sloop on the open ocean
Conor Haughey of Malahide’s handsome silver-liveried Moody 54DS Hibernian is having a very good Transatlantic race with the ARC+ division of 70 boats, which has taken in the transoceanic hop in two stages with a stop in the Cape Verdes.…
According to the Dept of Transport, the new Rail Freight 2040 Strategy launched today by IrishRail and Minister Hildegardetargets a five-fold increase in freight services on Ireland’s rail network. This will reduce our CO2 emissions by 25,000 tonnes annually and enhance our connectivity. Above containers from operator Samskip at the Port of Waterford.
Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) has launched a national rail freight plan in Ballina in Co Mayo, which aims to increase operations in line with growth in demand across the EU. As RTE News reports, the company says the expansion will…
Afloat tracked the freight ro-ro ferry MV Arrow to the Port of Larne, having previously worked on charter duties for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co which sought additional freight capacity prompted by Storm Arwen over the weekend. Above Arrow sets off into the Irish Sea from Douglas Harbour during blustery seas as captured in this scene several years ago.
Afloat tracked yesterday Irish Sea freight ferry MV Arrow to the Port of Larne, having departed Douglas Harbour on Sunday, however the crossing was separate to any requirements of the Isle of Man Steam Packet, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to…
The RS 400 Winter Series continued last Sunday at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. The series is now twelve races in and has thrown up some surprises, twenty boats currently entered. Race 10 started in a…
Joe Varley, president of the Maritime Institute of Ireland attending a low-key ceremony to mark the annual Irish Seaman's National Memorial in Dublin's City Quay. The event is to remember Irish Seafarers lost during World War II.
The annual Irish Seaman's National Memorial service this year was again cancelled given ongoing Covid circumstances, however a small low-key ceremony did take place along Dublin's south quays, writes Jehan Ashmore. Attending the ceremony last Friday at City Quay, was…
Brexit Boost All Ferryports: New trading arrangements between Ireland and the UK have had a significant and negative effect on freight traffic between the two countries.
New data confirms that the volume of goods shipped directly from the Republic to the EU on new Brexit-busting ferry routes have rocketed by 50%.  As the Irish Examiner writes, in the past six months, exporters seek to avoid travelling…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 194). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
Philip Watson’s take on a colour scheme for the Watson & Jameson sails for the dB2s Decibel, which he co-owned with Joe Reynolds and John Marrow. He is seen here in the middle of the crew at the start of the 1989 Fastnet Race, in which Decibel placed third in class.
In November 1971, Malahide sailing enthusiast Gerry Watson journeyed with his son Philip from their comfortable home down the slow Irish roads of half a century ago to Crosshaven, where the son had signed up to join a new sailmaking…
From despair to delight – Finn Lynch made November into summer
As 2021 draws to a close, the Irish sailing community has learned yet again that there’s nothing like a major international success by one of our own to brighten the dark days of November. And when that success comes to…
Former 420 Champion Niamh Henry (pictured above with crew Max Pocock) has successfully transferred her sailing skills to Team Racing
Team Racing makes for great sailing sport, and is unrivalled in its effectiveness in honing close-quarters boat-handling skills. But it’s an especially unforgiving type of contest, for although everyone is mutually reliant for success, at the very end it often…
It’s nearly two years since the Strangford Ferry was transformed into a Carol Ship in celebration of the Christmas Season, its last transformation being in December 2019 before Covid restrictions were imposed.  There has been a ferry crossing the fast-flowing…
Shannon Tourism Masterplan - Ministers Darragh O’Brien TD and Malcolm Noonan TD visited the Shannon region this week
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and Minister Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, visited the Shannon region to mark the successes of the first year of the Shannon Tourism Masterplan.…
Mixed Cruiser racing in race four of the DBSC AIB Sponsored Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
John O'Gorman's Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club (on board footage from Prof O'Connell of North Sails below) is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after four of seven races sailed.  Another…
Admiral Beaufort - his method of measuring the real strength of wind might be of relevance in assessing the progress of COVID-19
The Navan-born Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort KCB FRS FRGS FRAS MRIA (1874-1857) was a man of very many interests, some of them a little startling. His work as the Hydrographer of the Navy is remembered in the name of the…
People can have either a professional antigen test 48 hours ahead, or a PCR test 72 hours earlier. Above a ferry off the quayside of Dublin Port's main passenger terminal (No.1).
The Cabinet has agreed that people arriving at Irish ports and airports will need a negative Covid-19 test from Friday. Travellers can have either a professional antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival, or a PCR…
Ship Calls: Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) Vos Endurance (foreground) made a fleeting call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour that lasted only several hours. Whereas the towed containership, Anna G which arrived more than a fortnight ago continues to remain in port.
Dun Laoghaire Habour received another call by an Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) albeit for a brief period which took place almost a week ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The red-hulled ERRV named Vos Endurance had arrived on Wednesday morning, having…
John Minnis (right) and Jeff Flannigan at the Clyde Cruising Club prizegiving
The North Rotunda in Glasgow was the swanky venue for the Clyde Cruising Club’s Annual Prizegiving last weekend and there to pick up his prizes won at the Scottish Series way back at the end of May was Royal Ulster’s…
2021 RORC Season's Points Championship winners: Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 Sunrise. The team received a huge haul of prizes including the Jazz Trophy for winning IRC Overall and the Somerset Memorial Trophy for RORC Yacht of the Year
The 2021 Royal Ocean Racing Club Annual Dinner and Prize Giving was held to celebrate a spectacular season of racing. Dubbed the RORC Oscars, over 300 attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception and a three-course gourmet dinner. A glittering array of…
Agecanonix, an X-Yachts X4³, was sailing with a three-man, all-French crew as part of the ARC IRC Racing Division
The circumstances surrounding the death of a crew member on ARC yacht Agecanonix at the weekend are not yet known, according to rally organisers the World Cruising Club. Late on Friday 26 November, a Mayday call was made from Agecanonix…

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