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After the Fastnet Race start, crews will head west through the Solent, before a long passage along the English Channel to Land’s End
A substantial fleet of more than 300 yachts is set to compete in the 49th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. The entry list is evidence once again of the illustrious status and widespread appeal of the event, which starts…
DBSC is supporting and encouraging its members to participate in September's National Championships by not holding its regular Saturday racing for Cruiser Classes on September 4th
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is not holding racing for cruiser-racer classes 1 – 5 on Saturday, 4th September in order to accommodate the Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) National Championships that are being staged on Dublin Bay.  The annual…
A class in good heart. Some of the top-performing Howth 17s racing in July's spell of good weather with (left to right) Rita (Marcus Lynch & John Curley), Aura (Ian Malcolm), Isobel (Brian & Conor Turvey), Sheila (Dave Mulligan & Andy Johnston) and Oona (Peter Courtney)
For more than fifty years now, the 1898-founded Howth 17s have all been located at their port of origin, and the class has been thriving, so much so that serious damage to seven of the boats in winter storage in…
Irish Coast Guard Director Chris Reynolds at his desk in Somalia
Director of the Irish Coast Guard Chris Reynolds, on assignment as Head of Mission Eucap Somalia, is not returning to the Coastguard in Ireland. In a post on social media, Reynolds says: "With a heavy heart I will not be…
The Swan 50 fleet at the Copa Del Rey Mapfre Regatta at Palma this week includes good Irish crew representation on three boats in the 16-boat fleet
Howth Yacht Club sailors Dylan Gannon and Luke Malcolm are lying seventh overall after four races sailed on Ross Warburton’s Club Swan 50 Perhonen at this week's Swan Copa Del Rey Mapfre at Palma, Spain.  As you would expect at a Swan…
Overall throughput at Shannon Foynes last year totalled 9.458 million tonnes, down 1.9 per cent or 185,000 tonnes versus 2019. Above, Limerick Docklands (above Ted Russell Dock), Afloat adds, is one of six terminals that form SFPC operations along the Shannon Estuary.
Shannon Foynes Port Company which is state-owned, has reported a 7.6 per cent decline in turnover last year to €12.9 million as pre-tax profits fell from €4.9 million to €3.1 million due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Chief…
'Blocked' Suez Canal Ship: Ever Given finally arrives to UK where as BBC News reported some 2,000 containers are being unloaded from the Ever Given at Felixstowe. AFLOAT adds the North Sea port on the Suffolk coast is Britain's biggest and busiest 'box'boat port and one of the largest in Europe.  The ship's previous port of call was the Dutch port of Rotterdam and currently the 400m vessel is berthed at the UK port's Trinity Terminal before the vessel's next call is Hamburg in Germany.
Ever Given, the huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal is being unloaded after it arrived in the UK, reports BBC News. The Ever Given docked at Felixstowe, Suffolk, at 16:30 BST on Tuesday, its first UK visit since…
The ClubSwan 125 Skorpios makes its racing debut in the Fastnet Race Week and will also compete in the Middle Sea Race in October
With just over three months to the start of the 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race, the race to be on the start line on Saturday 23 October is heating up. As Afloat reported in May, fleet numbers are building nicely,…
The Star World Championship Cup with the 2019 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusnierewicz (POL) (right) and Bruno Prada (BRA)
The 100th Anniversary of the Star Class World Championships will be held next year September 10-17, 2022 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA. The host for the event will be the prestigious Eastern Yacht Club. As regular afloat readers know, the former…
Peel Ports London Medway has welcomed DFDS new UK-France freight-only ferry route of Sheerness-Calais which is to begin this month operated by the ro-ro Maxine. DFDS has existing services also out of Kent, Dover-Calais and also linking Dunkerque, from where the mainland Europe port saw DFDS launch in January a new direct freight route to Rosslare following a post-Brexit UK.
In the UK, the Peel Ports Group through its London Medway area of operations has welcomed DFDS new England-France freight-only ferry route connecting Sheerness and Calais that is to begin service this month. The new freight route offers one daily…
The harbour at Inishturk island off County Mayo
An Islands Bill to help drive sustainability is essential for the future well-being of the offshore island communities, according to Comhdháil Oileán na hEireann, the Islands Federation. Following extensive consultation about the future of the islands and discussions with the…
The six mile Strangford Narrows
Glasgow based Flex Marine Power has issued a Notice to Mariners regarding its activity within the Strangford Narrows in County Down in Northern Ireland. The turbine mooring system is being decommissioned and there is a workboat, and buoys marking the…
A Class Two start in today's first race of Calves Week 2021 in West Cork
Despite a strong fleet of visiting yachts to the West Cork coast for the opening race of Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Calves Week 2021 Regatta, Munster entries lead in all IRC divisions except one after a round the islands race for all classes…
Hannah Mills (right) and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) have won gold in the 470 Women
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) have won gold in the 470 Women's class in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar (POL) taking silver and Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz (FRA) bronze. At the start the…
Athlone Lock on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that instream work will commence on the new slipway south of the Athlone Lock from tomorrow, Wednesday 4 August. Works will also take place on the East Bank some 200m south of…
Items seized by IFI fisheries officers on the River Barrow on 21 July 2020 included a 3.6m aluminium boat with 18 metres of illegal netting
Two people have been fined and sentenced to prison for illegal netting of salmon on the River Barrow last summer in prosecutions taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). Michael Malone, of Taghmon, Co Wexford, received a sentence of five months’…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched yesterday evening (Monday 2 August) to the aid of a woman who had fallen onboard a yacht. The volunteer lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded just after 7.30pm and they launched amid good conditions to assess the…
The SeaMonitor ocean glider being deployed at sea
The ability to track free-swimming salmon juveniles has been extended hundreds of kilometres into the open ocean using advanced robotic technology. As part of the EU INTERREG VA-funded SeaMonitor project, Dr Ross O'Neill of the Marine Institute and Kieran Adlum,…
Above AFLOAT adds is the Irish-flagged cargoship Arklow Fern which highlighted a more sustainable form of transport, when taking wheat by sea, instead of trucks on the road. This involved UK ports group, Associated British Ports with the Arklow Shipping cargoship sailing between ABP's Ports of Ipswich, England and Ayr (as above) in Scotland.
An Irish flagged cargoship, Arklow Fern with a cargo of wheat partly destined for the world-famous Scotch whisky industry, recently made a coastal passage between two ports operated by Associated British Ports. On board the 2010 Spanish built Arklow Fern…
Rob McConnell's new 1720 sportsboat was the top performer at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club's annual Club Cruiser Championships and Open Keelboat Regatta
Local Rob McConnell's new 1720 sportsboat was the top performer, both as a one-design and on rating in last weekend's Waterford Harbour Sailing Club's annual Club Cruiser Championships and Open Keelboat Regatta. A total of seventeen boats, including seven 1720s, took…

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