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Practice racing during the Itajaí stopover yesterday, Thursday 19 April
#VOR - Six Volvo Ocean Race teams will be on the start line later today (Friday 20 April) for the Itajaí In-Port Race in Brazil, with Vestas 11th Hour Racing joining the fleet following its dismasting and subsequent repair and…
At low water there is now evidence of subsidence and the breakup of the face of the apron at the West Pier but with €4m already allocated for this pier, this leaves €26.5m for other repairs. But how much is actually necessary?
The €33.5million figure for "Taking in Charge" of Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the transfer to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is a broad brush number and needs to be examined writes Dun Laoghaire sailor Hal Sisk.  During the recent DLR Council debate…
The sheer size of MV Celine is demonstrated in this starboard side elevation view of the giant ro-ro ship docking in Dublin Port (in January) where the 74,000grt newbuild is to be christened in a naming ceremony tomorrow, 20 April.
#DublinPort - A big day awaits Dublin Port and major customer, CLdN ro ro SA as their newbuild MV Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro ship arrived in the port today in advance of tomorrow's christening ceremony, writes Jehan Ashmore. …
Laser sailor Finn Lynch will be hoping for another gold fleet finish in Hyeres, France next Week
The prospect of the ever–looming Olympic qualifier this August in Aarhus will weigh heavy on the minds of Ireland’s Olympic sailors  Finn Lynch and Ryan Seaton who compete in the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres next week. Lynch in the Laser,…
Port Relocation? Operating the Firth of Clyde service is Calmac who 'want' to relocate to Troon during upgrade works at Ardrossan (above) where passengers board Caledonian Isles, the routine Arran ferry.
#FerryNews - Scottish ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) wants the Ardrossan to Brodick,Arran service to relocate to Troon during harbour upgrades, the Herald can exclusively reveal. But stakeholders on the Ardrossan Harbour Taskforce are keen to see the ferry stay…
National Yacht Club Meeting For New Members Next Friday
#NYC - The National Yacht Cub will host a meeting for new and prospective members next Friday 27 April from 8pm in the main dining room. The evening will be an opportunity to learn about the club’s various activities, meet…
The RV Celtic Explorer will begin a three-week survey in the Celtic Sea this Sunday 22 April
#MarineNotice - Hydrographic and geophysical surveys will be undertaken in the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean under the INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for the Sustainable Development of Ireland’s Marine Resources) programme until October 2018. Geological Survey Ireland vessels the RV Keary…
The Transat AG2R La Mondiale will see Dolan (left) race 3,800 miles from Concarneau in Brittany, France, to St Barts in the West Indies alongside teammate and former Mini 6.50 rival Tanguy Bouroullec.
Irish ocean racer Tom Dolan is to face the might of the Atlantic for the second time in less than six months as he takes to the start line of the Transat AG2R La Mondiale.  Dolan, 30, will face his…
The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
On Wednesday morning, 18 April the Cape Clear Ferry, Dún Aengus was berthed at her overnight station inside the recently installed Storm Gates, designed to protect the inner harbour. Unfortunately, during the opening of the gate, operated hydraulically one of the stainless steel pipes burst leading to a loss of oil pressure and the gates remained closed, thus trapping the ferry inside, according to the ferry company
The storm gates on Cape Clear Island in West Cork have malfunctioned and the island ferry has been stranded inside the harbour. "We are undergoing a bit of a crisis at the moment as a result," according to the islanders…
Flying Fifteen duo Ian Matthews and Keith Poole (left) competing on Dublin Bay
Sailors at the Dublin Bay Flying Fifteen pre–season reception at the National Yacht Club this evening will be briefed of the 2018 season on the Bay but will also hear news of the qualification rules for the world championships on…
According to New Economics Foundation (NEF), Ireland is one of the worst EU states regarding overfishing in the Atlantic
#Fishing - Calls from over 175,000 EU citizens to demand an end to overfishing and protection of European waters took place as EU environment ministers gathered in Bulgaria last week. As the Green News reports, Environmental NGOs, Our Fish, Seas…
J109 Wakey Wakey won class one and overall in last weekend's pre-season ISORA race
The ISORA 2018 offshore sailing series starts this weekend on both sides of the Irish Sea with Racing on Saturday in Pwllheli and Race two in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday. The fixture is part of ISORA's 'Viking Marine Coastal Series'. Weather…
Viking Marine is hiring new staff
As the new sailing season arrives, Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire and Kilcoole is looking to recruit full time and part time people to join its crew, both in the shop, and out and about at events. The ideal candidate/s…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour in south Dublin is set for long-awaited transfer to local authority control
#DLHarbour - “All assets and liabilities” of Dun Laoghaire  Harbour Company will transfer to the local authority upon its pending dissolution — with no additional State funding available, the Minister for Transport has confirmed. Shane Ross was responding in writing…
The former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena, a passenger-cargoship Afloat adds was confirmed by the St. Helena Government with a sale of the ship concluded in London yesterday. The 6,000 gross tonnage ship is now to serve as an anti-piracy security transfer vessel in the Middle East.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK's last working postal ship, RMS St. Helena, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled…
In total, there was 35 boats entered and 70 sailors for the event at County Antrim Yacht Club
The 2018 RS season of 2018 kicked off over the weekend of 7/8 April with County Antrim Yacht Club (CAYC) hosting the Northern Championships for RS400s/200s/Fevas. In total there was 35 boats entered and 70 sailors for the event from…
Marek Omilian and Shannon Dean at the helm of Visit Seattle
#ClipperRace - The leading Clipper Race teams have entered into what could be their final full day of the epic 5,600-nautical-mile marathon across the North Pacific Ocean to Seattle.  But with a wind hole between them and the Finish Line,…
Mike Evans' Half Tonner Big Picture, using North 3DL sails, in action in Howth at a breezy start to the Key Capital Spring Warmer Series
North Sails Ireland sailmakers Shane Hughes and Maurice "Prof" O'Connell were afloat in the coaching RIB at the first day of the Key Capital sponsored Spring Warmer Series in HYC on April 14th. Also in Howth was NS colleague Nigel…
George’s Dock, adjacent to the IFSC in Dublin city centre
#GeorgesDock - Dublin City Council has issued a design tender for a white-water course as part of a redevelopment of George’s Dock in the city centre. According to The Architects’ Journal, the canoeing and kayaking course would be positioned around…

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