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Holyhead marina in north Wales, with project images for the waterfront development planned by Conygar Stena Line at Newry Beach
#Holyhead- Holyhead, north Wales is where a developer behind a £100m marina development is in talks to take full control of the scheme by acquiring the stake of ferry giant Stena Line. As the Daily Post reports, Conygar Stena received…
The Irish J/80 Championships will be run over three days as part of the Sportsboat Cup at the Howth Peninsula
#HYC - Ahead of the eagerly awaited Wave Regatta, Howth Yacht Club is getting ready to host the Sportsboat Cup 2018 this coming weekend — but it’s a contingent from Cork who are looking to retain the top prize for…
Galway Bay is among those areas that conversationists want designated under the motion being put to the Seanad
#MarineWildlife - The Seanad today (Wednesday 23 May) is expected to hear a motion calling for the declaration of coastal areas around Ireland has ‘marine protected areas’ or MPAs. According to The Irish Times, the motion is being tabled by…
East coast champion Andrew Algeo skppering Juggerknot from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads a clutch of J109’s into division one of June's Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club
Andrew Algeo’s Juggerknot from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads a clutch of J109’s into division one of June's Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club as the newly crowned East Coast J109 champion but faces plenty of competition under IRC,…
The B211 One Design Ventuno from the RIYC was third
Cruiser 3 Tuesday ECHO: 1. Jiminy Cricket, 2. Grasshopper 11, 3. Maranda Combined Cruisers ECHO: 1. Platinum Bonde Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Ruff Diamond B211 One Design: 1. Beeswing, 2. Isolde, 3. Ventuno B211 ECHO: 1. Beeswing, 2. Isolde, 3.…
The new Ireland lightweight double of Denise Walsh (Skibbereen) and Margaret Cremen (Lee) proving themselves at the Ireland trial.
#Rowing: The team which will represent Ireland at the World Cup in Belgrade (June 1st to 3rd) has been chosen. The selection was made after trials at the National Rowing Centre in Cork last weekend.  Belgrade is the first in…
Danmark, a trainee schoolship seen in June 2016 and when bound for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. The tallship directly ahead (was photographed from on board Stena Superfast VII) while also underway off Belfast Lough, with the ferry sailing to Scotland. This season saw the tallship began a voyage from Fredikshavn in March and with a first port of call last month scheduled with a return call to Spain but to Cadiz on the mainland.
#Tallships - A pair of ships, one a Danish trainee tallship, the other a former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' coastal passenger/cargoship but trading now as a cruiseship, are anchored closely to each other off Bantry, Co. Cork today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Day 3 of Leg 9 on board Team AkzoNobel, surfing the waves and flying along at 25 knots as one of the southern group in the split fleet
#VOR - Skipper Bouwe Bekking and his Team Brunel lead a southerly group of four boats who are taking advantage of stronger winds to open up an advantage as a split develops in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet bound for…
Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched for the station’s third medical evacuation in two weeks on Monday morning 21 May
#RNLI - Baltimore RNLI carried out a medevac yesterday morning (Monday 21 May) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish…
Young anti-litter campaigner Flossie Donnelly’s hard work has paid off
#Seabin - Young coastal litter crusader Flossie Donnelly is celebrating the installation of Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s first Seabin after a successful fundraising campaign. The 11-year-old was on hand at noon today (Tuesday 22 May) to see the first of two…
Tim Farron, the British M.P (on left) who recently visited the Irish Sea Port of Barrow, Cumbria. Afloat adds accompanying the former Liberal Democrats leader until July 2017, is Carl Bevan, North West Divisional Port Manager at Barrow, part of the large UK ports group, Associated British Ports (ABP).
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Sea Port of Barrow in north-west England, welcomed Tim Farron, the British MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, who had an exclusive tour of the Cumbrian port and to find out more about its history and operations.…
A Blue Flag standard is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing water quality and sewage treatment regulation. Above: Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin which lost its Blue Flag status last year, failed to regain in 2018. In the backdrop is Whiterock Beach, Dalkey.
#CoastalNotes - Blue flags have reached a record total in those awarded to Irish beaches and marinas for 2018 by An Taisce environmental group. The 83 Irish beaches and seven marinas writes The Irish Times, that have achieved the accolade…
The Class One XP 33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club is one of the cruiser type yachts that qualifies to race in the DMYC's King of the Bay Coastal Race on June 9
June is Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Regatta season for the town's four yacht clubs and the DMYC, who is first up, has launched its regatta with the opening of an online entry system. The DMYC, based at the town's West Pier,…
Joan Mulloy and Thomas Ruyant
Mayo’s Joan Mulloy is taking the helm of the impressive Kilcullen Team Ireland IMOCA 60 to compete in the Monaco Globe Series on the 1st June. This will be Mulloy’s first IMOCA event and will give her valuable points towards…
Have A Whale Of A Time This National Biodiversity Week
#Biodiversity - Whale watches at Cloghna Head and Loop Head cap off a packed lineup of events for National Biodiversity Week, which began this past weekend. The nine-day initiative aims to connect people with the natural world and communicate the…
The European Optimist Team at Malahide Yacht Club which includes NYC sailors Leah Rickard, Nathan van Steenberge, Rocco Wright and  Sam Ledoux
The National Yacht Club had great success in the Optimist Ulster Championships which took place in Malahide Yacht Club last weekend writes Frieda Forde. Twenty four sailors from the NYC – some of whom are junior members of other clubs as well –…
Worthy of celebration and support. Cork City’s own Bantry Boat, the Fionnbarra, sailing in style on Lough Neagh, the setting for this year’s biennial Atlantic Challenge in July
Poetry with a seafaring flavour by Theo Dorgan, Paddy Bushe, Mick Delap and the late Richard Murphy will bring a distinctive nautical mood to an evening of absorbing interest at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire next month in…
A ship transformed. While she is still very much a serious seagoing proposition, the restored 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen will take to the waters this weekend in Baltimore with her new and positive educational purposes emphasised by a fresh colour scheme and a brighter style
The restoration of the 56ft 1926-built ketch Ilen by Liam Hegarty and Fachtna O’Sullivan and their team in the boatyard at Oldcourt near Baltimore in West Cork, working in concert with the Gary Mac Mahon-directed Ilen Boat-Building School in Limerick,…
Horace grinding hard a few hours after the start on board Dongfeng Race Team, Sunday 20 May
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team has had a successful first night at sea on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, building a 20-mile lead over arch rivals and overall race leader MAPFRE. A split has already developed, with Dongfeng…
Flying Fifteen East Coast Championship winners Rory and Andrew Martin
Andy & Rory Martin (SLYC) sailed a near perfect series counting four firsts in windy conditions in winning the Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club on the south shore of Belfast Lough. As this was the first…

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