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The latest research has shown that the impacts of climate change are already evident in Irish marine waters, with the patterns of harmful algal blooms changing in recent decades. The research, undertaken by the Marine Institute, also indicates that the…
The Old Head of Kinsale Napoleonic Tower and Memorial Garden in the foreground
The community group at the renowned South Coast landmark, the Old Head of Kinsale, plans to build a major, new Lusitania Museum to replace the present small museum at the site, where they have also constructed a memorial garden. The…
County Donegal firm Mulroy Bay Mussels Ltd were awarded a €500 grant for Mussel Organic Certification from the Department of Marine's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., today announced the award of €1,811,461 in grants to 28 aquaculture companies under his Department’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme. The grant awards will support the total investment…
The class is eagerly looking forward to its first visit to Vilamoura since the highly successful European Championship in 1998
Following this week’s cancellation of the French Olympic Week, in Hyères, of which the Finn Open and U23 European Championships was included, the International Finn Class has accepted an offer from the Vilamoura Sailing Center to host the event over…
Northern Ireland can no longer sell red diesel to ensure the UK meets its international obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement following Brexit.
Northern Ireland recreational boaters will no longer be able to use red diesel for propelling their craft. This is despite the British Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing on Wednesday, as Afloat reported here, that UK sailors will still be able to use…
Artful Dodger, an Elan 333 - Well maintained with a high specification of sails, cruising items and safety equipment id for sale
The Cork-based successful cruiser-racer Elan 333 Artful Dodger is up for sale priced at €59,500. This could be one of the best combination cruiser-racers around. As regular Afloat readers will recall, this top racer has a great racing record, including…
After almost four years of planning the start of the 36th America's Cup is just days away for Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. And while Auckland remains in lockdown, both teams have been able to continue testing and training
The highly anticipated Race 1 of the 36th America’s Cup Match will start shortly after 4 pm (NZT) on Wednesday 10th March after the New Zealand Government announced a reduction in alert levels today. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or…
The Antibes trainer is available in black, navy, platinum and silver
Dubarry’s new Aquatech Collection has been specifically designed for use across a wide variety of nautical environments. Joining the existing Easkey and Skerries trainers for men and for women are the Antibes and Palma. Both are available in multiple colours…
Fungie as seen in 2019 in Dingle Bay
A video circulating online of a dolphin frolicking in Galway Bay is “extremely unlikely” to be the missing bottlenose Fungie, as the Irish Examiner reports. The footage sparked hopes that Dingle’s famous long-term marine wildlife resident had reappeared nearly five…
Artist’s impression of the quay extension and other works at Dinish Wharf in Castletownbere, West Cork
Major expansion works were set to begin today (Thursday 4 March) for Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre at Dinish Wharf. Works on the €23.5 million project, which had been due to begin in late 2018, will continue on the site until…
Cascais Marina is just 30km from Lisbon
Following its start from Lorient in France at the end of May, the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe will stop in Cascais, bringing the top international offshore racing teams in the world to Portugal. Located 30km west of…
Anglers in Foyle & Carlingford Asked to Play Their Part in Conserving Salmon & Trout
While some anglers enjoyed success on the rivers within Foyle and Carlingford in 2020, the Loughs Agency says it continues to take a precautionary approach in line with national and international trends. The State of the Salmon Report published by…
Artemis Technologies has unveiled the world's most advanced marine simulator at its base in Northern Ireland. Pictured, from left, Philip Crain, Real-Time Simulation Manager and Dr Iain Percy OBE, CEO
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies, which is leading a programme to develop a new class of zero-emission high-speed vessels, has unveiled the world's most advanced marine simulator in Northern Ireland. The simulator represents a multi-million-pound investment over the past decade…
Sketches of Claddagh fishermen from the Ulster Journal of Archaeology  provided by Dr John Cunningham of NUI Galway
“Voyagers from the grave” read the headline in a Melbourne newspaper, The Advocate, in 1877, and the report was about three Galway men who had by then become known as “the shaughrauns”. The previous November of 1876, four men, had…
Antonia of Viking Marine with some tips for maintaining wetsuits
Catching a small hole or tear now may save a lot of time and money down the line. Drying your wetsuit inside and out after rinsing it with fresh water is the best way to keep it fresh and make…
A fourth ferry DFDS is to introduce on Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk route, bringing to 36 in total direct freight services every week, (by all operators) on Wexford-continental Europe links. The Ark Dania is to enter service on 1 April. Note Afloat adds the DFDS name on the funnel while a fleetmate alongside retains the former 'Maltese' cross company symbol.
A fourth freight-ferry DFDS is to be added to the Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk route on 1st April, the direct Ireland-mainland Europe service via France, that avoids the UK had only began just after Brexit, on 2nd January. The Danish operator DFDS…
The 2021 ISORA Series of races comprises the traditional Offshore Series of six cross-channel races, one Coastal Series in Ireland and one Coastal Series in Wales
ISORA will race its first Dublin Bay coastal race of 2021 next month on April 17 and a month later it has scheduled its first cross-channel race to Holyhead, Wales on May 15th. ISORA Chief Peter Ryan says he will…
Finn Lynch is one of three Irish sailors seeking a Tokyo berth in the mens Laser class
Coming a few months before the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres was to be the key event for Olympic sailing but it has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In particular, it was the final regatta for…
Impala 28 OOD 'Wild Mustard
The Impala 28 OOD Wild Mustard is for sale. Wild Mustard is a 1982 version of this successful IRC design, having had a "small fortune" spent on her, according to owner Dave Cullen of Howth.  The most recent additions to her…
Use of Red Diesel is to be Maintained in Great Britain
Use of red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain following the UK's Spring Budget 2021 announcement. Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine called it a 'Red-letter day' for…

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