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Jim Warny ready to explore caves near his Ennis home in April this year
#Diving - Irish Water Safety has honoured cave diver Jim Warny for his role in the rescue of the Thai football team earlier this year. Warny also gave a presentation on the Tham Luang rescue operation at the IWS conference…
Model of the City of Dublin Steam Packet's Royal Mail Steamer, RMS Leinster cuts a sleek profile in dlr's flagship LexIcon Library. The timber built model went on display on the day of the 100th anniversary (10 October 1918) of the tragic sinking in WW1.
#rmsLeinster - In advance of last week's RMS Leinster centenary ceremony, Afloat visited Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr) LexIcon Library, to discover in addition to the 'lego' model of RMS there was another recently acquired model, writes Jehan Ashmore. On arrival to…
Trainee ship TS Pelican of London, berthed at St. Micheals Wharf, Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Tuesday morning just hours before the 70 year old barquentine departed on Stage 1 of a 7  month voyage across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. The next day due to encountering a fishing buoy, the ship had to divert to Rosslare ferryport where divers gave clearance to confirm no damage was caused to the propellers of the cruiser-stern vessel.
#Tallships - During stage 1 of a 7-month voyage of the Atlantic Ocean, a UK trainee tallship diverted off the Irish coast, having picked up a fishing bouy that could of compromised the barquentine's propellers, writes Jehan Ashmore. As Afloat…
Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, has announced plans to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city. It will develop a city to city passenger Autonomous Sailing Vessel that will run without the need for fossil fuels. Pictured at the launch, from left, Artemis Technologies Chief Executive, double Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy OBE, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Belfast Harbour CEO Joe O’Neill and Mark Gillan, Head of Innovation, Artemis Technologies.
Artemis Technologies, a spin-off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, is to establish a new facility in Belfast Harbour, initially creating 35 jobs, in a bid to return commercial shipbuilding to the city. The company led by double Olympic gold…
The lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel and once on board assessed the vessel for water ingress and none was found.
 At 16:15pm on Friday 19 October, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a vessel with three persons on board which had run aground…
The start of the 50th Middle Sea Race
The 50th anniversary Rolex Middle Sea offshore race is underway. A record fleet of 130 yachts and as Afloat.ie reported earlier, this includes Ireland's Barry Hurley and Kenneth Rumball and more on the Maltese entry XpAct and Wicklow's Brian Flahive…
Loïc Lepage - highly experienced with three solo transatlantic crossings under his belt before the Golden Globe Race
At 18:30 UTC, French solo yachtsman set off the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on his yacht Laaland after being dismasted earlier in the day some 600 miles SW of Perth Western Australia on day 111 of the Golden…
The 70 year old trainee-ship TS Pelican of London on the River Liffey is docked in Dublin's 'Dockland's (financial quarter) on 11 October. On that day youth trainees from a German college embarked the tallship at the North Wall Quay for a 7 month voyage (officially from Dun Laoghaire) across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. On the left are portacabins at the development site of 'Capital Dock' on Britain Quay, where commercial shipping last took place some 20 years ago, albeit in the form of laid-up and or sell-listed general cargoships.  Facing opposite of this quay is Ringsend, from where this view overlooks the River Dodder meeting the Liffey.
#Tallships - A UK tall ship that embarked youth trainees in Dublin Port this week followed by a call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour is from where a seven-month charter voyage started of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, writes Jehan…
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Racing at the Swan 50 Worlds
North Sails Ireland want to congratulate Team ‘Mathilde’ on their podium finish at the inaugural Club Swan 50 World Championship in Porto Cervo. The Swiss-flagged yacht owned and helmed by Morten H Kielland is now in her second year of campaigning…
 Cool performer. Niall Dowling’s Ker 43 Baraka GP at Wicklow Head at the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018. Despite being well down the overall rankings off the coast of Mayo, a tactically brilliant second half saw her emerge as line honours victor and overall winner
Anyone who claims to comprehend every nuance of Ireland’s sailing story during 2018 is living in a state of happy delusion writes W M Nixon. For sure, much that happened followed the set path of the annual programme at home…
Youth sailors are being encouraged to try a Fireball dinghy this winter by the family of the late Louis Smyth
As a tribute to the memory of the late veteran dinghy racer Louis Smyth his family have announced that they will support a young team who are interested in trying a high-performance Fireball dinghy. While full details of the scheme…
The 50th Middle Sea Race starts tomorrow
The 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet lies ready to create history as the crews - including Irish sailors  - make final preparations for the 606-nm Mediterranean offshore classic. Some 131 yachts have been registered to take on the Royal…
Global ferry company Stena is warning that UK ports are not ready for Brexit. AFLOAT adds one of two ferries the company operate on the core Irish Sea route of Holyhead-Dublin (above) is Stena Superfast X seen arriving in the Irish capital port
#FerryNews - Food supplies could be affected reports BBC News by a no-deal Brexit and and see traders bypass Great Britain, the ferry firm Stena Line has warned. There is "very little readiness" at ports and "anxiety is high", said…
Vintage Windsurfers Set For Gathering In Dun Laoghaire This Weekend
Vintage windsurfers from all over Ireland are coming together for the first time in more than 30 years in Dun Laoghaire this weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday 20 October) the National Yacht Club plays host to The Gathering, organised by Two Score…
Flying fifteens competing in this month's Flying Fifteen National Championships on Dublin Bay
As David O'Brien reports in this morning's Irish Times here, the Irish Flying Fifteen class have confirmed the seven 'automatic qualifiers' for next September's Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay.  After the seasons 4 qualification events, with 3 to…
Conor Fogerty onboard the test keelboat in France
Howth Yacht Club's Conor Fogerty will be the first foiling keelboat in Ireland next season when he sets sail in his new Beneteau Figaro 3 on the Irish Sea next season. Confirmation of the news puts an end to rumours about…
An Environmental Report 2018 from ESPO includes The 10 Top environmental priorities of the EU port sector, so check it out! with related links below.
#Ports&Shipping- The annual Environmental Report for 2018 (download) published by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) was presented yesterday at the GreenPort Congress in Valencia, Spain. The ESPO Environmental Report includes environmental performance benchmark indicators as well as the Top 10 Environmental…
Ferry operator Stena Line says ‘Ni Hao’ (Hello) in welcoming rising number of Chinese customers on its Irish Sea services
#FerryNews - Operator, Stena Line welcomed over 70,000 Chinese visitors on its Irish Sea vessels this year having become the first passenger ferry company in Europe to achieve the Chinese Tourist Welcome (CTW) Certification. The CTW is officially recognised by…
Upwind sail trim and boat speed is the focus of a talk by Shane Hughes in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club on November 16
Shane Hughes from North Sails Ireland will give a winter talk to Waterford Harbour Sailing Club has at its Dunmore East clubhouse on Friday, 16 November. WHSC skipper Robert Marchant says Hughes, who played a key role in the success of the Greystones…
Anglers Reminded Of Water Safety Guidelines As Drowning Death Toll Reaches 3 For 2018
Three anglers have died in Ireland so far this year as a result of drowning, according to the latest figures from Irish Water Safety. The sobering news has prompted a reminder from Inland Fisheries Ireland to all anglers to follow…

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