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The huge starting-line of a kilometre in length was needed to accommodate the 85 boats
Still with two days of racing to go, Volvo Cork Week staged a spectacular gathering of all the racing yachts today for the iconic Harbour Race that included a massed start and sail past the historic town of Cobh. Photographer…
Tight racing for the in–harbour race at Cork Week. Scroll down for photo gallery
Overall leaders have emerged in all classes at Volvo Cork Week today after 85 yachts formed an impressive single starting line for the regatta's signature race in the beautiful surroundings of Cork Harbour for day three of the week long…
Colm Hennessy and Stephen O'Sullivan are in the Ireland team for Saturday
#Rowing: The Ireland senior team for the 2018 Home International Regatta has been chosen. The event will be held at the National Rowing Centre next Saturday, July 21st. Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will compete to win the Victor Ludorum…
Elegance personified – the 1949-vintage Northele steps out in style at the Crosshaven Traditional Festival in June
If you were putting together a pub quiz about classic yachts, “Who was Sandy Balfour?” would be a very handy question to get the elementary section going writes W M Nixon. Dyed-in-the-wool classics aficionados would roll their eyes in amusement…
Live Heli Sniper Firing Exercise Now Under Way
#MarineWarning - The Defence Forces Training Centre is conducting two days of heli sniper live firing exercises in Gormanston Ranges as of this morning, Wednesday 18 July. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the danger area includes the air and sea…
The W1da off Roches Point during this week's Cork Week
My main interest at Cork Week was the red yacht moored at the marina, making its first appearance in Ireland and described as ‘a sailor’s yacht.’ Several years ago I met the man who is proud of that description, though…
The Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 was involved in yesterday’s operation off Malin Head
#Donegal - A man in his 60s and a teenage boy have died after the fishing boat they were on capsized off Malin Head in Donegal yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 17 July). As Independent.ie reports, it’s believed the vessel got into…
Big waves and breezy conditions made for fast, close racing
Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' has moved up from 18th to 14th from a fleet of 49 after the first four races in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. The Sovereign's…
Nell Staunton in action in Texas
The National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton continues to race in the top ten of the Laser Radial Girls class of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas. The Dublin school girl had another solid performance yesterday,…
 Ronan Wallace was the winner of both DBSC Laser PY races
Cruiser 3 Tuesday ECHO: 1. Pamafe, 2. Jiminy Cricket, 3. Wynward Combined Cruisers Tuesday ECHO: 1. Pastiche, 2. Powder Monkey, 3. D-Tox Sportsboat: 1. NYC2 Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Carmen, 3. Ruff Diamond B211 One Design: 1. Beeswing, 2. Ventuno,…
The wind gods smiled on the second day of Volvo Cork Week with a 15 knot southwesterly. Scroll down for day two photo gallery below
100 teams were competing inshore for the second day of Volvo Cork Week today. A long coastal race, in good breeze along the south coast, produced fantastic racing for classes IRC one, two and three.  Scroll down for Tim Wright photo…
Mary and George Coombes aboard their new Lagoon 450S Realta Bheag
When does life really start? asks W M Nixon. Maybe it’s when the kids have grown up and left home, and you’ve the resources to buy the dream second home for the perfect holidays of your retirement. Of course, 95%…
Commandant Barry Byrne, skipper of the Irish Defence Forces team on the J109, Joker II
'Incredible'. That was the one-word reaction from Commandant Barry Byrne when he crossed the finish line off Roches Point in Cork Harbour this lunchtime, snatching line honours victory in the first race of the Beaufort Cup, the Cork Week series for Services…
The Defence Forces crew skippered by Commandant Barry Byrne cross the line to win the first race of the Beaufort Cup
Barry Byrne's J109 Joker II defended its Beaufort Cup title in style this morning with an on–the–water win of the first 150-mile coastal race of the Cup series. Byrne's team came from behind to win the double points scoring Fastnet Race…
Mis-use of Electrical Power in Waterways Ireland Harbours
Waterways Ireland says it has been experiencing tampering with power bollards, where the card reader/wiring/circuit has been interfered with to enable access to free power. Waterways Ireland is advising masters and owners of vessels that:- This practice is illegal. This…
Some of the Salmon and Trout killed on the Ollatrim river. In total, 14,749 fish were estimated dead with dead fish observed over a five kilometre stretch of the river.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that a large fill kill occurred on the Ollatrim River, a tributary of the Nenagh River, Co. Tipperary last week. Fisheries Officers attended the site at Ballinahemery Bridge near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Monday,…
George Sisk's Farr 42 Wow passes Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour on the first day of Volvo Cork Week Regatta yesterday. Scroll down for a photo gallery
Photographer Tim Wright captured the action on the water for the first day of Volvo Cork Week regatta yesterday. As Afloat.ie reported here, racing kicked off with an early start for the 17 teams racing in 'The Beaufort Cup', which…
Grants For More Than 100 Additional Fisheries Local Action Group Projects
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced details of grants worth €1.5 million under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to more than 100 coastal-based projects. The grants support a total investment of €2.4 million in these additional…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
#RNLI - Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist two adults on a 30ft cruiser with electrical failure deep in Youghal Bay off Garrykennedy yesterday afternoon, Monday 16 July. Valentia Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch at 2pm to the casualty…
Black Rock, northwest of Achill Island, where the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 went down on 14 March 2017
#Rescue116 - RTÉ News reports that a lifejacket and helmet thought to be from the Rescue 116 crash last year have been recovered off Achill Island. Local gardaí confirmed that the items were brought ashore by fishermen about a mile…

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