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RS Dun Laoghaire Demo Sails This Weekend Includes R21 Greystones Maiden Sail
Irish RS agents, Irish National Marine Services, are really looking forward to showcasing the RS21 keelboat this coming weekend in Dun Laoghaire writes Kenny Rumball. As the RS Eastern Championships are on in Greystones Sailing Club, this weekend, we are going…
Wicklow's RNLI lifeboat Annie Blaker
This Sunday (28 April 2019) Wicklow RNLI will bid farewell to their beloved lifeboat Annie Blaker, the last operational Tyne Class lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet. The historic vessel will launch for the final time at Wicklow lifeboat station on…
30 clubs were represented at the Laser Munsters in Baltimore
This weekend saw Laser sailors from 30 clubs around the country converge on Baltimore for the annual Munster Laser Championships sponsored by CH Marine. Ninety-five sailors took to the water on Saturday morning to a light 4 – 8-knot breeze.…
BG Diamond on its maiden call to the Port of Cork having berthed at Tivoli Container Terminal more than a year ago. AFLOAT adds the Chinese built containership operated by BG Freight Line is a subsidiary of the UK based Peel Ports Group, see today's related story under Ports & Shipping.
#waterfrontproperty - EchoLive reports of updated design plans in Cork for the redevelopment of the Tivoli docklands that were discussed at a recent meeting in City Hall. At the Planning Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), officials outlined the proposed development that would…
On Deck 10, the main passenger deck of W.B. Yeats is above the Lady Gregory Restaurant where mirrors provide an ambiance and extra light reflected from the port side windows.
#ferries - The newest cruise ferry serving in Irish waters, W.B. Yeats has received the ‘Ferry of the Year 2019’ award at the annual Ferry Shipping Summit. The cruise ferry operated by Irish Ferries was recognised for its “striking exterior…
Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers with the dog they brought to safety along with its owners after their cruiser lost power
#Rescue - Lough Derg RNLI and Killaloe Coast Guard launched to separate incidents on Easter Monday (22 April) that between them saw four people and a dog rescued on the lough. In the first incident, Lough Derg’s inshore lifeboat launched to…
Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr
It was a busy weekend for RNLI lifeboats in Arklow, Larne and Kilmore Quay which each had callouts over the Easter period. Arklow RNLI launched on Sunday afternoon (21 April) to assist a jetski in difficulty following a launch request…
Lieutenant Commander Murphy raises the Tricolour at the National Yacht Club. The NYC commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Ireland with a special flag hoisting ceremony
The National Yacht Club held a  commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Ireland with a special flag hoisting ceremony at its East Pier clubhouseon Easter Monday. The commemoration marked the occasion when the Tricolour was raised by Pierce Purcell, then…
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and crew Nathan Van Steenberge were top U17 team in the 29er
The RYA were issuing invitations to visiting sailors for the 2019 event in Weymouth so it gave the opportunity for a few Irish boats to compete at the premier British Youth Sailing event of the year writes Thomas Chaix The…
MSC's containership MSC Messina berthed at Liverpool2 the newest lo-lo terminal on the Irish Sea is a major investment by Peel Ports. AFLOAT adds among the group's portfolio, they operate Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) a container facility in Dublin Port located in Ringsend. Also above Afloat has identified P&O Ferries Norbank/Norbay transiting in Gladstone Lock. The ropax pair along with fleetmate European Endeavour operate to Dublin using Terminal 3 located almost opposite of the MTL terminal.
#ports - A German stakeholder of a major UK ports group is considering selling its part of the business. As the UK newspaper The Times reports, Deutsche Bank is considering selling part of its stake in Peel Ports Group, Britain’s second-biggest port…
Pat Lawless
20 sailors from 10 countries have signed up to compete in the next Golden Globe Race slated to start on 4th September 2022, and many more have expressed an interest to compete. Among the line up as Afloat reported earlier…
Great sailing in today's Kinsale Yacht Club Spring league. Scroll down for photo gallery below
"Men Plan, God Laughs", a proverb well illustrated this afternoon in Kinsale when the elements stole away a racing mark and forced RO Donal Hayes to abandon the race and start all over in the Kinsale Yacht Club Matthews Helly…
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards
At 1.14pm on the Saturday 20 April Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) were launched to a vessel with two people which had run aground North West of Knockninny. Winds were Southerly,…
A fresh new look for Brittany Ferries flagship Pont-Aven as seen off Cobh during a departure from Ringaskiddy on the Cork-Roscoff route. The resumption of the service comes in a season that no longer includes rivals Irish Ferries Rosslare based routes to France, though Stena Line continue to operate to Cherbourg.
#ferries - It's a busy time for Brittany Ferries as the Easter Holiday is well underway with passengers travelling on the Cork-Roscoff seasonal service, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Good Friday the flagship cruiseferry Pont-Aven departed from France to arrive in…
Sir Robin Knox Johnston on Suhaili celebrates his 50th anniversary of becoming the first person to sail solo and non stop around the world
Britain’s leading sailors are paying tribute to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston today on the 50th anniversary of the date he made history as the first person to ever sail solo, non-stop around the world, 22 April 1969. “To me, Sir Robin…
Minister for Marine Michael Creed
Minister for Marine Michael Creed has discontinued a license held by Norwegian multinational Mowi for a fish farm in Co Kerry. A breach of license conditions at a smolt hatchery run by the Norwegian aquaculture company’s Irish division in Donegal…
Pat Lawless is hopeful to join the next Golden Globe fleet in 2022
As the awards day for the 2018 Golden Globe Race is taking place today (Monday 22 April) in Les Sables, applications for invites to join the next Golden Globe Race in 2022 are now open — and one of those…
The restored 137 year-old Gleoiteog, the Lovely Anne, sails to Claddagh Quay during it's re-launch in Galway city. The boat, built in 1882, was restored as part of a community training project between Bádóirí an Cladaig and Galway Hooker 2020.
King of the Claddagh Michael Lynskey (88) and his community took to the Galway waterside at the weekend to welcome home a historic workboat which plied the Atlantic during two world wars writes Lorna Siggins The 8m-long gleoiteog named Lovely Anne has…
The Ocean Race & 11th Hour Racing Forge Partnership For Ocean Health On Earth Day
On Earth Day (Monday 22 April) The Ocean Race and 11th Hour Racing have forged a partnership that aims to bring sustainability initiatives to the heart of the race. The Ocean Race says it is building on its position as…
Finn Lynch in the Laser medal race in Genoa earlier today
In a thrilling medal race final at the Hempel World Sailing Cup Series at Genoa, Finn Lynch from Carlow placed third this afternoon (Sunday 21 April) to claim fifth overall in the men’s single-handed Laser event. The result marks the third consecutive…

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