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UCD's Senior Eight Celebrate winning at the Irish Championships in 2019
The Rowing Ireland working group on Covid-19 has set September 12th and 13th as the dates for the Irish Rowing Championships. More regattas might slot into the programme before the rescheduled event, which must be given the greenlight by the…
P&O is struggling to convince UK ministers to agree to put in £150m from taxpayers. The ferry firm delivers around 15pc of all the goods imported into Britain. Above AFLOAT adds in this file photo is underway on the Irish Sea P&O's freight/passenger (ropax) ferry Norbay bound for Liverpool from Dublin Port. Note astern of the freight trailer on the upper deck is an Irish Coast Guard helicopter on a training exercise.
According to The Telegraph, the jobs of almost 4,000 at P&O Ferries are under threat as the 180-year-old firm teeters on the brink of collapse. The ferry company's Dubai owner is scrambling to agree a £250m rescue deal that will…
A container ship berthed at Dublin Port
A document providing Covid-19 information relating to the Maritime Sector in Ireland has been recently released by the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport. The 26-page document titled “Maritime Sector COVID-19 related information” was released by DTTAS on Friday and…
Stena employs 2,500 people in the UK and Ireland. Above AFLOAT adds is the new E-Flexer class leadship Stena Estrid arriving in Dublin Port from Holyhead, north Wales.
Ferry firm Stena Line, based in Sweden, will furlough 600 employees and make 150 redundant across the UK and Ireland, it said (yesterday), as a result of the impact of the new coronavirus on the volume of traffic on its…
 Red Alert - The Wicklow JOD 35 from Greystones is  entered into June 's Round Ireland Race
Two new entries tip entries over the 40 boat mark for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race that is due to start off Wicklow in just over ten weeks time. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club skipper Peter Coad skippering the Pocock 37 Black…
Conor Fogerty's BAM! placed second overall in OSTSAR 2017 and first in the Gispy Moth class
The Royal Western Yacht Club of England has announced the rescheduling of its OSTAR TWOSTAR that was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID 19 virus, to a new date of May 9th 2021. The 2021 race will continue to…
Irish Sailing Virtual Meetings of Clubs Discuss COVID-19 Crisis
A total of 37 Category One Irish Sailing Clubs attended a series of virtual meetings hosted by Irish Sailing. The aim was to introduce David O’Brien – Irish Sailing’s new President, to communicate further updates and clarify existing matters arising…
Until 31st May the RORC Rating Office is cutting the cost of IRC trial certificates by 25%
The RORC Rating Office team is working remotely and continuing to provide the excellent service expected from owners, clubs and the industry around the world. As all sailors are looking forward to when they’ll be able to get out on…
Loughs Agency Advises Against Angling In Its Waters Under Covid-19 Restrictions
Loughs Agency chief executive Sharon McMahon has contacted anglers, angling clubs, fisheries and angling governing bodies to update them on the impact of Covid-19. The letter urges the angling community to follow the guidance provided and to keep up to date…
The Stealaway built in Ballyholme
Betty Amstrong explores past boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme in the seaside town of Bangor on Belfast Lough. Did you know that before Enrico Caproni built his famous ‘Palais de Dance’ in 1928 on Seacliff Road that there was a shipyard…
Rowing Olympian & World Champion to Give Free Live Rowing Training Session
St. Michael’s Rowing Club, Dún Laoghaire are organising a free live training session for anyone who has access to a rowing machine. The session is provided by Niall O’Toole, rowing Olympian and World Champion. The session will be streamed live…
Industry leader said (ferry) ships 'days away' from being laid up in ports. ABOVE Stena Estrid departing the Port of Holyhead and bound for Dublin Port
Laid up ferries, reports NorthWalesLive, could be in port and Irish Sea routes suspended unless the UK Government steps in to help, industry sources say. Ferry firms are lobbying the UK and Irish governments for support as passenger numbers between…
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch is one of three Irish sailors seeking to qualify for Tokyo in the men's Laser class
Ireland will keep its only Tokyo 2020 berth so far and could benefit from another if final outstanding qualification events do not take place, according to the world governing body for the sport of sailing. Confirmation that the place Lough…
MD Frank Kowalski and his Safehaven Marine team exercise the State’s recommended physical distancing measures for a safer workplace
New restrictions prompted by Covid-19 require new ways of working for essential businesses, and Safehaven Marine in Cork is among those rising to the challenge. The performance boatbuilder has spread out its production over two large factories, with staff divided…
Dive Deep Into ‘Oceans Of Learning’ Online Resources
Dive deep into the oceans of learning resources available on the Marine Institute’s website via the Oceans of Learning series, which offers downloadable resources, videos and interactive activities exploring our marine resource and marine scientists’ vital work. As the institute’s…
The new Beneteau 27 arrives in Cardiff
The first Beneteau 27 in the UK and Ireland was delivered by BJ Marine to a new Irish Sea customer last week. As regular Afloat readers will recall, the deal on the new design was done at January's Boot Dusseldorf…
A moment of special peace in a troubled time. David Wilkins of Malahide receives his 1980 Olympic Silver Medal from IOC President Lord Killanin as his Flying Dutchman crew Jamie Wilkinson of Howth awaits his turn.
With the world becoming unrecognisable as the invisible Enemy of the People takes over to make our lives Coronavirus-dominated and postpone the 2020 Olympics to 2021, in our not-so-splendid isolation we can find consolation in disappearing into the Afloat archives…
Dr.Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute
The new Chief Executive of the Marine Institute says that it is essential that there is good public understanding of the importance of the sea. The Institute is the national agency responsible for maritime research, technology development and innovation policy.…
The new Zodiac Open 5.5 has a Deep V fibreglass hull
MGM Boats describes the new Zodiac Open 5.5 that has recently landed at the boatyard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour as the 'Swiss army knife of boats'. As regular Afloat readers will know, MGM Boats became Irish Zodiac distributors last December. In…
Brian Thompson - video interview below
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has interviewed offshore racer Briton Brian Thompson who has broken 33 world sailing records. The profile piece on youtube below features videos and live commentary about his astounding career. The Vendee Globe, Rolex Fastnet…

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