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Kinsailors Under 25 crew honoured -   Front row, Dave O' Sullivan (mentor), Rachel Akerlind, Francesca Lewis and Matthias Hellstern KYC Commodore. (Back row) Lellie Collins, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Dorothy  Matthews, Mikey Carroll, Davy Carroll, Emer Heery and Rory Carroll
Kinsale Yacht Club honoured its Under 25 team and presented them with awards for their achievement to mark the success of the club’s project which, through the support of members, bought a J24, which they named Kinsailor and sailed successfully…
Litter on the Seacliffe Road coastline
Litter is the scourge of many coastlines, and Bangor in North Down in Northern Ireland is no exception. But one person (and there are many) regularly litter picks in an adopted place (#AdoptASpot) on Seacliff Road, near the Long Hole…
Debbie Kirkpatrick of East Antrim Boat Club with HRH the Princess Royal
Three Northern Ireland sailors have been awarded RYA Volunteer Awards and recognised by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, president of the RYA. The awards, which were held in London, recognise boating's outstanding volunteers and unsung heroes. The Northern Ireland…
Two fishing rods with reels and tackle, set up at a river bank
Salmon and sea trout licences for 2023 are now available for immediately purchase through the Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) online shop. Hard-copy licences will be available from distributors around the country over the coming weeks, adds the State body for…
Canadian skipper Duncan Gladman and American owner Tom Kassberg along with four further crew, sailed the Marsaudon Composites designed performance catamaran 3,108NM across the Atlantic
November has seen some near-perfect trade wind conditions across the mid-Atlantic for the 37th edition of the ARC, which has meant a fast crossing for the fleet of 2022. So far, it has been a true ocean sleigh ride, a…
Paschal Hayes, Executive Chairperson, SFPA said:“We welcome confirmation from the EU Commission that the draft Sea-Fisheries Control Plan submitted in September 2022 has now been approved and will come into effect on January 1st, 2023
The European Commission has approved a new fisheries control plan for Ireland, according to the State’s regulator. The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says that the new control plan will allow Ireland’s fisheries sector benefit from a derogation which provides an…
Andoo Comanche at the start of the 2022 Cabbage Tree Island Race
Andoo Comanche set a new record time to take Line Honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2022 Cabbage Tree Island Race. The race is part of the six race Sydney Blue Water Pointscore schedule that concludes with the…
Irish sailing as we’d like to think it usually is – the final day of the 505 Worlds off Cork Harbour on 13th August 2022
With November just ended, today’s assessment at the beginning of December for the latest “Sailors of the Month” listings would normally include at least one of our young sailors who starred to such good effect in the European Sailing Championship…
Start of the third leg of 2021’s The Ocean Race Europe from Alicante to Genoa
A new trophy has been announced for the VO65 one-design class in The Ocean Race 2022-23, which sets sail from Alicante in Spain next month. Along with five confirmed IMOCA teams racing around the world, up to five VO65 teams…
Rowers at Stella Maris RC in Dublin put in the kilometres on their ergometers as part of the 24-hour fundraising challenge on Saturday 26 November
East Coast rowing clubs pooled their efforts to row more than 3,200km in 24 hours and raise more than €20,500 in aid of a young cancer patient from Blackrock. As previously reported on, St Michael’s Rowing Club members spearheaded…
Several small motorboats, RIBs and the southern section of the marina infrastructure were partly sunk or damaged in the collision with the trawler
It’s feared that damage to Dingle Harbour’s marina caused by a runaway boat last week may not be repaired until next summer. And as The Kerryman reports, it could cause major disruption for regattas on Dingle’s 2023 calendar, not least…
Aerial view of the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths
The Dun Laoghaire Baths will finally reopen this month, four-and-a-half years after redevelopment works began, with the local authority sending out invitations to the official opening on Tuesday 13 December. The project has been a long time coming, with works…
The Royal Navy's HMS Brocklesby berthed in Douglas Harbour today, noting another former vessel of the class, HMS Ramsey was named after the harbour town to the north of the Manx capital. Also in port today, AFLOAT adds is the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Mannanan which also has a naval connection with a previous owner when chartered to the US navy, prior to the Steam-Packet acquiring the ferry in 2009. On Wednesday, the fastcraft came out of winter layover to make a brief non-commercial call to Dublin Port on Wednesday. The reason was to enable crew to reach their required pilotage hours.
A British Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby, Manx Radio reports had arrived in Douglas Harbour today. It was a morning arrival for the Royal Navy minehunter to the Manx capital as the visiting vessel berthed alongside the harbour's Victoria Pier.…
Strike-action:  Whiddy Island oil terminal has 31 permanent employees at the south-west Cork facility where the company is implementing five redundancies as part of the restructuring process. Above AFLOAT's scene of the tanker, Seasprat at the terminal's dedicated single point mooring in Bantry Bay.
Workers who are members of Ireland's largest trade union, SIPTU have notified Zenith Energy Bantry Bay Terminals located on Cork's south-west coast, that they will take strike action next month. The strike according to the Irish Examiner, is set to take…
Irish Fish Producers Organisation chief executive Aodh O Donnell (left) meets EU Fisheries Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius (right), in Brussels. Also pictured is Fine Gael MEP, Colm Markey, second left
The Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) has met the EU Fisheries Commissioner in Brussels to demand they reject Norway’s request for unilateral access to Ireland’s blue whiting grounds. The demand comes as ongoing Norway-EU fisheries negotiations run over time, partly…
Manx fisheries patrol vessel, FVP Barrule was in a 'close quarters situation' with a fishing boat, the incident was reported to Isle of Man Ship Registry. AFLOAT adds the 22m Barrule serves the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) whose fisheries officers enforce fisheries legislation within the Isle of Man’s territorial seas, which extend to 12 nautical miles. The FVP was custom-buit for DEFA by Scouter Marine, Isle of Wight in 2000.
An Isle of Man Government fisheries protection vessel (FPV) which enforces legislation up to 12 nautical miles offshore, was recently involved in a ‘close quarters situation’ with another boat. According to ManxRadio, the incident led to ‘avoidance manoeuvres’ having to…
The Erskine Childers Centenary Stamp cover version
Time was when the launch of commemorative stamps by An Post was done with considerable fanfare. But these days it seems that they believe good work is best done by stealth, as the launching last week of stamps to mark…
Double Olympic medallist (and skipper of
Greetings IRC racers here in Ireland! On Tuesday 6th, December, the RORC will host a panel discussion about 'How to optimize your boat under IRC’. This is a "must-see". North Sails' own double Olympic medallist (and skipper of "Green Dragon"…
A new bridge over the Ulster Canal at Derrykerrib in Co Fermanagh
Ireland’s Rural Development Minister has called on Northern Ireland leaders to consider investment in restoring the full length of the Ulster Canal. Speaking at the site of a new marina in Clones, part of the second phase of Irish Government-funded…
The Hunter F1 JouJou skippered by Ivan Miles  competing in the ABC Winter Series  third race
The conditions for Race 3 of the Antrim Boat Club Winter Series were not just as gusty as the previous weeks but nevertheless, it was blowing hard. With its situation on the North shore of Lough Neagh at the mouth…

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