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Hugo Boss & Alex Thomson Out of Vendee Globe Race
Alex Thomson, the pre-race favourite to win the Vendee Globe, is out of the non-stop round the world race this afternoon after suffering rudder damage in the Southern Atlantic. The British sailor is heading for Cape Town after a week…
Bellanaleck in Co Fermanagh on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of all craft that the public mooring jetty and slipway at Bellanaleck in Co Fermanagh will be closed from this Monday 30 November until the end of March next year. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, this…
Brian Crowley with his award
Union Hall RNLI volunteer Brian Crowley has received an Excellence in Volunteering Award from the RNLI for his hard work, dedication to and promotion of the charity that saves lives at sea. Unfortunately due to pandemic restrictions, the lifeboat station…
Yachts on moorings in Drakes Pool, Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
Non-contact organised training and coaching for sailing can resume in pods of 15 when a move to Level 3 COVID Restrictions (modified) take effect from Tuesday 1st December according to a Government announcement. The main points of these restrictions as they…
Alex Thomson Reports Rudder Damage to Hugo Boss in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe competitor Alex Thomson Racing has issued an alert describing rudder damage to Hugo Boss which is reported to have occurred around 1900hrs UTC this Friday evening. Thomson has control of the yacht with one rudder, and is safe…
Blast from the past…..Northele starring in the Crosshaven Classics Regatta 2009 on the cover of Afloat Magazine March/April 2010. At the time, Anthony and Sally O'Leary had already quietly decided that they hoped to own her one day, but the family had another decade of successful competitive sailing at home and abroad before they made the move
When Anthony and Sally O'Leary of Crosshaven quietly decided that some day they were going to make the classic 50ft 1949-vintage sloop Northele a member of their extended sailing family, it was a sort of Breakfast Epiphany. The boat had…
Riparian management at the Glenamurra River in Delphi, Co Mayo
Since 2016, Inland Fisheries Ireland has awarded more than €4 million to over 200 sustainable angling projects across the country. Now more eligible community groups and angling clubs can apply for the latest round of grant funding available to sustainable…
Thomas Ruyant uses a reciprocating saw to cut away the shattered section of the port side foil on Linked Out.
After cutting off part of his damaged port foil LinkedOut solo skipper Thomas Ruyant is back in full race mode, chasing runaway Vendée Globe leader Charlie Dalin who has escaped into the Roaring Forties, surging eastwards towards the longitude of…
Free ‘Kilrush’ Socks with Selected Dubarry Boots at CH Marine
Get a free pair of Dubarry Kilrush socks with €29 when you buy a pair of selected Dubarry boots from CH Marine. No ordinary yarn went into the Dubarry Kilrush long PrimaLoft socks. They mixed insulating Primaloft with Merino wool,…
The Irish fishing industry is in a particularly vulnerable position as Ireland shares its main fish stocks and its waters on three sides with the UK
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, today attended a virtual meeting with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier in relation to the current state of play in the negotiations on a fisheries agreement with the UK.…
Brexit Talks Continue After Barnier Offers UK Up To 18% of EU Fishing Quota for Trade Deal
Brexit trade talks are set to continue into the weekend after it was reported an offer was made by the European Union to return up to 18% of fish caught in UK waters. According to RTÉ News, the EU’s chief…
National Yacht Club Under 30s to Host Solo Sailor Q&A with Tom Dolan
After its successful match racing webinar earlier this season, the National Yacht Club’s Under 25 and under 30 sections are now moving offshore for their next online session. The NYCs very own Tom Dolan, who achieved the best ever Irish…
The launch of a new Ireland-France (Rosslare-Dunkirk) route in January 2021, will according to the Irish Exporters Association prove crucial for both exporters and importers by avoiding the UK landbridge when Brexit takes place. Operator DFDS will provide the ro-ro freight route by offering transit times of 24 hours on the service connecting the northern France port with its closer proximity of the BeNeLux nations and central Europe. AFLOAT also adds this is the first ever service linking these ports, though a previous service (until 2009) with the Wexford ferryport then involved the most easterly located 'French' port of Le Havre from where LD Lines ran a joint passenger and freight link.
In response to news of another Ireland-France ro-ro ferry route, the Irish Exporters Association have welcomed the announcement of the new six-day per week Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk route to be operated by DFDS. The announcement of the new route to northern…
 CLdN Freight Compound at Ringaskiddy in the Port of Cork
The Port of Cork has welcomed CLdN’s decision to add a second weekly call from Cork to Zeebrugge to cope with the increasing demand on the current route. Adding a second call will offer CLdN customers a quicker turnaround, as…
EURO-route: Irish ministers welcomed today announcement of a new direct (ro-ro) service linking Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk, France as the Brexit transition phase comes to an end. The Government has called to Stakeholders to 'Act Now; to prepare for end of Brexit Transition Phase. The new route taking 24hrs to mainland Europe is to launched on 1st January 2021 and operated by EURoRo Seaways and DFDS (above photo with one of their freight-ferries). Afloat adds this service follows demands from hauliers for alternative options of the UK landbridge by opening new routes since May connecting Ireland to ports in Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton today called again on businesses, freight logistic companies and hauliers to review their contingency preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020. In…
Aquabusiness graduates (from left to right) Dr Karen Hennessey, Head of CIT Wexford campus, James > Roche of Kilmore Quay (to graduate shortly), Amy Allen, course director,  HDip graduate Seamus O'Flaherty Jnr of Kilmore Quay, Dr Janette Davies, deputy head of Wexford Campus, Brian O'Loan, BIM Resource Development Officer,  and HDip graduate Carmen Bates of Duncannon.
Students from Norway and other countries are participating in a higher diploma in aquabusiness which is now in its fourth year in Wexford. A total of 19 students have registered for the one-year part-time diploma in “business in aquabusiness” which…
Ineos - Team GB
In less than three weeks four international teams from New Zealand, Italy, United States, and Great Britain will line up for the first time on their second generation of flying AC75’s for the Prada America’s Cup World Series Auckland and the…
EURO-route: The new service brings to 13 the number of direct sailings between Rosslare Europort and the European continent. Afloat adds the Danish based giant operator, DFDS is to launch the new direct ro-ro service on 1st January 2021, offering increased frequency, which will appeal to Irish hauliers to avoid the UK landbridge with new delays, customs clearance and checks of a post-Brexit. Above is ro-ro freightferry Gardenia Seaways which is part of DFDS extensive fleet.
A new ferry route between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk in northern France offering a six-day weekly service has been announced by logistics giant DFDS. The new direct ro-ro service is aimed at giving hauliers and the wider Irish industry sector…
Royal Irish Yacht Club's Christmas Market 2020
Royal Irish Yacht Club members in Dun Laoghaire Harbour can look forward to a 'Christmas Wrapped', the club's 2020 Christmas Market subject to the relevant COVID restrictions next month. The Market aims to run on 6th, 13th and 20th December…
No safer place in the sun! Salamander snugly anchored on private gulet charter’
2020 was deeply frustrating for those many couples planning to get married as their plans kept being altered by ever-changing COVID regulations. Legions of boat owners also found their racing and cruising plans frustrated. One local couple managed to resolve…

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