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A lone yachtsman was rescued just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh Rescue was paged on the 9th April to the aid of a lone yachtsman whose vessel had engine difficulties just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. On scene, the lifeboats found…
Dun Laoghaire and Greystones Mixed Offshore Keelboat campaigners Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee are competing in the Saint Hilaire-Sardinha Cup
Dun Laoghaire and Greystones Mixed Offshore Keelboat campaigners Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee lie 18th after the first night at sea of the Saint Hilaire-Sardinha Cup, the second stage of the Sardinha Cup in France. The fleet of 21 Figaro Beneteau…
Cork Week 2022 - The ICRA National Championships and the 1720 European Championships are already signed up
Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers have published an 'Advance Notice of Race' for the 2022 Cork Week regatta in Cork Harbour. The Race Committee is planning another action-packed five days of racing for all classes across a variety of courses. The…
Keem Beach is one of two beauty spots on Achill Island alone to make the cut
The Wild Atlantic Way is a winner when it comes to Lonely Planet’s new list of the 10 best beaches in Ireland. All but two of travel writer Fionn Davenport’s selections can be found along the breathtaking coastline from Kerry…
File image of Mutton Island and its lighthouse in Galway Bay
RTÉ News reports that gardaí in Galway are examining a list of missing persons in the city after the discovery of a body in the waters of Galway Bay yesterday (Saturday 10 April). The grim discovery was made by a walker…
Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan with European gold today
Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won gold for Ireland at the European Rowing Championships today in Italy, adding to an excellent silver for the women’s four earlier.   The Ireland lightweight double saw off a spirited display by Germany, who led…
Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite data showing Ringsend waste Water Treatment Plant on the 10th October 2020, one of the days Irish water reported over 75,000 m3 of storm runoff at Ringsend
The environmental action group, SOS Dublin Bay, has today launched a detailed policy document entitled - “The water quality crisis in Dublin Bay - what is happening and actions needed to protect the public”. Download the full documents and survey…
Ireland's women's four celebrate their silver with gold medallists the Netherlands
The Ireland women’s four took a wonderful silver medal at the European Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy, today.  The crew of Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty raced so well that they pushed up very close to…
The doublehanded offshore racing team of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee (left) start the second leg of the Sardinha Cup today
The doublehanded offshore Racing team of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee embark on the second leg of the Sardinha Cup this evening. It's a gruelling 775 miler that immediately follows yesterday's conclusion of a 300-mile first leg in which the…
Daire Lynch raced in single sculls
On a day of promise for Ireland in A Finals of the European Rowing Championships, Ireland’s Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne finished their campaign with a fine win in the B final of the double sculls.  Italy set the early…
Ed Bell's JPK 1180 Dawn Treader
The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Spring Series continued on Saturday 10th of April with the second race of the series. The RORC Race Team set an inshore race in the Solent, approximately 38 nautical miles for the IRC fleet, and…
Many Irish freight trucks had been bypassing Wales due to the new administration required. Above Port of Holyhead.
On the Irish Sea is where one of the largest ferry operators say freight traffic is on the increase between its ports in Wales and Ireland, following a dip after Brexit. It was down by half for much of the…
Ever Given freed: European Shippers’ Council says cargo owners need carriers to provide better information and greater consideration to their customers to help minimise supply chain delays, as Maersk reopens for short-term bookings after being ‘successful with a number of mitigation efforts’
Operators of shipping companies are failing to provide Europe’s shippers with enough information about service disruptions and port rotations following the Suez Canal closure, according to Jordi Espin, strategic relations manager at the European Shippers’ Council. Europe’s container terminals have…
It is expected that 1,000 rooms will be available by 19 April as part of the mandatory hotel quarantining. Afloat adds above a busy scene at Rosslare Europort.
Under consideration by the Government is the addition of a hotel in Rosslare, Co. Wexford to its facilities for mandatory hotel quarantining. It would provide capacity for those arriving on ferries to Rosslare Europort, which are predominantly coming from France.…
Image illustrating the proposed Codling Wind Park
The Department of Transport has been advised that Codling Wind Park Limited intend to conduct a series of geophysical surveys in the Irish Sea off Dublin and Wicklow from Wednesday 14 April to Wednesday 26 May, weather permitting. This work…
File image of fishing trawlers at Helvick Head in Co Waterford
Marine Notice No 20 of 2021 reminds owners, skippers and crew of fishing vessels of the requirement for crew lists on all registered fishing vessels. Article 12 of the Annex to Council Directive (EU) 2017/159 — which aims to implement…
Old Firm: Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen
Two superb performances by lightweight doubles got Ireland off to an excellent start on day two of the European Rowing Championships in Varese today.   The men’s crew of Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy would go on to have a great…
The next Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships will remain in the same format as the proposed 2022 event but delayed by a year due to the uncertainty surrounding the global COVID 19 pandemic
The 2022 Flying Fifteen World and Australian Championships have been postponed to 9th to 23rd March 2023. A consequence of this change is that the 2023 World Championships scheduled for Weymouth will now be held in the Summer of 2025.…
Spinnakers, Bloopers, Gennakers, Code Zero or similar sails are not allowed in DBSC's new Class Four for the 2021 season
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has introduced a new cruiser Four Non-Spinnaker Open Class for the 2021 season. "The new class is In response to the increasing demand for short-handed and non-spinnaker cruiser racing as reported in a number of…
A new season beckons. The 55-year-old S&S Classic Sarnia (Michael Creedon) gets ready for the splash at the National Yacht Club, with the underside of her keel getting its lick of anti-fouling before taking to the water
Welcome to Nautical Limbo Land. This weekend may see the annual start-of-season lift-ins – with masked-up socially-distanced protocols - at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the National YC, and the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. But…

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