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Louis Burton on Bureau Vallée 2 should be in winds of around than 20 knots
As the Vendee Globe leaders pass the Azores the leading skippers are starting to play different options. Behind the top group, Yannick Bestaven and Damien Seguin were first to gybe and are heading north in search of the stronger breeze.…
Solo sailor Gary Crothers (second from right) is congratulated on returning home to Derry this summer in his yacht a Kind of Blue
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has awarded Northern Ireland one-armed solo sailor Garry Crothers its 2020 Seamanship Award.  Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC found numerous achievements to recognise in the cruising world including the Derry sailor's summertime transatlantic…
2021 OSTAR & TWOSTAR Races Still Going Ahead as Planned
This year’s OSTAR and TWOSTAR races are going ahead as planned, the Royal Western Yacht Club of England has confirmed. Organisers say that after consultation with finishing hosts Newport Yacht Club in Rhode Island, they are “confident that we can…
Vendee Globe leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia)
With just five days or under 2000 miles to go until the first skippers finish the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe the outcome still hangs in the balance. Today and tonight Charlie Dalin and Louis Burton of France and…
Optimal conditions for the Irish Olympic Laser team training in Malta this month
The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) continue to plan for a “very different type” of Olympic and Paralympic Games experience in Tokyo this summer. The OFI released a statement on Friday night after hosts Japan and the International Olympic Committee…
Sir Ben Ainslie’s team won their the fifth race in a row in the Round Robins
INEOS TEAM UK stays unbeaten after what was probably the closest race seen so far on the AC75s, with nine lead changes throughout the nail-biting race against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. With that result, Sir Ben Ainslie’s team won their…
The Irish Optimist Trials will be staged by the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May
The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host the IODAI Optimist dinghy Trials on the May Bank Holiday  Weekend, 1st – 3rd May 2021. The trials event is a great opportunity for younger sailors to compete…
There's a new offering for youth sailors in Cork Harbour
After a year in the planning, Royal Cork Yacht Club has launched a new offering for its youth sailors for 2021. The pathway is intended to complement our existing entry points into sailing in the club across dinghies and keelboats.…
Dublin Port Chief Executive Eamonn O'Reilly
Dublin Port Chief Executive Eamonn O'Reilly told RTE One's Nationwide programme this week that the capital's port will reach capacity in 2040. The CEO said the port, that handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland, faces a…
‘Ireland’s Blubber Book’ — A New Educational Resource for Young & Aspiring Marine Biologists
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has announced a new educational resource for young and aspiring marine science experts. Ireland’s Blubber Book: Flukes Junior Vol 1 is a comprehensive workbook on cetaceans – the marine wildlife family comprising whales, dolphins and…
Foam in the Carrowbeg River in Westport resulting from the discharge on Saturday 16 January
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) investigated a pollution incident that occurred last weekend on the Carrowbeg River in Westport, Co Mayo. IFI received a number of calls to the hotline number and had a report from the landowner where the pollution…
‘Istanbul Convention’ Should Apply for UK Boats With Red Diesel Cruising in EU Waters, CA Says
Marine red diesel is still on sale to leisure vessels in the UK despite Westminster’s pre-Brexit plans to phase it out, the Cruising Association says. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the British Government made clear its intention to legislate for…
Mermaid sailor Jim Dempsey of Skerries Sailing Club
Jim Dempsey, one of the sailing greats from Skerries passed away last night. He had been unwell for the last few years but he did not allow his illness to adversely impact on his good humour and his ability to…
The esailing world championships launches today
The 2021 eSailing World Championship will be launched today as the race to win this year’s title – and a prize of USD $10,000 – officially begins. Launched in partnership between World Sailing, the International Federation for the sport, and…
 IMF at Boot - The Irish Marine Federation used regularly used the opportunity of Boot Dusseldorf as a sales platform but also for industry pow-wows (from left in 2020)Treasurer Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine, James Kirwan of BJ Marine, Chairman Paal Janson and Secretary Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats
The Irish Marine Trade has been giving its reaction to today's cancellation of the giant German Boat Show, Boot Dusseldorf that was scheduled for April and a key show for the Irish industry. As Afloat reported earlier, the world’s largest…
A Fin Whale off the Waterford coast - Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has increased funding to Environmental NGOs that includes the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
Minister Ryan has announced significant funding of €1,764,000 for the Irish Environmental Network and its members in 2021. This is an increase of €704,000 on the level of funding provided in 2020. The Irish Environmental Network is made up of…
Marine Institute’s 2020 Stock Book Assesses 74 Key Fish Stocks
The Marine Institute’s 2020 Stock Book is now available online and via an interactive online application. Every year the Marine Institute produces an overview of scientific assessments and advice on 74 key fish stocks of interest to Ireland. The Stock…
Boot Dusseldorf has been cancelled in April
Germany's Boot Dusseldorf that originally postponed from January to April due to COVID-19 has now been called off for 2021. The world’s largest indoor boat show fell due to the ongoing high infection numbers across all of Europe.  The massive…
Youghal RNLI in Early Morning Search for Missing Person
Youghal RNLI Volunteer lifeboat crew were paged and tasked at 5.57 am this morning by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to a report of a missing person in Youghal Harbour. Launching at 6.08 am in freezing conditions, the lifeboat…
Louis Burton's Bureau Vallée, a narrow lead in the Vendee Globe
The race at the front of the Vendée Globe Race is electrifying. None of the eight previous editions has ever witnessed a race finish as open and intense. Right now the leading skippers are trying to get their heads around…
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