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Finn Lynch working hard on an upwind leg of the Laser European Championships
Going into tomorrow's final day of competition Finn Lynch (23) is now 16th overall at the 2019 Laser Senior Europeans Championships & Open European Trophy in Porto, Portugal. Ten races have been sailed and two discards applied in the 105-boat fleet.…
Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew spent nine hours at sea last night to help bring a sick fisherman to safety.  The crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 9.45pm last night (Thursday…
Andrew Hall's J125 Jacknife
Andrew Hall's Pwllheli Sailing Club based J125 Jacknife will start Saturday's 60-mile race six of the ISORA calendar as the overall fleet leader. Originally Scheduled as a Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire race this will now be a Dun Laoghaire to…
Marine Institute headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway
The Marine Institute will welcome King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to its headquarters in Oranmore today, Friday 24 May. The King and Queen of Sweden will be welcomed by Minister Seán Kyne, Government Chief Whip and Minister…
140 yachts will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2019 Myth of Malham Race
This UK bank holiday weekend, 140 yachts, with over 900 crew from all over the world, will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race. A huge variety of yachts will be taking part including; hi-tech…
A sketch of the forthcoming Bord Iascaigh Mhara underwater garden at Bloom
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, is returning to Bloom next week with a marine garden that highlights the need to protect our marine environment against plastic waste. The concept garden, supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries…
J109s will be part of the Frank Keane BMW ICRA National Championship fleet on Dublin Bay next month
ICRA has announced a sponsor for its forthcoming national championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club running from June 6-9 on Dublin Bay. Frank Keane BMW & Mini will be the title sponsor for the cruiser championships that is on course…
The new Whaly Inland Fisheries fleet
Following successful sea trials, the eagerly anticipated hand over of five Whaly 500R completed boats has been made by O'Sullivan's Marine to Inland Fisheries crews from all over Ireland, from Wexford to Donegal. Each boat was custom built to its own…
Baltimore RNLI lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI rescued two sailors this morning (Thursday 23 May) after their 30ft yacht ran into navigational difficulty at the mouth of the Ilen River in West Cork. Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Aidan Bushe and with six volunteer…
The lone sailor under tow by Portaferry lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI rescued a lone sailor last night (Wednesday 22 May) after his 25ft yacht got into difficulty in the Irish Sea. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 8.51pm following a request from Belfast Coastguard…
Artist’s impression of the new Beneteau First Yacht 53, which debuts at Cannes this autumn
After two years of development, Beneteau’s First Yacht 53 will be shown for the first time at the Cannes Yachting Festival this September, followed by autumn boat shows in Genoa, Barcelona and in the US at Annapolis. The 17-metre yacht…
AMS Panther will be one of two vessels conducting hydrographic and geophysical surveys in the Irish Sea from next month
Hydrographic and geophysical surveys will be undertaken in the Irish Sea off the Wicklow coast between June and September 2019 to provide bathymetric and subsurface information to facilitate the development of the Arklow Bank Wind Park. The survey dates are…
Finn Lynch at the Laser Euros
Irish Olympic sailor Finn Lynch is lying in 13th place, with three days left of the Laser Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy in Porto, Portugal. It follows on from a string of top performances this season for the County Carlow…
Class Zero competitor El Gran Señor
As Afloat previously reported Irish boats are expected to perform well in this weekend's Scottish Series on Loch Fyne. Now armed with a decidedly mixed weather forecast, Afloat takes another a closer look at the runners and riders and predicts some…
Boating on the Shannon-Erne Waterway
The Shannon-Erne Waterway begins its 25th year of operation tomorrow, Thursday 23 May. It also marks start of a year of community, heritage and fun events all along the waterway linking Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh, through Co Cavan and…
29er Sprint winners Lola Kohl crewed by Chris Bateman
A group of 29er and RS200 sailors took a well-deserved exam study break to attend the annual Royal Sprint Championship last weekend hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Two beautiful days of 29er & RS200 racing were held in…
Leah Rickard (NYC) and Eimer McMorrow Moriarty (TBSC) were 29er bronze medalisr amongst the girls and best U17 girls at the RYA championships
Howth Yacht Club brother and sister, Jamie and Eve McMahon, are the first Irish siblings to qualify for the same Irish Youth Sailing Team and will compete in the Laser Radial class at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Poland…
IDRA 14 Dunmoanin'
Race 1 Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Supernova 2. Saki, 3. Papytoo Sportsboat: 1. Jay-Z, 2. Sea Jade, 3. Team INSS Ruffian: 1. Diane II, 2. Alias, 3. Ruff Justice B211 One Design: 1. Bees Wing, 2. Yikes, 3. Isolde…
Finn Lynch checks his Tacktick compass (positioned on the deck at the mast step) during World Sailing's Miami world Cup in January
After the Rio Olympics, the International Laser Class Association changed it's class rules to allow the use of digital compasses. The rule now is that 'Electronic, self-contained, digital compasses using only magnetic input are permitted.' In conversation with Viking Marine Ambassador…
Youghal’s lifeboat crew helps pump out water from the vessel moored in Youghal Harbour
Youghal RNLI launched to the aid of two people whose moored yacht was taking on water yesterday morning (Monday 20 May). The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard at 10.01am following a report that…
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