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Irish Coast Guard & RNLI Christmas & New Year Safety Message
The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have called on the public to pay particular attention to their personal safety when engaging in any water-based or coastal activities over the Christmas and New Year period. The two organisations have also…
There will be a new moon on St. Stephen's Day causing higher tides
Water Safety Ireland has issued a warning over the dangers of strong tidal streams tides over the Christmas period. On St. Stephen’s Day there will be a new moon. A new moon will increase the range of our tides causing…
The conference will include discussions on current issues and technical aspects of cruiser racing in Ireland
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host the ICRA Annual Conference on Saturday 29th of February. The conference will include a mix of guest speakers, presentations and discussions on current issues and technical aspects of cruiser racing in Ireland. The…
File image of Baltimore’s all-weather lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI was called out yesterday afternoon (Friday 20 December) to assist a fishing vessel in difficulty off the coast of the West Cork village. The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 1.16pm at the request of the Irish Coast Guard…
Artist’s impression of the X-Yachts stand for boot Düsseldorf 2020
X-Yachts will showcase six models when boot Düsseldorf opens its doors on Saturday 18 January 2020. Debbie Weldon and Stuart Abernethy from X-Yachts GB & IRL will be in attendance for the week-long show in Hall 16, Stand 16D21. Among…
Deputy launching authority Brendan O’Driscoll (left) presents John Innes with a certificate of service
The volunteers of Youghal RNLI recently gathered at Berties bar in the East Cork town to mark the retirement of long-serving crew member John Innes. John first became involved in 1987 and was fully enrolled as a crew member by…
An under 25 team racing in a RStGYC J80 keelboat on Dublin Bay
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) says it has been 'overwhelmed' by the response it has received to its new Under 25 Support Programme. The application period ended at midnight on the 19th December and is now closed for 2020.…
Nine-year-old Olin Bateman collects his award from the judges
Youth Sailing duo Chris and Olin Bateman have been awarded November's Cork City and County Youth Sports Award at The Metropole Hotel in Cork City this week. The Royal Cork and Monkstown Bay sailors were honoured for their win of Irish…
Launch of Long-Awaited Hire Boat Code Consultation
British Marine and the Association of Inland Navigation Authorities (AINA) have jointly launched the much-anticipated consultation on the proposed changes to the existing Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats, better known as the Hire Boat Code.…
Dun Laoghaire's RNLI All weather lifeboat passes Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay
At noon this Christmas Eve at the end of the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew will gather to lay wreaths at sea and remember 15 of their predecessors who were lost while on…
David Aisher's 60ft George Wanhill designed classic Thalia
A substantial fleet of classic yachts will be racing at Volvo Cork Week, with one entry having a history with the Royal Cork dating back over 100 years. David Aisher's 60ft-George Wanhill designed classic Thalia raced for the Royal Cork…
Salmon migration
The route taken by young salmon (smolts) leaving the east coast of Ireland has been discovered for the first time. Inland Fisheries Ireland and Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute have revealed findings which show young salmon leaving rivers on…
Bantry Bay Harbour and marina
Bantry Bay Port Company recently commissioned the RIAI to undertake an independent and non-directional Design Review Process to consider the potential of the Inner Harbour and Slob Area in Bantry. The process also assists the local community in formulating a…
Niall & Olivia Dowling's FAST40+ Arabella
Online entry has opened for the 2020 IRC European Championship which will take place in Cork Harbour, Ireland during Volvo Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The 2020…
Foyle & Carlingford Anglers Encouraged To Make Catch Returns For 2019
Anglers are being encouraged by the Loughs Agency to log and submit their efforts, catches and releases for the 2019 angling season in Foyle and Carlingford. Whenever anyone buys a rod licence to fish for salmon and sea trout in…
Dave Kenefick in action in Perth
Royal Cork Yacht Club's David Kenefick has finished 28th and fifth nation at the Moth Worlds in Perth, Western Australia.  As Afloat reported earlier, the Cork Harbour sailor was one of two Irish helms competing. Also racing was the National…
Rockabill VI was the winner of the 2019 Boat of the Year Award
The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) has issued the Notice of Race for its Boat of the Year (BOTY) Award. With the ICRA Nationals being hosted by Cork Week in 2020, Calves Week has been added to the events, on the…
Pictured at the contract signing were Dr. Paul Connolly CEO Marine Institute, Minister Michael Creed TD, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and Laudelino Alperi Baragaño, Executive Shareholder, Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A
The Marine Institute and Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. have signed a contract for the construction of Ireland’s new state-of-the-art marine research vessel, following the completion of the design of the vessel by Skipsteknisk AS of Norway. This is…
A Charity swim in Galway Bay
Water Safety Ireland has urged organising Charity swims on Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day or New Year’s Day to ensure that they provide comprehensive details of each event to the Irish Coast Guard and local Gardaí. Each event should have…
Christmas Boating News From Afloat
There will be two Afloat newsletters over the Christmas period. One on Friday, December 27th and the other on Friday, January 3rd. The e-news highlights the latest content from popular sections of our website. Read previous editions here. The daily…
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