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420s return to harbour at Wexford following the Leinster Championships
The sunny south-east delivered a fabulous weekend of racing for the 2019 420 Leinster Championships held at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. Whilst the forecast for Saturday was pessimistic with regards to the likely wind strength the race management…
A new dawn for island finances. The Fastnet Rock – “Ireland’s tear-drop” - could become a useful flow of income for nearby Cape Clear
Following the news that the 340 places in the biennial RORC Rolex Fastnet Race had been snapped up within minutes of entries for 2019’s race opening, Afloat understands that the Community Council on Cape Clear Island – the nearest part…
Injury has ruled Sean Waddilove out of the 50th anniversary Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Regatta next week
Consistent sailing will be the key if the Irish Olympic sailing team is to make good on promises of a strong peformance on the Bay of Palma this week. While none have yet reached the qualification standard for Tokyo 2020, the group,…
Lough Derg RNLI
At 11.30am this morning (Sunday 31 March) Lough Derg RNLI was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a cruiser with nine people onboard that had run aground on some rocks near Drominagh. The conditions were…
Rang 2 children from Scoil Shéamais Naofa in Bearna get up close with the skin of a tope shark
Children from Rang 2 at Scoil Shéamais Naofa in Bearna got up close and personal with sharks on the RV Celtic Explorer as part of the Marine Institute’s outreach and engagement programme. The pupils completed a project module on sharks…
Siobhan Murray, Kieran Fitzgerald, April Dunne and Ann Murray, organisers of the Ardmore Christmas Day Swim
Youghal’s RNLI volunteers were presented last week with a cheque for €3,439.60 from the organisers of the Ardmore Christmas Day swim. The event was first organised in 1997 and has successfully run every Christmas Day since. The swim is always…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
Marine Minister Michael Creed announced on Friday (29 March) details of a €2.2m package to assist 12 coastal local authorities undertake and complete 39 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them. The package provides funding for…
Dun Laoghaire's St Michael's Rowing Club in Shout Out for RIB Support for Celtic Challenge Race
This May Bank holiday weekend (May 3rd - 6th), St Michael’s Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire will take part in the ‘Celtic Challenge’ coastal rowing race from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales. At a distance of 150km, this relay race is…
Tom Dolan and Damian Foxall were 13th in the first leg but were as high as third at one point in the first leg of the Sardinha Cup
Irish offshore sailors Tom Dolan and Damian Foxall finished 13th in the new foil-assisted Figaro Bénéteau 3 in the first leg of the Sardinha Cup, France this morning. A second Irish team, Atlantic Youth Trust, skippered by Joan Mulloy and Mike Golding were 32nd…
Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine (left) talks to pilot farmers Padraig Connell, from Waterville and Colm Gavin from Leenane at the launch of the Pearl Mussel EIP Scheme at Glenbeg Lake, Ardgroom on the Bears Peninsula
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today launched a new €10m scheme to fund the conservation of the native freshwater pearl mussel. The launch took place in Ardgroom, Co. Cork and is the latest in…
MV Astoria
The first of 102 cruise liners MV Astoria will arrive into Cobh on Monday 1st April and officially commence the Port of Cork’s 2019 cruise season. Without doubt, 2019 will be a record year for the Port of Cork with…
Portadown Pikers Angling Club members pictured laying wreaths at the Coosan Point Memorial
The Portadown Pikers Angling Club laid wreaths at the Coosan Point Memorial last Saturday 23 March in memory of their fellow anglers David Warnock and Daryl Burke, who drowned in Lough Ree in a tragic incident five years ago. The…
An angler-caught shad, one of the fish species under observation in the new DiadES project
#MarineWildlife - A new project which aims to promote international action and co-operation to conserve vulnerable migratory fish species launched yesterday, Thursday 28 March. The DiadES initiative will see 30 partners from different countries participate in this European project, with…
Real Club Nautico Valencia hosted representatives of each manufacturer and class as well as an evaluation panel and 11 international sailors
From 11-15 March 2019, the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero were put through their paces at Sea Trials for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. World Sailing launched a…
Junior sailing out of the National Yacht Club
The National Yacht Club us putting out a call for its Friday night junior sailing series which this year runs for eight weeks from Friday 3 May. There will be two races each Friday inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with first…
Customise Your Own X49 With X-Yacht’s X-Configurator
X-Yachts customers and window-shoppers alike can now configure their own X49 thanks to a new online tool. The X-Configurator provides all the customisable options available for one of the latest additions to X-Yacht’s luxury Pure X range — and one…
All-Ireland Campaign Launched to Reverse Ban on Cruise Ships Entering Dublin Port
A group of businesses across the tourism, retail and transport sectors have come together to campaign against the Dublin Port Company’s surprise ban on cruise ships entering Dublin Port from 2021. The group, which will be known as the All-Ireland…
Banagher Harbour on the Shannon Navigation
The winter mooring period ends on Sunday 31 Mar 2019. Thereafter Navigation Bye-law No. 17(3) applies i.e. vessels should not berth in the same harbour for longer than the statutory period of 5 consecutive days nor more than a total…
Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championship Returns to Hamble for 11th Edition
The Women's Open Keelboat Championship (WOKC) will be returning to Hamble for its 11th edition in June 2019. This year the event hosted once again by Hamble River Sailing Club, is being held on the weekend of 1st & 2nd…
The 330m Royal Princess  cruise ship arrives in Dublin in 2018 carrying more than 3,000 passengers and crew
Dublin Town, the not for profit organisation charged with creating a welcoming and economically viable city environment in Dublin, has urged Dublin Port to reconsider its decision to cut cruise ship calls to the city by more than 50%, from…
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