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A lock on the Shannon Erne Canal
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels that all 16 locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway will be out of service from Monday 23rd December 2019 to 1st January 2020 inclusive. No lock passage by boat will be possible during…
The fishing port of Castletownbere in County Cork
Despite having the richest fishing waters in Europe, Ireland’s fishing industry and fishing communities are swimming against the tide. A new documentary series begins on TG4 on Wednesday, 8th January called Tabú. This first episode, called "Gafa sna Líonta" and chronicles fishermen's' stories…
Lough Swilly, Portrush & Arranmore RNLI Rescue Five Fishermen in Storm Force Conditions (VIDEO)
Lough Swilly, Portrush and Arranmore RNLI volunteers spent almost 15 hours at sea in storm force conditions at the weekend to rescue five fishermen who got into difficulty off Fanad Head. Lough Swilly and Portrush RNLI were requested to launch…
Get The Musto Cork 300 Collection Only At CH Marine
Musto is the official clothing partner to Cork 300 — the Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th anniversary celebrations in 2020 — and CH Marine is proud to be the exclusive supplier of the Musto Cork 300 Collection. This select range…
Optimist Spring Training Dates Set For 2020 In Baltimore
16-21 February are the dates to save for Optimist Spring Training at Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork. This year the class has teamed up with freelance dinghy performance coach Thomas Chaix to work collaboratively on training sessions to kick…
Fionn Conway competing in Perth
Two Irish sailors are contesting the Moth Worlds in Perth, Western Australia. After nine races sailed Royal Cork's David Kenefick was lying 28th and Fionn Conway 38th of the National Yacht Club in the 61-boat fleet at Mounts Bay Yacht Club. It…
Tokyo Olympic campaigner Oisin McClelland
Christmas only comes once a year, but for one Finn sailor Christmas will come early this year, with one of the most prestigious and famous trophies in sailing there for the taking over the next six days at the 2019…
Howth's Rocco Wright Wins Sail Sydney Optimist Regatta
Optimist ace Rocco Wright of Howth Yacht Club has won the 2019 Sail Sydney Optimist Open Championships this weekend, just ten days before his father starts the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. It completes a remarkable season for the youngster, back in July Wright…
DBSC Race Committee vessel Freebird
Overall results for the DBSC Turkey Shoot have been updated after a miscalculation in the final scores on Sunday. The Trapper Eleint has now been declared the overall winning entry from the 66-boat turnout for the seven-race series on Dublin Bay.…
A fishing boat in Howth Harbour
Marine Minister Michael Creed is headed to Brussels for the EU Fisheries Council starting tomorrow (Monday 16 December), which faces the twin challenges of improving the sustainability of fish stocks while maintaining the viability of the fishing industry. Speaking ahead…
Viking Marine’s Christmas Delivery Deadline Fast Approaching
Viking Marine reminds customers to order online from VikingMarine.ie before this coming Thursday 19 December to ensure delivery before Christmas. But don’t fret f you miss the postal deadline, as you can still ‘click and collect’ in-store at the Pavilion…
Under 25 sailing deadline - the closing date for all  U25 2020 supports is the 19th December
For clubs considering establishing an ICRA Under-25 sailing programme and clubs with existing U25 programmes, there are only a few days left to submit your “Expression of Interest” or make your “Existing Programme” application to join the ICRA U25 Support…
The 2020 Afloat Annual is out now!
This 64-page full-colour A4 magazine includes a review of 2019 plus all the details for 2020 Afloat and all your latest sailing news in time for Christmas! BUY IT HERE! Order your copy online now at €8 plus €2.50 shipping fee…
Lifeboat volunteers from Ballycotton RNLI and Crosshaven RNLI
Volunteer lifeboat crews from Crosshaven and Ballycotton RNLI in Cork will share their own stories of how they got involved with the lifesaving charity on TV for RTÉ One’s Nationwide this coming Wednesday 18 December. And the two stations will…
Santas taking the plunge at Sandycove for last year’s Santa Scuba Dive
Tomorrow at noon (Sunday 15 December) Scuba divers dressed in Santa suits will be ready to dive into the sea water off Sandycove for the annual Santa Scuba Dive. This unique Christmas event has raised over €12,000 for the RNLI…
INSS 1720 Racing on Dublin Bay
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has launched a corporate racing league on Dublin Bay in 2020. Racing will take place on Wednesday evenings in 1720s. How many times have sailors’ colleagues asked, “when are you taking us out…
Speakers and chairs from day one of the 10th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium
The 10th Annual Marine Economics Policy Research Symposium, recently held at the Marine Institute’s Oranmore headquarters, provided a forum for researchers, scientists, economists and policy makers to present and exchange views on a wide range of topics. Organised by the…
Salmon & Sea Trout Angling Licences For 2020 Are Now Available Online
Licences for salmon and sea trout angling for the 2020 season can now be purchased online along with log books and gill tags, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has announced. Licence fees remain the same across all classes including those for…
Transatlantic success - Paul Fagan, Paul Barrington, Brian Uniake, David O’Reilly, Alan Daly, Barry O’Sullivan, Teddy Murphy (all NYC members) and Olly Cotterell (Skipper).
A National Yacht Club crew from Dublin Bay have finished fourth in class and fourth monohull in the 2019 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).  As previously reported on Afloat, the NYC crew made the crossing in the 80-foot Swan yacht…
Volunteers from Seagate in Derry took part in a bank clean-up downstream of the Strabane Canal, removing close to 30 bags worth of rubbish
In recent weeks the Loughs Agency has been working with groups of volunteers to clean up the banks of the River Foyle in Northern Ireland. The Foyle Ambassadors, a group of young environmentalists, completed a clean-up on the upstream bank…
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