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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…
Go-ahead UK firm Wildwind is based in Vassiliki, Greece
Good news for Irish sailors planning a Greek sailing holiday. Go-ahead UK firm Wildwind, based in Vassiliki and run by Simon Morgan, is now offering free supplemental flights to London and accommodation at the Hilton Hotel in Gatwick during the early weeks…
British Marine Trades Association Buisness of the Year 2019 Winner
Some of the UK’s best leisure marine businesses and achievers were last night (26 March 2019) celebrated at the British Marine Trades Association Awards 2019. Following a hugely successful first day at the inaugural British Marine Expo, in association with…
The Hamburg Port Anniversary in Germany will be a meeting place for some 300 vessels of all kinds, including many classic sailing vessels
Tall ships are the ultimate symbols of seafaring romance, inspiring enthusiasm in maritime fans of all ages. Four of these majestic ships will come to Hamburg for the 830th Hamburg Port Anniversary from 10 to 12 May – Alexander von…
The new L30
World Sailing has announced that the L30, a 30-foot one design keelboat, has been selected as the supplied equipment for World Sailing's Offshore World Championship from 2020. First tested in November 2015, the L30 boat concept was drawn up by Olympic…
Howth Yacht Club to Stage 'Man Overboard' Day
If a crewmember falls overboard, how confident are you that s/he can be quickly recovered? If it is you that falls over, will your crew be able to get you back? Knowing the theory is one thing, putting it into…
Regatta scene at the Royal St. George - the club has announced the social programme for the ICRA Championships in June
With entries filling fast the ICRA Cruiser Racer National Championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club, look set up to be a huge success (81 entries as previously reported by Afloat.ie here). The championship which will be sailed from the…
Fireflies were the boat of choice for the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships
Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, eight teams competed in Fireflies for the title last weekend in mostly light airs and acquitted themselves perfectly providing entertaining team racing in Dun Laoghaire harbour. A light breeze faded by midday and…
Network Of Inland Waterways Of Europe Launches New Website
The Network of Inland Waterways of Europe (NIWE) has launched its new website to celebrate and promote the many and varied benefits of Europe’s canals, lakes and rivers. The NIWE, of which Waterways Ireland is a member, has been involved…
Dalkey Rowing Club 'Blessing' of New East Coast Skiff “Deilginis” Takes Place in April
The blessing of Dalkey Rowing Club's new East Coast Rowing Skiff “Deilginis”, hand built by local Terence Keogh takes place on Saturday, 6th April.  Funding from the 2017 Sports Capital Programme (provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport)…
Michael McCann took people through the software for the ground up and over the four hours, he covered all aspects of utilising the software for cruiser racing
On Saturday Michael McCann ran a training course on the Sailwave results software in the Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Rear-Admiral Kieran O'Connell. The SCORA Course was attended by representatives of all SCORA clubs and I would like to thank people…
Barry McCartin (centre) at the DMYC Training session for the Fireball fleet
Between sailors and volunteers, some 18 Fireballers took part in a coaching day with Barry McCartin at the DMYC on Saturday writes Frank Miller. The group ranged from class veterans to adult sailors from SID to young sailors taking a…
Marine Minister Michael Creed (third from right) launched the new manual available in English, Irish, Arabic, Malay, Russian and Spanish  
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency has launched a fishermen’s health manual. The short manual offers practical advice on keeping healthy at sea and on land and has been translated into five languages. The BIM Fishermen’s Health Manual…
Marine Engineering Traineeship Launched in Kerry
A Marine Engineering Traineeship was launched this month with the overall aims of attracting new employees into the marine industry and providing them with the basic skills to allow them to work effectively from the start of their employment.  The training programme…
Barry Hayes (second from left) trimming on the Swan 45 Devocen
West Cork native Barry Hayes took over the UK Sailmakers Ireland loft a year ago From Des McWilliam, having returned to Crosshaven from an international career in sailmaking. Afloat.ie asked him about his own sailing background and the changes he has…
Ian O'Meara (left) with Paul Adamson of Oyster Yachts
For the last 45 years, Oyster Yachts have built a reputation for signature performance blue water cruising yachts built to the finest level of craftsmanship. This is a company that is not just building but are creating through personalisation and…
Topper sailor, EABC's Zoe Whitford deploys the life-raft!
To say that East Antrim Boat Club's 'Mid-Week Sessions' closed with a bang would be something of an understatement writes Thomas Jobling. The hugely successful programme of talks, presentations and demonstrations at the Larne Lough club did indeed come to…
If your GPS is more than 10 years old or it’s had no firmware updates then you’re definitely at higher risk of you GPS not working from 6 April
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a special safety bulletin to all mariners that use GPS to prepare for a rollover event that will occur on 6 April 2019. On April 6 navigation data from some older GPS…
Irish Sailing Can Apply for Extra 'Discretionary' Funding From Olympic Federation of Ireland
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today announced a significant investment in its member federations, including Irish Sailing, dedicating a fund of €250,000 for 2019 to Olympic focussed projects across the Olympic cycle. The OFI’s ‘Discretionary Funding’ programme was first introduced…
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