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GP14s stored in the LEYC boat shed with their sails still up....
The last event of the GP14 calendar saw the fleet returning to Lough Erne Yacht Club this weekend. And what a fleet. 33 boats turned up on the start line for what is turning into a great event. While Dublin…
Imoca 4myPlanet skippers Alexia Barrier (right) and Joan Mulloy posing during pre-start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019, duo sailing race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on October 19, 2019 in Le Havre, France
The progress of equality in sailing can often resemble the turning of an oil tanker rather than a carbon fibre offshore racing boat, but there are some new grounds for optimism at sea. The race village of the 14th edition…
 A clip from ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’ produced by Ken O'Sullivan was broadcast in 2018 by RTE and is now a part to the Junior Cert curriculum. His book Sea Fever is on sale now
Ken O’Sullivan spent the summers of his youth in what he describes as a ‘Huckleberry Finn-type existence’ on Fenit Island, Co Kerry, his father’s home place and that of his family since 1750. Getting the fishing bug at aged 10,…
40th Middle Sea Race Underway
The 2019 Rolex Middle Sea Race, the 40th edition of the 606nm classic offshore, set off from Grand Harbour today with Irish crews among its number. A fleet of 113 yachts, separated into seven starts, were wafted on their way…
A specialist INSS filming boat is loaded up for the trip to Iceland
What is the Irish National Sailing School at Dun Laoghaire Harbour up to now? The answer to that question is: "We're off to film Iceland", School Principal Alistair Rumball told Afloat as his film services division was packed on to trailers…
 Around 100 of the Middle Sea Race fleet are racing for the overall win scored under the IRC Rating System
Most of Ireland will have its thoughts on another far away stadium tomorrow at 11am but there is also Irish interest in the 2019 Rolex Middle Sea Offshore Race that starts at the same time as Ireland v All Blacks…
Laser racing at the Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreaker Series Race Two
Week two of the Ballyholme Yacht Club Icebreaker series on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland was quite a bit calmer than the first week. One the water at least. The previous night's activities did have an impact on the turn…
Demersal trawls will be carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer from 31 October to 14 December
The annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS 2019) will take place off the North, West and South Coasts for six weeks from 31 October. Carried out by the Marine Institute, the IGFS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of around 170…
The Royal Canal at Ashtown in North Dublin
Waterways Ireland have been notified by the HSE of a number of cases of Leptospirosis reported recently following exposure to the water on the Royal Canal in North Dublin. Individuals are instructed not to engage in swimming, diving or immersive…
Fifteen-year-old Eve McMahon will race in the Irish Tokyo trials in the Radial Class
The Irish Tokyo Olympic trials for the women's Laser Radial nomination have been given added spice with the entry of fifteen-year-old Eve McMahon into next March's three trial series.  The Howth Yacht  Club teenager is the Irish youth champion in…
The front cover of the Glandore Classics Brochure for 2020
Glandore Classic Boat Regatta in West Cork was postponed this year until July 2020 so that it can be part of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the world’s oldest yacht club. The 2020 Glandore Classic Regatta is…
Ilen at an iceberg in Western Greenland
The Ilen Project has produced a short video (below) of its 2019 Salmon’s Wake Voyage, a sailing trip undertaken this summer from Ireland to Greenland. It recounts ocean voyaging, navigating ice fields, coastal sailing off West Greenland and the way…
Mackerel is Ireland’s single most valuable fishery
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today confirmed the outcome of the international fisheries negotiations which concluded in London between the European Union, Norway, and the Faroe Islands on the management of mackerel in the North…
Finland's Tapio Lehtinen who has signed up to compete in both the 2022 Golden Globe Race and the 2023 Ocean Globe Race
Hundreds of sailors and many yacht clubs have become excited at the prospect of becoming involved, and commitments to enter now outweigh available places with sailors from France, Finland and the UK dominating the list. These include Whitbread veterans like…
The National Yacht Club's Willie Despard (standing with mainsheet) joins Andrew Hall's J121 JackHammer crew for the Middle Sea Race this Saturday
Irish interest in the Middle Sea Race continues this weekend but is reduced with just a few Irish crew lining up for Saturday's 40th race start at the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Race regular Barry Hurley, the 2009 Ostar winner,…
Stepping down - Andy Hunt
World Sailing Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hunt has notified the Board of Directors that he will be taking on a new role in International Sport in early 2020. Hunt joined World Sailing in 2016 and was a former CEO of…
One-design VO65s and Maxi yachts have expressed their goal to take line honours and a tilt at the race record
The sixth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is set to feature a huge variety of yachts racing across the Atlantic Ocean with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. One-design VO65s and Maxi yachts have expressed their goal to take line…
The Middle Sea Race fleet depart Malta last October
At a press conference held, today, to officially launch the 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Royal Malta Yacht Club announced that it is set to welcome an offshore fleet of around 115 boats to this year’s…
European Maritime Day (EMD) 2020 will take place on 14-15 May
European Maritime Day (EMD) 2020 will take place on 14-15 May in Cork Harbour, it has been announced by the European Commission.  EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and a sustainable blue economy. It targets maritime professionals,…
EU Commissioner Phil Hogan with Marine Minister Michael Creed
Speaking at the Agrifish Council in Luxembourg yesterday (Monday 14 October), Marine Minister Michael Creed welcomed the solidarity shown by EU member states and institutions regarding Brexit. Highlighting the need for a swift response to help fishermen and farmers in…
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