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Jean-Paul Chapeleau is now deputy CEO of Beneteau’s new unified industrial operations and development department
Continuing its new strategy in response to the coronavirus crisis hitting the global boating industry, French boatbuilder Beneteau has announced the reorganisation of the key management structure of its boat division. As reported by International Boat Industry, company veteran Jean-Paul…
What Does The Sea Mean To You? Share On Social Media In New Competition
On World Oceans Day today, Monday 8 June, the Marine Institute is celebrating our connection to the sea and its importance to our lives with the launch of a social media competition offering ocean-inspired weekly prizes. Marine Institute chief executive…
Royal St George Hails Successful Annual Lift-In
The long-delayed lift-in day at the Royal St George went ahead yesterday (Sunday 7 June) with the club’s typical speed and efficiency. The Dun Laoghaire club offered a sincere thank-you to all of its staff, volunteers and members who helped…
Independent Vision arrives at the Port of Cork on Saturday 6 June
The Port of Cork hailed the arrival of ICL’s cargo vessel Independent Vision yesterday (Saturday 6 June) to commence the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork Harbour to the United States. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the…
Irish Sailing’s Local Race Officer Course Goes Online
Irish Sailing president — and National Race Officer — David O’Brien will present an online Local Race Officer Course starting Monday evening 8 June. The course runs on two nights, Monday 8 and Monday 15 June from 6pm to 9pm,…
National 18 Shuck’em racing at the Royal Cork
The National 18ft Class Association has very reluctantly concluded that they must cancel the 2020 UK & Irish Championships sponsored by AIB. The event was due to be held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club this August as part of…
The Crosshaven Regatta Roche Perpetual Trophy dates from 1957 and was last presented in 1972
Supervised sailing resumes for single-handed dinghies, as well as multi-handed dinghies crewed by single households, from Monday 8 June at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, with the beginning of Phase 2 of relaxing coronavirus restrictions. Events being planned for the…
Cove Sailing Club’s new marina pontoons take shape
Colm McDonagh has shared images of further progress on Cove Saling Club’s new marina pontoons in time for the opening up of sailing activity from tomorrow, Monday 8 June. Coronavirus restrictions delayed the original expected completion date in April, but…
The RS skiff dinghy under tow and RNLI crewman on board
Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched today (Saturday, June 6) to a report of a capsized sailing dinghy northeast of Dunmore East harbour. It was unknown at the time how many people were onboard the sailing dinghy. Just before 5 pm,…
Welsh J109 Mojito has been in a Pwllheli shed since March for a hull bottom refinish but nothing can be done in lockdown
Peter Dunlop, skipper of the only Irish Sea boat entered for the now-cancelled IRC Worlds in New York, updates on plans for the former ISORA Championship winning J109, Mojito, on this side of the Atlantic It's a bit of a…
Cowes Week 2020 has been scrubbed
Cowes Week Limited (CWL), organiser of the UK's largest and best-known sailing event, has today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Cowes Week regatta. The move was largely anticipated given the size of the regatta (over 1,000  boats) and large…
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced Phase 2 plans will go ahead on Monday
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that plans to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions are being accelerated and the country will move to 'Phase 2 Plus' on Monday 8th June. Irish Sailing, as the national governing body for the sport, has issued its…
Coast Guard Appeal: Inflatable Toys Present a Drowning Risk, Do not Use in Open Water
The Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland are appealing to the public to be mindful of the drowning risk associated with the use of inflatable toys in open water. Their joint appeal calls on parents and guardians never to…
Dinghies prepare to launch at Greystones Harbour
Taking advantage of the glorious weather and the lifting of restrictions, Greystones Sailing Club launched a fleet of 37 dinghies last Saturday, and another 18 went out last night (Thursday). This was the second week of a race training programme…
Luke McIlwaine’s virtual boat racing in last weekend’s Spring Club Championship final
Newcastle Yacht Club’s Luke McIlwaine has claimed fifth spot in the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship after battling it out against nine other competitors. The other sailors came from right across the regional and home countries. Instead of taking to…
The IMTA Impaqt pilot site at Lehanagh Pool, in Connemara
Seafood is a popular and healthy food product in Ireland with the average Irish person consuming about 22kg of fish per year. People recognise the health benefits with fish being low-fat and a good source of omega-3 fats, which are…
Ambassador Maeve Collins, Ireland's Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union was apprised of Irish Marine affairs by IMF Chairman Paal Janson
The Irish Marine Federation joined boating industry voices in Brussels today in an online meeting to give the EU a better understanding of the issues faced by the Irish marine industry and Irish sailing and boating alike in the wake…
Cork Harbour is a popular Irish cruising destination for UK Boats but the Cruising Association say unwelcome restrictions to cruising in EU countries lie ahead for UK boats
A cruising issue that has been bubbling away for some time is the change in access rules for UK citizens travelling in the EU after the completion of our exit scheduled for the end of this year. At present, the…
Grand Canal Towpath Closure East Of Tullamore For Greenway Works
Waterways Ireland advises the public that the towpath on the south bank of the Grand Canal east of Tullamore between Cappincur and Ballycommon will be closed for three months for upgrades. The path from Digby Bridge and Ballycommon Bridge will…
Stena Elektra artist's impression
Ferry shipping company Stena Line continues to reduce CO2 emissions and is now ten years ahead of the international shipping targets for reducing emissions. In the newly published sustainability overview “A Sustainable Journey” Stena Line reports a reduction of both…
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