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File photo of Wicklow RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Wicklow RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched at 4:40pm yesterday afternoon (Friday 8 March) to search for a missing dog. The alarm was raised by the anxious owner after her dog, named Otis, chased some seagulls down over the cliff edge…
UK Government Gives Guidance On VAT Status For Recreational Craft In Event Of No-Deal Brexit
Third country customs controls will apply to all pleasure craft moving within UK waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed to British Marine regarding the VAT Paid Status of recreational craft. Upon exit…
The port has increased the cost of having a mooring in Cork harbour from €95 to €100 per year
Boat owners in Cork Harbour, receiving their renewal bills for moorings and for the use of the harbour by their boats are being hit with increased charges by the Port of Cork. The port has increased the cost of having…
RS400s launch into Belfast Lough
The Second round of RS400 Frosties kicked off as the Spring kicked off on Sunday 24-Feb at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. This event followed the Autumn Series which had some 25 boats racing and very close competition…
The new Dublin-based Grand Soleil 34 Justina is racing to Dingle this June
Although there are less than 10 boats officially entered at this early stage this number belies a strong mix of new racing designs in the wings for June's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race that is expected to attract a fleet of over 40. …
Robert Braithwaite 1943 - 2019
Sadly, in the early hours of this morning, Sunseeker’s founder Robert Braithwaite (76) passed away. Braithwaite was an inspiration to everyone at Sunseeker and to the wider marine industry, recognised as a boating pioneer, a true visionary and someone who…
Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat
#Lifeboats - The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat based in Rosslare Harbour was launched at 10.38pm on Saturday night (2 March) to assist a passenger onboard an Irish Ferries vessel bound for Pembroke in Wales. The passenger ferry Oscar Wilde, which was…
Robert (left) and Nicholas O'Leary at the Coral Reef Yacht Club, hosts of this week's Bacardi Cup in Miami
Cork Harbour pair Nicholas and Robert O'Leary have moved up to 11th overall after the second raced sailed of the 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta in Miami yesterday. The new Baltimore Sailing Club combination are the only Irish crew competing in the…
Russian vessel Seagrand hits a bridge head on
The Russian vessel Seagrand hit a bridge in the South Korean city of Busan yesterday as depicted in this tweeted video below. There were no casualties according to reports but there was 'severe' damage to the bridge. Police detained Russian sailors onboard.…
Annalise Murphy to Headline Fundraiser for Afloat.ie Sailors of the Year Dickson & Waddilove
On Tuesday 19th March Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy will be doing a very special talk about her Olympic success when she headlines a fundraising event for Olympic campaigners and 49er sailing hopefuls Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove. The fundraiser…
The 1720 Wolfe is second overall in the Spring Chicken Series with one race left to sail
Forecasted strong westerly winds threaten the final race of Sunday's DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay.  As reported earlier, the overall lead is currently held by the Irish National Sailing School's 1720 sportsboat but race organiser Fintan Cairns says he "hopes we…
Oyster Farming Industry & Researchers Meet To Discuss Latest Knowledge On Oyster Health
The latest research and knowledge on oyster diseases was presented at a meeting on Pacific oyster health held recently by the Marine Institute’s Fish Health Unit. The event attracted more than 80 participants from Ireland’s oyster farming industry, as well…
Coast Guard Helicopter R116
The Dublin based Coast Guard Helicopter R116 is assisting the Northern Ireland authorities with a search for a missing person in the Downpatrick area of Co Down. In accordance with standing arrangements, a request was received earlier this morning by…
Gina Liuzzi is presented with her new North Sails Ireland holdall prize from Prof O'Connell at the Royal St. George
Big smiles all round in the Royal St George YC last weekend as North Sails Ireland prizewinner Gina Liuzzi received her new holdall. Presented by Sails expert Maurice O'Connell just ahead of his North Sails Trim Talk on Saturday lunchtime at the…
The INSS 1720 has regained the overall lead of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
Two 1720 sportsboats lead the DBSC Spring Chicken Series into the final round of the six-race series this Sunday. Results published by organisers today (downloadable below) reveal the Irish National Sailing School 1720 leads overall on 25 points, some 11 points ahead…
In 2018, for the first ever UK and Irish Sigma 33 Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club a record fleet gathered. Now the drive is on for another bumper Sigma fleet for July's VDLR regatta
This year the Sigma 33 class is celebrating the launch of the first boat forty years ago. With 408 boats built between then and 1991, the boats proved a great success, not only for builders Marine Projects in Plymouth but also…
Youghal’s lifeboat volunteers tie the pleasure craft to the pier head in the harbour
#Lifeboats - Youghal RNLI’s first callout of 2019 came on Sunday (3 March) while out on a morning training exercise. The lifeboat crew had been practising casualty recovery in the area of Youghal Harbour when at 11.33am they became aware…
Nicholas (left) and Robert O'Leary competing in the first race of the 2019 Bacardi Cup in Miami
Nicholas and Robert O'Leary were 13th in race one of the 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta in Miami yesterday. It was a new departure for the O'Leary campaign with 2020 Vendee Globe hopeful Nicholas taking the place of Peter on the…
Pleasure Craft Visiting Belgium to pay 100% Duty on Red Diesel Say Cruising Association
The UK based Cruising Association (CA) Regulations and Technical Services Group (RATS) understands that Belgian authorities will continue with the agreement for UK pleasure vessels visiting Belgium that they still have to use our red diesel in the engine fuel…
Bundoran RNLI volunteers pictured back from left, Paul Gallagher, Finn Mullen, Oisin Cassidy, Chris Fox and front from left, Shane O Neill, Nathan Cassidy, Mark Vaughan.
Volunteer crew members at Bundoran RNLI recently undertook an intensive casualty care course, receiving specialised training to enhance their lifesaving skills at sea. The course ran by RNLI trainer Jen Forsyth, focused on effective hands-on treatment rather than complex theory…
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