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The original schedule for the 2020 ICRA Boat of the Year Award have been cancelled
Last week's high-powered ICRA executive meeting took the decision to cancel its original Boat of the Year schedule faced with material changes to the sailing season over COVID-19. 'Once we get clarity on what events will be proceeding, we will reissue a…
An INSS yacht charter group from last summer
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour want to hear from those who holiday abroad on charter yachts and those who may want to. Given the travel uncertainty emanating from COVID-19 restrictions, there’s a possibility to…
The World Sailing Offices in London
The news that World Sailing is facing financial difficulties comes as no shock to member National Authorities (MNAs) who watched in horror as an office move from Southampton to London created a financial and human resources nightmare in one fell…
The ICRA Nationals will sail at WAVE Regatta off Howth this September
Following the cancellation of Cork Week 300, ICRA has decided to combine the National Championships with this year’s WAVE regatta which will take place at Howth Yacht Club from September 11-13th. The decision was taken by unanimous vote by all…
Three of the Irish crew from the SV Tenacious arrive in Cobh
A group of Transition Year students stepped into a strange new world when they disembarked from a month at sea on a tall ship sail training voyage. The eight teenagers arrived in Cork Harbour on Tuesday 7 April on the…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry at the cliff near Muck Island
Larne RNLI searched for a dog today (Thursday 9 April) when it was reported missing after falling over a cliff near Muck Island, close to Islandmagee in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch by…
RS Elites racing on Dublin Bay in 2019
The RS Elite Association announces this week, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Brewin Dolphin RS Elite International Grand Prix, incorporating the UK National Championships, has been postponed. Originally scheduled to be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron from 9th…
A boat for Holy Island on Lough Derg, Co Clare
Waterways Ireland’s message to all users of Ireland’s inland waterways this Easter weekend is to “please stay at home”. In a statement, the cross-border body for Ireland’s inland navigations said: “We are aware that Easter is normally a time that…
RNLI & Irish Coast Guard Urges People Not to Use the Sea for Exercise or Recreation
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) and RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are asking the public not to take part in any water-based activity on or in the sea, while the current national emergency restrictions are in place. Both organisations are…
Valentia RNLI Lifeboat Comes to the Aid of Ill Fisherman
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning to assist a fisherman who required medical attention. At 07.25 am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to an ill fisherman onboard a 22m fishing vessel,…
A new start has been given for the 2020 Round Ireland Race. The race will now depart Wicklow on August 22nd
Wicklow Sailing Club has postponed by two months the start of the 2020 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The new start date for the 704-mile race will be Saturday 22nd August 2020, subject to…
The UK Sailmaker produced PPE gear on the sail loft floor in Crosshaven
UK Sailmakers in Cork Harbour have busy fulfilling the many orders for gowns for healthcare workers in the frontline against COVID-19. As Afloat reported previously, sailmaker Barry Hayes and his team at Crosshaven have been deploying their resources to help make…
CH Marine Changes Store Opening Hours For Essential Items
CH Marine has made a change to its currently restricted opening hours and will now be closed on Saturdays until further notice. The chandlery’s stores across Ireland will for the time being only be open Monday to Friday for pre-arranged…
Baltimore in West Cork pictured on a normal sunny evening in summer time
Baltimore Resident Donna McCarthy was angered by Afloat's article West Cork Sailing Dreamtime – Some Day, Summer will Come Again Dear Editor, This is my first time writing to you, though I enjoy reading the articles in Afloat on a regular…
Great conditions for 1720 racing at the 2019 championships
Baltimore Sailing Club will be hoping for the same conditions that graced last year's West Cork race track when the 1720 sportsboat fleet returns for its National Championships from 25 – 27 September 2020. As Afloat reported last September, a buoyant 20-boat…
Explore J/Boats’ Elegance Range On Facebook Live
Join Key Yachting on Facebook Live tomorrow (Thursday 9 April) from 1.30pm IST for a special live presentation of J/Boats’ Elegance range. J/Composites sales manager Fred Bouvier will lead the interactive live interview from Les Sables-d’Olonne that will feature the…
RNLI chief executive Mark Dowie
The RNLI’s chief executive, Mark Dowie, said he will take a 50% pay cut to help the storm caused by the coronavirus. And the charity that saves lives at sea is also planning to put some 30% of staff on…
More than 100 boats have now entered for the Championships at Skerries Sailing Club from July 24-29
A further update on the status of the GP14 World Championships scheduled for July in Skerries, North Dublin is expected before the end of April. GP14 Ireland Hon. Secretary Andy Johnston has told the class the International Committee in conjunction with…
Snacks are difficult to choose; they need to be high in calories while at the same time being tough enough to survive banging around the boat
Fancy a little distraction? I've decided to show you some of the steps that we took to reduce waste during last year's Solitaire du Figaro writes Irish Solo Sailor Tom Dolan Now more than ever we all need to think…
The race start will be off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, June 20th 2020
The 2020 Round Ireland Yacht Race 2020 Notice of Race is downloadable below as a PDF document.  The race start will be off Wicklow Harbour on Saturday, June 20th 2020. There is no surprise that the 704 nautical mile race…
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