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Adelie success – Peter Hall (owner), Mairéád Ní Cheallacháin (skipper), and crew Louise Dwyer, Antonia O'Rourke, Nikki Dwyer and David Crosbie
Peter Hall's Adélie of the National Yacht Club sailed to another success in the Ruta de la Sal from Denia to Ibiza this Easter. There were very different conditions this year when the race started at 10 am on Thursday…
A 28ft yacht on passage from Oban in Scotland to Belfast got into difficulty when its five-person crew became ill in challenging sea conditions
Both Red Bay RNLI lifeboats launched this morning (Wednesday 24 April) when a 28ft yacht on passage from Oban in Scotland to Belfast got into difficulty when its five-person crew became ill in challenging sea conditions and were unable to…
Viking Marine Olympic Sailor Finn Lynch Endorses New High Performance Centre
Rio Laser sailor Finn Lynch who is campaigning for a place in Tokyo 2020 and who is a Viking Marine Brand Ambassador has endorsed the opening of the new Irish Sailing High-Performance centre (pictured above) for the Olympic Sailing team at Dun…
Winners, left to right, Tracy Edwards, Nikki Henderson, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Emily Mueller
Clipper 2017-18 Race Skipper Nikki Henderson has been awarded the prestigious Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) Yachtsman of the Year Award after making history when, at 24, she became the youngest ever skipper to compete in the biggest round the world…
British Government Launches 'Maritime 2050' to Aid €40bn Marine Industry
Today (Thursday 24 January 2019) marks an 'historic' moment  say industry chiefs for Britain’s marine industry with the launch of Maritime 2050, the UK Government’s first ever long-term strategy to support and grow the sector. Ironically, the announcement comes when…
 Flossie and the Beach Cleaners on New Year's Day
Dublin Bay youngster Flossie Donnelly made a great start to the New Year with a Killiney Beach Clean Up as part of her ongoing campaign to rid Dublin Bay of plastics. As Afloat.ie previously reported, young coastal litter crusader Flossie…
Wild Oats XI, the line honours winner in the Sydney Hobart Race
Val Oatley described Wild Oats XI’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours victory perfectly alongside the dock in Hobart this morning: “Three years of misery to this moment,” and you could not wipe the smile from her face or…
 It was “hard hats off” to O’Toole Transport truck driver Derek Keogh at Dublin Port this morning as he drove the one millionth Ro-Ro freight unit off Irish Ferries’ Ulysses to be welcomed by Irish Ferries Managing Director Andrew Sheen, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, and Irish Ferries Freight Manager Derek Tighe, marking the first time ever for Dublin Port to surpass one million Ro-Ro units in a year
For the first time ever, Dublin Port Company has seen one million Ro-Ro freight units passing through the port within the year. The millionth freight trailer in 2018 arrived on board Irish Ferries’ Ulysses when she docked at 6.30am this…
Meilhat celebrating his biggest win to date on the dock in Guadeloupe
French solo skipper Paul Meilhat at the helm of SMA was crowned the unexpected winner of the IMOCA class in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race today from Saint Malo in Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The…
French skipper, Lalou Roucayrol on board Arkema
The ninth day at sea in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race saw the second capsize in this 11th edition of the four-yearly classic when a 50ft trimaran flipped over about 1,000 nautical miles east of Guadeloupe.…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
At 1500hrs UTC 5th NOV. Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede called GGR Founder Don McIntyre to advise that his Rustler 36 Matmut had been knocked down badly to about 150° which had damaged the connecting bolt attachment…
Marina managers of the world met at the World Marina Conference in Athens to discuss the importance of marinas and waterfront redevelopment for economies
Last week the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018 was held in Athens, hosted by the Greek Marinas Association who provided a  programme of topics, speakers and events under the theme: “Cross Sea Challenge for Marinas – Setting the Scene for…
Carrybridge RNLI attend at the grounding scene
At 5.27pm on Sunday 28 October, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a vessel with one person on board which had run aground…
The Clann Lir was blessed in a service of dedication
At a special naming ceremony and service of dedication held yesterday (Saturday 13 October), Ballyglass RNLI officially named its new D class lifeboat, Clann Lir, in the Mayo coastal town. The honour of naming the lifeboat went to Derek Moran,…
Lough Ree RNLI
Lough Ree RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen who had lost engine power while enjoying the last day of the fishing season. At 2.05pm yesterday Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers were alerted to two fishermen whose 17 foot fishing…
This year's beach clean removed over 32 tonnes of marine litter from our coastline
Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean took place from 14th to 16th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts once again teamed up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. This year the Big Beach Clean weekend…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour – The massive ‘asylum harbour’ as it was originally known, when construction started 200 years ago, is located 11.2 kilometres southeast of Dublin on the southern shore of Dublin bay. It has an enclosed water area of approximately 215 acres. Its two breakwaters, known as the East Pier and West Pier are 1,290 metres and 1,548 metres in length respectively. This 2007 photograph by the late aerial photographer Peter Barrow shows the now gone Stena Car Ferry on its berth. Four yacht clubs are situated across the harbour water front from East to West. Within its walls, there's also a sailing school, a wharf for trawlers at the inner coal harbour, a Commissioner of Irish Lights depot, a boatyard and an RNLI lifeboat station. Built in 2001, the town marina, in the middle harbour, can berth up to 800 boats
Other cities are developing their waterways in imaginative ways but Dublin still can’t get it right writes David O'Brien.  Take the DART out to Dun Laoghaire today and on arrival at the station, the Iarnród Éireann announcer says: 'Dun Laoghaire…
Dun Laoghaire harbour – Ireland's marine leisure capital where pooling yacht club resources will be key to the future growth of the sport
Combining efforts and pooling resources are key to securing the future of yacht racing from Dun Laoghaire’s legacy waterfront clubs, writes David O’Brien Welcome to Dun Laoghaire, the cradle of world yacht racing. It's here that the modern rules for…

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